How To: All Natural Disinfecting Spray

Natural Disinfecting SprayI use my reusable cleaning wipes a lot, but when it comes up on my schedule that it is bathroom cleaning day or time to deep clean the kitchen I opt to use this homemade disinfecting spray let it sit for a bit and wipe it up. Of course, I use a clean rag instead of paper towels to keep it green.

Directions and Ingredients

1. 2 cups water

2. 4 tablespoons of white vinegar

3. 10 drops tea tree oil

4. 10 drops lemon oil

(I had lemon eucalyptus on hand, but usually use straight lemon)

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How To: Homemade Glass Cleaner

Homemade Glass Cleaner

I recently ran out of the glass cleaner I had been using. I decided I wanted to find a cheaper. homemade option. What I found is an easy to make recipe that works really well! I rinsed out and reused the previous comercial glass cleaner bottle, but this recipe doesn’t fill the bottle in case you want to use a smaller spray bottle. Pour all of the ingredients into the bottle and swirl it around before use.

How To: Tinted Lip Balm

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Awhile ago, I had made a batch of honey lip balm. I found a sale at Walgreens on some lipsticks that I liked the color of. The downside, was I didn’t love the formula. I decided instead of waisting all three tubes of lipstick I would melt them with my extra lip balm. Voila! Tinted lip balm that has good color, moisturizes, and protects. I don’t have pictures of making the original lip treatment, but I did snap a few pictures of adding the lipstick to it and my not so pretty final results.

Honey Tinted Lip Balm

These measurement are what I used to make my original batch, so you will have plenty. You can make a WHOLE LOT of tinted lip balms, or give away the plain treatment in little tins or tubes for gifts.

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

1/4 cup grated beeswax

1 tablespoon honey

1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, or in a microwave safe container. If you use the microwave use 30 second bursts.

2. Stir in sweet almond oil and honey to the beeswax.

3. Place your chunks of lipstick in small glass containers. Pour in a couple of table spoons of the lip treatment while it is still hot. Mash and stir each container, this will help melt the lipstick. Reheat if necessary.

4. Allow it to cool for minute, and pour into your tubes (or small tins).

5. Wait for it to set, and enjoy your new tinted lip balm.

DIY tinted lip balm

How To: Natural Body Lotion Bars

Natural Homemade Lotion Bars

Making your own all natural lotion bars is ridiculously easy. You only need a few simple ingredients.

Equal Parts

1. Coconut Oil

2. Sweet Almond Oil

3. Beeswax

4. Essential Oil (optional)

Directions

Step One- In a double boiler melt down the beeswax.

Step Two- After the beeswax is melted add in the sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Allow for it to warm up and melt the coconut oil.

Step Three- Pour it into a silicone mold. The silicone mold is the easiest to remove the bars from once they cool. You can also pour it into a small tin to throw in your purse.

To Use- Simply rub the bar over your skin. Your body heat melts the lotion. Your skin may feel oily at first, but it quickly absorbs into your skin. I love how silky my skin feels for hours and hours. These bars are also great at helping to heal rashes, eczema outbreaks, and many other skin issues.

Enjoy and let me know your opinion on this luxurious, moisturizing treat!

How To: reusable cleaning wipes

Reusable Homemade Cleaning WipesAs I’ve mentioned, I find myself cleaning up a lot of little messes. While doing that, I try to keep what use to clean fairly green and cheap. Cleaning wipes are super convenient to use while cleaning up after little hands. Yet, it is pretty easy to blow threw a container in short order. Instead of constantly buying more, throwing the wipes away, and taking time to recycle the container I have started making my own reusable cleaning wipes from old t-shirts I’ve cut up and a few key ingredients.

Step One – fill container (I used an old baby wipes container) with your cloth wipes
Step Two – take 2 cups purified water, add 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and, add 10 drops of tea tree oil
Step Three – stir the mixture together and pour half of it over your wipes. Flip your wipes over, and pour the rest over the wipes.

How To: Easy Body Scrub

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I don’t like a lot of fancy extras in my body scrubs. I like them to be gentle, yet, exfoliate what needs to be scrubbed. I like them to be a little moisturizing too, so they leave my skin silly smooth. This body scrub doesn’t take more then dumping the salt (I just use iodized table salt) in the jar you will be using, and adding oil (I use olive oil). I fill the jar 3/4 of the way with salt, and oil for the last 1/4. You will need to stir this up before each use. For best scrubbing results I like to massage the scrub onto dry skin then rinse off.

How To: Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Natural DIY Carpet Cleaner

I have two kids and number three is on the way. Stuff happens and messes are made. This is just an inevitable fact of life with kids. When cleaning up after whatever spills and stains come my way I like to be as kid friendly as I can be. I have shared with you my green daily shower spray, and today I leave you with what I used to clean up this stain I found in the kids room. Honestly, I can’t tell you the origins of this mystery stain, or even how long it has been there. I can tell you that I cleaned it up rather easily, and without any heavy-duty commercial cleaners. I wish I had an after picture to share with you, but I scrubbed this mess away right before Jazz’s nap. I forgot to get a picture later, but I assure you that mess is gone.

Ingredients and Directions

1Tablespoon Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Vinegar

2 Cups Water

Dump the baking soda into your spray bottle. Carefully add the vinegar to the bottle. I use a funnel when making this, and a bigger than necessary bottle. When adding the vinegar the mixture will fizz some. Add in the water, swirl it around, and spray on stain. I use a scrub brush to help clean up stains, but a rag would work just fine too.

Let me know if you have success with an otherwise stubborn stain. I’ve used this on some stains that I know have been around for an embarrassingly long time. I’ve used it without a problem on kid stains, pet messes, dried-out dirty foot prints, and many other spots and stains!