Bathroom Spray Cleaner Recipe

Bathroom Spray Cleaner Recipe

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Bathrooms.  We all have ’em and we all have to clean them.

Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on your bathroom cleaners?

The first time I really read the back of my bathroom cleaner, was about 10 years ago.  I was cleaning my tiny, unventilated bathroom while my one year old was napping.  I planned on giving him a bath first thing after he woke.

While cleaning the bathroom, my eyes started to sting and my throat began to burn.  I looked at the label and it said scary things like, “Warning. Keep out of the reach of children” or “Do not breathe spray” and best yet, “Eye and skin irritant. Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.”

That’s when it hit me.  I was scrubbing my tub with this cleaner with all of these crazy warnings, that caused my eyes and throat to burn, and then planned on sitting my baby’s little naked bottom directly on the same tub. Granted I would rinse away the cleaner but trace amounts would still be left behind. That was my aha moment that led me down the path to clean living and using non-toxic products.

Once you start learning about the potential dangers of the ingredients in conventional products, there is no going back.  The knowledge snowballs and before you know it, you start researching the chemicals in body products, then in food and on and on.

Our bodies fight off all of these dangers and filter out a lot of the harmful chemicals.  But when they are in our food, our cleaning and body products and our air, the body can’t keep up and the chemicals start to take a toll.  You can’t be 100% toxin free but proactively limiting the chemicals will help you feel and stay well.

 

Health is priceless.

 

Below is a list of the most common toxic ingredients in most commercial bathroom cleaners.

 

2-BUTOXYETHANOL: A skin and eye irritant also associated with blood disorders. This chemical is listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act due to the understanding that it is harmful to human health.

Ammonia:  Vapours may irritate the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs

MEA (monoethanalomine): Known to induce asthma in workplace settings

DEA (diethanolamine): Mild skin and severe eye irritant.

Fragrance: More than 3000 chemicals are used in fragrance mixtures. Many are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.

Buying a bottle of $3.99 cleaner from the store is super easy and convenient.  I get it. People are busy. Easy and convenient is pretty awesome. The following bathroom cleaner recipe is still very easy and convenient after you build up your cleaning and body products inventory. Plus, you can really save some dough after your initial purchase of bulk ingredients.

The following is a bathroom spray cleaner recipe.  If you need to do some heavy cleaning, this DIY Soft Scrub will do the trick.

 

Bathroom Spray

Cleaner Recipe

 

Ingredients:

Spray Bottle – Glass is best because essential oils can break down plastic. These are my fave.  I also use these labels for my homemade cleaning (and body) products.

2 cups water

2 cups white distilled vinegar

40 drops of essential oil – You can use single oils or combine based on smell and cleaning ability.  I personally use doTerra oils for their potency and purity.  If you would like to learn more about the oils, just let me know and I will be happy to elaborate.

  • Lemon fresh, clean scent.  Antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
  • Tea Tree – antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral.
  • Lavender – delightful, summery scent. Disinfectant properties.
  • Eucalyptus – natural germicide.
  • Peppermint – antibacterial.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix water, vinegar and oils in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake gently to mix.
  3. Spray surface and wipe with a damp cloth.

 

Now you can rest assured that your bathroom cleaner will not warrant a visit from the hazmat team if it gets spilled. 😉

If you are not into making your own bathroom cleaner, check out these more natural alternatives to conventional products.

Method All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaning Spray

Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner, Spray Bottle, Original Fresh

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

 

Here are a couple of other natural ways to keep your home clean. 

 

 

 

 

Do you make your own cleaners?  I would love to hear about them!

 

 

Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe

Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe

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My first experience with a Himalayan salt scrub was at a Salt Cave in Asheville, North Carolina (you can check out their website here.) If you haven’t been to Asheville, I definitely recommend taking a trip. Great food, delicious coffee and award-winning breweries line the downtown streets of this mountain town. Most, if not all, downtown businesses and restaurants are locally owned, farm to table, and eco-friendly. Swoon.

Asheville makes my hippie heart happy.

I could go on about Asheville forever but I will save you the rambling and get back to the Himalayan Salt Scrub that was inspired by my last visit. 🙂

Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available for culinary, cosmetic and therapeutic uses. It is mined from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, which is 190 miles from the Himalayan Mountains. The salt is mined by hand, hand-crushed, hand-washed, and dried in the sun.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt 

  • Himalayan salts are a rich source of minerals that are beneficial for skin health by exfoliation and detoxification.
  • They help to revitalize the skin by removing the dry and dead skin cells, bringing fresh new skin to the surface.
  • The exfoliation process helps remove toxins and impurities from the skin while un-blocking pores and reducing inflammation.

When you combine Himalayan sea salt with healthy oils like coconut, jojoba or almond oil, you get a skin refreshing, health powerhouse body scrub.

Benefits of Jojoba Oil

  • Jojoba Oil mimics the natural oils of our bodies, making it ideal for hydrating skin.
  • Due to its antibacterial properties, Jojoba oil can reduce skin inflammation by killing bacteria.
  • Is high is Vitamin E, which eliminates free radicals that are responsible for aging skin.

Benefits of Almond Oil

  • Full of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from oxidative stress, UV radiation, and sun damage.
  • It’s highly emollient, locking moisture inside the skin.
  • Rich in magnesium, calcium and zinc. These minerals overall are beneficial to skin and nails.

 Coconut Oil Benefits

  • Extremely moisturizing for the skin because it increases hydration and reduces water loss.
  • Contains Lauric acid which is particularly good at killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Absorbs quickly, which leaves silky smooth skin.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits

  • Full of vitamin C, grapefruit essential oil fights against free radicals that damage our skin.
  • It’s antiseptic properties help the skin fight against microbial infections.
  • The aroma is uplifting and relieves anxiety and stress.

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

  • Its anti-inflammatory qualities make it a good way to reduce pain from sprains and joint aches.
  • Inhaling rosemary oil reduces cortisol levels, which calms and relaxes anxiety.
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Step 1. In a double broiler, slowly melt the coconut oil until it completely liquefies.

Step 2. Mix the Himalayan salt, dried rosemary, grapefruit essential oil and rosemary essential oil together in a small glass bowl.

Step 3. Slowly add the liquid coconut oil and Jojoba/Almond to the salt mix.

Step 4. Store in a glass jar.

Step 5. Enjoy!

Where to buy Himalayan Salt scrub ingredients.

If your local grocery or health food store does not have the Himalayan salt, coconut oil, almond or jojoba oil, Amazon has great deals. Please be very particular about the essential oils you purchase.  It is very important that you buy high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils and not fragrance oils.

Thrive Market also sells natural, organic products like the ones for this scrub recipe for up to 50% off retail. They carry high quality products that ship right to your door. You can sign up here for a 30 day trial and snag a free full-sized bag of Thrive Market non-GMO Raw Cashews, for only $1.95 shipping. Sweet.

Good Brands of Essential Oils

Exfoliation Tips 

  • Try to exfoliate once or twice a week for best results.
  • Exfoliate the top layer of dead skin and leave the rejuvenated, healthy skin underneath. This is especially good during the dry, winter months.
  • Wet the skin first, apply the Himalayan salt scrub and exfoliate in a circular motion. This will give your circulation a boost and leave behind rosy, glowing skin.
  • Exfoliating during a detox Epsom Salt bath will allow the benefits of Epsom salt to absorb through the skin more easily.

25 Easy Ways to Live Green on a Budget

25 Easy Ways to Live Green on a Budget

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Living green doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you could actually save green by living green, all while staying healthy and protecting our planet.

This list will get you well on your way to living greener and cleaner.

  1. Recycle. Check you local county website to see if your area offers curbside recycling.  If not, there may be a recycling location where you can drop off your recyclable.  Recycling greatly cuts down on waste that ends up in the landfills. 
  2. Save water. Take shorter showers or install a low-flow shower head. Faucet aerators conserve heat and water and you will earn your money back quickly with the money you save.
  3. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Making your own cleaning supplies is easy and very affordable. Not to mention all of the toxic chemicals that you will keep out of your home. Here are a few homemade cleaners to get your house spic and span.
  4. Switch to non-toxic body products. If your body products contain harmful ingredients such as toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system. When you make your own products, you know exactly what is in them. You can easily make products like dry shampoo, body wash and toothpaste.
  5. Essential oils.  Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants.  The oils contain healing properties for relaxation, beauty products, home cleaning and natural medicine. I use essential oils in every body and cleaning product on top of using them topically for colds. These are the oils I use.  They are pure and of the highest quality.
  6. Read ingredient labels. Know what you are eating.  What are those long, unpronounceable ingredients doing to your body? Food labels provide key information like serving size, calories, total fat and vitamin content.
  7. Shop local. Support the little guy instead of companies that make millions of dollars. Shopping local creates a healthier environment because the goods are located closer to residents and create less traffic nd air pollution.
  8. Reuse. The most effective way to reduce waste is not to create it in the first place. Reusing items reduces the need to harvest new raw materials (think trees), saves energy, money, and keeps wastes from the landfill.
  9. Buy Organic. There are fewer pesticides on food, it’s better for the environment, and organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed animal byproducts. Organic food can be more expensive but you can save money on food with these 10 super easy tips on eating organic.
  10. Grow your own food. No room for a garden? No worries, grow veggies in pots on your patio or herbs in your kitchen window.
  11. Compost. Free, easy to make and good for the environment.  You can compost vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags. You can learn more about composting in this article from NRDC.org.
  12. Install energy-efficient lighting. LED bulbs last 10 years and use 40% less electricity than traditional incandescents. Produce less waste and save more money. Sweet. 
  13. Buy a jar of Coconut Oil. Coconut oil can be used so many ways! Here is a list of 14 awesome ways to use it other than cooking.
  14. CSA. Community supported agriculture is a partnership between farmers and consumers. You pay a fee at the beginning of a growing season and receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week. Support local farmers instead of huge commercial companies.
  15. Switch to cloth diapers. Disposable diapers take 250-500 years to decompose. Switching to cloth will save you over $1000 dollars and keep the chemicals off your little ones bottom.  When my kids were babies, we used BumGenius.  The start up cost was $250 but that’s all we spent until they were potty trained.  If traveling, then we would use Seventh Generation disposable diapers. They are chemical free.
  16. Car pool. Find a buddy and take turns driving into work.  You will save money, time, the environment, wear and tear on your car and reduce traffic! You can also use a ride share service like Lyft or Uber.  Of course, I am partial to Lyft. 😉
  17. Buy rechargeable batteries. Save money, conserve resources, protect the environment and improve performance by buying recyclable batteries like these. You can use rechargeable batteries hundreds of times! They cost more initially, but save money over time.
  18. Have plants to clean the air in your home. Did you know that houseplants can actually clean indoor air of airborne toxins? These 10 houseplants will work extra hard to clean up your indoor air.
  19. Use your dishwasher. It uses less water than hand-washing. For an extra bonus use a DIY dishwashing detergent.
  20. Invest in experiences instead of things for special gifts. Take a family trip instead of expensive Christmas presents.  Or maybe go see a musical instead of an anniversary present. The memories will last longer than a physical present.
  21. Wash clothes in cold water. Washing your clothes in cold water uses less energy and clothes last longer.  If you want to take it a step farther, purchase and energy-efficient washer.  These washers measure the amount of water needed to wash per load.
  22. Buy Used. You can find really good deals on barely used products. Start shopping at thrift stores, consignment stores and garage sales. You can window shop online at sites like Thredup, Craigslist or Varage Sale.
  23. Switch to an aluminum or stainless-steel sports bottle.  Most plastic containers have a chemical called BPA, which is under investigation for its effects on the health of humans. You can opt for a BPA free plastic bottle but they are known to leach phthalates, a chemical thought to disrupt the endocrine system.
  24. Keep food in glass containers. Most plastic containers have a chemical called BPA, which is under investigation for its effects on the health of humans.  When heating in the microwave or washing in the dishwasher can break down the plastic allowing BPA to leach into food.
  25. Replace vinyl shower curtains. There are more than 100 different chemicals vinyl shower curtains emit into the air. Trade out the vinyl curtain for a PVC-free plastic shower curtain.


What are some ways that you live green? Let me know below. 🙂

Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

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An All Purpose Cleaner is a must have in the house.  They are so handy.  You can clean your kitchen counters, bathrooms, and table tops with one product. With so many surfaces of your home coming in contact with this all-in-one cleaner, it is important to know what is in it.

Most all purpose cleaners do not list ingredients. So another way to find out if your cleaner is toxic, look for clues on the label.  If you see the following terms on your commercial cleaning products, you may want to consider using green alternatives. The terms “Danger, Warning or Caution” indicate the level of toxicity.

  • Danger or Poison – most hazardous
  • Warning – moderately hazardous
  • Caution – slightly toxic

Besides the terms above, you will usually find a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “flammable,” “may cause burns on contact,” or “may cause skin irritation.”

Yowza, causing burns on contact?  No, thank you.

According to the Organic Consumer’s Association,

Some all-purpose cleaners contain the sudsing agents diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA), which can react with nitrites (an often undisclosed preservative or contaminant) to form nitrosamines – carcinogens that readily penetrate the skin. Skin also easily absorbs nerve-damaging butyl cellosolve (also known as ethylene glycol monobutyl ether), present in some cleaners. Fumes from ammonia-containing cleaners may cause respiratory irritation. Sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are highly caustic, and sodium hypochlorite should never be mixed with any product containing ammonia or acids, or toxic gases will result. To prevent chemical accidents, it’s best to simply avoid.”

Did you get all that?

Now, if you are completely freaked out, here is a simple recipe for an all purpose cleaner that is non-toxic and effective.

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp Washing soda
1 tsp Castile soap
20 drops Essential oil (lemon/orange is a good combo) – optional
2 cups warm boiled water

Directions:

Step 1: Boil 2 cups of water.

Step 2: Once cooled to warm, pour into a sturdy spray bottle.

Step 3: Add the baking soda, Castile soap and essential oils.

Step 4: Shake gently to mix.

Step 5: Try it out.

If making a cleaner is not your thing, the following list of natural cleaning products are good choices.

Green cleaning alternatives

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner – earth-friendly, cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner – Kills 99.99% of household germs botanically.

Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner – plant-based, safe for children and pets, natural, non-toxic and biodegradable.

Have a great one and let me know if you try out this recipe! xo

Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe

Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe

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The skin is the largest organ of the body and what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds.  That’s crazy fast. Once I learned about this, I started to take a hard look at the ingredients that were in my soap and bodywash.  These chemicals are the most common ingredients in commercial body wash.

Triclosan. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that’s a known Endocrine disruptor and a skin irritant.  Endocrine disruptor is a term used when chemicals interfere with your body’s delicate hormone system.  These disruptions can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. Triclosan can also be found in toothpaste, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These particular sulfates are responsible for the foaming action in cleaning supplies and soaps. SLS and SLES are in 90% of commercial beauty products.  SLS’s are known to cause organ toxicity over time,  irritate eyes and contaminate developmental and reproductive processes.

Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde). Formaldehyde derivatives are preservatives used to help prevent bacterial growth. These chemicals are linked to allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, and can trigger asthma. Overall, they can weaken the immune system and leave you susceptible to other diseases.

Fragrance. The term “fragrance” is unregulated by the FDA.  So basically, companies can put any chemical concoction under the fragrance ingredient similar to how supplement companies use the term “proprietary blend” to sneak in banned substances.  The FDA turns a blind eye and the consumers end up paying with their health. Fragrance has been associated with allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory distress. Perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, and moisturizers often contain fragrance.

Phthalates. These chemicals are some of the most widely used in the U.S. Phthalates increase the flexibility and softness of plastics.  The derivatives of phthalates are often used in cosmetics, deodorants, body washes, hair sprays and moisturizers.  They are known to be Endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.

Parabens. Parabens are used to preserve and prevent bacteria and mold growth in cosmetic products.   They possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. In fact, biopsies of breast tumors have shown traces of the chemical. Phthalates can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.

Synthetic colors. Yellow #5, Blue #1, and Red #40  are three of the most popular FDA-permitted dyes. These dyes are not limited to food and can be found in nearly every product with color. Synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources and are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Union considers synthetic colors a human carcinogen and has banned it from being used.

Yeah, I know that is a lot to take it.  But it’s good to be aware, especially when little ones are involved.

Organic, non-toxic body wash can be expensive. Especially when everyone is on a budget and organic body wash is twice as much as commercial products.

The following homemade body wash recipe has just a handful of organic ingredients and after the initial purchase of the products, will only cost you around two dollars per bottle.  Not to shabby.

Castile Soap.  A versatile soap made from 100% plant oils without any chemical detergents. Since there are not any chemicals in the soap, it is completely biodegradable and earth friendly. Dr. Bronner is the king of Castile soap and you can use the concentrated soap in dozens of ways.

Coconut Oil.   Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing for the skin because it increases hydration and reduces water loss.  Coconut oil also contains Lauric acid which is particularly good at killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi. I hope that you don’t have fungus on your body, 😉 but if you do, use some coconut oil! Here is a list of other great uses for Coconut Oil.

Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous American shrub. Jojoba oil is unique in that it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner.

Vitamin E Oil. A nutrient for your skin, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals. Free radicals form due to environmental exposures such as pollution and ultraviolet radiation, which damage cells and might contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Essential Oils.  Essentials oils are created by extracting the oils from plants, trees and shrubs. Plants and trees contain medicinal properties and when the oil is extracted, the medicinal properties can be used externally to assist in healing the body. Synthetic oils are labeled as “fragrance” oils and you want to stay away from those.  There are many quality oils on the market. I personally use doTerra and am happy with their oils.  If you have another brand you love, please leave me a comment.  I would love to try other brands.

Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Castile soap
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 Tbsp Jojoba oil
1 Tbsp Vitamin E oil
20-30 drops Essential oils of choice (lavender, almond, vanilla….the possibilities are endless). This ingredient is optional.

Directions:

1. Melt Coconut oil in a double boiler.  A double boiler can be made by placing a small glass jar in a pot of water.  Put water into the pot and allow it to only come up the side of the jar by 1 inch. Simmer the jar of coconut oil until it becomes liquid.

2. Combine the castile soap, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil in a measuring cup.  I like to use measuring cups because it is easier to pour from when filling the soap pump.

3. Pour the melted coconut oil into the measuring cup and stir well.

4. Add Essential Oils. Pour 20 – 30 drops and mix. The last batch of homemade body wash was made with almond castile soap and the smell was already amazing so I didn’t add any oils.

The soap pump I used was repurposed from a Meyer’s hand soap pump that I cleaned and dried. Once I removed the label, it made the perfect pump for the homemade body wash.

In fact, I added some flowers, wine and Wild Orange & Clove lip balm to the homemade body wash and gave it to my mom for a birthday gift.

I hope you enjoy this homemade body wash recipe and I have a feeling that you will.

Bye friends. xo

Spider Repellent

Spider Repellent

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This place has a lot of spiders.

And by this place, I mean our newish house that we moved into last summer.  We love our new house and the big, flat yard that has a ton of trees.

 

 

Woods separate our property from the lake and when my day has been stressful, I make the walk through the trees to the water and feel the stress from my day melt off with every step I take.

 

Path through the woods to the lake.

 

Seeing the seasons change at our new house has been amazing.  Last fall we witnessed the trees showing off their dazzling leaves and even got record snowfall in winter.  Nashville got a full 9 inches!  Of course the city was shut down and even grown ups got a snow day.

 

 

Spring has been my favorite so far.  So many surprises as the plants and trees wake from their cold slumber and greet us for the first time with their happy, bright blooms.

 

Daffodils. First sign of spring!

 

I still pinch myself to make sure that this is really my home.  I love it so much.

And so do the spiders apparently.

They are everywhere.  Evie saw one run across her toothbrush the other day.  Oh boy, it was bad.  It wasn’t a huge spider but to a little girl, it was big enough to eat her.  That was the breaking point, something had to give.  It was time to do something to tame this spider situation.

Conventional spider repellents are full of chemicals that we don’t want in our house or around the kids.  This spider repellent is super easy to make and very effective.  With only two non-toxic ingredients, you should totally give this recipe a shot.

DIY Spider Repellant

Ingredients:

  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 oz water
  • Sturdy spray bottle – these are good.

 

Directions:

1. Add 12 ounces of water to a spray bottle.

2. Add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil to water.

3. Shake to mix.

 

Before using, clean the area to get rid of old webs and debris so that the spider repellent can get down into the door cracks, corners of window frames and dark, creepy places where spiders may be hanging out.

 

Sayonara spiders.

 

Spider Repellent
 
Say goodbye to spiders with this DIY spider repellent.
Ingredients
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 oz water
  • Spray bottle
Instructions
  1. Add 12 ounces of water to a spray bottle.
  2. Add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil to water.
  3. Shake to mix.
  4. Spray repellent in the corners of doors and windows and any dark, creepy places spiders like to hang out.

Wild Orange and Clove Lip Balm

Wild Orange and Clove Lip Balm

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I am kind of addicted to lip balm.

The kind of addicted that if I leave home without it, I think my lips will immediately turn into dried up little french fries. Forgetting it ranks right up right up there with forgetting my phone, the kids……you know, important stuff.

Do you feel me?

Great.  Then you will really enjoy making this sweet little gem of a balm.

Do you know how many ingredients are in Wild orange and clove lip balm? Five! Yes, only five.  All ingredients are super easy to find and can be bought online so you will never even have to leave the comfort of your home and therefore cut down on the risk of french fry lip.

This balm uses wild orange and clove essential oils.  When buying essential oils, make sure they are 100% real oil and not synthetic fragrance oils.  Some essential oils that you would find at the grocery or drug store have more chemical fragrance than oil. So make sure you are on the lookout for that, especially when using essential oils on your body.

One day, I will write and write and write about the amazing benefits of essential oils. But until then, check out how I make wild orange and clove lip balm.

 

Wild Orange and Clove lip Balm

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Shea Butter
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
20 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (suggested oils)
10 drops Clove Essential Oil (same place as above)

Tools:
12 Empty Lip Balm Tubes
Small pot
Glass jar or glass measuring cup

Step 1.

Put the beeswax, Shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler.  You can make a double boiler by placing a small glass or mason jar in a small pot of water.

Here is an example of a double boiler for your viewing pleasure.

The water should only reach a couple inches max up the side of the glass container.  Turn your stove on simmer and slowly let the wax, butter and oil melt. In this instance, I used a glass measuring cup because it has a little pour spout to make pouring the lip balm into the tubes a little easier.

Cast of melty characters.

 

Step 2:

Once completely melted, remove the mixture from the double boiler.

Step 3.

Add your essential oils (20 drops Wild orange, 10 drops Clove). Oil drops can come out pretty fast so keep those hands steady. Stir to combine.  Get onto the next step pretty quick before the balm starts to solidify.

Step 4.

Slowly pour the balm into your empty tubes. Let the balm harden before putting the caps on.  It won’t take long, about 5-10 minutes.

This recipe makes 12 tubes of lip balm. Enough to share!  Unless you’re a hoarder and if so, that’s cool, at least you will always have soft lips.

 

Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!

 

**Citrus oils + sun may cause skin sensitivity is some folks.  I’ve personally never had a problem with skin sensitivity after using citrus oils but I need to throw that out there. xo

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

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This homemade whitening toothpaste gets 5 stars for how easy it is to make. 6 stars for how healthy and white it makes your teeth.

I had been thinking about making toothpaste for a while. For a long while actually, and I put it off until I couldn’t squeeze one more drop out of my Tom’s toothpaste tube.

This is the toothpaste I usually use. Tom’s of Maine Propolis & Myrrh Natural Fluoride Free Toothpaste

Worst case scenario, I make the toothpaste and hate it. No problem, I can just run out to the store and buy some more. Best case scenario, it’s awesome and my teeth are clean and sparkly.

This is how I did it.

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp Coconut oil
4 Tbsp Baking soda
2 packages Stevia
30 drops Peppermint (or Cinnamon) Essential oil

1. Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. A double boiler isn’t anything fancy and you can make your own by just placing a jar inside of a small pot with water. Make sure the water only reaches about halfway up the side of the jar and that the burner is on simmer so that no water makes it into your coconut oil.

Coconut oil liquefies pretty quickly so you won’t have to wait long until it melts. It usually only takes 5-10 minutes.

2. Once the coconut oil is liquid, carefully take the jar out of the pot and add these guys (stevia, baking soda and essential oil) to the same jar. Stir very well. In fact, give it a stir every five minutes or so until the toothpaste becomes firm (30 minutes-ish). If you don’t stir often, the baking soda will settle to the bottom and that would make for very salty toothpaste at the end.

Lesson learned the hard way.

3. TADA! Now put a lid on that bad boy and you just made yourself a healthy, cheap and effective toothpaste that will last a few weeks. Awesome!

 

When you use your toothpaste, use a spoon or ice-cream stick to get the toothpaste out of the jar and then apply it to the toothbrush. Dipping you brush into the toothpaste could add bacteria to the jar. Not Awesome!

So, fast forward a few weeks and I was on my way to my first dentist appointment in two years(!).

I was nervous because I just knew there would be a cavity or two that made a home in my teeth. Also, I was curious to see if my homemade toothpaste was actually keeping my teeth clean.

After my cleaning, the dentist gave me a cavity free bill of health and told me that my teeth look great and really white!  Which, if you know me, is shocking because I drink about a gallon of coffee every day.

Overall, she was really surprised that I hadn’t been to the dentist in a couple of years. That gave me the courage to tell her that I have been making my own toothpaste.  My dentist seemed surprised but listened politely to my process and toothpaste ingredients.  Her only suggestion was to cut back on the baking soda because too much could be abrasive on my teeth. So I did.

No more tubes of toothpaste will be harmed in the cleaning of my teeth.

So go ahead and make yourself some best case scenario toothpaste.

Now it’s time for my disclaimer.  I can’t promise everyone will have the same results.  I do floss everyday and the results haven’t been observed over an extended period of time.  But I will let everyone know how it’s going after my next dentist appointment in August. 

P.S.  Spring has sprung here in Nashville.  SO EXCITED!