Hit or Miss

I hope everyone is having a great start to 2016!  The weather has turned colder here in Michigan but the sun is out which is nice!

I am a bit of a health nut (“nut” being the operative word) and like to use natural products as much as possible both with food, household cleaners and cosmetics.  My family gives me a hard time about some of my “experiments” but I enjoy trying out new ideas.

My latest was trying to make my own hand soap.  In hopes of avoiding the harsh chemicals in many soaps, I tried a recipe for hand soap using liquid Castile soap, essential oils, vegetable glycerin and aloe vera.  I really loved the way the soap turned out and it smelled wonderful. I ordered some pump dispensers on-line (both regular and foaming) and made up a few bottles.  I really like Castile soap because it doesn’t leave a soap film in the sink or shower, which makes for easier clean up.

All was going well and I was feeling pretty proud of myself for trying something new, when one day I went to pump the soap not noticing the dispenser was clogged and it squirted all over my clothes!  I thought it was a fluke until the Mister started complaining about the soap squirting him every time he went to wash his hands! I’m not sure if it was the dispenser or something in the soap recipe that kept making it clog but I will let you know when I find the perfect recipe that doesn’t wash your clothes when you wash your hands!

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I also had a bottle in the shower on a top shelf and accidentally squirted myself in the eye with the soap.  As I was clutching my burning eye, I was questioning my sanity-maybe people don’t typically make their own soap for a reason!

When I mentioned to the Mister the other day that I was going to save us tons of money on our grocery bill by starting to make our own cleaning products, I got a huge eye roll and a reenactment of a soap dispenser dispersing soap all over his shirt!  Hopefully the homemade cleaning products turn out better than the soap!

How about you?  Do you have any great homemade recipes using natural products?  I would love to hear about any that have worked out for you!  Regardless of the fails, I do enjoy trying new recipes and products in the hopes of stumbling on a great one.  I will be sure to share any “hits” I find!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

~Blessings,

Jen

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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I usually try to wash my hands with plain old soap and water to get rid of icky germs and try to avoid illness, but it is not always possible.  In an effort to try to avoid harsh chemicals, I decided to give this recipe for homemade hand sanitizer a go!  I’m not sure what magazine I clipped it out of, but the article references Kate Snow, a green-living expert and author.  It contains 4 simple ingredients, the aloe vera and witch hazel I found at a discount store and the essential oils at I picked up at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market.  It was a super easy project and took me less than 10 minutes to whip up a batch.

1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel

1 1/2 tsp witch hazel

15 drops tea tree oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

I mixed it up in a glass bowl and then used a small funnel to fill one three ounce container.  It took a little tapping on the counter but it went in pretty easily.  I have to be honest, I wasn’t  in love with the smell at first.  I think the tea tree oil has a strong scent, but the lavender balances it out.  However, I’m willing to put up with the smell in order to avoid harsh chemicals.  The smell of the oils did seem to dissipate after a few minutes.  When I tested it out, it felt a little sticky at first, but I kept rubbing for a few seconds and it evaporated on my hands.

How about you?  Do you have any natural recipes you love?   I’m always looking for more natural chemical-free ideas.  We would love to hear from you!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~Blessings,

Jen