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: 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: 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!

How To: Moisturizing Face Wash

Homemade Natural Face Wash

A few posts back I shared my recipes for a natural diaper change, but today I want to share the steps to making your own moisturizing face wash. This recipe is super simple and probably the best and cheapest formula I have used lately. It does a great job removing makeup including eye makeup. It is also fairly moisturizing too. For someone like me it is the perfect amount of moisture while not making my oily skin any greasier.

Directions and Ingredients

3 teaspoons Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap (Baby Formula)

3 Tablespoons Filtered Water

3 Tablespoons Glycerin

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

Pour all the ingredients into a blender, and blend for 2-3 minutes to thicken it. Pour into a bottle, preferably with a pump. You only need a small amount each time. Massage onto your face for a minute. Wash off with a warm wash cloth.

How To: Homemade Daily Shower Spray

homemade shower spray

I’m also doing what I can to save money in all aspects of my life. I have been making a lot of my own cleaning supplies, as well as, beauty stuff too. Recently, I shared my recipe for homemade rosemary shampoo, and a reader request for my diaper solution spray and butt balm. This week I want to share what I am using as my daily shower spray.

Steps 1-3 are optional, but I do not personally enjoy the scent of vinegar. These steps give it a citrus scent and help cut through soap scum.

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1. Enjoy 2 oranges or 3-4 clementines or tangerines!

2. Place citrus peels in a jar, and pour in vinegar until full. Recap jar

3. Let this jar sit for about 2 weeks. Whenever I’m around the jar I shake it up a bit, but this is an unnecessary part of the recipe.

4. Strain vinegar into your spray bottle.

5. Add the required amount of water.

One part vinegar to three parts water.

6. Spray surfaces after each shower. I’ve also been told that if you add a few drops of a citrus oil it will help dirt slide off when the walls get wet during your shower.

Homemade Diaper Spray Solution and Butt Balm for a natural diaper change

I’m a cloth diapering mama, and a huge fan of cute fluffy bums! I’m sure the future will hold a few posts about cloth diapering. Today, I am bringing you a reader request for the recipes I use for my diaper spray solution and butt balm. Both of these items are all natural, and the balm is cloth diaper safe too.

I want to start off with the diaper spray, because, it is the easiest to make. I usually make a large bottle full. In turn, I fill a smaller spray bottle that I use to either spray the cloth wipes or directly on the little man’s tush.

Natural Diaper Spray Solution

Ingredients

Dr. Bonner’s Castille Soap Baby Formula- 1 tablespoon

Sweet Almond Oil- 3 tablespoons

Purified Water- fill to the top of the bottle

(The bottle I use is 16 oz)

Directions

1. Add you Dr. Bonner’s and almond oil to your bottle.

2. Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water.

You can use less oil if you want. The older Jazz has gotten, and occasionally dealing with rather sticky poo, I feel the oil helps me to wipe it off the mess easier.

Next up is the cloth diaper safe butt balm. I had been using CJ’s BUTTer in Mango Sugar Mint. I loved using this product, but I wanted to try my hand at making my own version. Something cheaper, but not inferior.

Natural Butt Balm

Ingredients

Coconut Oil- 1/4 cup

Beeswax- 1/4 cup

Sweet Almond Oil- jar use: 1/4 cup

It will melt with the warmth of your hands, but will be messier to use in my opinion.

stick use: 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons

Because, it will be applied with a stick, instead of your fingers, the extra almond oil allows it to spread easier.

5-7 drops of essential oils (optional)

I used my old CJ’s BUTTer stick, but you can use a clean, used deodorant tube instead.

Directions

1. Melt your coconut oil and beeswax. You can do this in a small sauce pan over the stove, or a glass jar in the microwave. If you use the microwave I’ve heard it is recommended to do short 30sec bursts and stir in between.

2. Stir in the sweet almond oil and essential oils.

3. Allow the mixture to cool for a minute before pouring into your container of choice.

Any extra can be saved in a small jar and melted down and added to your next batch.

How To: Homemade Rosemary Shampoo

Homemade Rosemary Shampoo

I’ve made this shampoo recipe a few times now and have been very happy with the results. It doesn’t cost much, and is really easy to make.

ingredients

1/4 cup hot water

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1/4 cup liquid castile soap

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

few drops of tea tree oil

1/4 teaspoon essential oil(optional)

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Steep the dried rosemary in the hot water for a few minutes stirring occasionally to help release the fragrance. Combine everything else in a small spray bottle (The spray bottle helps regulate the amount used, since, it is so runny.) After the rosemary has steeped add the wate to the mixture.

To use you may keep it in the shower. Just shake it up before spraying on your head. Massage scalp for a few minutes before rinsing out. With my short hair I do not need a conditioner, and my daughter’s fine hair does well too. Longer, thicker hair may need a conditioner to keep tangles at bay.