I've had a request for some of my homemade recipes, so here we go! Everything is SO expensive...if I can make it cheaper, and it works well, then that gives me more $$ to spend elsewhere.
1 c. borax
1 c. washing soda
1/2 c. citric acid
1/2 c. kosher salt
*Use 1 Tbsp/ load
[The verdict is still out on this one...I've tried homemade dishwasher soap before and it didn't work. This is a little different. So I'll try it for another week or two, and see how it cleans. I like my dishes to be sparkling!]
Here's 1 recipe:
1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
5 T. coconut oil
--essential oils--optional (I use lavender or tea tree oil)
3 T. shea butter
3 T. baking soda
2 T. cornstarch
2 T cocoa butter
2 vitamin E caps opened and squeezed in
Really, I like both. The 2nd one is a new recipe and I really liked the consistency. The ingredients I just happened to have on hand...they are rather unusual. (I ordered them through Mountain Rose Herbs a few years ago, when trying to make lotion to help William's eczema) The mixtures can be put into an old deodorant container or a small jar. The only issue w/ the 1st recipe, is that if the air temperature is above 70 degrees, it'll liquefy your deodorant--may have to stick it in the fridge.
Now! I've tried several recipes, some good, some not-so-much :)
I'll post my 2 favorites:
2-3 T coconut oil
3 T. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix 4 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen oil. This is a tooth powder. The brushing powder will leave your mouth fresh and clean. No worries about fluoride or strange chemicals or about your toddler eating it. To make it into a toothpaste, take 1/2 cup of the tooth powder, and add 3 tsp. food grade glycerin and some more essential oil. Spoon it into individual squeeze bottles (find them at Walmart in the health and beauty: travel section)
I suppose, some of the ingredients are kind of expensive...but I do keep coconut oil, glycerin, essential oils on hand. Beachy's or The Family Healthfood Store in Arthur carries all of the ingredients, as well as online stores.
There you go!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
We started back in with "full-fledge" school right after Labor Day. (We do continue school through the summer...just not every subject) We just finished up our 2nd week today. I'm enjoying our new schedule/routine...and the kids are doing well on their school subjects. :)The kids and I took a morning at the end of August, to make a new supply of Playdough and Flubber. It keeps them well occupied, for times I need to spend 1-on-1 time with someone. :)
Yay for learning & the freedom and privilege to educate my own children. What fun and what a blessing! I am reminded daily that the main reason we're homeschooling is to disciple our own children. Homeschooling is definitely not easy--there's lots of other things I could be doing...but it's something we feel called to do for TODAY. Some people homeschool year by year...I homeschool day-to-day. lol!! I get the opportunity daily, to remind my kids of WHY we need the GOSPEL! It's quite the experience living with 4 unsaved little people. :) My schedule was out the window 2 days ago, when I had to take aside 45 minutes to minister to one of my little people...who struggles with a good attitude. I know if they were shooed out of the door before 8 am every morning, and away from me for 8 hours, I wouldn't have near the # of opportunities to deal with their heart issues. Oh, and it's also quite the revealing process for myself as well--my heart and my NEED for Jesus minute by minute.
So, after all that! Here's to another year...I mean day...of school, learning, character building, nurturing, and teaching little hearts.
"Oh teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to understanding..." Prov...