Monday Moments ~ Laundry Detergent For Baby

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Do you use a particular brand of detergent for your little love’s laundry? If so, what is it? I made detergent out of all natural products for my youngest. He had very sensitive skin, and I found that making the detergent myself cut down on his sensitivity, and saved me money each month as well. How about you?

Homemade Holiday ~ Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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Mix 3 parts white sugar and 1 part olive oil or sweet almond oil, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or essential oil.

Now spoon them into individual airtight containers, dress them up with a ribbon and a sweet holiday note. Perfect little gift for those that you love!

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Bubble Bath

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Clear or light-colored shampoo, water, table salt, food coloring, medium-sized bowl, small plate, spoon, toothpick; small, clean jar (jam jars work well)

If you’re looking for a great homemade gift you can make with the kids, try making bubble bath. You will probably have everything you need already in the house. To get started, pour 1/2 cup clear or light-colored shampoo and 3/4 cup water into a medium bowl and combine with a spoon. Then add 1/4 teaspoon salt and wait until the mixture thickens. Next, sprinkle a few drops of food coloring onto a plate. Take a toothpick and dip it into the food coloring, using it to slowly add food coloring to the shampoo mixture. Keep adding until you’ve achieved a color you like. Pour into a wide-mouthed jar and decorate by sticking on a pretty label. If you want to get really elaborate, you can cover the lid with a scrap of cloth and tie a ribbon around the top.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Ice Cream In a Bag

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Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pint-size ziplock bag

1 gallon-size ziplock bag

Your favorite mix-ins such as chocolate chips, cereal pieces, or fresh fruit.

Notes:

Serves 1

How to make it

Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.

Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it’s done.

Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too!

Green Recipes ~ No Cook Flour Finger Paint

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons salt

Flour Paint

Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl. You may also use baby rice cereal, instant pudding or cooked cereals, instead of flour.

Mix the ingredients together until they form a thick paste. Use a spoon or an electric mixer on a low setting.

Gradually stir food coloring into the flour mixture until you achieve the desired color.

Store in an airtight container.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Herbal Bug Spray

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Choose 3-5 all natural oils from the list to make your homemade bug spray.

*Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint

Natural Witch Hazel

Distilled or boiled Water

Vegetable glycerin (optional)

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:

Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water

Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top

Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using

Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.

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.