“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.” Chanakya
Here are 2 easy recipes for Homemade laundry Softener!
This first one is an easy recipe for Homemade Fabric Softener using baking powder and hair conditioner. It works just as well as commercial fabric softeners but a third of the cost! You’re clothes and family will not know the difference with softness or static control. If you prefer the scent to be more obvious you can add essential oils as they are natural and will not cause adverse effects on skin or lungs as many artificial fragrances do.
“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” E.B. White
As promised, here is my recipe for Homemade Dry Laundry Soap. I’ve been using this for about 20 years now ever since my baby, at the time, had bad skin allergies to all commercial detergents. The ingredients are simple and can be bought in any food store. The Mule Team Borax was 3.84 box (11 cups) and the Baking Soda was 2.64 box for 8 cups and the Fels-Naptha bar of soap was .97. The total cost for a batch of powder laundry is $1.65 for 48 loads. This comes to 3.4 cents per load compared with commercial laundry soaps at 10-14 cents per load.
This Homemade Laundry powder is low suds so I do use it in my HE washer and it cleans great! Remember to use only one rounded Tablespoon as it’s concentrated.
“The fragrance of white tea is the feeling of existing in the mists that float over waters; the scent of peony is the scent of the absence of negativity: a lack of confusion, doubt, and darkness; to smell a rose is to teach your soul to skip; a nut and a wood together is a walk over fallen Autumn leaves; the touch of jasmine is a night’s dream under the nomad’s moon.”
― C. JoyBell C.
After my once a year trip to the mall, I was assaulted by the scent of artificial fragrances in the air everywhere; which actually gave me an awful headache and nausea. (Not to mention the women I passed by whose perfume followed me about 20 steps in the other direction like a bad odorous vapor.) From the ever popular artificially scented candle stores to the assorted artificially scented soap sections, the strong scents lingered and I felt sorry for the employees. I made the mistake of smelling one of the bars of soap labeled fresh nature scent, that was an offensive scent that came from a factory not nature in any way, shape or form.
Fragrances before the 70’s were mainly comprised of natural ingredients and a base of natural oils and/or alcohol; utilizing the natural fragrances from nature.
Written by Meg Price
Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. ~Alice Walker
In a world of plastics and glass; The craving for elegance & old world artistry calls me. Silver to me is like an everlasting treasure that gives exquisiteness to all occasions. Serving tea to a friend, from a sparkling silver pitcher, delivers a rhythm of refinement to the moment; hence allowing the visitor an extraordinary moment in the now.
My silver collection started with the inheritance of my paternal grandmother’s silverware from France; and now my collection consists of 4 sets of complete tea serving sets with assorted candle sticks & many other elegant pieces. Most have actually been found at yard sales around the south, for a fraction of the cost compared to antique stores.
For years I cleaned my silver regularly, to remove the tarnish, using store bought silver polish; but was so rough to my hands that I needed to wear gloves. Recently I have found a fabulous natural way to effortlessly & efficiently remove the light tarnish in a minute and just a minute more for heavier tarnished items. It’s safe for the silver and save for your hands. With this natural silver polish method it takes about half the time and effort to rid the darkened color of your silver items.
- Start by placing some baking soda in a dish, then some white or apple cider vinegar in another dish.
- Using a paper-towel dip into the each and start wiping off the item.
- It is truly amazing that the tarnish wipes off in a minute or less while gently rubbing ; continue to dip again in both bowls and apply to piece.
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. ~Edgar Allan Poe
This 100% natural facial scrub is smooth and invigorating; while accomplishing a clean and fresh sensation to your face. My Black and White Bean Facial Scrub & Cleanser recipe is for all types of skin, prevents breakouts while exfoliating your skin gently. Try to make some today with the recipe below and you’ll be amazed at the combination of creaminess with a hint of exfoliating scrub particles, there is no other product I’d ever use again to cleanse my face. It will leave your face smooth by removing all the dead skin cells and oil residues.
My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors. —Bette Midler
Washing floors is a chore most of us have to attend to, but efficiency is a constant battle. I’ve tried so many methods over decades; using standard mop and pail, squeegee sponge mops, new spray & mop disposable pads, and even a pole or my foot with towel rags to spread around. My goal has been to clean the floor but not spread the dirt around while trying to disinfect at the same time. I have finally found the perfect solution for my tile and wood floors; the Steam mop! The Hoover TwinTank Disinfecting Steam Mop comes with reusable 3 pads and an attachment for carpet stains. There are 2 attached canisters, one for water and the other for solution. Of course you can just use water if you prefer as it also has a steam feature to disinfect. The settings range from steam only which is perfect for wood floors, to deep cleaning for tile and linoleum. For my wood floors I use Bona wood floor cleaner in the solution canister with light steam so the wood doesn’t get saturated but properly cleaned. For the tile kitchen and bathroom floors I use Bona tile and linoleum cleaner or natural cleaner such as vinegar in the solution tank-works great! Read more
Soap making can be genuinely rewarding but you will need to follow instructions exactly for a great end product. I began making soap a few decades ago as my great grandmother (Big Mom), did for her entire life. I refer to her century old recipe for a basic soap recipe; but then hand mill the soap bars for added ingredients. Big Mom would use 3′ x 3′ wooden molds outside to cure her soap; but I use mostly glass molds & keep in a dry place for curing & hardening. The lye and fat have a chemical reaction (saponification) needing time for the Lye to breakdown the fat resulting in glycerin & soap product. There are hints for successful soap creating, of the basic bar, which I will let you in on them below. Home crafted soaps last longer than traditional store bought soaps and have no added fragrance chemicals; rendering a quality product that’s great for gifts as well. note: The different shades of soap depends on the recipe you use; but after a few weeks of curing, whoo hoo your soap is ready to use!
In this world of constant hustle & multi-tasking, there are a plethora of products on the market to help you relax at the end of the day. Be careful though of fragrance products that add artificial chemicals into the air such as diffusers with artificial fragrances & scented candles. The chemicals may be pleasant or hide stale cat or dog odors but will get into your lungs and bloodstream immediately. There are many alternatives to using artificial scented chemical products such as essential oils or herbs. Diffusing essential oils in the home is referred to as “aromatherapy”. Essential oils have different properties in them to help with immune boosting, healing, relaxation, headache reduction, nausea and so much more. Once inhaled they are in your system in as little as 3 seconds. Something to think about when inhaling artificial fragrances contained in scented candles & perfumed diffusers! An additional benefit to misting of essential oils is that they purify the air by removing toxins, harmful microscopic particles, & increase negative ions to substancially inhibit the growth of airborne pathogens. Read more
While walking through the food store I walked by a homeless woman who I had seen many times there before. She walked slowly past with a cart containing only a few items, which were the same items as other times before. Her cart contained 3 boxes of baking soda only, which prompted me to research this choice of hers.
What I found was amazing! Baking soda has so many uses that if I was trying to spend as little as possible on cleaning and hygiene items, this would be my choice as well. With a large family I decided to try these uses that are listed below; not only did I save money but loved the natural products. My favorite was the toothpaste, as it is without harmful fluoride. You eventually get past the taste. :} Read more