Cloth “paper” towels

I have a love/hate relationship with paper towels. They are convenient when you have a little mess to just wipe up and throw away, but when you are on a tight budget purchasing paper towels every week is something we do without.  My husband and I have established a habit to not use paper towels, and now we use them on rare occasion.  We don’t even have them in our kitchen, if we want a paper towel we have to go looking for them.

A few months ago I set out to find a paper towel solution that worked for us.  Here is the solution that we came up with:

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Cheap washcloths from Walmart, folded nicely in the drawer with the other dishcloths.  When I have a little thing to wipe up, or a baby with a messy face I can just grab one from out of here and I’m good to go!

 

When we are done using the cloth, we needed a place to put it until we wash it. Obviously we need enough to make it worth doing a load of laundry. Under our kitchen sink we have a little green garbage can that we got from a dollar store.  When we are finished using the cloth, we drop it in the garbage can to await the washer.  If the rag is soaking wet, we usually drape it over the sink divider to let it dry and then drop it in the can under the sink.  I usually wash them when it gets full, and I throw in whatever other towels in the house are dirty.

UPDATE (unrelated to this topic): Since writing this post, we have gotten rid of the dishwasher soap that you see in this picture.  We now make it ourselves and it does an even better job than these products!

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Kaydee 🙂

Sugar Wax

Hmmmm… What to say about waxing?  Personally, I don’t feel the need for it. Maybe (occasionally) on my eyebrows.  For this post, I tried making my own homemade sugar wax.  I used a few different recipes.  You can check out our Sugar Waxing pinterest board for the recipes I attempted.  I was very disappointed by the experience I had.  Maybe they were just poor recipes?  Regardless, after many tries I still wasn’t happy.  It was very frustrating having to try over and over again, and then when I  actually put the wax on my skin, it was hot and it hurts!!!  I am obviously not one to regularly wax, because it took me 30 minutes on one leg and I wasn’t seeing much success.  3 weeks later, I have hair growing back in and lots of scabs from my massacred pores.

At the moment, I don’t recommend sugar waxing.  Stay tuned for when I try it again! Please leave any helpful comments below!

Laundry Detergent

*******UPDATE*******

Natural Momma here, after using this one for a few months, my clothes started taking on a weird smell. We found a different recipe we like much better, for the review and recipe click here!

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Homemade laundry detergent that you can make in less than 10 minutes start to finish, costs less than $4 a batch, and lasts for months? Yes, it is possible! I have personally been using this detergent for 4 months, but Michelle and Brittany have been using it for longer and introduced it to me.  I started using my first batch during the first week of January and didn’t need to make another until March.  That includes washing all of my clothes, my husbands clothes, my daughters clothes, our towels, sheets, rugs, and cloth diapers (which get washed every 2 days) for 2 months. You only need 1/2-1 tablespoon per load depending on how large the load is.

Ingredients:

1 bar Kirk’s Castile Soap

1/2 cup BioKleen Oxygen Bleach Plus

1 cup Baking Soda (also available at local grocery store)

1/2 cup Washing Soda (also available at local grocery store–in the laundry section)

1 1/2 teaspoon Citric Acid

20-25 drops doTERRA essential oils (We suggest OnGuard, Melaleuca, Purify, or Lemon)

Directions:

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Grate the bar of soap

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Measure out ingredients

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Pour BioKleen, Baking Soda, Washing Soda, and Citric Acid in a bowl and and mix.

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Layer half of the powder in the bottom of a food processor, add the grated bar soap, and then add the rest of the powder on top.  This helps the soap to mix well with the powdered ingredients.

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Mix

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Add essential oils

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Pour into glass jar. Ta-da! You are all done!

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See? So simple and so easy. Put it by your washer and use 1/2 tablespoon or 1 tablespoon if your load is big and dirty.

This recipe is safe for cloth diapers and  unmentionables.

How to Make Your Own Hairspray

Since exploring the no poo hair care method we have been testing out some hairspray recipes.   So far, I have found one that I absolutely love.  See the original post here.  I have been using this recipe for over a month now on my own hair, as well as on my daughters hair.  I have no complaints.  It is SO cheap and it works really well! It also smells wonderful–definite plus!

I’m sure you have access to some water and some sugar.  If you don’t have access to the essential oils, you can shop for them here.  The essential oils will help support your scalp and hair.  They also make it smell amazing!

I also tried making the hairspray without the essential oils.  It was totally doable, but I definitely prefer including the essential oils!

You can add more or less sugar depending on how tight of a hold you want for your hair.  Using the measurements from the original post works wonderful when I put my daughters hair in pony tails, but if you need a tighter hold go ahead and add another 1/2 teaspoon to your recipe.

How did this work for you? Comment below!

Kaydee