Homemade Laundry Detergent

{This is the go-to homemade laundry detergent we use.  For the current batch, we used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender bar soap instead of the Fels Naptha bars and left out the Purex/Downy.}

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe - Spend $20 for a quick recipe that you just mix up and it lasts a whole YEAR Making your own Homemade Laundry Detergent

I finally decided to try and make my own homemade laundry detergent using ingredients you can buy at your local supermarket. I was a little bit worried when I saw how many ingredients I needed to buy to make this, and wondered if this would really be cost effective or not. But after making this, doing the math and using it I can tell I will always be making and using my own homemade from now on. It’s a great way to save money!

Here are the cast of ingredients to make your own homemade laundry detergent:

1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ($3.24)
1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size ($3.38)
1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb. ($2.12)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz. or you could also use Ivory soap ($0.97 x3)
1 container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb ($3.86)
*optional: Purex Crystals 28 oz. for scent (or you could use Downy unstoppables ) ($5-$6)

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Homemade Shampoo

{This is the basic homemade shampoo recipe I currently use.  However, I used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap, regular tap water, and didn’t add any extra essential oils.  After shampooing, I use a homemade conditioning spray, found here.  When I first switched from commercial hair products to these natural recipes, my hair was very oily for about a week.  It feels amazing now!}

DIY Herbal Shampoo Recipe

My foray into homemade herbal shampoo began last summer. Up until that time, I just used whatever cheap shampoo I could get my hands on. Times were tight and my beloved salon shampoos were most certainly not in the budget. However, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of us being exposed to all of those weird sounding chemicals and knew I could do better than that.

I got the framework for this shampoo from the book Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi. Oh, how I love this book! If you want to make your own natural body care recipes, then this is THE book to own (or check out from the library as much as they’ll let you!)

earthly bodies and heavenly hair

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Oil Cleansing Method

{I began using this method to clean my face each night just a couple of days ago.  I can already tell that my (rather large) pores aren’t harboring little bits of oil.  Here is another website with more information about the oil cleansing method.

Oil Cleansing the most effective way to naturally cleanse and nourish skin Oil Cleansing for Naturally Perfect SkinI’ve posted many natural living and natural beauty ideas before, and this is one of the most simple and effective natural beauty tips I’ve ever found.

I admit, I was skeptical before I first tried this, since my skin is naturally oily and I wasn’t sure it would work for me. I had also had very acne prone skin when I was younger, and was afraid that a method like this would bring back the acne… I was wrong!

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{Strawberry Lemonade}

Strawberry Lemonade

OK, so this isn’t necessarily a Natural Remedy for Life, but it’s one of my family’s favorite summertime drinks.  We like it either alone or with a scoop of ice cream in it.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients

1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 pint strawberries
1 59 oz. Simply Lemonade
2 liter Sprite

Directions

1. Make a syrup by boiling the water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Wash the strawberries, cut off the tops, and pop them into a blender.  Blend until they are pureed.
3. Pour the sugar-water syrup into the blender and blend again until mixed.
4. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any strawberry seeds.
5. Combine the strawberry syrup and Simply Lemonade in a gallon container.
6. Add Sprite until the container is filled.  Refrigerate and serve cold.

*Tip: Chill the Sprite before adding to the strawberry/Simply Lemonade mixture.  Otherwise it will foam A LOT.  If the Sprite isn’t cold when you pour it into the container, use a spoon (or other kitchen tool) to stir so the foam will subside.

Lavender Linen Spray

lavender spray

{When my latest bout of anxiety and panic attacks began, I would wake up nightly around 3 or 4 o’clock and stay awake for about an hour or so.  It was super annoying and exhausting!  However, since I began using this lavender linen spray, I have been sleeping SO good at night.  I still wake up sometimes, but I immediately fall back to sleep.  Seriously, this stuff is AMAZING!  The only change I made to the recipe is that I use doTERRA‘s pure, therapeutic grade oils.}

I used to be able to sleep through anything and everything. I could fall asleep almost anywhere. But as I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to notice that sleep doesn’t come as easily anymore. That’s normal. Not only are your worries and responsibilities usually more taxing on your stress levels as you get older, but there is also a physiological explanation for the lack of sleep—as you get older, your body slows its production of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycles.

Before I was pregnant, I would often taken melatonin supplements before bed, and it worked beautifully for me! But like many natural remedies and supplements, over-the-counter melatonin has not been well-tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women, and so it’s recommended that those of us with child skip the melatonin for the duration of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

{Read more at Back to Her Roots}

DIY: Make Your Own On Guard Hand Sanitizer

DoTerra Products

{I LOVE this stuff!  I keep it in my purse and use it often.  The smell is great too!}

Hand cleansers are a convenient, on-the-go solution for cleaning your hands when soap and water are unavailable. Today, traditional hand sanitizers contain isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. These ingredients can be harmful, especially if accessible to unsupervised children.

Most hand sanitizers contain between 60 to 90 percent alcohol, which is enough to cause alcohol poisoning if ingested. According to CNN Health, a 2 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer may contain as much alcohol as four shots of vodka. Yikes!

The alcohol in hand sanitizers can also be a fire hazard, cause severe skin and eye irritation, and be extremely drying to the skin.

{Read more at doTERRA Blog}

Homemade Bug Spray Repellent Recipe

Homemade Bug Spray Repellent Recipe

THIS HOMEMADE BUG REPELLENT RECIPE WORKS, YA’LL!

During the summer months, bugs can come out in full force. Here in Arizona, we’re lucky that although we have the heat, we don’t have the humidity, which really helps reduce the bugs. We aren’t exempt from mosquitos, and those blasted buggers can really ruin an evening outside!

Regular buy sprays contain LOADS of chemicals, and even if you can stand the smell, you can bet your body won’t be able to handle the toxic load.  I personally don’t worry about every little chemical that comes our way. I can’t, it would drive me crazy! Living in today’s modern world, it’s inevitable that we’re going to be exposed to higher amounts of toxins than our grandparents. It’s a sad fact, but nevertheless, a fact.

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