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Baby Powder

There are many more uses for baby powder than just on beautiful baby bottoms.  Making your own is frugal and is another step in avoiding commercial products leading to self-reliance!

Consider these uses and make your own:

Cool sheets in summer
Are those sticky, hot bed sheets giving you the summertime blues when you should be deep in dreamland? Cool things down by sprinkling a bit of baby powder between your sheets before hopping into the sack on warm summer nights.

Dry-shampoo your pet
Is the pooch’s coat in need of a pick-me-up? Vigorously rub a handful or two of baby powder into your pet’s fur. Let it settle in for a couple of minutes, and follow up with a thorough brushing. Your dog will both look and smell great! You can even occasionally “dry shampoo” your own, or someone else’s, hair by following the same technique.

Absorb grease stains on clothing
Frying foods can be dangerous business — especially for your clothes. If you get a grease splatter on your clothing, try dabbing the stain with some baby powder on a powder puff. Make sure you rub it in well, and then brush off any excess powder. Repeat until the mark is gone.

Clean your playing cards
Here’s a simple way to keep your playing cards from sticking together and getting grimy: Loosely place the cards in a plastic bag along with a bit of baby powder. Seal the bag and give it a few good shakes. When you remove your cards, they should feel fresh and smooth to the touch.

Slip on your rubber gloves
Don’t try jamming and squeezing your fingers into your rubber gloves when the powder layer inside the gloves wears out. Instead, give your fingers a light dusting with baby powder. Your rubber gloves should slide on good as new.

Remove mold from books
If some of your books have been stored in a less than ideal environment and have gotten a bit moldy or mildewed, try this: First, let them thoroughly air-dry. Then, sprinkle some baby powder between the pages and stand the books upright for several hours. Afterward, gently brush out the remaining powder from each book. They may not be as good as new, but they should be in a lot better shape than they were.

Dust off your flower bulbs
Many savvy gardeners use medicated baby powder to dust flower bulbs before planting them. Simply place 5-6 bulbs and about 3 tablespoons baby powder in a sealed plastic bag and give it a few gentle shakes. The medicated-powder coating helps both reduce the chance of rot and keep away moles, voles, grubs, and other bulb-munching pests.

Homemade Baby Powder
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Cup Arrowroot Starch
  • 12 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Pour into a glass shaker-top jar. Use a repurposed glass spice jar – it work great.

 

 

 

Source: bOrganic.net & Readers Digest

 

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VasalineNo petroleum or harsh chemicals in this all natural vaseline.   Use it just as you would commercially produce, chemically latent vaseline. I added tea tree oil to mine for it’s antibacterial qualities. This is completely optional. If you want to scent yours with you favorite essential oil, that would be lovely, too.

 

 

 

RECIPE

1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2-3 Tbsp. Bees Wax

Ingredient

Melting Vasaline

Gently and carefully melt these two ingredients together. I do mine in the microwave on 30 second intervals. It will take 60 – 90 seconds.
Tea Tree Oil

Add your optional essential oil and allow it to cool.

This will safely keep for up to one year.

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Peppermint Toothpaste

I’ve made toothpaste from many different recipes available all over the internet.  Almost all were using salt as a scrubbing agent.  While I use these recipes as I’ve made them, none have come close to being this good.  The base for this is simply equal parts coconut oil and baking soda.  But what you can do from there is exciting.  I played with this for about an hour and finally came up with a taste that my whole family will absolutely enjoy.  And I know it’s healthy because I controlled everything that went into it.

First, the natural health properties for this recipe is important to realize.

Coconut Oil

Researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology’s Bioscience Research Institute in Ireland set out to test coconut oil’s biocidal properties against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

Dental caries is a commonly overlooked problem affecting 60 to 90 percent of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries, according to chief researcher Dr. Damien Brady. His research team tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.

The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of your mouth.

They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay1. It is thought that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes turns it into acids, which are toxic to certain bacteria.2 Enzyme-modified coconut oil was also harmful to the yeast Candida albicans, which can cause thrush.

Tea Tree Oil

Using Tea Tree Oil is completely optional.  But I try to use Tea Tree as much as I can because it has wonderful properties that makes it a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. More importantly, it is known to effectively fight a number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics. Therefore, Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments and lends to adding a layer of health to your homemade toothpaste.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches

Baking Soda

Benefits of Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda
Besides scraping off the stains on the teeth conduced by consumption of beverages like coffee, tea, etc. baking soda also removes plaque from the teeth. Plaque removal prevents the teeth from decaying and also freshens the breath. Moreover, the aspect about baking powder that makes it so popular is its affordability. Baking soda is one of the cheapest commercial teeth whiteners present in the market today. One box of baking soda costs somewhere near a dollar, and this one box can be used for over a hundred brushings. Overall, brushing with baking soda is believed to enhance dental health.

I make so many of my own products, I had all of these ingredients in my home store.  That’s why the cost to me was too small to even calculate.  All of these ingredients are available at most stores, but I have offered links below in case you are like me and look to save money by finding better deals online.

Mint Toothpaste

Mint Toothpaste
Recipe Type: Non-Food
Cuisine: Personal Hygiene
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Oil (Optional)
  • Stevia (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Combine your coconut oil and baking soda until it’s smooth. Start adding your peppermint essential oil and and adjust it to meet your taste. Then add your tea tree oil. Now add your stevia to soften the flavor.
  2. Store in an airtight container and just dip you toothbrush in it to use.

 

References:

Coconut Oil oral benefits

Baking Soda Benefits

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Brown Sugar Recipe

Keeping fresh brown sugar in my home was . . . challenging.  By the time I was half-way through a box or bag, it wound up being a terribly hard block that I would literally take a hammer to.  No more.  Now I make only as much as I need when I need it.  So it’s always fresh and fluffy and very easy to work with.  Here is all you need to do.  Adjust the amount for what you need.  Make a half-batch or double, triple or whatever.

1 Cup Sugar

1 TBSP Molasses

You will just stir, and stir and when you think you have a lumpy mess, stir some more.  The first time I made it, I though, “Oh no.  I messed up.” But I kept going and eventually the sugar was eventually all coated with the molasses and as you can see by the photo, turned out absolutely beautiful.

 

 

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Dishwasher Detergent

Learning to make the commercial products you currently buy saves you quite a lot of money, especially over time.  Inline of my life of building my own home store, this recipe will lead you to a more self-reliant life ~ one recipe at a time.

 

Dishwasher Detergent
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
DIY home products saves you a lot of money over time and you get the satisfaction of controlling the ingredients you family comes in contact with.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid (Can substitute with unsweatened lemonade drink mix)
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)
  • * 2 Tbsp Rice (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Simply mix all the ingredients and keep in an airtight container.
  2. Use 1 Tbsp per load
  3. * I found through my own experience that the basic recipe becomes very clumpy and hard. If you add a little bit of rice, it keeps you detergent loose and broken up. It’s such a small amount (only a few kernels get into each load) that it washes right through and saves you a lot of frustration.

 

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 I am thrilled to share this recipe for a gentle soft scrub cleanser with you.  It’s homemade, smells so fresh with the lemon essential oil, although you control the ingredients so you can use any scent you prefer and is inexpensive to make.  Use any type of bottle which has a squirt top, like a dish soap container.  I used a condiment bottle I picked up at Big Lots last summer.

Ingredients

1 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap

Essential Oil (I used appx. 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil)

Water

Directions

Combine the first 3 ingredients in the container you are using.  Start adding water a little at a time.  Shake the ingredients thoroughly until it reaches a smooth paste form as indicated in the photo.  Use this soft cleanser just as you would the commercially produced name brand.  Apply to surface, scrub with a damp cloth or sponge and scrub.  Rinse with clear water until residue is gone.  I love the results as I depict in this photo.  You can get very creative and use scents to match the season.  For example, a pine or peppermint will leave a Christmas holiday scent permeating throughout your home while Lemon or Lavender is wonderful for spring and summer.

 

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oranges

Here is yet another great do-it-yourself project that is so easy and works so well, there is no reason not to try it!  It’s basically food scraps and vinegar.  Food scraps, not garbage!  So don’t let that discourage you from trying it, you’re going to love it. This is just another way to control the ingredients you and your family consume or are exposed to.  Another way to become more self-reliant.

I present this in a 1 quart jar. If you have enough orange peels for a gallon, make it in a gallon jar! The more the better.

😉

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