Here is a recipe I'm going to try- haven't yet..
Winter Sore Throat Tea
Lemon slices, honey, and maybe some sliced ginger .. put in a jar with a lid and in the refrigerator. It will form a jelly.
Spoon the jelly into a mug and add hot water.. stir and sip.
Stores 2-3 months
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
1/4c Aloe Vera gel
3/4c Rubbing alcohol
10 gtts essential oil- your choice
Pour everything into a food processor or blender ..
On high for 1-2 minutes
Bottle it- keeps 6+ months
Homemade Sugar Scrub
Equal parts brown and white sugar in a 6-8 oz jar
Fill to top with olive oil and add 1-2 Tbsp vanilla extract
Mix to a paste
Sort of reminds me of BC ?? I have not yet tried this one either..
Oh..here's a really good tip. I finally learned how to actually SHINE my stainless steel sinks. First sprinkle some lemon juice in the sink- about 2 Tbsp. Then sprinkle over it baking soda..right out of the box. It will foam up nicely. Scrub the entire sink with this . Then rinse and dry with a towel. Apply a few drops of oil in the sink and buff with a towel.. WHOA!!! It shines!! The oil you use can be olive, baby, or any other oil you might have in the kitchen.. just don't use a lot..a few drops does the trick nicely.
1/8c fabric softener
2 Tbsp baking soda
Hot tap water to fill a 32oz bottle.
I tried this. I liked it a lot.. BUT.. I found when I sprayed it on my black jacket, it left a white film on it. Nothing else had it- used it on the sofa and chairs and carpet. Smells heavenly and no white film.. just on my black jacket. I guess I'd say.. use sparingly even if it does smell soooooo good.
Faux Clorox Wipes
1/4c rubbing alcohol
1 Tbsp Dawn (blue)
2 Tbsp Ammonia (optional)
Stir together and pour over cotton cloths.
Put in a jar or air tight container.
As you use these, toss them back into the laundry and rewash..then put them back in the jar for next time.
I used an old gunky terry cloth towel. I cut the wipes about 6"x 6" and soaked them in an old Cool Whip container with a lid.
I did not use the ammonia.
Homemade Dryer sheets
Cut up old towels or whatever fabric you have into 6x6" pieces.
Soak in fabric softener in a container.
Use 1 for each dryer load- squeeze out the excess fluid and toss into the dryer with your wet clothes.
When done, put it back into the softener for the next wash day.
Faux Oxyclean soak
1/2c baking soda
Mix and soak laundry overnight.
I haven't tried this yet.. sounds good though.
Liquid Laundry Soap
Grate 1 bar of soap- Fels Naptha is awesome
1c Washing soda
2 gallon jugs
Fill a gallon jug with hot water and pour into a pot
Cook until the soap dissolves
Add borax and soda
Bring to a boil- it will coagulate
Turn off heat
Add 1 gallon cold water, stir well
Pour a gallon into both jugs
1/2c per load
~ I have not tried this yet.. but am looking forward to doing just that.
Homemade Underarm Deodorant
1/4c baking soda
1/4c corn starch
1/4c Coconut oil
essential oil optional
In a small saucepan (I used the microwave),
melt the coconut oil. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.. transfer to an empty deodorant container. Let set
I didn't have an empty, so I used a 4oz mason jar. It really does solidify to the texture of deodorant. I had to use a cotton pledget to apply it after my shower this morning. It does work, but remember, this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. You may sweat, but it won't smell bad.
I felt bad tossing those pledgets away.. I pulled them back out of the wastecan and shined my shoes- waterproofed them! Ha!
I did try this deodorant for several days and now know that although it is a deodorant (and a great polish for shoes), I can't use it for its primary purpose. It made my underarms burn in the evening. Hope others don't have the same problem..Am thinking I need an antiperspirant rather than just deodorant.
Boiling water- I used a cup
Baking soda- I used about 2 Tbsp
I put this in a corelle bowl and then tossed in my rings.. They bubble and sizzle a bit.. I left them in for about 5 minutes.
I took them out using a spoon and layed them on a tea towel till I could handle them and rinsed them with cold water. WOW! They shine like new!