Make Your Own Reusable Peppermint Kitchen Wipes In case you haven’t noticed, I really LOVE making my own homemade cleaning products. ;-) It’s just so comforting to know EXACTLY what is in the products I’m spreading around my home, and I get a thrill knowing how much time and money I’m saving as well! The Environmental Protection Agency cites artificial fragrances in cleaning products as an indoor irritant and pollutant. A single fragrance can include as many as 600 petrochemicals—all within the word “fragrance” on the label. The more I learn about, and experiment with, natural cleaning products (such as baking soda, castile soap, vinegar, etc.) the more I am convinced there really is no need to buy any of the expensive brand names that line the shelves of the cleaning aisle at your grocery store. Pairing these natural cleaners with essential oils only enhances their cleaning value and leaves behind a pleasant, natural scent. Place the rags into the jar with the liquid.
How to Make Homemade Peppermint Extract Part of the reason that I decided to grow mint this year was so that I could try making my own peppermint extract. Jesse and I are pretty much obsessed with mint (especially mint plus chocolate) so we go through a lot of mint extract. Even though I buy my extracts through Azure Standard, they’re not exactly cheap, so making my own seemed like a great way to save some money. I finally got down to it last weekend. How to Make Peppermint Extract I did a quick Google search and found a multitude of recipes, all of which followed the same basic outline. Harvest a bunch of mint leaves from your mint plant. Harvested mint leaves Remove mint leaves from stalks (if applicable) and pack leaves into a measuring cup to determine how much mint you have. Mint leaves ready to be rinsed Rinse mint leaves with water, then squeeze leaves in your hands to bruise the leaves before placing them into a clean glass jar. Cover your jar with a lid and allow to steep for about a month in a cool, dark place.
Homemade Mosquito Repellent - This super easy recipe is non-toxic and it works! 441K+Save I have been searching for good recipes for homemade mosquito repellent for a while now and I think I finally found some!! There are some wonderful ways to keep the mosquitos away naturally, without any harmful chemicals. These homemade mosquito repellent recipes have worked GREAT for us and I’m thrilled to have found something that isn’t full of toxic chemicals AND that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (like, for example, California Baby Natural Mosquito Repellent at over $17.00 a bottle). Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine14 oz Witch Hazel or Vodka (or even Homemade Vanilla Extract made in vodka)(optional) Your favorite essential oils for a pleasant aroma experience – I like adding Citronella, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and/or Tea Tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Directions: Mix all of the above ingredients in a 16 oz spray bottle and spray away!! Have you tried making your own mosquito repellent? And let us know if you try one of these recipes and it works!
How to Make Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and Spray Bottles That Won’t Leach | The Mommypotamus | organic SAHM sharing her family stories and recipes Yesterday, My Son Ate Some Laundry Detergent Being the kind, thoughtful mother than I am, I handed him a glass of water to wash it down. That, folks, is the beauty of making your own non-toxic cleaning supplies. The best part? Yep, you can clear out 90% of your toxic cleaning supplies with some baking soda, vinegar, castile soap and a few essential oils! Unfortunately, Essential Oils Tend To . . . Increase the likelihood that plastic bottles will leach the kind of nasties you’re trying to avoid by making your own cleaners in the first place. Simply take an old screw top bottle (I use an apple cider vinegar bottle) and fit the nozzle from your old spray bottle on top. Need something to put inside your little container of absolute genius? Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Ingredients ½ cup water½ cup apple cider vinegar or white (non-GMO) vinegar20 drops essential oil (see below for options) 1 cup water2 teaspoons castile soap20 drops essential oil (see below for options) Instructions
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Its Frugal Friday! This recipe is so stinking frugal, so easy its crazy, and you have to try it! It takes about 2 minutes, costs about $0.65 to make, and should last about 100 loads. That’s not even a penny a load! Talk about saving money! Homemade Dishwasher Detergent 2 cups Borax 2 cups washing soda 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid) Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. or just an empty detergent box you have.To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup). The original recipe says to use white vinegar for the rinse aid, but when I did this it made all my dishes smell like vinegar which isn’t too pleasant. Since the holidays are coming up around the corner I will share my frugal Christmas ideas on Fridays. I party here…
Get Rid of Ants Naturally - House Ants and Carpenter Ants I take pride in my advanced detective skills. They can be applied to almost anything – figuring out who ate a sticky snack on the couch, busting the person who wore muddy shoes into the house, and more importantly, identifying the entry point of an army of ants invading our house. When the ants invaded, I figured out how to get rid of ants, and of course, I did it naturally. Here’s how we did it! How to get rid of ants naturally Having ants everywhere outdoors doesn’t bother me – it’s when I see them trailing along my kitchen countertops that I spring into action. Identifying ants When you’re dealing with ants in your house, detective work is an integral part of eradicating them, but there’s actually much more to it. Some ants are specific to region, so we only have experience dealing with certain types. If you need help identifying, find images here or here. Odorous House Ants This type of ant is attracted to sweets, and are commonly found in the kitchen. Homemade bait for house ants
unusual uses for baking soda The Burlap Bag - High Quality Handmade Goods Shop - Austin Texas December 20, 2011 by Lauren (Check out our new ONLINE SHOP for The Burlap Bag!!) We have two cats. What you need: A container (we used these) Baking sodaEssential oil Foil (or a lid you want to ruin and poke holes in) This gets really complicated so pay attention…. 1. Oh. Well, add a lid if you want. Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Done. Follow us for instagram for updates! (p.s. we’ve had a lot of people email us asking where to get those jars! Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.
More Homemade Insect Repellent Ideas It’s finally spring! We have our plants started, gardens in, and the kids are itching to get outside. But what about the bugs? While they are a fact of life, we don’t have to let them feed on us! Mosquitoes are only part of the problem. Keep bugs off naturally 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. If these tips don’t work, or you need more help, here’s a sure-fire recipe to help keep just about any bug away from you. Simple Natural Bug Spray You will need: small spray bottle (find glass spray bottles here)½ cup distilled water1 tablespoon alcohol6-10 drops essential oil: use any of these alone or any combination – lemongrass, any mint, lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, neem, geranium, and litsea cubeba. Directions: Pour the alcohol into the spray bottle. To use: Shake well before each use. Here’s another recipe for homemade insect repellant. Deterring bugs around the home If bugs are bugging your home, here are a few tips for that too. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
cherry pit tip * Maria's Self *: DIY Toilet Bombs - Deodorize & Kill Bacteria! Just Drop One in the Bowl;-))) Remember I told you in my previous post that the next product in my store will be an "outside the box" one? Well, you've been warned;-))) I came up with the idea of Toilet Bombs a few months ago. At first I thought it would be embarrassing to make a post about them but I fell so much in love with these toilet bombs that I just HAD to share the idea with you - I'm seriously addicted! When I drop them in the toilet bowl they start fizzing (= exploding;-) and not only do they smell amazing they also deodorize, kill the bacteria (including the odor-causing ones!) and keep the bowl clean. And on top of that, these bombs became a part of my bathroom decor - don't they just look adorable? WHAT I USE: (for approx. 24 bombs) --1 1/3 cup Baking Soda - amazing for all-natural cleaning AND deodorizing! --1/2 cup Citric Acid - (low-strength acid that exists naturally in fruits like lemons & oranges) - used in many kitchen & bathroom cleaners for its cleaning, whitening & deodorizing properties