Going natural with cleaners

Deodorant

I found this recipe for making your own natural deodorant online, so I decided to make some myself.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking powder, essential oil (optional), shea butter and a container to put it in. The person giving out the recipe recommends using an old deodorant container. I had to buy the arrowroot powder online from Denver Spice Co., but I got the coconut oil at Earth Fare and had baking powder and essential oil on hand. I didn't have shea butter and didn't want to use it, so I didn't buy it, but the original recipe did call for it.

It takes about 10 minutes to make and then you let it sit and solidify. I use a popsicle stick to apply it. You can also put it in a cupcake form to mold or mold it into an old deodorant container. It's pretty mess free, but noticed a few blobs fell to the floor since I didn't mix it well enough.

Step 1: Put 3 TBSP. coconut oil (and shea butter) in double broiler to melt. (I melted mine in the micowave.) The person I got the recipe from recommends you have a mason jar you use to melt stuff in so as not to mess up your nice pans. It should go from a whitish paste to a clear liquid.

Slowly mix in the powders. It takes 3 TBSP. of Arrowroot Powder and 3 TBSP. Baking Powder. (I had to add a little more in the end) Then add your essential oil for scent.

Mine isn't completely hardened, but it's more of a heavy paste consistency. I'm not sure if it's because I skipped the shea butter, or the types of powder I used. It works well and smells good. I'm guessing it will last about 30-45 days.

I added another TBSP combo of Arrowroot and Baking powders since it wasn't thick enough. It shouldn't be translucent and should be maleable and not a really hard solid in the end.

Cleaners

White vinegar has a ton of uses, including removing stains and cleaning properties. It doesn't smell the best, so I suggest you mix it with a little scented castille soap or lemon. I use it as part of my laundry detergent solution and to clear up clogs in my drain.

Pesticides

For bugs on your plants:

If you have aphids, you can use neem oil, buy ladybugs or try a mix of 1 cup isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup water. I have not used neem oil or ladybugs, but numerous sources have and said both work. I chose the isopropyl alcohol and water mixture because it's cheap and I'd think ladybugs would hang out for a little while, but not that long considering I have boring (carpenter) bees living in my patio area.

To keep spiders and other pests out of your home:

Use 5 to 7 drops of peppermint, tea tree, citrus, lavender, or neem essential oil. Add the oil and warm water,  a little dish soap and a little white vinegar to a spray bottle. Spray around all of the areas where you have pests entering your home.

*I would recommend you keep Coconut Oil, White Vinegar, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Epsom Salt and a couple essential oils on hand. These items can be used for many different things such as coconut oil also being a hair conditioner and dental cleaner, vinegar for cleaning clothes and countertops, baking soda for cleaning a drain when mixed with vinegar and epsom salt for a bath to ease sore muscles or a sprain. All of these products can usually be found for $10 or less each and can be found in stores or online.

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By: Erin Holl

5 / 27 / 14

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