Homemade Lip Balm | FIMBY You've stumbled upon one of my most popular posts. You might also enjoy let's talk lip balm. After making my own lip balm I will never buy it again. It's easy, cheap, 100% natural and good for your lips, especially this time of year. I tried to figure out the actual cost of this recipe but it wasn't worth counting up the pennies. Ingredients 1/2 oz. Directions In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, lanolin and vitamin E. This recipe makes enough for 3 - 3/4 oz tins (see photo for size) and one 1 1/2 oz jar. Notes I prefer to measure kitchen cosmetics with a scale but I included the approximate tsp. measurements for those without a scale. All ingredients can be found at a natural food store or ordered from an online store such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Some people are allergic to lanolin. I always use solid honey, that's just the kind of have. This recipe makes enough to last our family of 5 several months, plus I usually give away a tin from each batch I make.
Homemade Spring Cleaning Products I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of western North Carolina, we’ve been a land under siege. Everywhere you look, on every surface you set something and just about anywhere outdoors you might think about sitting, you’ll find a fine, powdery film. Yes, the season of pollen is upon us. Historically, once spring rolled around and homes both large and small began opening windows and emptying fireplaces and wood stoves of ashes for the last time, a thorough scrubbing of the entire dwelling commenced. Photography and styling by Jen Altman The full post continues after the jump . . . Glorious Glass Cleaner I want my glass and mirrors as streak- and dirt-free as anyone. Whenever I have a pretty bottle whose contents I’ve used up, I clean it and squirrel it away for potential use later. The Goods 1/4 cup vinegar2 1/2 cups water1/2 teaspoon liquid dish or hand soap5 drops lemongrass essential oil (optional) The Deal 1. 2. 3. 4. Wondrous Wood Floor Polish The Goods 1. 2. 3. 4.
Make your own natural body lotion If you’re tired of all the chemicals and synthetic fragrances in most store-bought creams and lotions, you might want to consider making your own. Most people think that making creams and body lotions is difficult but it’s actually fairly easy. I frequently make my own and give them as gifts to friends and family members who seem to love them. If you can, I recommend that you keep an old blender, a small- to medium-size glass bowl, and a spatula that you use solely for making natural aromatherapy products. While you can use your kitchen blender, the beeswax found in natural creams can leave a residue on the blender and utensils used. Here’s what you’ll need: • 3/4 cup of pure oil (I like sweet almond oil since it absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film. • 1 cup of pure water (or you can use rose water — available in health food stores) • 2 tablespoons of shaved beeswax (most health food stores sell plain beeswax. • A glass jar or small glass jars for storing the lotion That’s it.
All Natural Homemade Cleaners Clean Up Your Act: All Natural Homemade Cleaners And now we’ll continue the cleaning chit-chat with this handy little homemade cleaner breakdown. When we talked about getting even greener and experimenting with homemade cleaners in year three of YHL, an expert in that very area offered up a few of her favorite formulas. And we jumped at the chance to learn how all natural and totally eco-friendly cleaning materials are easy and effective- and sometimes way cheaper than paying for the more toxic stuff that can hurt pets, kids, people in general and the planet at large. Here’s what Evan the all-knowing homemade cleaner girl passed along: This has become an obsession for me. Well Evan, when you put it that way, the toxic store bought cleaners bearing those labels (which can commonly be found on everything from basic toilet bowl cleaners to oven and drain solutions) sound pretty terrible. But how do you put them all together? Surface Spray: All Purpose Liquid Cleaner: liquid soap (like Dr.
Make your own housecleaning products Making your own cleaning products is a good way to save money and control the use of chemicals in your home. Most of the following recipes are made from nontoxic ingredients, but there are some chemicals as well. If you store any of these, be sure to label them so you know what is in the container —and keep these and any household cleaners out of the reach of children and pets! Here are some simple recipes for the most common household chores. Window cleaner • Spray bottle with club soda • 2 teaspoons white vinegar in a quart of warm water. Put in a spray bottle Consumer Reports' tried-and-true window cleaner: • 1/2 cup soapy ammonia • 1 pint rubbing alcohol Mix well, put in spray bottles and label Disinfectant • White vinegar • 3 tablespoons castile soap • 20-30 drops of tea tree extract Mix in a 16-ounce sprayer and top with water All-purpose cleaner • Club soda • 1 part white vinegar • 1 part water Mix in a spray bottle Non-abrasive cleaner Shake baking soda on surface or damp sponge and scrub
Green Cleaners - Shopping Guide Shopping for green cleaning supplies is as much about what's not included in a product as what's in it. Wishy-washy words like "natural," "non-toxic," and—of course—"green" make it hard to determine what a product is really made of, not to mention how well it works. Here's a brief guide to what to avoid and what to look for when you're comparing green and not-so-green cleaners. Chemicals to Avoid According to the National Geographic Green Guide, cleaning products can contain potentially harmful chemicals. Dr. The Performance Test Consumer Reports looks at green cleaners from a testing angle, seeing how well they perform in comparison to more mainstream cleaning products. HerbTrader.com Ecover uses plant-based ingredients for their products, and their Natural Dishwahing Liquid contains vegetable-oil surfactants (grease-cutters), as well as water, salt, and essential oils. Sustainable Packaging This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to green comparison shopping. Photo: Caldrea
Organic Mosquito Control - how to keep mosquitoes away from your patio naturally. | Double Danger Everyone hates Mosquitoes, unless you’re some weirdo with a fetish for the dart-like demons… if so, you might want to stop reading now. If you are like us, come summertime, fighting those bloodsuckers is just something you have to do. At least if you want a comfortable place to hang out with friends on a warm summer day. The reason we started looking for natural or organic ways to repel mosquitoes, is because of a few things. Two reasons really. We are always looking for a “greener” way to do things, and usually half the time that “greener” way is cheaper in the long run as a bonus. Now lets get down to it. Yes way. What are the easiest methods, cheapest methods and most effective methods to repel mosquitoes? Don’t get mosquitoes in the first place. Some of the easiest locations for mosquitoes to multiply:Old tires – can you say the top of the top of mosquito friendly habitats? What kind of plants will repel mosquitoes naturally? Great question, even better answers. Not cool. Simple.
Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners Previous image Next image Baking soda is your best friend in almost all DIY cleaning recipes. Making your own cleaning products for the kitchen is both economical and good for your health. When you're using baking soda, vinegar, and water, you can feel pretty confident that the cleaning you're doing isn't hurting you or the environment. What You Need IngredientsVinegarBaking SodaLemonEssential Oil (optional)WaterDish soap Equipment or ToolsSpray bottleBowlSpongeScrub brushMeasuring spoons Instructions All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Garbage Disposal Freshener Take the pulp from a lemon (preferably one you've squeezed to use for something else) and toss it in the garbage disposal, along with a few thin strips of the peel. Sink or Stovetop Cleaner Put a 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl. Microwave Cleaner No need to reinvent the wheel. (Images: Stephanie Kinnear)
How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn I'm here to show you a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke detector funny business. It takes a little time and some elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to take on this project already in your cupboards. When I first moved into my house, the oven was coated with a suspicious black, sticky grime. What’s the alternative? Here's you you can clean your oven naturally with a little vinegar, baking soda, and good ol' elbow grease! Previous image Next image It's time to clean the oven! How To Clean The Oven What You Need Oven Baking soda Water Rubber gloves Damp dish cloth Plastic or silicone spatula Spray bottle White vinegar Instructions Remove the oven racks: Remove your oven racks, pizza stone, oven thermometer, and anything else you have inside the oven. More posts in this series Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn (Image credits: Gina Biancaniello)
How To Naturally Unclog The Bathroom Sink — Apartment Therapy Tutorials A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn't happen too often, but when it does, use this natural formula to remove all the gunk (believe me, you don't want a list of what that "gunk" actually is!) and get that drain in tip top shape. What You Need Materials 1/2 cup Baking soda 1/2 cup Vinegar Lemon juice (optional) Tools Measuring cups Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. The mixture will bubble and fizz (like the volcano experiment when you were in grade school!) More great tips and tutorials: Cleaning Basics How to Make Vinegar Cleaning Spray (That Smells Good!) | Kitchn Vinegar is a safe and effective cleaner for pretty much any surface in your house (except marble). Its only downside is being really stinky. After scrubbing down toilets and sinks, I want my house to smell clean and fresh — not like a giant pickle. Infusing vinegar is the perfect way to combine vinegar's natural cleansing and disinfecting benefits with a much more pleasant aromatherapy experience. This recipe calls for lemon and thyme for a natural way to clean counters and leave a fresh lemon scent. But if lemons aren't your thing, go wild and create your own blend. Peel the lemons and mix with the thyme: Use a peeler or knife to cut the peel from the lemons and scrape off as much of the inside white part as possible. How To Make Infused Vinegar Cleaning Spray What You Need Supplies 1 to 2 cups distilled white vinegar 2 lemons, peel only A few sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon Castile soap 35 drops lemon essential oil (optional) Instructions 20 Homemade Luxuries for Mama & Baby