Jesus said: "Treat others the way you want to be treated." - Matthew 7:12
Do you ever have days where you feel like you're quoting this verse to your kids constantly? I hope I'm not alone!
I like natural products and enjoy making them. Plus they usually save money too. Recently while Tabby was having her piano lesson, her teacher's husband asked me how I killed fruit flies. I responded that I didn't but should as our kitchen has been overwhelmed by them this summer. He said that his method of killing the fruit flies last year did not work this year. I asked what it was, he told me, and I came home and tried it. It worked like a charm for us! Much to his surprise and confusion when I told him the following week at piano lesson.
To make fruit fly killer, all you have to do is fill a little bowl with about an inch of apple cider vinegar, squirt in a little dish washing soap, and leave it on your kitchen counter. I've been gleefully delighted with the rapidly growing body count of the fruit flies in our bowl!
I used to make my own laundry detergent, but now prefer soap nuts. You can read my post about them here: God made laundry detergent. (You can get 10% the purchase of soap nuts by clicking through the top right Olive Shoot Institute ad and using Lilly10 as your discount code.)
The other day I made eye makeup remover using a recipe I found here. I mixed:
2 Tbsp witch hazel
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil (you can use the oil of your choice)
2 Tbsp filtered water
I also pierced a vitamin E capsule and squeezed the contents in. Poured it all into a little glass jar and viola!
Speaking of oil, Tabby and I like this face cleanser I found here. (More details in that link.) I make it with a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil, then add a few drops of tea tree oil to fight acne. I wondered if the oil would make my skin feel oily but it doesn't. Just soft and clean.
Finally I really like this all-purpose cleaner that I've been using in the kitchen. I found it here. In a spray bottle I mix:
1 tsp borax
1/2 tsp washing soda
1 tsp liquid castille soap
essential oils (your choice. I use: 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender, 10 drops sweet orange)
What about this face - do you think it needs a cleaning?!
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The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning by Karyn Siegel-Maier
Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles
In the second book listed, I use recipes for toners and astringents that work well. There are also facial cleanser recipes I really like though I've been using the oil one described above simply because it's faster. There is also a lip balm recipe I like though I've adapted it by leaving out a few ingredients. A hand lotion recipe worked great for me this past winter.
What about you? Do you have a favorite homemade recipe to share? I'd love to hear it!