Monday, March 19, 2007

Healthy, homemade Facials

Facials are a lot of fun, as you can use a number of simple things from your kitchen. I will post them here as I use them. So far I've only used two:

Honey
---That's it. I rub it on my face and let it dry and then rinse it off in the shower. Your skin feels so fresh and clean. It's amazing for such a simple product.


Ground Oatmeal
---I take oatmeal and grind it in the food processor, add a little bit of warm water and rub it into my face. This is my favorite as I have terrible acne and pick at my face a lot. This takes the dry skin off and feels so good afterwards. I just rinse it off in the shower. Myia rubbed it on her face and thought it was great, while Sam ate the stuff and kept saying 'yum'. I love all-natural! It's safe and fun for the kids to! I ground up a bunch and put it in a baggie and just pull out a handful when I'm ready to use it. I just pour the water right onto my hand, squeeze it to make sure all the oatmeal is wet and scrub away. Make sure you let it dry completely, otherwise it loses it's effectiveness.


Here are 3 great websites for homemade facials-they give a ton of ideas and even tell you what to use for different skin types. The first is the most simple and my favorite:
http://www.stretcher.com/stories/980423b.cfm
http://kpatra.com/homemadefacialrecipes.htm
http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com/

Friday, March 16, 2007

Household Cleaners




Household Cleaners


Mr. Clean and AJAX were my main cleaning supplies. Yet I wasn't comfortable using them around the kids. And Myia desperately wanted to help me clean. So I began researching the Internet and books for natural cleaning recipes. I found out that most of the things that I needed were already in my house. There is a book that I got from the library and ended up buying because it was indispensable-it's called 'The Queen of Clean' by Linda Cobb.

After trying various things this is the all-purpose cleaner I made up and love. I use it on the table and chairs, vinyl and tile floors, toilet, sinks, counters-pretty much everywhere. And the ingredients are ones most people have on hand anyway. I store it in two 8 oz spray bottles and Myia loves it because now I give her a bottle and a rag and she 'helps' me clean. I keep one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen for easy, quick clean up. I can honestly say that I keep a much cleaner house now that it's so convenient and safe.


All Purpose Household Cleaner

Ingredients:

Dish soap (I don't think dish soap is all-natural, but it's non-toxic, or you can use all natural Castile liquid soap also, which I have yet to find)
White distilled vinegar
Lemon juice
Water
Tea Tree Oil/melaleuca oil (optional-it's a natural antiseptic/antifungal-found in health food stores)
2 8 oz. trigger spray bottles

Put 1 TBLS of vinegar in a spray bottle, and then fill the bottle half way with very hot water. Add the 1/8 cup of liquid soap and 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice. Add approx. 8 drops of tea tree oil and you're ready to clean.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I love making my own laundry detergent! The cheap stuff gave Sammy a rash and smelled awful, and Tide is just so expensive! Esp the 'free' stuff if you happen to have any sensitivities. I found all the ingredients at the grocery store, but they may be a little hard to find. The Borax should be everywhere, the washing soda can be found at a pool supply store, although I've never looked, and the Fels Naptha is a bit harder to come by sometimes, but you can use any bar of soap you have on hand. I like Fels Naptha, as it's 100% natural-see picture.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1/4 Bar of soap ($1.39)
1/4 cup Borax ($4.99)
1/4 cup Washing Soda ($4.99)
Essential Oil (optional)
Heavy one gallon container
funnel

Grate the 1/4 bar of soap, put it in a pan with 3 cups of water and heat on medium, stirring constantly until all the soap melts. It bubbles up and is hard to see if the soap is melting sometimes. It takes about 5 minutes and if you lift it out with a spoon and pour it back in, you can usually see if there are flecks of soap that have not yet melted. Don't leave it alone-it will bubble over! It's a clean mess, but still a pain to get off the oven. After the soap has melted, pour in the borax and washing soda. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the essential oils if you choose.
Pour into the container. Fill it halfway with hot water and shake vigorously. Fill it the rest of the way up with water and shake again.
Let sit for 24 hours before using. It will gel up and look like egg yolks. I put in about 1/2 a cup, and I also put 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in one of the fabric softener balls. That is my all-natural fabric softener