Green Recipes ~ Window Cleaner


2 cups water

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dish detergent


What you’ll need:

a large spray bottle (for solution)

a large spray bottle of clean water

terry cloth hand towel


Spray the window surface with the solution.

Before it has a chance to dry, spray with clean water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.


Again, be sure to rinse thoroughly, and before the solution has a chance to dry on window. It’s helpful to avoid windows directly in the sun, so they are not hot and don’t as quickly.

Green Recipes ~ Sour Gummy Stars


3 tablespoons gelatin

1/3 cup lemon/lime juice (you can also use water and just add extra lemon or orange oil)

3 tablespoons honey

Optional – Non-toxic, vegetable-based food coloring ( I used India Tree)

Optional – A few drops of lemon extract or food grade lemon/orange oil


Whisk lemon/lime juice, honey and gelatin in a sauce pan until there are no lumps.

Heat over low heat until it’s nice and melty, stirring constantly.

Add food coloring and/or extract if desired – you’re almost done now!

Grab an ice cube tray or silicone mold. You can use a basic pan, too, and then just cut into squares or use a cookie cutter after it’s set.

Pour in the mixture, then pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up. Once they’re out of the freezer they will stay firm at room temperature.

Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Green Recipes ~ Homemade Herbal Bug Spray


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 Hand Scrub


– 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (make sure its extra virgin coconut oil!)

– 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

*This mixture makes a small amount that will last about 3 scrubs. You can double or triple to make a fuller container.


– Mix it all up.

– Using 1 teaspoon full of the mixture, scrub over the sink.

– Rinse

– Store the remainder of the mixture in a small tupperware container with a tight seal.

Your hands will feel silky smooth with a smooth light layer of oil that will make the water bead up on your hands.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Creamy Body Wash


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).


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)


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 Fabric Softner


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.