Tag Archives: Do it yourself

How to Make Your Own Soap: All-Natural Castile Olive Oil Bar Soap Recipe

dec1_2013 005I never – and I do mean never – expected I would be making my own soap. I always assumed the ingredients were too caustic, the process too difficult, and the whole shebang just too darn hard.

Thankfully, I was quite wrong.

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DIY Lavender-Rosemary Laundry Detergent (How to Make an Effective All-Natural Laundry Powder)

120513 029Ah, laundry. Probably even more difficult to crack than the dishwasher detergent, personal care products, or food has been the detoxification of our laundry detergent.

For a long time I used the “green” products found readily in the grocery store, though with a bit of research, it became clear who was greenwashing and who was not… and all for a very pretty penny. (Those “natural,” store-bought solutions never come cheap!)

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Eureka: DIY Dishwasher Detergent… a new and improved recipe!

dec1_2013 023Over the holidays, I managed to finally put together a batch of homemade dishwasher detergent that works perfectly with my new dishwasher!

As you may have already read, the old version worked great with my old washer… but every machine is different, and so I had to come up with a slightly altered formula to yield better performance now that our kitchen remodel is complete.

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DIY Lemon-Eucalyptus Dishwasher Detergent… aka THE SAGA

august_13 091One of the first things we wanted to tackle when we started to de-toxify our home was dishwasher detergent. It’s the item we’re most likely to consume, we use it every single day, and the list of ingredients on most brands is filled with things I cannot pronounce.

“How hard can it be?” we thought. And therein lies what has probably been the greatest saga in our household toward finding a green, chemical-free solution that works as well as the brands we were trying to replace.

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Black Olive and Spinach Calzones with Homemade Ricotta Cheese + Jalapeno Basil Walnut Pesto

blog_111913 018It’s sort of difficult, the first time you make homemade ricotta cheese, not to simply devour it all before you’ve actually had a chance to use it in any sort of productive way. (And that’s ok! Have at it. It’s lovely with a bit of honey, smeared over a bagel with some homemade jam… you really can’t go wrong however you want to enjoy it.)

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese (the Delicious Made Possible!)

blog_111913 013The shift from “What should I buy?” to “What can I make?” has been, for me, a slow but subtle one. It’s almost like learning  a new habit and then practicing it – over and over (and over) – until it becomes unconsciously ingrained into the sometimes automatic process of consumption and acquisition.

Being more mindful of what I use, buy, consume, etc. has helped tremendously… as have resources that abound nowadays focusing on sustainability, self-sufficiency, and frugal living.

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Natural Peppermint-Lavender-Lemon Foaming Hand Soap

foaming_hand_soap3I don’t know why I never questioned whether or not I could make hand soap. I suppose because I thought soap-making was too difficult and that the products out there that are labeled “green” were adequately safe.

After scouring through EWG’s Skin Deep database, I decided it was going to be cheaper, safer, and better for the planet for me to make my own. Nice that all those things happened to align!

This recipe is so simple and effective, I will never go back to buying hand soap again. Truly never. It’s softer than the store-bought brands, smells amazing, and is quick and painless to throw together.

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