Yesterday in the shower, I was reflecting on some changes I have made in my life. I had one of those (OK several) of those, "How did I not know about this sooner!?" revelations. The parent revelation led to me ranting on Facebook.
2. Exercise - natural anti-depressant/high. Why don't more sources prescribe exercise when people are feeling down? Today, I took my dog for a run (I am training for a 5K). I don't particularly enjoy running (OK, I dislike it), but I do love the way I feel afterwards. I feel lighter, energized, and happy, albeit worn out.
3. Laundry detergent - I originally started out with a recipe that was borax, washing soda, and Dawn dish soap that I found on Pinterest. I was looking for a way to improve my family's budget and laundry detergent is expensive. I know from taking18 credit hours of Textile Sciences in college and in my career, that Tide is one of the best detergents/most popular. I know from having babies that Dreft is best for baby's skin. I also know that Americans use entirely too much detergent in the wash. Hmmmmm..... My recent recipe for liquid laundry detergent is: 3 TBSP of Borax and 3 TBSP of Washing Soda, poured into a gallon container. Add 4 cups of HOT water. Put a cover on the container. Shake the container until the powders are disolved. Add 3 TBSPs of your favorite Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (liquid) scent (mine is lavender). Top off the container with water. I use 1/2 - 1 cup per load. I started using Borax and Washing Soda for cleaning products about 2 years ago. Each box cost me a couple of bucks. I still have plenty to last me awhile...
4. Multipurpose cleaner - White distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle. I add a couple drops of essential oil to make it smell pretty (you guessed it, I use lavender essential oil).
5. Heavy duty cleaner - Baking soda and white vinegar...sit back and watch it bubble and fizz. Wipe with a damp sponge.
6. Carpet cleaner - Vinegar, dish soap, and water.
7. Body scrubs (this is my favorite) - for those of you who do not eat sugar, this is a great way to use of any sugar supply you have...Equal parts brown and white sugar mixed well. Add Vitamin E Oil, Coconut Oil, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil in any combination you want until the sugars look moist. Add a few drops of your favorite scent (lavender) essential oil. Slather on your wet hands and/or feet and rinse after a minute or so...The last commercial body scrub I bought was $15 for a small container. I used it very sparingly and only when I wanted to treat myself...
8. Foot soak - I just found this one somewhere on the interwebs. It is the best soak I have found. I may have modified it a bit based on my experiences...1/8 cup of epsom salt, 1/4 baking soda, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and a couple drops of essential oil (guess what I used...lavender) and fill whatever you are soaking your feet in with warm water. Soak for at least 10 minutes. Use a foot file or pumice stone to scrub off all the dry skin.
9. Spa water - Slice up some fruit, cucumbers, and or mint. Add them to your glass of water. I am enjoying strawberries and lemon right now.
10. Facial cleanser - Crap, I can't remember the recipe. I better find it, as I am almost out....1/4 Cup Chamomile Tea (brewed), 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oil (your favorite scent), couple drops of Dr. Bronner's. Keep it in an airtight container. I keep mine in the shower.
Bonus: I had another "How did I not know this sooner!?" moment with organic not sweetened shredded coconut. It tastes so much better than the non-organic sweetened one that is most easily found at the grocery store. Added bonus, is that it is cheaper and I don't have to use as much :)
I am sure there are more that I use. And you, are probably wondering is there any more natural product I have tried to make and use with out success....why yes, dishwasher detergent was an epic failure. At first I liked it, but towards the end of the batch my dishes felt dry and dull.