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Kitchen Witchery- Part 1

One of my favorite things about being a home maker is the actual MAKING. I have been making some of my own cleaning products for a while now but in the past few months I have taken it to another level. I make my own stuff for a few reasons.

  • Knowing what ingredients are in my products. I like working with simple, common, nontoxic ingredients. As a bonus I control the scent and it makes me feel better about what I am putting around my home, exposing myself and my pets to.
  • Not going out and buying the cleaners means I am reusing the bottles I am reducing how much garbage or recycling I am putting out in the world.
  • CHAAACHING! I am saving SO much money. I have been using the same box of washing soda for almost a year. The things I do buy more often such as vinegar, blue Dawn and baking soda, I did a lot of comparison shopping to find the best deal I could so most of my concoctions honestly cost me less than a dollar
  • Last but not least… It is really a lot of fun.

So I have decided to share my kitchen witchery with you as I make them. Starting with today’s concoction foaming hand wash.

I was shocked at how easy this actually is. Honestly the foam pump does most of the work. I have been reusing one I got from Bath & Body Works two years ago. Add one cup of distilled water. If you can’t get distilled water you can use water that has been boiled and cooled. Then add two tablespoons of Castile Soap. I prefer Dr. Bronner’s unscented because I can use it in so many things. Next up I added 1/4 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. You can use any carrier oil that will stay liquid at room temp. Hand soap, even a homemade one like this, can be drying, the oil helps combat that. Lastly I put in my essential oil. You can really put in any scent you want. I use Nature’s Shield which is Now’s answer to Thieve’s oil. Supposedly is it good for the immune system, personally I just like the smell. I recommend between 10-20 drops depending on the level of scent you like. Once it’s all in your dispenser give it a shake so the oil mixes in. Le’voila! Foaming hand soap as good as any you will find in the store for a fraction of the cost!

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