I’ve begun trying some recipes for homemade items and I thought I would give you a bit of an update and share what I’ve been learning.
Vinegar… I knew it worked on pee stink, but it really does clean lots of things. I used it while cleaning my bathroom and I was surprised at how well everything just wiped right off with it. I won’t like though, the smell of vinegar can get downright potent in a small bathroom, but I’ve used commercial cleaners that were even worse, so this is doable. It dissapates pretty quick and doesn’t leave a lingering unpleasant smell, so I like that.
I now have, sitting and infusing (like that word?), apple cider vinegar, a little Dawn and two oranges in a container. I love oranges, but can’t eat them, so I just chucked the entire orange in, pulpy part and all instead of just the peels. We’ll see how it goes.
Making this up tomorrow. This comes from http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com/. If you get a chance to visit there, she has awesome recipes for food as well.
1/2 C. vinegar* (a great disinfectant)
1 tsp. borax (add water softening properties)
1 tsp. liquid soap (use castille or dish detergent)
2 tsp. baking soda (add disinfecting and odor removing)
15 drops Tea Tree essential oil (a great antibacterial-antimicrobial oil) (Or use your favorite essential oil)
I don’t have my Tea Tree yet, so I’ll make it without that, but will add it when it comes in.
Ok if you’re a fella, look away or just get over it. Menopause is not as wonderful as I had once thought it would be. Yes, I said wonderful. We have no kids and aren’t going to have kids, so that was a lot of monthly misery I could live without. Cut to two years ago when this all started and I found out that hot flashes is the most common sign, but there are MANY effects you don’t hear a lot about. I got those. (figures!)
Anyway, one of those effects is that I have yet to find a deodorant that 1) actually works for me, or 2) doesn’t make my very sensitive skin get all rashy and broke out. When you put those two things together with the fact that I now have the worst BO of my life thanks to the hormones, it can get pretty gamey around here.
So I tried one recipe I found. The recipe I tried was as follows:
5 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or corn starch
essential oils (optional)
Mix the ingredients together with a fork until well combined.
I did end up nuking my coconut oil first because I had it frozen, but mixed everything else very well and stuck it in the fridge to reharden, which it did just fine.
Now, near as I can tell, it was working pretty good, but I could only wear it one day at a time and only if I didn’t get hot and sweat. Good trick in summer, eh? I really don’t know what caused the problems because all of those items are pretty innocuous by themselves. I did not use an EO in it, either. But the burning! Oh my Lord…burning, itchy and rash. It was ugly and really very painful.
I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for someone else, but it definitely was not good for me. Next recipe I’m going to try is:
Witch Hazel Tea Tree Double Whammy Deodorant Spray
10 drops tea tree essential oil
1 ounce of witch hazel
I ordered 3 bottles of Tea Tree Oil, for several recipes I want to try, and am hoping this may work better. I’ll keep you posted, not that I think you want to hear about my pits, (laughs) but to let you know how my new journey to frugality is going.
S.O.S. = Soup or Sauce
I made some of this up and will be using some this weekend. I LOVE soups and stews and always want to make just enough for me when the sweetie is away at work for 2 and 3 days rather than make a giant crockpot full. I’m hoping to adjust my big recipes down to me, myself and I sized portions.
We eat a lot of soups and stews, not just because I love them, but because they are so economical and I make a GREAT soup. The Sweetie likes them, too, but the poor guy needs something he can rip and shred in between batches. <giggles>
I got my Lilac/Lavender EO that a friend makes up for me yesterday! Tomorrow is soap making day, so heads up on the soap making post that will be coming, too. Taking lots of pictures for ya’ll and lots of explanations.
If any of you have any ideas or recipes or advice I’m more than happy to hear them! I have a lot to learn and many of you are absolutely brilliant at this stuff.
This was so wierd and cool and fascinating that I just had to post it here. This has to be the king of recycling ideas. Not sure how durable it would be though. Still pretty neat.
I’ve had this bag of onions sitting in my kitchen. It’s a 10 lb. bag. I bought it so that I could chop them up and dehydrate them. You’ll guess by now that since they are still sitting in my kitchen tat I never got around to it. Well, today, thanks to all the frugal sites I visit and made me feel guilty I did it. I got myself nice and comfy at my kitchen island and started chop-chop-chopping away. With eyes streaming down my face, and luckily no fingers included in the pile of choppings, I made quick work of that 10 lb. bag. Now my dehydrator is running and the air in the entire house is onion saturated. I’ll burn some vanilla candles later, but it would be pointless to do it now.
I came into my room to put some distance between me and the worst of the fumes and started looking through homemade mix recipes. I used to have basics on hand all the time, but over the years I got lazy and just bought them pre-made. But the prices of food, and ingredients, has just gone up and up and I decided to start making my own again. That said, there are some things that its just worth the few extra pennies to buy than to make. Not all mixes are cheaper, or really even healthier, than the store bought ones. I think I touched on this in another post so I won’t go into it here.
I did find some that would be a good deal to make and am looking forward to having them on hand again. I thought I would share a few of them here.
Chai Tea Mix
1/2 cup powdered creamer
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
15 teaspoons instant black tea (or pekoe)
Combine all ingredients together and store in a tightly sealed container.
To Make a Cup of Chai Tea:
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Chai Tea Creamer Mix
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons honey (optional)
Combine the Chai Tea Mix with the boiling water and honey, if using; allow to steep for 2 to 3 minutes. The Chai Tea mixture will dissolve much better when vigorously stirred into hot water.
Creamed Soup Base
Use instead of condensed canned cream soups in recipes. Just add the ingredient that forms the basis of the soup. Chop mushrooms, saute in a bit of olive oil and add for cream of mushroom soup. Add chicken for cream of chicken soup. You get the idea! Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: •2 cups nonfat dry milk powder •3/4 cup cornstarch •1/4 cup instant reduced sodium chicken or beef bouillon granules •1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves •1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves •1/4 tsp. white pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix well with wire whisk until blended. Store mix in an airtight container. To prepare as a substitute for one can of condensed cream soup in recipes, stir together 1/3 cup dry mix and 1-1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Mix a total of nine cans condensed soup substitute.
Onion Soup Mix (I buy tons of this so looking forward to making my own in bulk.)
Make your own onion soup mix to use for soups or dips.
•3/4 cup instant minced onion •1/3 cup beef flavored instant bouillon •4 tsp. onion powder •1/4 tsp. celery salt or celery seed •1/4 tsp. sugar or Splenda •1/8 tsp. white pepper
Mix all ingredients together well, and store up to 6 months in cool, dry place. Stir before each use. Five tablespoons of the mix equals 1.25-oz. pkg. of purchased dry onion soup mix.
Cafe Bavarian Mix
Give this wonderfully sweet and rich coffee mix as a gift in a tightly sealed shiny new coffee tin and finish it off with a big bow.
•1 cup powdered non dairy creamer •1-1/3 cups sugar •1 cup instant coffee granules •1/2 cup cocoa powder •10 hard candy peppermints
Place all ingredients in bowl of blender or food processor. Process until well blended and particles are fine. Store in tightly covered container in a cool dry place. To use, dissolve 1-2 Tbsp. of mix in 1 cup boiling water or to taste.
If you try any of these let me know how they turn out! Do you have any recipes for homemade mixes to share?
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