Recipes

QUICK FIX FOR MUSTY CLOTHING

A few months ago I put on a pair of summer PJ’s, ones that hadn’t been used since April last year. They had a musty, mouldy smell to them – gross. So I threw them in the wash. I grabbed another pair; same issue. My entire draw was infected!!! I tried washing the lot in…

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Sanitising Gel

We live in a world obsessed with killing germs. I know this so well because I used to be one of ‘those’ people. Not any more though, and we have never been healthier! Antibiotic resistance is a real problem and the overuse of antibacterial products is leaving us more susceptible to the germs and, it’s…

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Super Salve – One Balm for Everything

Petroleum jelly is not something I want near my skin, or my children’s skin. It is a byproduct of the oil refining process and it is nasty. Containing oestrogen-mimicking chemicals like xenoestrogens, which may act on hormone receptors in the body, leading to estrogen dominance, I can only conclude that it is not good. Hydrocarbons…

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Fizzy Bath Drops

I couldn’t tell you how many variations of this recipe I have tried. Turns out bath bomb are temperamental and delicate little buggers and explode without warning, quite easily… Grrr!! Anyway, this final product is dead easy to make and will hopefully get you excited about the prospect of giving others a cute little hamper for…

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Spray Deodorant with Magnesium and Essential Oils

You know you’re onto a winner when your *reluctant-to-conform-to-change-rexona-loving-old-school-I’m-gonna-do-it-how-my-mum-did-it* husband uses a handmade, natural, and chemical-free deodorant and it WORKS! I will admit, it took a while to get him off the supermarket crap as there was no way he was going to rub a balm into his hairy pits. I kinda don’t blame him and kudos…

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Dishwasher Tablets

I can’t get over how expensive dishwasher tablets are. Especially the “ECO” varieties… If you haven’t heard of ‘green washing’, let me fill you in quickly: Some companies like to tell us what they’re NOT including in their products, and print words like ‘natural’, ‘green’, ‘eco’ etc, yet still use some very questionable ingredients. In…

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Make-Up Remover – DIY, SIMPLE, LOW TOX.

Don’t waste your money on commercial make-up remover. Not when an ingredient as simple as coconut oil can do the job while simultaneously nourishing the delicate skin on your face. If you want to go that step further and have some lovely make-up remover made up and on hand, then you must try this simple…

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Super Soak – Trifecta of Bath Salts

There are plenty of reasons why you need to try this mix of bath salts. Not only is it easy to make and use, it smells divine, and has numerous health benefits. Epsom (magnesium sulphate) salts are readily absorbed and help to remove toxins from the body, alleviate tension, headaches, pain and joint inflammation, and…

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Magnesium Oil with Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils

Before making this “oil”, there are quite a few things you need to know. Read all of my notes here first. You will save a great deal of money making your own magnesium oil, and reap the rewards of topical magnesium application. Did you know that 80% of us are deficient in magnesium? It is…

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Sugar Soap Scrub Balls

This is an easy and inexpensive way to transform regular soap into something cute and fun. It makes the perfect gift and is a great way to get kids involved in creative gift making in the kitchen. The mixture isn’t too hot so they can play around with it and help you press it into moulds. The Reject Shop and other thrifty stores have affordable jars and ribbon, so the whole lot could cost as little as $5. I’d be happy with that as a birthday pressie, wouldn’t you? Enjoy!

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Strawberry & Lime Scrub

If you are currently buying products with a ‘strawberry’ scent, you’re probably getting a toxic chemical cocktail of artificial ‘fragrance’. Strawberry essential oil does not exist. Nor does pineapple, cucumber or lychee, among others. These plants are incapable of making essential oils. So this recipe is my way of getting a lovely mild strawberry scent into…

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Homemade Pesticide

The whole point of us making the effort to grow our own veggies is to avoid all of the toxic sprays that commercial farmers use; I will keep that out of my kids bodies as much as humanly possible. The problem is, caterpillars love our fresh produce almost as much as we do. As well as checking leaves (the underside mainly), and catching the little buggers, you may find this spray useful. It will need a fair bit of attention from you; reapplication after rain and watering, but it definitely makes a difference!

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Microwave Puffy Paint

This recipe is an adaptation of something I used to do with my early Childhood Studies students, back in my hay-day! It is fun, non-toxic and is easily made with common pantry ingredients. I recently read an interesting article about microwaves on iquitsugar.com. They’ve gotten such a bad rap over the years, and personally freaked the bejesus out of me… But, my view has somewhat shifted after doing a little research, which makes me even more comfortable with this activity!

Keep in mind that you want the paint to be quite thick on the page so it has enough oomph in it to puff!

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Liquid Laundry Detergent

I adapted my popular washing powder recipe to create this liquid version, purely for those of you who have machines that don’t take powder. It’s a slightly messier and longer process to make and I personally prefer the powder (but my machine takes either).  In saying that, this is a great liquid that produces great results.  In fact, I can’t tell the difference in results between powder/liquid.

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Lip Balm – Firm Base Formula  

This lip balm recipe is a great starting point for almost any lip balm you feel like making. Add less beeswax and more oil for a smoother, glossy balm. If it is children you are making the balm for, try playing around with edible glitter for a sparkly balm; the beauty being that you have the flexibility to create whatever you want, and you get full control of what exactly you let them put on their precious lips.

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Whipped Body Cream – Orange & Grapefruit

Oh my golly gosh, it is finally here!!! A beautiful, luscious and creamy body moisturiser that will take pride of place on my bathroom shelf, replacing the commercial version I have been buying for years. I have tried numerous adaptations of this recipe over the last 8 months, but THIS one I am stoked with. The weather is quite cool in Perth at the moment and it still maintains its lightness and fluffiness!!

I love that it is free from any nasties, but also uses such beautiful and uplifting essential oils. Shea butter is a gorgeous base, with countless benefits for your skin. A little goes a long way so don’t be too heavy handed or you’ll end up a slippery oily mess!

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Homemade Cleaning Gump

Every single time I replace a toxic, chemical-laden commercial household or beauty product for a clean, green and natural homemade product, I do a little happy dance. It’s a great feeling! This “gump” is no exception. Once you get the supplies you need for my homemade ‘stuff’, the world is your healthy oyster.

I use this gump to clean my toilets, sinks and showers. I also use it to clean porcelain mugs that have discoloured from tea and coffee, as well as my THERMOMIX BOWL!!! With a soft dish cloth and a little scrubbing power, your bowl will sparkle like new… Woohoo!

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Fresh Citrus Body Scrub

If you have skin that feels rough and dry, then this is the scrub for you. I think it is awesome for legs and arms, but I also love it for underarms as it seems to keep my skin clearer with less ingrown hairs and unsightly red bumps. If you intend to use this on your face,  blitz the salt on its own first for 10 sec/speed 10 and be gentle as salt can be quite abrasive.

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