Green Recipes ~ Homemade Creamy Body Wash

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1 Tbsp shea butter

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

3/4 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum

3/4 cup soap base (I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille, unscented)

Approx 25 drops essential oils (See my Best Essential Oils Series) I used a mixture of citrus oils (orange, lemon and lime).

Method

1. Melt shea butter over low heat.

2. Add aloe vera gel and warm together with the shea butter.

3. Add gum and stir well with a whisk.

4. Add the soap base. Mix well. I found I had to mix with my immersion blender or in a blender to get the gum completely distributed. It’s not completely necessary, but makes for a more consistent wash. After blending, your wash will be quite foamy but it will settle in a few hours.

4. After the mixture has cooled, add essential oils (if using).

5. Pour into container of choice. A funnel comes in handy here. (I used a super eco-friendly recycled body wash container.)

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Body Lotion

Homemade Lotion

(Makes 30 ounces)

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As this lotion contains water, it should be refrigerated in warm weather.

4.5 oz coconut oil

1.5 oz emulsifying wax

16 oz distilled water

8 oz glycerin

10-15 drops essential oil (optional)

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the oil and wax. Microwave for about two minutes or until melted. (This can also be done in a double boiler on the stove if you prefer to not use the microwave.)

Heat the water in the microwave or on the stove until simmering.

Combine the water, oil/wax mixture, glycerin and essential oil, if using. Stir thoroughly.

Pour into desired bottle(s). 4 ounce mason jars work really well; then store the rest in a bigger jar in the refrigerator.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Butter

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– Heavy cream

– A jar with a lid

Preparation:

1. Fill a jar halfway with heavy cream (baby food jars work great for small batches), and screw the lid on tight.

2. Shake the jar up and down until the cream thickens and begins to stick together.

3. Then, open the jar, and pour any remaining liquid into another container; this is the buttermilk. Everything else is butter.

4. Knead the butter under cold running water for several minutes to work out any remaining buttermilk (otherwise the butter will spoil quickly).

5. Knead in salt, if desired.

6. Refrigerate.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Fabric Softner

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6 Cups Water

2 Cups Hair Conditioner (You can use any kind. I prefer using a conditioner that is all natural. I usually purchase mine at Sprouts or Central Market.)

3 Cups White Vinegar

Essential Oils (optional)

 

When you buy the conditioner at the store, keep in mind you’ll be needing 16oz. Simply stir the ingredients together then pour them in jars or another storage container. I added Lavender essential oil (about 20 drops) to the fabric softener which gives it a much stronger scent especially since you’re likely using a scented hair conditioner too.

 

You can use this in your fabric softener dispenser or soak a washcloth (and then wring it out well) in it and throw the washcloth in your dryer with your other clothing.

 

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Shaving Cream

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Easy Homemade Shaving Cream

What You Need:

1/3 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. shea butter

1/4 c. olive oil (you could use a different oil like almond or jojoba, whatever you have on hand)

Start by melting the shea butter and the coconut oil on a low heat on the stove top. It doesn’t take very long to melt.

Once it’s melted, pour into a container and add in the olive oil and stir. Set this mixture in the fridge and let it hard.

Once it’s solid again you can take it out of the fridge and put it in a bowl you can whip it in.

Whip it! Do this for about 3 minutes or you can do it until it’s light and creamy.

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark area when not in use.

Use as you would any store bought shave cream! Could be used for shaving for men or women.

Green Recipes ~ Natural Homemade Shampoo

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1/4 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)

1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (completely optional)

20 drops of Essential Oils of choice ( peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Natural Shampoo:

Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)

Shake well to mix.

Keep in shower for up to a month.

Shake before each use.

Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.

If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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4 Cups – hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

•Works well in traditional or HE machines.

•Low sudsing. It is the ingredients in the soap, not the suds, that does the cleaning.

•Clumping and geling of the detergent is normal. Stir before putting in dispenser, and shake before each use.

•For stains, consider using an inexpensive spray-on stain remover before washing. (Zout, Spray ‘n’ Wash, Oxyclean)