Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I started making out own laundry detergent a few years ago.  It seems like with little ones laundry is a never-ending job and we were going through it like water!  I did some research and came across a few different recipes to make my own.  It is actually very simple and works great!  I have never actually figured out how many loads we get with one batch of homemade detergent, but I do know I am saving money!  I will use either Fels-Naptha bar of soap or Dr. Bonners…it depends on which one is cheaper at the time.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Brand is available at most stores)

Borox (20 Mule Team Borox is available at most grocery stores)

Bar Soap (Dr. Bonner’s, Fels-Naptha, or Ivory)

I like to add a few Tablespoons of Baking Soda to freshen up the laundry as well.  I also add a few drops of essential oils too.  My favorite brand is Doterra, you can order here.

  1. Grate your bar of soap.  I use a grater, but you can also use a food processor until finely ground.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 parts Borox, and 1 part grated soap.  (Now is when I add the Baking Soda and about 10 drops of essential oils.)
  3. Store in an airtight container.  I store mine in a glass jar.
  4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
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Homemade Organic Lip Balm

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I never experienced dry, chapped lips like I have since moving to Colorado.  I have lived in other places that are dry, but nothing compares to here.  I tried several different kinds of lip balm. Some of them helped, but not without the hefty price of $3.50 per tube!

I have been trying to make natural products for our family.  So I figured why not try to make some lip balm?  I made a batch last winter and I have to say it is definitely my favorite lip balm EVER!  I will never buy it again.  It makes my lips so soft!  I even use it on my eczema!

Homemade Organic Lip Balm

2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (I buy my Coconut Oil at Costco)

2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter (I use this Cocoa Butter.)

2 Tbsp Beeswax (I use this beeswax)

3-5 drops of essential oils, (I use my favorite Essential Oils.  You can order from here.)

Lip balm tubes, 12 (get your here)

You will use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax together.  If you don’t have a double boiler, like me, I just heat up some water in a pot and place a glass bowl on top to melt my ingredients.  Once they have melted I add in my essential oils.

I tie my tubes together using a hair tie so they will stand up while I am filling them.  I use a small dropper to fill them.  I found that these work great.  I can just toss them when I am finished since it is so hard to get all the product out of them.

One batch makes about 12 tubes and lasts us almost a year.  Yesterday I made a double batch.  I put some in a small glass jar since it works great on my eczema too!