Monday, April 4, 2011

Make it Yourself Monday!!!

Since I came out of the No-Pooing closet, quite a few people have messaged me interested in getting recipes for some of my homemade products, mostly beauty related or bath related. I decided that every so often (i.e. when I run out and need to make more), I would do a post with recipes that I use to make every day products!
Introducing my favorite product of all time: Castile Soap!! This can be used for everything from scrubbing floors to washing babies. It's super concentrated, so keep that in mind when you see how little of it is used in recipes!
Yes, my kitchen is a mess...
I like Dr. Bronner's and Dr. Wood's castile soap, but I've found that the Dr. Wood's is a lot less price-wise than Dr. Bronner's, although Dr. Bronner's is more widely available. You can find it at Target now!
This is castile soap with peppermint essential oils and organic shea butter, so this is what I use to make bath products. Keep in mind, this has no numbing agent like most shampoos, so watch out for eyes.
Since this has the peppermint essential oils, keep that in mind when using it on kids. There are mild versions, especially good if you have a little one with sensitive skin or a diaper rash. Some kids are more sensitive than others. But for us, personally, the little ones really enjoy the minty smell (and Keelin likes the cool tingle, Jackson has yet to comment- LOL)!

This is a jar that once held my favorite oil cured kalamata olives! I'm craving them just looking at the glass jar!

For the kids, I fill the jar halfway with hot water and dissolve about a 1/4 of a cup of castile soap. I called a mommy friend of mine who uses the same thing on her kids and she says that she uses 1 part soap to 5 parts water- gives loads of suds and isn't tough to wash off.
There is no magic measurement, just make sure that you use a lot more water than soap- it's really concentrated!

My no poo recipe is still being adjusted. I make a thick paste out of baking soda and water, scrub it really well into my scalp, and then work it down to the ends of my hair, rinse with cool water, and then rinse with some diluted apple cider vinegar (organic and unrefined ACV is best, but you can use white vinegar in a pinch). Definitely works for me!
I've been reading online and a lot of people seem to use a thinner mixture instead of a paste. The common ratio seems to be 1 TBSP of baking soda to 1c of water. I'm going to try it later!

And here is something I am really excited to share!!!
Homemade dishwashing detergent!
Isn't it pretty?
2 cups of Borax (I bought "20 Mule Team" brand borax at Harris Teeter for $2.50)
2 cups of Baking Soda (or washing soda) (I bought Arm & Hammer, huge box, for $2.50)
4 small packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-Aid (you can also use 4 tablespoons of citric acid--if you can find it) (I accidently grabbed Orange- LOL, hence the color! - $1 for 12 packets)
White Vinegar until it's really wet and soft ($1 for a HUGE bottle)

You use about 2 tablespoons per load and I have had really good results with it so far today!
For $7, I got enough to make enough dishwashing detergent to last for a YEAR!!! That is half of what I used to pay for one small bag of my all-natural dishwashing tabs that lasted not even a month and a half... We cook at home a LOT, hence a ridiculous amount of dishes.

EDIT: My mixture dried solid within a couple of days, which I am sure is caused by my jar not being air tight. Since then, I have mixed my powder together in the jar, using the vinegar in the rinse aid compartment in the dishwasher instead of mixing it with the dry ingredients! Hope that helps!

Next time:
homemade deodorant,
facial cleanser,
styling spray for no-poo'ed hair,
and homemade laundry detergent!!


tia said...

you rock lady. I found the recipe for the dish washing detergent a while ago and I have yet to go back- it super cleans the dishes and I know its safe so its a double whammy. I was fed up when I would take the dishes out of the dishwasher to air dry to save energy and the dishes were more and more scuddy with the soap tabs I had been using. So I figured it out, did it my self and it has made me happy ever since. <3

Laura @ our messy messy life. said...

Has that dw detergent worked for you? I've read mixed results online.... The only ingredients I don't have on hand is the Kool-Aid but I might have to give it a try. I go through a lot of dw detergent.

Dusti said...

Tia, I was using the Method grapefruit tabs. They smell amazing and do a great job, but they are SO expensive. Came out to $0.28 per load of dishes! *sigh* But this stuff is awesome! I called my dad in Florida to tell him he was never allowed to buy Cascade tabs again- I would keep him in dish detergent! haha :)And you can't beat the cost!

Laura, it works really well. I've heard that you should avoid using the vinegar if you have hard water. Not sure why, since we don't have hard water. I've never looked into it. :) If you try it, let me know how it works for you!

Anna said...

Just reading your blog today and enjoyed the tips. Not related to house cleaning products ... but I thought you'd enjoy the joys of raw milk (if you haven't already discovered them). I just started making my own yogurt, kefir, raw butter, etc. Based on some of your posts, sounds like it would be right up your ally!