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Is anyone interested in sharing some of your "natural home remedies" for things?

We try to live a less-chemical lifestyle, and love trying out natural tricks to swap out the chemical laden products.  I would love to hear what other tricks other people have. 

Ones we use on a daily basis:
homemade laundry soap
vinegar and baking soda replaced all household cleaners
Listerine as bug repellant
Sunshine for stains
coconut oil as a mositurizer, conditioner, base for deodorants, lip balms and to cook with
Toothpaste on bug bites

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I use quite a bit of those. And toothpaste for breakouts on your face! Just put it on at night before bed and voila! Magic in the morning!

Do you have a natural recipe for fabric softener?

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Grace, wool dryer balls are a great natural alternative to fabric softener. It also cuts down on drying time because it aerates the clothes or something like that when they are bouncing around in the dryer. But it does make drying more noisy. And just make sure you don't overdry or you will have crazy static, which defeats the point.

DW does the "no-poo" natural shower - no shampoo for any showers, instead with one of her showers during the week she scrubs her scalp with a baking soda/water mix, rinses it off, then "conditions" with a half-apple cider vinegar and half-water mix and then rinses it off. There's no vinegar smell left behind or anything like that. She brushes her hair each day w/a boar bristle hairbrush. It works well for her head but didn't work well for me. It dried out my scalp something awful. So it's not for everyone.

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Has anyone tried coconut oil as a sunblock? H was just reading about it and we want to try it... But don't want the sunburn if it doesn't work!

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Grace--I found a recipe for natural fabric softener online a while back but haven't tried it.  I think it was vinegar, baking soda, essential oil and...something else.  I'll try to hunt it up.

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We don't use fabric softener, the laundry soap we make rinses so cleanly that there is no need.  Because that's what causes crunchy clothing, is the build up of detergent in the fibers.

I've heard coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4, which is better then nothing, but not enough for my fair skinned family!

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Scorpio - I found this
Combine 2 cups of hair conditioner (try to use natural or organic), 3 cups of vinegar, and 6 cups of water. Keep this mixture in an old liquid laundry soap (or fabric softener) container.  Add it as you would normally add fabric softener to the rinse cycle when you’re washing clothes. TIP: This also works wonders to remove pet hair from your washer when you’re laundering pet toys, blankets, and bedding.

Goobie - I like the fresh smell from the fabric softener. I also use the homemade detergent but no scent to it.

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We also use white vinegar as a fabric softener & wool dryer balls.  Although, I wish the vinegar made our clothes softer and I have not noticed less drying time with the wool balls.

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Heather - Coconut oil for eczema??? What about dry elbows? I will give it a try!

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grace, coconut oil works GREAT for dry elbows and knees!  Crisco vegetable shortening does as well smile

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Coconut oil is great for many things but be careful using it out in the sun...my cousin and I did that years ago envisioning this gorgeous deep tan...smelled good but got an awful sunburn.

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I'm starting to get into making my own detergents and cleaners (like, literally just started tonight, although I've been "pinning" ideas for months).  Does anyone have a good recipe for dishwasher detergent?  We have very hard water, plus I keep reading that borax can damage plumbing when used in the dishwasher.  Any ideas or input about potential damage?

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I use Seventh Generation dishwashing liquid in my dishwasher and it works well.

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I have a question about homemade laundry soap/ pre-soak: i have a bedwetter and her sheets, undies, jammies are rancid at times! The only thing that works with the smell (and not even that well) is to soak them overnight in tide detergent and then wash twice!
Anything natural that i would have better results with?

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Sunning them. I would soak them in vinegar, wash on a very hot cycle and then hang them out to dry in the sun.

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i want to save these out.  i had no idea about some of these.  very cool!  smile

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Dishwasher soap... I was making my own, till I read an awesome article (I will try to find it later) about why it is actually not any more economical or eco friendly to make your own.  So I use whatever "green" brand is on sale.

As for pee soaked sheets, Tiny has horrendous pee, and the homemade detergent I use gets it out just fine.  I do every once in a while add some extra washing soda (or pre-soak in washing soda and water) and if something is really nasty I use RLR detergent booster to strip and throw whatever it is in with her diapers.  Sun also makes a huge difference, I don't notice funk build up on my diapers at all when they are exclusively sunned to dry.

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The sun is a great resource...im going to try that again!

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What recipe does everyone use for laundry soap?

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Goobie wrote:

Dishwasher soap... I was making my own, till I read an awesome article (I will try to find it later) about why it is actually not any more economical or eco friendly to make your own.  So I use whatever "green" brand is on sale.

Yeah, I can't find any really solid reasons to make my own, yet the idea appeals to me.  For every good reason I find to do it, I also find something negative about it, so they just cancel each other out. 

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What recipe does everyone use for laundry soap?

The recipe I just used last night is one I found on Pinerest...it's just 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax, and about 1/3 bar of grated Fels Naptha soap.  I mixed all of it up in a plastic tupperware container, and use about 1 TBSP of the mixture in my main wash compartment (I have an HE front loader).  For fabric softener, I put plain white vinegar in that compartment.    I've only done 2 loads with it so far, but I do like the way the clothes feel and smell.  The front loading washer tends to get a really heavy build-up of slime, which makes the clothes come out smelling musty.  The whole washer actually looks cleaner after using this mixture.

I know there are pros and cons to using this type of mixture, and there are probably several better recipes out there for making your own.  I think it takes some trial and error to see what works best for you, the different skin types in your family (the borax and washing soda can be mildly irritating), and your clothing.  I sure do like the price, though!

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We use basically the same one.  I mix it in a huge batch, and it lasts out family about 6 months.

4 pound box each of:
Borax
Washing Soda
Baking soda
3 bars Fels Naptha soap, grated
2 small tubs of oxy clean powder if desired.

One tbsp. per load (2 for funky diapers, then a second rinse).  No fabric softener here, not even vinegar.  Crunchy clothes is caused by soap build up in your clothes (fabric softener coats the build up with a slippery substance, vinegar helps rinse it away) but with our water I don't need anything.  I think with this recipe, we spend about $30 a year on laundry products, and that 5 people in the house (one in cloth diapers) and a dog, and daycare kids with linens etc, I do on average 2 loads of wash a day.

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A new one I just tried out the other day.

Listerine as dead skin remover.  OK, so Listerine is not natural, but if you have dry ugly feet, soak them in 1/4 cup Listerine and a cup of warm water for 10 minutes, then rub vigorously with a towel.  Bye bye ugly feet!  I only wear shoes to go out in public, so the bottoms of my feet are like leather and always dirty looking no matter how I scrub them... or were, the Listerine soak make them smooth and supple and pink again!

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If you love coconut oil, try shea butter! I use cold pressed coconut oil for cooking or rawing. I throw a spoonful in smoothies because it's good for me. I used coconut oil on my nipples when I first started breastfeeding - not shea butter. I may have accidentally said I used shea butter on my nipples but I did not usually because it was harder to spread on sore nipples. I also use coconut oil on my babys cradle cap. But shea butter is now my body moisturizer. I think it works a little better on feet and hands.  smile

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Has anyone heard of or used this recipe?

Equal parts of
Baking soda
Washing soda
Oxygen cleaner

I've heard the borax and fels naphtha soap aren't very good for CD's.

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I use the borax and fels naptha on my cloth diapers, and she's been in the same pockets for 18 months now with no issues to the diapers.  I do give diapers a second rinse though.

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Found these natural remedies in a Who Knew book....

Natural Wood cleaner
Combine the juice of a lemon with 2 cups of vegetable or olive oil. Use it just like you would use a store-bought cleaner.

All natural Mirror Cleaner
Wipe mirror with a clean cloth dipped in strong but cool tea and buff with a dry cloth

Paintbrush cleaner
No need to throw out your old paintbrushes just soak in hot vinegar for 20 mins then wash with dish soap and warm water.

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Where do you buy Zote soap, heather&beni? Can you use the powdered homemade soap in an HE washer?

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Can i ask a question about water filtration in this thread?
I woukd like opinions about the big berkey filtration system. Totally natural, gravity fed, no electricity but is the filtered water good?

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No clue, maybe someone else will know?

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