DIY deodorant

I have found that a lot of deodorants are ineffective and also come with a huge list of ingredients that I can’t pronounce. We often say, if we can’t pronounce the ingredient then we shouldn’t ingest it. I think that should apply to what we put on our body as well.

It will take a long time to rid my house of products that have a long list of ingredients but you have to start somewhere! Call me crazy but I’d like to make most of the products we put on our body.

My husband recently asked me to make him some deodorant. I put it off and put it off. He called me from work one day and said he called a spa and asked them about their deodorant. She told him, “I don’t have any ready right now but I can have some made for you by Friday.” So he told me that he wanted to go get some. I felt really bad like I had failed him or something, so I followed up with, “I told you I’d make some!.”

So I made deodorant.

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I searched and searched for a recipe. There are tons of recipes online but I decided to confide in The Prairie Homestead. She’s very knowledgeable so I knew it’d work and there were only 5 ingredients!

• 1/3 cup coconut oil

• 1/4 cup baking soda

• 1/4 cup arrowroot powder

• 4 tablespoons cornstarch

• 5-10 drops of essential oils (I used lemon and eucalyptus)

Directions:

• Mix dry ingredients together.

• Add coconut oil and use a fork to combine it with the dry ingredients.

• Add your essential oil if desired.

• Congratulations, you just made yourself some all natural deodorant!

I put mine in a larger jelly jar with a wide mouth lid. I haven’t tried putting it in an empty deodorant container but I’ve read it can be messy. If you give that method a try, I’d love to know how it works!

Coconut oil liquefies at 76 degrees. So keep this in mind. Mine stays paste-like and we just apply it with our fingers. But if it’s super warm in your home the consistency may vary. So far we love this deodorant! Yesterday we went and played disc golf with some friends and squeezed in a crossfit workout and still smelt like lemon and eucalyptus. I say this recipe is a winner!

I guarantee you we won’t purchase another stick of deodorant from the store! Today is my husband’s first work day using our homemade deodorant. So today he is putting it to the real test. I can’t wait to hear how it holds up!

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DIY non-toxic cleaner

This is so simple it’s ridiculous. I love Murphy’s floor cleaner but after using this I will not purchase another bottle. Not because I don’t love their product, this is far cheaper and I really think the end result is just as good, if not better. Not to mention the ingredients are in almost every home – I’m sure of it.

I’ve tried the vinegar solution… boo (thumbs down). It didn’t work so well as a cleaner and not to mention my house smelt like I had been canning all day. I don’t mind that if I have something to show for it.

I mixed half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide with 1 bottle (empty hydrogen peroxide bottle) of water with around 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Our’s is eucalyptus.

My mom used to sell Norwex and their products are phenomenal! During nap time I got on my hands and knees with my cleaner concoction and my favorite Norwex rag and scrubbed the heck out of my floors. Maybe it was my amazing Cinderella skills… maybe the Norwex rag… but I’d like to believe it was the mixture.

Hydrogen peroxide is practical to use. It’s non-toxic, affordable, and anti-fungal – no brainer.

Just try it and let me know how it works for ya!