I’ve been having many conversations with viewers about clean eating and healthy living of late and have been asked by many to share a few of my ‘home recipes’.
A few years ago I made major efforts to move my family to a more ‘clean’ chemical free lifestyle. I abandoned most traditional household cleaning and personal care products in an effort to help eliminate the chemical you-know-what storm we were bombarding ourselves with on a daily basis. It was tough, it took a lot of time and experimentation but I now make almost all of my family’s personal and home care products with natural, human-friendly ingredients. It was an amazing learning experience and now that those old products are out of our house we are not only reaping the health benefits but the financial benefits as well. It is absolutely astounding the money I have saved making these products and I have peace of mind knowing that we are healthier physically and financially. As an added benefit making my own products also promotes natural recycling, is healthier for the environment and is actually quite fun – I get to choose what scent laundry detergent I want or what flavor this batch of lip gloss will taste like!
Here are a few of my most commonly used recipes… enjoy!
Lavender Laundry Soap (Liquid)
- 1 bar soap shaved (Ivory or Fels-Naptha work best *the key is to either make or purchase a natural soap free of chemicals)
- 4 cups water
- 3 gallons warm water (48 cups)
- 1/2 cup borax powder
- 1 cup arm & hammer washing soda
1 bar soap shaved
Place shaved soap and 4 cups water in glass jar
Submerged jar half-way into pot of water
Boil and stir until soap flakes have been dissolved
In large container (I use a plastic tote) combine: 3 gallons warm water, ½ cup Borax Powder, 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
Stir in melted soap water concoction from step one.
* Add essential oils for desired scent (I like about 20 drops of Lavender).
Stir ingredients and place into desired containers (I use cleaned plastic Orange Juice jugs (the ones with handles) – * fills six large containers).
The mixture naturally separates into a funky looking half water half ‘snotty’ (congealed soap strand) looking mixture– shake bottle before use.
Dry Laundry Detergent
- 1 bar soap (I prefer Fels Naptha or Ivory)
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
I recently tried out a new dry version of laundry detergent and am liking it better then the original liquid recipe. It’s getting the clothes cleaner, leaving them fresher and is a bit easier to make.
I toss the bar soap (cut into pieces) into the blender with a little of the washing soda and blend it up… mix all ingredients together and it’s ready to use!
Use 1-3 tbs per load dependent on load size and dirt level.
Homemade Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 2 tbs Coconut Oil
- 2 tbs Baking Soda
- 10 drops Peppermint Oil
I mix mine all together and store in a pretty glass container. This one takes a bit of getting used to compared to commercial toothpaste but since I began using this recipe my dentist began commenting on how clean my teeth are and that he has barely any work to do when I go in for a cleaning 😉
Citrus Lip Balm
- 1 tbs lanolin
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs shea butter
- 1/2 tbs vitamin E oil
- 1/4 cup bees wax
- 55 drops orange essential oil
Combine lanolin, coconut oil, bees wax and shea butter into a glass jar.
Submerge half way into a pot of boiling water to melt ingredients, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients and pour into desired tins.
Let sit to cool and harden (fills four of the above pictured tins perfectly).
This lip balm is not only great on lips but is fantastic on cuticles, scabs, burns, nipples (nursing mothers), cuts and dry areas.
- 1½ quarts of hot (NOT boiling) water
- ¼ cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (it’s the regular hydrogen peroxide that you can get at any store)
- 1½ Tablespoons of White Vinegar
- 1½ Tablespoons of Dish Soap (we use Seventh Generation, Ivory or our Home Made version which uses Castile Soap)
- About ⅛ of a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil(s)
I’ve never had any problems with this cleaner, but if you have any concerns of course test on a small patch of carpet before applying to your living room!
These recipes will give you a start – I encourage you to research some online recipes and experiment for yourself… the benefits can really make a huge impact on your life and helps support this beautiful planet on which we reside.
Lots of luck!