27 Jun

DIY and more Good Ideas

Over the years while trying to save money and eliminate toxins from our home I have developed quite a library of recipes of things to make yourself. This does not take a lot of time and allows you to control ingredients. With the help of the EWG and their Skin Deep page I have learned what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat. Check their page to learn more about this and why it is so important http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

Cost was a big factor for me too, when I lost my job due to an chronic illness we were suddenly thrust into a one income scenario. Little did I know we’d eat better, use better products, and grow closer as a family as a result. God has a lovely way of taking what we dread and fear and turning it into something beautiful and I am so glad he does.
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I thought I’d share some of my frugal recipes on DIY products that I have collected. Your reasons for pursuing may be different from mine but that doesn’t matter. We are all sisters of the heart as women and if I can empower only one of you to take a Sunday afternoon and craft a product you are proud of and find useful then I feel I have done a good thing. My goal is to help you all find a better, safer and sustainable way to still have the things we pamper ourselves with and clean our homes with.


Glass Cleaner

1 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

2 1/2 cups distilled water (hint I keep a jug under my sink and every time I boil the kettle and have extra, in it goes for my recipes)

1/8 tsp. 7th generation dish soap

Mix in sprayer (please recycle one) Easy!





6 tbsp. coconut oil

1/4 cup baking soda (make sure there is no aluminum in it)

1/4 organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder

a few drops essential oil scent of your choice

Mix powder with baking soda and ash into coconut oil until blended. Mix in the oil and store in an airtight jar.



Homemade Acne Astringent

2 cups organic witch hazel
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bundle of fresh thyme leaves and flowers

Optional: 2 drops of tea tree, thyme or peppermint essential oil

Pack a  jar with fresh Thyme, pour in witch hazel to fill, shake well and place in sunny window to brew of 4 weeks. Strain, add oils, shake and use….ta da…later zits!



Hand Soap

In 18 oz. pump container, please recycle one, opt for a foaming one for foam soap~

Add 2 tbsp, Dr Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap ( I prefer the Almond)

fill with water, turn bottle to mix and use, no antibacterial garbage in this, all organic!



Antibacterial Wipes

I reuse my 7th generation tub for this, I have to open it to get the wipes but that doesn’t bug me, the mouth is wide, no worries~

Cut a roll of paper towels in half and remove roll, place in tub

In a bowl mix 3/4 cup distilled water

3/4 cup distilled vinegar

15 drops lemongrass essential oil

8 drops of lavender essential oil

4 drops of bergamot essential oil

Pour solution over the wipes and make sure it distributes  on them to saturate them, HINT: you may need to make additional solution for more absorbent kinds. I am going to try to add hydrogen peroxide to mine just to add an anti bacterial quality to it.



Dusting Spray

1/3 cup distilled water

1/2 tbsp Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (Almond or Citrus would do)

8 drops orange essential oil

4 drops cedarwood essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

Mix in 4 oz. spray and use

HINT: Add 1/2 tsp of olive or help oil to make a polish



Citronella Candles

1 pound of tallow

2 oz. beeswax

1/5 oz of a mix of essential oils, citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass and cedarwood.

Melt together on low heat and pour over wicks in small recycles glass jars

I have saved a collection over the years of little pots that other candles came in, I will reuse them!

Last one I promise but it’s the most important one….



Tick Repellent

4 to 5 oz spray bottle

Mix 4 oz. distilled water

20 drops in lemongrass essential oil

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Safe for humans and pets, use liberally….Lyme disease is real, it hurts and is hard to find help for, trust me, I know, I live every day with this reality.

My usual is to reserve a day of the week to play mix-master and whip up the things we use. There is an initial investment in obtaining a good collection of essential oils but it it well worth it. Nature is amazing and the smells don’t burn, won’t kill you and leave you feeling pretty doggone smart.

Sending blessings your way…..



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