Jolene’s No Borax Laundry Detergent

No Borax laundry detergent

1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1/2 bar Dr. Bronner’s castile bar soap finely grated (any is fine but I love lavender)

*I use about (just about) 1/8 of a cup of the detergent mix if I am going to be doing a full load (and I love adding a few splashes of vinegar too as it softens my towels and keeps odors from staying)
**This can also be used as just a booster… a few tablespoons of the mix can be added to soap nuts, eco nuts, or any other alternative soap (even to traditional detergent powdered or liquid)
***If the castile bars are pricey where you are, you can get away with just using 1/3 of the bar and it will still work great. Any scent of the bars is fine
****This works well with cloth diapers (that I’ve noticed so far)
*****I have a traditional (old) top loader and this works great in that. It also works great in HE front loaders, as it is not a ‘sudsy’ kind of detergent, and perfectly safe to use in those too!!

Jolene’s Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

hand soap

Jolene’s Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap DIY recipe:
This works amazingly well!! You can use any Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap, I prefer the unscented baby-mild as I have sensitive hands 🙂 I have a foaming hand soap in each bathroom and my kitchen and it’s very budget friendly!!

Q & A:
Q: What is filtered water?
A: I just basically didn’t use tap water. It can be distilled or any other way that you filter water to keep as much ‘stuff’ out of it as possible (I know everyone has their favorite way of doing this, so it’s up to you!)

Q: What did you use for the pump?
A: Unfortunately I have yet to find an empty bottle/pump to use. I just used old ones from around my house that I had already used up. I would say the best I can offer until I can find a good place (that is not expensive) to buy from, would be to buy ones from store, dump the “stuff” out and clean well. I would note to double check they say BPA free on the bottoms of them (as I made sure mine did).

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

fruit fly trap

I heard on Public Radio recently that fruit flies are extremely pesky nationwide this year. We’ve been experiencing more than ever it seems, and it’s that time of year where produce abounds on our counter & tabletops. Hubby went to the hardware store & saw fruit fly traps for $8, and came home & made this one. Just take a small container, put apple cider vinegar & a little dash of dish soap in, cover it with plastic wrap w/ a few holes in it & you’re all set. Those brown spots in the bottom are all dead fruit flies. This was after a day or 2. I love saving $8 by using materials we already have!

Jolene’s ear/sinus infection drops


Ear/Sinus Infection Drops ~ Home Remedy ~
What you need:
1/4 c. unrefined organic virgin coconut oil (w/e you have on hand is fine, this is just what I prefer)
3-4 medium pieces fresh, raw garlic

What you do:
Put the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat
De-skin and lightly smash garlic until they are opened a bit, toss them in the mixture
Cover the pan (unless you want to get popped like I did!)
Simmer the two ingredients until the garlic is nice and browned.
Put through a fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth….or both!) into a mason jar

What do we have?
A nice golden mixture that is warm, soothing, and will cure a sinus and/or ear infection in half the time those icky antibiotics will!!

How to Use:
Get a clean baby medicine dropper (or any other kind of dropper that is clean that will administer a drop at a time). Put in your ear and massage (this is important) the ear and behind the ear down into the neck to allow it to travel through your ear. If doing it for sinuses, drop a couple drops up each nostril and let gravity do its thing by tilting your head back. I like to also massage my sinus cavity area to help move things around too!

I am not a doctor and there are MANY different, wonderful home remedies for sinus/ear infections. This is just the one I use/prefer because I ALWAYS have these 2 ingredients on hand and it takes about 5 mins to make….which is great when you are in pain.

A Little Story:
Not too long ago I was sick with a sinus AND double ear infections. I was miserable! After a couple days of being miserable my husband says to me: Don’t you have some home recipe for infections? I know you hate antibiotics…. There went my light bulb…geez why YES I did have one! I for some reason just didn’t think about using it at the onset of pain to save me those extra days of misery (lessons learned right!) I took a clean baby medicine dropper and put a couple drops in each ear…ahhhh immediate relief! When those were all set in, time for the nostrils! I the warm oil was immediate relief and within about 1 1/2 – 2 days I was completely pain and infection free! Even had a follow up appointment and it was gone. So happy!!

Enjoy!! *Jolene*

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