Living in a DIY world, even the little girls are excited when they have a chance to make they very own makeup. The cost and aggravation of purchasing all of the supplies individually can defer parents from wanting to encourage DIY projects for themselves, let alone their children. Kiss Natural offers DIY makeup and soap kits with everything you need, packed all in one convenient package.
What seasonings and spices do you use most? For us, it is most definitely GARLIC powder, salt, and pepper. I love Italian foods but I find myself adding garlic to almost every recipe (Italian or not). Making my own garlic powder has been on my mind for a while but I had never tried it. It seemed intimidating to me. The Electric Mill by Kyocera made it incredibly easy! I can’t believe I waited this long to make it myself!
When it comes to great money-saving ideas, growing an organic garden is definitely amongst the top-tier ones. Reasons behind this are quite simple. First, you get to make a reliable saving each year. Second, you get the reassurance of knowing the origin of food you are serving to your family. Third, and final, you get the full satisfaction of producing your own food, therefore making your household, at least partially, self-sustainable. Here are a few tips that might come in handy, should you ever decide to engage in such a project. Continue reading →
Making your own laundry soap is one of the best ways to save money and live green. Laundry soap is very easy to make and won’t contain all the harsh chemicals of store-bought detergents like phenol, sulfates and fragrances. Many recipes call for washing soda and/or Borax which can be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles of your local store. Washing soda removes dirt and odors while Borax is a laundry whitener and deodorizer. As far as bar soap, the best brands to use for laundry soap are Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, Fels-Naptha, or Zote.Continue reading →
The best natural fabric softener recipes you can make at home!
The Allergy and Environmental Health Association states that fabric softener is “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.” This includes both liquid fabric softeners as well as dryer sheets. Many of the common brands of fabric softener that is used has toxins, which are harmful to the nervous system and the brain. Wow, that is scary, right? Here are some of the best options for natural fabric softener.
Tennis balls – There are many people who use tennis balls in the dryer when they dry their clothes. You can toss a few tennis balls into the dryer with pillows, comforters, sheets and towels to help fluff them up. It also helps to get rid of lumps since the ball is constantly bouncing around in the dryer. In addition, tennis balls will help your clothes dry faster.
Vinegar – Vinegar works as a great fabric softener. It is an ingredient that is inexpensive, effective, antimicrobial and nontoxic. Vinegar helps to not only soften clothes but also to get rid of soap residue on clothing. Just add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine.
Wool balls – Wool dryer balls allow your clothes dryer to run efficiently. They also prevent clothing from clumping, helps clothes to fluff up, lessen the time your clothes spend in the dryer and increases air circulation. Wool dryer balls can be used over the course of several years.
Make your own – You can easily make your own natural fabric softener. All you need to do is combine 6 parts water, 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts hair conditioner in a container. Stir the ingredients until well blended and use ½ cup for each load.
Green fabric softener – Seventh Generation makes all natural dryer sheets that work just like store-bought ones without the fragrances and chemicals. In addition, Ecover is a company that makes great natural liquid fabric softener. It leaves your clothes static free, soft and smelling fresh.