Anyone that has purchased natural dishwashing rinse from somewhere like Whole Foods knows that it’s expensive. It’s about $5 a bottle and depending on your settings it doesn’t last you a long time. I refuse to buy the regular kind with all the chemicals in it that will sit on my plates.
Just to give you an idea what you can avoid, these are the ingredients in the most popular brands rinse aid. Take a look and ask yourself if you want those ingredients on the dishes and glasses you drink and eat out of.
Sodium Cumene Sulfonate Ethanol
This is a very simple way to replace all that.
All you need is
1 gallon of White Vinegar
25 to 30 drops of essential lemon oil
drop the essential oil directly into the vinegar and shake it a little. Mark the bottle and keep it under your sink for refills into your dishwasher. It’s that easy and it saves you money.
It’s that time of year again that you may need to keep these around to fight off congestion. I tried out this recipe recently to make homemade vapor shower tablets for the shower and it worked pretty well. These are similar to the kind you can buy at the store but natural.They are easy to make and cost a lot less than the store brands.You can use any type of mold to form them or you can just form them with your hands. They are nice to keep in a glass jar in the bathroom and use them as needed throughout the winter.
What you need:
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Sea Salt
about 2 Tablespoons of water
12 drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus
I used Young Living Sniffle Ease instead
Combine the sea salt and baking soda in a bowl and mix it together. I use a dropper for the water and slowly add the water as your stirring You should be able to form the mixture into a ball, if not you may need a tiny bit more water. Once you get to the consistency of being able to form a ball and it not falling apart you can pack some tightly into molds or form with your hands into the shape you want or a ball. I put the tablets in the fridge overnight to completely dry. I found that making them without the molds and just forming them with your hands turned out the best
The tablets in the molds right before I put them in the fridge.
To use just put one on the shower floor and turn the water on. Don’t put it on the floor until you are ready to get in that way you get full use out of the tablet before it washes down the drain. The vapors from the oils will release to help open up your nasal passages. Enjoy!
I had the opportunity to try out Chalkola Chalk markers recently and here are my thoughts on it. First I like that they aren’t the old dusty type chalk that we grew up with. I still remember having to slap the chalkboard erasers together outside to clean them. These are different because its not like regular chalk these are more like markers but washable.
Kid Safe – Keeps them busy for hours
Bright & Neon Effect Colors
Works on all Non Porous surfaces
Easily Erase using a Wet Cloth
Super fun decorations
6 mm bullet tips with 8g Chalk Ink
The colors are bright and these chalk markers can be used on nearly anything.My kids and I loved using them and I especially liked that you just need a wet washcloth to wipe clean. These would be good to use on canning jars, windows, mirrors any non porous surface. Perfect for kids and parents, teachers for classroom projects and for better teaching, crafters for DIY projects.
These are sold on Amazon and are the top selling chalk markers.