I love cooler weather, the bugs move on temporarily and the workload feels lighter due to the weather. The banana jam turned out not at all. The kids decided they wanted more banana bread and banana shakes so we will wait for the next time to make Banana Jam. Took a couple of hours to make the laundry detergent and dishwashing soap so I'm worry free for at least 4-6 months. While some people may think it's harder to make your own detergents, soaps, etc. I like to know what ingredients are in our products. We are already highly exposed to so many chemicals that it's nice to know my kids have a safe haven at home. Making detergents at home is pretty inexpensive, the cost of a box of borax, washing soda, bars of soap, and essential oil has taken me into my second year. Can't beat that dollar-wise. I feel we are doing our part by reusing old detergent bottles and filling them with ingredients that will not harm our environment; and paves the way for the next generations to have a cleaner hopefully greener future.
The idea is to start small so you don't get overwhelmed.
The picture above is the dish-soap. If you are just starting or toying with the idea of living a more sustainable lifestyle, start with dish soap, and if money is tight, go into the bathroom and use the left-over soap until you learn to make your own soap to grate. It's really quite easy. This recipe is from www.naturesnurtureblog.com/homemade-dish-soap. She gives detailed information and pictures which you will find useful. I like this recipe because while I've used the same ingredients in my other dish detergents this one really puts it together well. I modified it to: 10 Cups boiling water; 1/2 Cup Tightly packed castile bar soap, grated; 2 Tablespoons washing soda; 2 cups liquid castile soap, and 30 drops essential oil of choice. I've used EO of orange, peppermint, lavender, it's nice to switch up every time you make a new batch. This makes approximately 10 cups of dish detergent. You can play around depending how every often you want to make it. I always like to make bigger batches so I don't worry for a couple of months. And remember, it will not be as foamy as your store bought detergents. That foam comes from the chemical ingredients they put in their bottles. Try it and leave me a comment telling me how it turned out or if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from you.
I've also been dehydrating and I'll post some of those pictures soon.
Have a wonderful week.
Well, where do we start? A good friend of mine gave me a bunch of bananas. That's a LOT of bananas and I am blessed to have such good friends. I've been dehydrating, making banana bread and tomorrow will try banana jam. Preserving is very important for your budget and these are organic so they are a healthy food. I've also been at the farmer's market selling jams, herbal oils, balms, and meeting all sorts of wonderful people, while all the while trying to figure out how this website thingy works LOL. Have to laugh and have humor especially when times are trying... I learned about Mullein Verbascum Thapsus over 5 years ago. It's a beautiful plant when you see it growing in the wild majestic even. I grew it in my backyard years ago, it didn't grow as large as in the wild but I loved it. If you look it up you will find lots of folklore and uses for the plant itself. It was used by Native people. It's an analgesic, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory and more are part of its wonderful healing properties. The tiny yellow flowers are infused in oil to make an herbal ear medicine. Ever since I discovered this plant I've made herbal oils and been ear ache free for over 5 years, until this past week. I was using a q-tip which we all know and I know should not use but I did, yes I'm guilty of it, and I hurt my inner ear. What terrible pain I tell you. Luckily I'm on the mend. I use Mullein Oil for aches and pains and make teas and infusions with it. It alleviates congestion and muscle aches. I am grateful to the herbs for sharing their magic medicine with me. I've got to run since I need to make some homemade laundry detergent but I'll let you know how the banana jam turns out. Have a blessed weekend...
Mother of three, trying to live an organic healthy lifestyle every day.