Homemade Deodorant

Yep. I went there. I made my own deodorant. Honestly, it never even occurred to me that I could do that!

Last week, someone on my Facebook posted that they found a great, natural deodorant that actually works! Although, someone in the comments section pointed out that even some of the natural brands aren’t fully clear of certain toxic ingredients, and suggested making your own deodorant. I’m not going to lie, I thought this was a little crunchy, even for me. I found natural deodorants didn’t work great for me, so I stuck to my Lady’s Speed Stick.But I checked it out on EWG.org and even though it didn’t get horrible ratings, I still didn’t like the chemicals they do use, AND they test on animals. Sick. SO,after tossing my cruel deodorant, I figured, what the heck? I searched for some recipes and after reading some great reviews on blogs, I decided to try it out for myself!

I came across Kinda Crunchy Kate’s blog and loved her review and her recipe was so simple!

Just take a reusable container, and mix up:

  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Flour (or corn starch)
  • 6-8 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Essential oils, if desired (I added about 10 drops  of lavender oil, and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil)

That’s it! mix the baking soda and arrowroot flour first, and then add in the coconut oil and essential oils until a nice paste forms.

It was super hot here, so mine was pure liquid. I’ve since put it in a smaller container and keep it in the fridge (just make sure to label it, so no one tries to eat it!)

***I only added 1/8 cup baking soda after reading the comments on her blog. She mentioned that some people get red underarms because the baking soda can dry out your skin, in which case, just half the amount next time. Since I have fairly sensitive skin, I just went straight ahead and used half the amount the first time.

I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much, but I quite love it! We’re in the middle of a heat wave, and I made up a batch before bed (ie. I was hot and sticky from a busy day) and I tried a little bit and it worked instantly! I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and I really like it. Because it’s been extremely hot, I find I do have to reapply in the afternoon, but I did that with my deodorant anyways. It does feel a little strange at first, because it goes on a bit wet, which I wasn’t used to. But so far, for such simple ingredients, I think it’s held up amazingly well! It even lasted being out in the sun all morning at the park, which I was very happy with!

So, no more nasty, toxic, cruel deodorant for me!

Smell ya later! 😉

Frugal Cleaning Solutions

This may be a little late for ‘Spring’ Cleaning, seeing as summer is almost here, but with this gorgeous weather, it just makes me want to deep clean everything!

So I thought I’d share some of my eco-friendly and very frugal cleaning solutions!

All Purpose Cleaner:

– Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (I like lavender) http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm  just pour 2Tbsp of the soap into a spray bottle, and fill with warm water. Shake and use! I use this on EVERYthing!

Messy cook?

Spray some Homemade All Purpose Cleaner on the spot, and depending on how nasty your spill is, either wipe right away or leave it on for a few minutes while you tidy the rest of the kitchen. Seriously, you don’t need all those fancy ‘scrubber’ cleaners. This stuff gets even dried pasta sauce off the stove. And if you DO need scrubbing power, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot too.

TA DA! Clean and sparkly.

Glass Cleaner:

This one I struggled with. Windex? Yuck. I hate the smell and it gets pricey, and who wants the kids to get into that stuff? Everyone says to use a vinegar spray, but I found just vinegar and water left streaks. Well, search no more, because I found the perfect recipe!

  • 1/4cup white vinegar
  • 1Tbsp corn starch
  • water.

Mix the vinegar and corn starch into a spray bottle and then fill with warm water. Shake, use. This will look like its going to be streaky, but I promise, when it dries, it dries streak free.

Diaper Wipe Solution:

After going through an entire pack of wipes in the hospital when my son was born, I realised that wipes will not only be expensive, but wasteful. So I tried this recipe I found in Amanda Blake Soule’s book (Don’t know Soule Mama? I LOVE her blog- check it out www.soulemama.com ) Her books are great, and this one I found in The Handmade Home.

  • 1Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Baby Castile Soap
  • 1Tbsp Almond Oil (I use Olive oil)
  • 1 Drop Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 Drop Lavender Oil
  • Approx 3/4Cup warm water.

I mix these up in an old honey jar (holds about a cup of liquid) I make sure the lid is on tight and just give it a quick shake before I use it. I dip a baby wash cloth in and squeeze out any excess liquid. I have’t had to re-buy any of these ingredients yet and my son is 17 months old! Talk about frugal!

As far as dishes, we don’t have a dishwasher, so we go through a LOT of dish soap. Lately, I’ve been trying to squeeze a bit of soap into a bowl of water and dip my clean scrub brush into that, rather than squeeze a ton of soap on the brush, only to have to reload after a couple of dishes. I find it does the job wonderfully and saves on soap. I also try to buy soap whenever it’s on sale.

Another cheapie trick, for tough jobs, is Baking Soda. I’ve recently switched from coffee to tea, and I found my mugs are harder to get clean.