I want to share some of the things that we do or use regularly in our home. I hope that you will also share tips and tricks that you and your family practice. I have too many to share all at one time, so I will start with just a few.
We use white vinegar to clean just about anything! Counter tops, sinks, toilets and tile floors. It is a great natural cleaner, free of chemicals and odor absorbing. It does have a pungent smell but it does not last too long and as mentioned before, it actually removes bad odors.
I use this as a hair conditioner weekly. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil to wet hair and put in plastic cap for 30 minutes. Then rinse with tepid water and shampoo (may need to shampoo a couple of times). You can also use any leftover oil to moisturize your body, to shave your legs or to soften chapped lips.
In an attempt to save money and reduce the number of chemicals in our home, I use cinnamon (sticks or ground) to fragrance our home. Just simmer water and cinnamon to make your house smell like fresh baked goodies. You can also add nutmeg and cloves to alter scent. Though I like this smell, I would love to find other natural options. If you have any affordable suggestions, please let me know!
Weleda Skin Food
I adore this body creme! The scent is a little more citrusy than I would prefer, but it works so well, I don't care. It's also little pricey for what I use as a body lotion, but it does such a great job at keeping your body hydrated without harsh chemicals that I think it's worth the price.
Yes, I make my own deodorant and I think it works better than any store-bought product out there. It's simple to make, last a long time and it's super cost effective. Here is how to make it:
1/4 c Corn Starch
1/4 c Baking Soda
5-6 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (you will need to sit jar in a pan of hat water to liquefy. Mash all ingredients together until it's mixed together and then let harden in fridge in either a wax mold or travel dish.