So, honestly, there just isn’t enough time to experiment and make high quality EVERYTHING for our family. But I do like to support those who make the products that I don’t, but that I value ~ especially the people who run family, home-based business. Apple Valley Natural Soaps is one such business; run by a family with 8 children, they make high quality, all-natural shampoo and body bars that our whole house is in love with.
Instead of washing my kids in toxic chemicals, they get bathed in lavender and buttermilk and coconut and essential oils and all kinds of goodness! My husband likes “The Man Bar,” and I’m a die-hard fan of their “Bella-Rose” bar. It smells amazing (as do all their products).
To condition/clarify, I use 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed in 1 cup of water, pour over hair and then rinse. This leaves my girl’s hair soft and tangle-free. (This is the FIRST “conditioner” that has EVER left them tangle-free!!!) I love it. And if you rinse well, there is no vinegar scent left.
I do make our laundry detergent now, thanks to a friend of ours who shared a wonderful detergent recipe. Apparently, it was first the Duggars family’s recipe, but our friend makes a more concentrated version and we LOVE it! Unbelievably simple to make and lasts for such a long time, and ~ best part ~ gets our clothes cleaner then store-detergent!
Requires 3 ingredients and makes 5 gallons of detergent:
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Borax
First: grate the bar of Fels-Naptha.
Put 4 cups of hot water on medium heat and add the grated bar. Stir until soap completely dissolves. Then fill a 5-gallon bucket a little less then half way with HOT tap water. Add the hot melted soap, the washing soda and the borax and mix well. After that, I boiled a ton of water and filled the bucket to the top ~ but you don’t need to boil the water, just adding HOT tap water to the top is fine too.
Then let this sit for about 12 hours (it will become pretty thick) and voila! You have homemade laundry detergent! We filled up old detergent bottles for easy pouring. For a top loader, we use roughly a 1/2 cup per load, but you’d use less for a HE machine.
(FYI ~ the Fels-Naptha bar is available at any Ace Hardware Store, as well as at the Ace Hardware website .)
And for the last big change around here that was no inconvenience for anyone, I’ve been making our deodorant for about 4 months. This recipe is from the Passionate Homemakers blog and contains three ingredients: coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda. It works, it is easy to whip up, it’s cheap, and the best part is there is no aluminum or other toxic metals and substances in it.
You mix together:
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
and store it in any jar, old deodorant container, or bowl you like. So simple!