Protect Youself, Naturally!

SUMMER

Welcome to Summer! How amazing is it to feel the sun & the breeze?!? UGH! LOVE! && then there are our little friends…..the mosquitos!!!! YUCK! I have been trying to convert my household to a totally natural environment. By this I mean, household cleaners, soaps, lotions….& some other fun things! I am on my way! Now that Summer is here, we have to get the bug spray out right?! Well…..I was not into that. Most bug sprays that are out on the market can be completely toxic! The most popular additive, DEET, seems to be the serious offender! Here is an article on some of the effects of some bug spray chemicals.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002763.htm

It’s kind of scary to think about putting these chemicals on your body or on your children!! I wanted to create a safe, non toxic version. The chemicals in traditional bug sprays ARE used to prevent the wide range of disease that mosquitos can carry. I have NOT confirmed that my bug spray recipe does.  I’ve been using my spray & it seems to be repelling just fine, (it also smells amazing!!). Here is the recipe for the bug spray I have been using, I hope you enjoy!

Non-toxic Bug Spray

This recipe makes about 16oz.

BUG SPRAY

8oz distilled water

8oz witch hazel

20 drops citronella essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

**You can play with other essential oils as well, my next batch I’ll use Tea Tree oil! The more oil you use the stronger your spray!

In a large glass mason jar, add all of your ingredients & shake vigorously! I then split up my spray into (2) 4oz bottles & (1) 8oz bottles. I store mine in glass bottles, that I got at an awesome price from: http://www.abundanthealth4u.com/ **I’ve heard that the oils can eat away at plastic, so I didn’t even take the risk! Shake up before using & use caution around your eyes! I hope you enjoy! ❤

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Naturally Clean!!

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Americans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products per year! Is that insane or what?! I know for me, it used to be nothing to just grab the cheapest bottle of all-purpose cleaner or anything of that sort…not paying attention to what I am actually spraying all over EVERYTHING.. Not to mention breathing in & probably ingesting! It’s been shown that traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the body almost immodestly after exposure! Asthma, hormone disorders, death, cancer, allergies & more are among the risks! Ohhhhh myyyyyy gawdddddd! I know I don’t want Paige or my little freshy boo (Niko) to be around this stuff! (Or Doug & myself!) The best way to ensure you know exactly what is in your cleaning products, is to make them yourself! I know what you’re thinking.. “This girl is nuts….” Well you may be right, BUT making your own cleaning products is super simple & super CHEAP! Hellllooooo did u hear meeeee?!? All natural, simple, CHEAP! You have no excuse. I’ve already posted my All Natural Laundry Soap (that’s my fav!) Here are some other simple things I use commonly as cleaning agents, alone or mixed with other ingredients. (We’ll get to that…)

White Vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, cleans, disinfects against bacteria, viruses & mold. And I believe you can get a huge container for like $1!

Baking Soda: whitens, cleans, neutralizes odors. Awesome for bathroom and kitchen (refrigerator) cleaning! Oh & teeth whitening!!!!! 🙂

Baking Soda Super Washing Soda: in the regular baking soda family. This cousin helps removed stains and can be a very heave duty cleaner. You’ll find this in my laundry soap recipe! Yes sir!

Borax: a natural mineral. Bumps up laundry soap as well (including mine) Borax is non carcinogenic, but should still be kept away from kiddies & animals!

Lemon juice: cuts through grease & grime, gets rid of mold & bacteria. Leaves a fresh scent!

Essential oils: can tend to be a little pricey, but a few drops can add fragrance to laundry soap and cleaners. Tea tree, eucalyptus & lavender oils all have antibacterial, antiviral & antifungal properties! Sign me up!

Castille soap: my new fav! Can come in a liquid or bar form. It’s an all natural, vegetable based product made primarily of coconut and olive oils. This soap can come in a variety of yummy all natural scents! This product is VERY concentrated so it will last a long time. It can be used for almost EVERYTHING, face wash, veggie wash, counter cleaner, shampoo, soap, floor cleaner…it’s incredible! One thing about this product tho is that is doesn’t mix very well with vinegar, so when making concoctions in your kitchen I would avoid these two together!

Here are a few of my favorite staple household products!

Furniture Polish:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil

*Mix together & shake before each use! Use a microfiber cloth to dust & shine!

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil

**Mix together, should be stored in glass, oils can breakdown plastic over time.

All Purpose Cleaner or Bathroom Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 liters distilled water
  • 20 drops lemon oil

*Mix together, good for soapy scum in the shower among other all-purpose uses!

Fruit & Veggie Cleaner:

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup filtered or distilled water

Mix together is a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray onto produce & let sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse. ** Don’t forget that fruits with skin (cantaloupe, orange, etc) should be washed as well =) I

Glass Cleaner:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (some people have issues with this, you can use unflavored high-proof vodka also)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (weird i know!!)
  • 2 cups distilled water

**Mix together, use black & white newspaper or a coffee filter & clean on a cloudy day!!!! ❤

I can go on & on about different recipes I have found or tried! These are some of the basics. I am dying to make a good hand and dish soap!!!!! I’m not there yet =( ….. I didn’t even touch on my new fav Castille Liquid Soap which has tons of uses on its own! (Pretty much just mixing castille soap with water, 1/2 tsp of soap to 2 cups water, can do anything!!! I will touch on that another time =) I would love to hear some concoctions you guys come up with! Happy Cleaning! ❤

& just for fun…

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DIY Laundry Soap!

Ok, so if you know me, you know I love “stuff”… Clothes, food, housewares, lotions, makeup, hair products, household cleaners, WHATEVER! & then if it’s on sale… oh em gee. STOP! More importantly, if I can make it myself?!?! YES!!!!!! Ugh, i love these moments, I just feel brilliant!! So anyway, back on track. I have been trying to make a lot of the things I like & need to use as opposed to buying them in a store at full price. (YUCK!) I’ll expand on this more as I make more products. For now, laundry soap it is!!! Phew, I’m excited!

Ok here it goes.. So, I know in my house, 2 people, probably 4-5 loads a week. That’s a lot!!!!! I can’t imagine a house with like 5 people! UGH, I can’t even think about it. I was using Gain for a long time. My favorite!! The smell is amazing, clothes nice & clean. $20ish for 150oz….not too bad. They say it lasts 96 loads. (Maybe if you have a boyfriend who doesn’t pour it into the washer from the bottle!!!!!!!!!!!) I’d say it lasts 3 months or so, at our pour rate! I was just over buying laundry detergent so often at a high price! So after searching for different recipes I started mixing!! It is a powder form, costs me $29 to make, smells amazing, more importantly WORKS AMAZING & …..hold your breath….lasts over a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Doug is a mason, which means DIRTY CLOTHES, if this can clean his clothes then we have a discovery people!) I can’t even take it. Hands down, best laundry soap ever, not to mention easy to make. You guys will definitely need to give this a go! (Not to mention, makes such a cute gift, put in a little mason jar, with a ribbon! Ugh, to die for!)

I purchased all of my ingredients at Walmart, sometimes ZOTE bar soap I have to get at Home Depot!

LAUNRY SOAP 2

(I’ve gotten the Zote finer before, I think I rushed this batch^^ Still works the same..)

Laundry Soap:

1 large box of Borax (about 4 lbs)

1 Box of Baking Soda Super Washing Soda (about 3 lbs)

2 Bars of ZOTE laundry soap (Yes, a BAR) They make pink or white, i prefer pink, the scent is better & of course it’s pink =)

1 Big box (4lbs) of regular baking soda or 2 (2lb) boxes

1 tub of Oxyclean (whichever kind) (3lbs) (SAVE THE SCOOP)

A small (ish..here i go again with the ish!) plastic tub to store the detergent in.

**Optional: 1 or 2 bottle of fabric softener crystals. Purex makes some nice scents. I always add this because it smells so good!!

Grate your bar soap. I used my food processor, and it actually didn’t ruin it…and it was actually easy to clean! After you have that grated, the rest is smooth sailing! Dump everything in your bucket & mix up!! (Really mix well!) I saved the scoop from the Oxyclean to use as a scoop when I do the laundry! 2 TBSP should do the trick, maybe 3 if you’ve got extra grime!! =) I’m 90% sure that this is safe for an HE washer!

**These ingredients cost about $29, you can actually cut it back to just Borax, Baking Soda Super Soda & Zote Soap if you want to limit the ingredients and/or chemicals! I stick to this full recipe because it makes a lot & smells delish! I will do my best to be more green in other ways =) Enjoy!

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