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Making your own cleaning and beauty products is often the most sustainable (and cheapest way) to go. With some white vinegar, castille soap and baking soda you can go a long way. Add some coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, lemon, borax  and some essentials oils and you can almost make anything.

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Considering the amount of money (and plastic) we spend on brand name cleaning products you will be surprised how easy it is to make your own.

 

All Purpose Cleaner

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 tbsp baking soda

1/4 gallon hot water

A few drops of essential oil

Mix and keep in a spray bottle

Window Cleaner 1

1/2 cup white vinegar 

1 cup water

Mix and keep in a spray bottle

Window Cleaner 2

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)

 

2 cups water

1-2 dropps of essential oil (optional-it won't help with the cleaning but it will make it smell nice)

Mix and keep in a spray bottle

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/2 cup bicarbonate

1/2 cup white vinegar

Pour in baking soda and scrub, spray with vinegar

Sink Cleaner

1/4 cup baking soda

10 drops of Tea tree essential oil

1 squirt of dish soap

Heavy-Duty Scrub

1/2 lemon

 

1/2 cup Borax powder

Dip the lemon in to the borax and scrub to remove rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs, then rinse (not safe for marble or granite as the acid from the lemon can etch the stone). 

Fabric softener

One gallon white vinegar

20-30 drops of essential oils

Add the dropps to the gallon of vinegar and use 1/3 cup to each laundry load (make sure you shake before each use). We find that this makes towels especially fluffy and no, the vinegar smell does not stay on the clothes.

Beauty Products

It's really easy, and surprisingly satisfying, to make your own beauty products. They make great gifts too!

 

Hand cream

1/2 tbsp beeswax

1 tbsp cocoa butter

1 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp purified warm water

8 drops of essential oil

Heat the wax in a deep plate over boiling water

Add cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil

Stir in the water

Remove from heat and add essential oils. Continue to stir until smooth

Body butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup cocoa butter

few drops of essential oils

Melt oil and butter in a deep plate over boiling water

Remove from heat and allow to cool

Add a few drops of essential oils

Freeze until solid and then allow to soften slightly

Whisk until smooth and add to sterilized jar

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Beeswax wraps

100% cotton fabric (preferably organic) washed and dried. 

0.35 oz pine resin

1.25 oz beeswax

1 tbsp organic jojoba oil

popsicle or other compostable stirrer

parent paper

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Cut the fabric in to desired shapes and sizes

Place pine resin, bees wax and jojoba oil in a double boiler  and allow to melt and meld (about 20Min)

Preheat the over to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

Spread fabric flat on parchment paper

Brush melted mixture lightly on fabric and put in over for about two minutes-or until fabric looks wet

Remove from oven and look for dry spots. Brush mixture over these uncovered areas

Place the next wrap on top of the finished wrap to soak up any excess coating mixture. Work quickly as you don't want the wax to begin to solidify

Once you have pressed any excess on to the new piece of fabric, peel part and hang your completed wrap to dry-it only takes a few minutes

Repeat steps until you are out of fabric and/or mixture.

 

Recipe from Mountain Rose herbs where you can also buy ingredients needed.