How to’s: 15 products for your Green home

  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • White Vinegar
  • Castile Bar Soap
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oil
  • Washing Soda
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

The fact of the matter is that we are exposed to tons of chemicals everyday.  We can take simple steps to remove some of these damaging chemicals from our homes.    Let’s not forget how much money you can save by making some of your own cleaning and self-care products.  I am as frugal as I am green and although a few of these products seem costly, they have saved me tons.

Laundry Detergent– 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing Soda, 1 bar castile soap. 

  • Grate soap and melt in pot in 4cups water.
  • Add Borax and Washing Soda to pot continue heating until all are blended.
  • Add 6 cups of hot water to separate container that can hold at least 3 gallons of liquid.  Add Soap mix and stir
  • Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water to container stir
  • Let sit over night and then pour into dispensing containers. (I use 2 old  detergent bottles pouring it in with a strainer and a gallon sized pickle jar.)
  • Use 1/2 cup per load-one batch has lasted me about 2 months.
  • This will be gel-like and cloudy and will be filled with little lumps of soap.  This is normal and works well even in a front loader.

Dishwasher Powder-1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Baking Soda, 1/4 cup Kosher salt or (1 cup table salt).  Mix together.  Use 1/4 cup per load.

Dishwasher Rinse Aid– White Vinegar

Liquid Hand Soap– 1 Tb. Honey, 1 t. Vegetable Glycerin, 1 bar of soap (grated).  Heat

Teeth Whitener-Baking Soda and water, make into a paste and brush for 2-3mins.

Face Scrub/ Exfoliant– 2Tb. Honey, 4-5 Tb. Olive Oil, 2T. Sugar.  Use 2-3x/wk, Microwave 10 seconds and/ or mix well before each use.

Deodorant- Coconut oil, Cornstarch, and baking soda

Diaper Cream-lotion– This site is full of wonderful how to recipes/ tutorials.  http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/09/homemade-natural-diaper-cream-lotion.html

All- Purpose Cleaner– 1 cup vinegar and fill bottle the rest of the way with water.

Window Cleaner– 1 cup vinegar /rest of container with water.

More DIY’s to come.  What do you make that you love?  Please share tips here!

I am linking to a great resource for DIY Cleaners here Eco-Novice: Going Green Gradually!

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2 Responses to How to’s: 15 products for your Green home

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  2. 'Becca says:

    I wash my face with honey in the winter. (In summer, I’m too oily and need to use soap.) Just smooth it on and get into the shower, then rinse off the honey when it becomes distractingly drippy.

    I wash my hair with vinegar.

    I mix baking soda and liquid soap into a paste that’s like homemade Soft Scrub for cleaning. It also can be used as a facial scrub!

    I love safe, affordable things like these. Thanks for the ideas!

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