January 16, 2018
Soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, deodorant….how many times have you put those things on your grocery list? How many times while you were writing those words or using those items that you got from the store, did you stop to think if they were actually doing your family harm? I honestly hadn’t started thinking about it until a year or so ago. I started experimenting with different homemade, natural options to replace the store-bought. Even at that beginning point, it was more about seeing if I could make things from home just to be more frugal. Now I think about the toxins…ALOT. Not in a fearful way, but a proactive way. What can we do to use less toxins in our everyday lives? There can be chemicals in our everyday products, such as those listed above, that can be possible carcinogens, cause neurological issues and also reproductive issues.
I began to diy my laundry soap, dish soap, deodorant, toothpaste and household cleaners. Although I like to make these things…some of them just weren’t good or they were time-consuming and required too many ingredients. The deoderant made me break out, the toothpaste was awkward to use, ect. I eventually decided that some of these products are better bought from a good company that promises that their products are what they say they are. For me, that company is, Young Living Essential Oils. So I purchase certain products, like the toothpaste and deoderant, from them because they just do it better and I absolutely love their products. However; until I can purchase all of the lovely things, there are still a few that I have to diy for the time being. Most homemade recipes I find are from Pinterest or I do my own slight variations from ideas that I get from Pinterest posts.
One of those that is actually very simple to do yourself is foaming hand soap. All you need is:
- Empty foaming hand soap bottle
- Liquid Castile soap
- Your essential oils of choice
- Fill up the soap bottle one-third of the way full with the liquid Castile soap.
- Add whatever essential oils that you would like. Maybe 5-7 drops.
- Slowly, fill the rest of the soap bottle with water, secure the lid and give it a shake.
Note: If you don’t want to add any essential oils, it works as well. I calculated that it comes out to around .64 cents/bottle to make this! Healthy and frugal is definitely a win!
Liquid Castile soap is very versatile. I also made a homemade shampoo, using the Castile soap, water and grape seed oil. Now, one thing to note about homemade products like shampoo…you are not always going to get the sudsy effect that we are so used to. Some of the homemade products will be watery and you just kind of have to adjust to how to use them.
The homemade shampoo recipe I used is as follows:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1/2 teaspoon of your choice of vegetable oil, such as grape seed like I used
- Your choice of essential oils, such as lavender for a relaxing shower
Fun fact: I also used this mixture as a body wash. It is important to note that everyone’s skin is different, so be careful using certain oils or soaps if you have sensitive skin. Liquid Castile soap comes in different scents, but I have purchased the unscented so I can add in whatever I like or have on hand.
The products I purchase for diy projects are from Amazon. Here is the link to the foaming hand soap dispensers.
Here is the link for the shampoo bottles. This isn’t the exact bottle I used but is very similar.
Here is a link where you can check some of the items in your home and see how they rate on toxicity.
Last, but not least here is a link to an article about one woman’s personal experience with reducing toxins in her life.
My hope, is to spread my experiences with using cleaner products in our everyday lives. Just knowing what you are putting on yourself and your children is a huge comfort when you know it isn’t harmful. If you are wanting to try to diy some of your own body care and household products but don’t like these recipes, there are a TON of ideas out there on Pinterest and different blogs. Google can be your friend and help you in your research to find what fits your family. Hope you enjoy learning how easy and inexpensive some of these ideas are!