Don’t Try This at Home!

Try This at Home!

 

With so many shows, advertisements, and other risk-enjoying people and groups always telling you, “Don’t try this at home!” we thought it would be nice to do just the opposite! We’ll be featuring up to 5 suggestions at a time. If you know any cool tricks or have neato ideas safe to share with others, let us know, and your idea could be our next feature!

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent (2 kinds)

 

1) Better for you
2) Better for environment
3) Saves money

 

These recipes, posted on TipNut.com, suggest that making your own laundry detergent is a discipline and not for everyone. Recipes may need some tweaking depending on your water type (hard or soft) and your laundry needs.

Try storing the liquid soap in empty laundry detergent bottles that have been cleaned out – then you can just shake before each use! Feel free to look online for other recipes as well.

 

Liquid Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 quart Water (boiling)
  • 2 cups Bar soap (grated) – try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
  • 2 cups Borax – normally found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.
  • 2 cups Washing Soda – normally found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.

Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is
dissolved.

Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Powder Laundry Detergent:

  • 2 cups Fels Naptha soap (finely grated) – can also try Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
  • 1 cup Washing Soda – normally found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.
  • 1 cup Borax – normally found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.

Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Natural Household Cleaners (2 kinds)

 

1) Reduce chemicals in your household
2) Better for you
3) Better for environment
4) Saves money

 

These two recipes were originally published in one of Martha Stewart’s early 1990s magazines but more recently posted online by a member of TipNut.com. Several other recipes are available online for similar cleaners.

 

Disinfectant Recipe:

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 cups of fresh thyme

Pour boiling water over fresh thyme (an antiseptic herb). Let steep for ten minutes. Strain and let cool. Store in plastic spray bottles.

All Purpose Floor Cleaner Recipe:

  • 1 pail of water
  • 1 cup vinegar

Put vinegar in water. Stir well. Wash away!

Vanilla & Cloves Air Freshener Spray

 

1) Great smell
2) No chemicals
3) Can save money
4) Easy to make

 

This recipe comes from TipNut.com.

Try making other scents by replacing the vanilla and cloves with other oil fragrances – like lavender. If you find one you think to be particularly spectacular, tell us about it!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup household vinegar
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cloves

Directions:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil then simmer over medium heat for two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Strain cloves then pour liquid into spray bottle, shake and use as needed.
  • Feel free to increase/decrease the vanilla & cloves amounts to your preference.

Homemade Heating Pad

 

1) Saves money
2) Easy to do
3) Convenient to replace or fix

 

Instructables.com had this very simple to make heating pad featured on their site.

Once you try it, you might decide it’s the best heating pad you’ve ever encountered!

 

What you need:

  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 ½ cups of rice

Instructions:

  • Pour rice into one of the socks.
  • Tie a knot at the top of the sock.
  • Put the sock with the rice in the other sock, knot side first.
  • Tie end of outside sock.

Put the heating pad in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. You will be surprised how long it will retain the heat.

Place under your neck and lay down. Don’t watch TV, use your computer, or do anything that will strain your neck while using the heating pad.

Homemade Natural Shampoo

 

1) Saves money
2) Better for you
3) Better for the environment
4) Works better
5) Better for your home

 

Instructables.com has several recipes for variations of homemade shampoo. There are, of course, many others online, but these simple and easy recipes should give you a great start!

Keep in mind not all hair and water are the same – different types handle, well, differently. So, if you are dissatisfied with your first attempt, do not be discouraged – just try again!

 

Basic Recipe:
For normal hair, or as a base to add your own scents, use:

  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup liquid Castile Soap (pick your scent or leave unscented)
  • ½ tsp jojoba, grapeseed, or other light vegetable oil

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Shake before use.
This mixture isn’t as thick as commercial shampoos – you’ll need to just tilt the bottle over your head. The amount of lather is impressive, though.

“Quench” – Dry Hair Recipe:
For dry hair, try this:

  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup liquid Castile Soap (pick your scent or leave unscented)
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • ½ tsp avocado or jojoba oil

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle and always shake well before using.
Apply to hair and allow to sit for a few mintues. Rinse well with cool water.

“Soothe” – Lighter Hair Recipe:
Chamomile makes this ‘poo a calming treat. Chamomile also has natural lightening properties, so combine this with lemon juice if you want to lighten your hair!:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup liquid Castile Soap (pick your scent or leave unscented)
  • 6 chamomile tea bags
  • 1 ½ TBS glycerin

Steep the teabags in 1 cup of boiled water for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard. Add castille soap to the tea. Stir in glycerin until well blended. Keep in a dark, cool place in a sealed bottle.

 

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