Recipes

Blank Canvas Fizzies

These fizzy drops are PERFECT for so many applications: in a steam bath or as shower drops for congested airways; in the bath for a fun time for kids, or to help them with relaxation or congestion; as toilet-cleaning drops (they work wonders with a light scrub); in a foot spa; and the list goes on, and…

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Beeswax Candles

Did you know that the vast majority of mainstream candles are mostly made from petroleum-based paraffin? Studies show that when burned, these candles release unwanted chemical pollutants into the air including benzene and toluene, which have been shown to cause damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system. The synthetic fragrances often used in these candles are…

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Super Fussy ‘Carb-Free’ Underarm Balm

If you’re finding that sodium bicarbonate is irritating your underarms, please don’t give up on natural deodorants! You could either try my Fussy Formula, Spray Deodorant with Magnesium or this Carb-Free version. Or, if you really can’t be bothered with DIY today, try a small scoop of coconut oil (the type the solidifies) and a…

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Reusable Beeswax Covers

I discovered the wonders of beeswax wraps almost 2 years ago. What a great alternative to disposable, land-filling, single-use cling film! I bought one set which lasted me over 12 months (so you really do get value for money) however, I wouldn’t be The Inspired Little Pot if I didn’t try to ‘DIY’ and write…

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Borax Free Washing Powder

I was asked to adapt my existing washing powder recipe to one that is borax free. Well, here it is. I don’t notice any difference between the results I achieve from this recipe, compared with my original recipe, so if borax is an issue for you, don’t be afraid to give this one a go!…

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Stain Paste – oh so simple!

My washing powder works; I have hundreds of testimonials I could share on its brilliance! But sometimes stubborn stains just need an extra kick up the bum. Here are 2 simple stain paste recipes for you to try when that oil/blood/sweat/grass stain won’t budge! Recipe #1: Makes enough for single use INGREDIENTS (links provided for ingredients available here…

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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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