Dishwasher Detergent

So I am trying to make most of the things we usually buy at home.  Sometimes it’s worth the trouble sometimes I chalk it up with a learning experience.  I have been researching dish detergents for a while now.  I love using organic detergent without all of the nasty chemicals in them but they get so expensive.  I finally came up with a recipe with help of many blogs and forums and decided to give it a try.  What would it hurt right?

Here’s the recipe I used:

1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, totally different)
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Sea Salt (I used fine grain)
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
40 Drops Lavender EO
45 Drops Grapefruit EO

I put everything in a mason jar and shook it well to combine.  I just ran my first load and … It works great!  No residue, no food stuck on anything.  I am impressed.  We also do a vinegar rinse in our jet dry thing since we have hard water.  It didn’t cost me much… I had the washing soda and borax already from making my own laundry detergent.  You could use whatever EO’s you wanted but I chose mine because of their specific properties.

Lavender EO: Lavender is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and aromatic properties (mountainroseherbs.com)

Grapefruit EO: Grapefruit is known to have antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties (mountainroseherbs.com).  The citrus also helps cut grease which is nice for dishes as well.

I am surprised it worked out so well.  Usually things have to be tweaked a bit because of things like the type of dishwasher you have, type of water you have, etc.  I love it when things work out, don’t you!?!

 

Rosemary’s Perfect Cream

I love lotion and creams but I don’t really enjoy the fragrances that are out there. In my family we are trying to take out the artificial fragrances and preservatives that are just not needed. Now I know for lotion and cream that a preservative is necessary for long-term storage. This recipe that I got from Rosemary Gladstar is just for my family and I and because I know we will go through it I don’t feel we need a preservative. I am sure there are some of you out there that think I am crazy (and I might be, who knows). But I am going to trust in this recipe until I find out otherwise. If I were going to sell this then I would definitely use a preservative (so you can all take a sigh of relief and not send me e-mails screaming about mold). I know all about it. Trust me. Please.

I like how with this recipe they give you a range of beeswax to use. I stuck with a middle amount since this was my first time trying out this recipe. I am not into really watery lotions/creams. I like mine to have a bit of body to them. Also for this recipe I used what I had. When I am playing around and trying things out I try not to buy too many new ingredients and instead make them more my own. This recipe does allow you to do that rather easily. What makes this one tricky is getting the proper emulsification since you are trying to get oil and water to play nice with each other. So here’s the ingredients I used:

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Sweet Almond and Grapeseed Oil

Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water (seeped for about 10 hours today)

Plus tea tree and lavender essential oils

So I bet you are all wondering how it turned out. Well, I think rather well. I used my immersion blender for this (which in my opinion has far more power than a regular blender and is easier to clean as well). What do you think?

Total Product Ingredients:  Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil

It’s a Girl Thing

I know this blog gets posts few and far between.  The reason for this is 1.  I have been incredibaly busy and 2. I was waiting for my new supplies to come in.  The other day they came and it resulted in a quick soap making session.

It’s a Girl Thing is a Hemp Oil MP soap that is uncolored and scented with some carefully selected essential oils.  These oils all help in that wonderful monthly girl time.

I chose clary sage, lavender, and litsea essential oils.  If you are into that sort of thing (I am but I recognize that not everybody is) here is some information on each one.

Clary Sage: is well known for its balancing properties. Used in PMS blends, it is reputed to help with menopause and menstrual cramps. Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, vulnerary.

Lavender: is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary

Litsea: Used for a Lemon, or a base note in more elusive citrus notes like Orange, this is a lovely, uplifting essential oil. It can also be used to treat acne or put into face products for oily skin. Properties: Antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, deodorant, digestive, insecticidal, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary

Now do I think this lovely soap will cure PMS…no.  But do I think when showering with it, it can cause you to relax and possibly feel a little better.  Yes, but then again I am an essential oil believer.