• Au Naturel

    Moisturizing Semi-Homemade Body Wash Using Castile Soap

    Being the naturalista that I am, for years I have used castile soap to wash my hair. On a whim I started using it as body wash, mainly because I was tired of shelling out loads of cash for Cetaphil soap & lotion for out littlest’s sensitive skin. I asked our pediatrician if that was okay – who, by the way, my oldest son went to & by the time the littlest was born we’d gone to her for at least 12 years.  She asked what we were using for moisturizer after & when I told her coconut oil, she just about jumped off her stool she was so excited. Not only…

  • The Green Life

    How & Why To Clean The Dishwasher

    Clean the dishwasher?! Yes, yes you should! And NO. No you don’t clean it every time you run it.  Think about it… do you clean a dish towel every time you use it?  What about a washcloth? But those things are actually cleaning other things.  Yeah, I hear ya.  And I get it… Kinda, kinda not.  Because isn’t the dishwasher (and the washing machine) actually cleaning other things too? And especially for non-rinsers, where do you think all the food goes that you don’t actually clean off the dishes first?  Hmmmm. News flash:  soap (or detergent) & water alone do not make ANYthing clean.  As a matter of fact, your soap or detergent…

  • The Green Life

    Simplify your (green) cleaning

    Use these 2 green cleaning recipes for everything in your home and save time and money. You’ll never go back spending a mint on the chemical + water concoctions. Super Duty Cleanser (suitable for everything except wood; wood and alcohol are NOT friends) 1-2 capfuls drops of liquid castile soap 1/4 C alcohol 1/4 C hydrogen peroxide 5-10 drops of lemon or peppermint essential oil (optional) Pour the alcohol and peroxide into a large spray bottle and fill (almost to the fill line) with water. Add the castile soap last and shake it up (so you won’t get lots of bubbles). It’s ready to use on practically anything! Spot remover…

  • The Green Life

    Hand Soap Experiment

    I was going through the house filling up the soap dispensers yesterday and ran out of this industrial sized Shea butter soap that I’d bought a few months ago.  It was so super cheap that I had no choice but to buy it and I actually liked it a lot because it cleaned well and felt moisturizing.  But since it has the typical sulfates (no es bueno)  and lye (which all soap has in some form or other) in it, I’m pretty sure it’s not really all that great.  Well that PLUS the fact that Shea butter isn’t even on the ingredients list! So today I decided to make my…

  • The Green Life

    Mean Green Cleaning

    As promised, following are my tried and true Mean Green Clean “recipes”.  I have found a “green” substitute for everything but my dishes – I have not yet figured out or found a good “recipe” for dish washing liquid or dishwasher detergent.  Everything I have tried leaves some sort of residue on my dishes; but when I DO find something that works, I will definitely share. Everything you need for a Mean Green Clean. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Ingredients · 32 oz water · ½ cup alcohol · ½ cup vinegar Directions Mix ingredients in a trigger spray bottle and shake. Shake before each use. Use me to: < Clean and disinfect…