Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Natural Way

I like to keep things as natural as possible around our house and kitchen especially. And it seems that the only way to do that sometimes is by making it yourself. We save a lot of money by making some of our own versions of our favorites plus it's safer and greener. This way you know every ingredient, there are no chemical-y surprises, and your home/body feel better. Win win!

Here are a few favorite things to make myself:

Dishwasher Detergent

1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds
1/2 c water
2 tsp lemon juice
3 drops tea tree oil
1/2 c white vinegar

Mix all ingredients well in a resealable container . Use about 1 tbsp per load but experiment depending on your load sizes. Passionatehomemaking.com is where I got the idea and they estimate this recipe will clean about 15 loads of dishes and will cost you $0.05-0.06 per load. Yes please!

All Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1 part water to 3 parts vinegar. Place 5-10 drops of tea tree oil in the solution and mix well. Tea tree oil is a natural and effective disinfectant!

Shower Cleaner

5-6 tbsp of baking soda (depending on your shower size)
Water

Mix baking soda and water until the mixture is the texture of frosting. Apply to shower and bathtub. Let sit for a few minutes and scrub off with with hot water.

Toilet Cleaner

2-3 tbsp of baking soda
1/2 lemon

Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, targeting the sides if possible. Squeeze the lemon juice over the baking soda. You will hear a very satisfying fizz-the sound of clean! Let sit for a few minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Perfume

Many mainstream products have hormone disrupting ingredients that can be toxic to skin/mucous membranes/respiratory tract/nervous system/reproduction system. An easy solution is to make your own! I use essential oils instead of perfume. My favorites are lavender or tangerine oil.

In a dark bottle combine any essential oil combination. Begin with a base layer and add accents on top. 2-3 oils per batch is probably a good and simple start.

We do a heavy amount of cooking and love being in the kitchen together as much as possible. Here is what I like to whip up in the kitchen...

Salad Dressing (regular dressing is expensive and often full of MANY preservatives)

1/4 c Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp chopped garlic
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
3/4 c Olive Oil

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in the fridge and in a container that can be sealed.

Applesauce

8-10 organic apples

We buy bags of apples in the $1 bin at Vitamin Cottage for this. Slice the apples, removing core and stem. Steam them until very soft. We boil our in an inch or 2 of water and then make apple juice out of the remaining liquid. Place apples in a blender once slightly cooled and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Be careful or these guys will ferment on you if you don't eat them soon enough!

Hummus (too expensive at the store and full of unnecessary additives)

1 can chickpeas
1/2 lemon, juiced
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 of c plain yogurt

This is simple. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Push blend. Wait until the mixture moves smoothly through the blades. Enjoy with falafel chips, fresh veggies or our favorite, on top of a big pile of mixed greens!

These are simple ideas to start taking steps toward an organic, cleaner home! Your body will thank you! Next up on my adventurous homemade list: Lip Balm, Candles, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Cheese, and Bread.

Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
Jeremiah 33:6








4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, homemade deodorant. I have to see this... ;)

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  2. Angi check it out!!

    http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/03/update-homemade-deoderant.html

    Do you think it would work? ha!

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  3. New reader, going back through old entries. Another hummus recipes is this:

    1 can of chickpeas, drained
    Garlic cloves, cut up a bit (I use about 4-5, but the recipe called for 2)
    Sprinkle of salt
    Olive oil (this is drizzled in, to your taste, depending on if you want it smooth or chunky).

    Place ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until you reach desired thickness/smoothness, drizzling in oil from the top.

    Can also add some roasted red peppers to nom on. :)

    Great blog-I love what you write about. :)


    Amber
    xmydearambellina.blogspt.com

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    1. Amber that is fantastic recipe. I especially love the red pepper addition. Yum! Checking out your blog now :)

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