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Window Spray

Window Spray

By now, those of you who follow me will be well aware that cleaning companies are not required to openly disclose the ingredients they use. Those that do are doing so off their own bat (and even then it can be tricky to find complete lists rather than broad terms like ‘preservative’ and ‘plant-based surfactants’).

Of course, you can contact a company and ask for the Material Safety Data assessment, but even then, the information can be difficult to interpret, and I know many people, understandably, wouldn’t have the time (or concern) to follow this through.

Products, intended to be used on the body are required to disclose a complete list of ingredients used at a concentration of over 1%. That’s good, we can make educated decisions, yay.

But, I’d like to know what the difference between a body mist and window spray is? Yes, I know one is intended to clean windows, but you couldn’t tell me that those who use it wear protective equipment and masks to ensure they’re not inhaling/absorbing the product. Do you do this? I know I never did.

So, aren’t we entitled to know what we’re spraying in our homes considering that it will make contact with our bodies and land on surfaces we touch? I think so! If you agree with me, join thousands of other concerned humans and please sign my petition.

Rather than leave it to chance, why not make your own safe and non-toxic sprays?

This Citrus Cleaning Spray recipe is great for general surface cleaning, and although I know some people use it on windows, I find it sometimes leaves streaks. So, here is a ridiculously simple DIY spray alternative for windows. Getting a streak-free finish on glass is traditionally hard work, however, if you’re using a good quality microfibre cleaning cloth and this window spray, you should have success.

Window Spray

Makes: 250 ml | 8.5 fl oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

1/2  cup | 125 ml | 4.2 fl oz water

1/2  cup | 125 ml | 4.2 fl oz white vinegar 

20 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice (I like to use a glass trigger spray bottle).

To Use

Spray directly onto windows as required. Wipe over with a damp microfibre cleaning cloth, and if necessary, polish with a clean, dry one. Newspaper also makes a fantastic polishing tool. Shake well prior to each use.

Recipe Notes

You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your chosen container and shake to combine. Add essential oils first to lessen the risk of them overflowing when you secure your lid.

If your windows are particularly grubby, you might need to give them a light wash with water, before using this window spray.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Soapberry Master Stock

Soapberry Master Stock

I love soapberries. If you don’t know a lot about them, check out this blog. They grow on a tree, are completely biodegradable and can be used for cleaning and body care purposes.

Yes, you can throw a few soapberries into a bag and run up to five loads of washing, but making a ‘stock’ like this one just makes these little berries all the more versatile and loveable!

Soapberry Master Stock

Makes: 1.2 lt | 40.6 fl oz  Prep time: 30-60 min.

Ingredients 

5-6 soapberries

1.25 lt | 42.3 fl oz water

Special equipment required… 

Muslin cloth or nut milk bag

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat until boiling (leave lid on), then reduce temperature and simmer for 20 minutes (with lid partially off).

2. Allow mixture to cool (with lid on).

3. Strain liquid through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag over a clean bowl, squeezing soapberry shells before discarding (in your garden).

4. Transfer into container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add all ingredients to thermal appliance bowl and heat: 8-10 minutes | approx. 100˚C (212˚F) | low speed, in reverse (measuring cup on), or until mixture looks like it may boil over.

2. Reduce temperature and continue to simmer: 20 minutes | 80˚C (176˚F) | low speed, in reverse. Leave measuring cup partially off.

3. Allow mixture to cool (with measuring cup on).

4. Strain liquid through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag over a clean bowl, squeezing soapberry shells before discarding (in your garden).

5. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Wash clothes – add 1 cup of stock to your washing machine and run your usual cycle.

Wash dishes – add ½ cup to a sink of running water.

Clean surfaces – add liquid to a spray bottle with a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil and spray onto surfaces, before wiping over.

Shampoo hair – massage ½ cup into wet hair and rinse.

Recipe Notes

Leaving the lid on prevents excessive evaporation, but it is imperative you ensure the liquid doesn’t boil over (when this happens, it happens with a vengeance!).

If you are after a stronger concentration of soapberry stock, increase the number of soapberries to 10-15, or halve the amount of water. I like to keep stock in the fridge between uses.

Watch me make some here!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Dishcloth Deep Clean

Dishcloth Deep Clean

Tell me I’m not the only one who gets manky-smelling dishcloths, face washers and sponges? Like me, do you do all the right things, like washing them frequently and drying them in sunlight to tackle lingering germs, but still find that they hold a less-than-pleasant odour?

Well, problem officially solved! This simple Dishcloth Deep Clean ‘recipe’ is a beauty. It’s immediately effective, requiring little effort and ingredients! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

DISHCLOTH DEEP CLEAN

Makes: enough for one use Prep time: < 30 min.

Ingredients  

~2 – 4 lt | 68 – 135 fl oz water

1 tbsp sodium percarbonate (see notes)

Method

1. Add the water to a deep, saucepan (my pot is 9 lt capacity). You need enough to completely cover your dishcloths.

2. Get the water boiling, then reduce the heat to moderate, and add the sodium percarbonate.

3. Throw in your dishcloths, give it a bit of a stir and allow it to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, agitating periodically.

4. Turn the heat off, wait for the saucepan and its contents to cool down a little before carefully taking the dishcloths out and throwing them into the washing machine and running your usual cycle (hopefully with this washing powder and this fabric softener!).

5. Marvel at how icky the water is (these pics are not made-up, and my dishcloths were clean!) before discarding!

  

Recipe Notes

Sodium percarbonate definitely gave me the best results. But I have also tried liquid hydrogen peroxide (good) and washing soda (better).

Be careful when adding the Sodium percarbonate as it releases oxygen and foams and fizzes up to almost double the volume! Evidence (🙈🙈🙈):

I recommend only using this technique on items you’re not too precious about (colour-wise mainly). I haven’t noticed a major ‘bleaching’ effect on my dishcloths, but it is possible, depending on the colour-fastness of your items. When I tried it on the kids’ school socks, the grubby soles were dealt with, but so were the green stripes around the top of the socks, which have definitely faded, so it’s not ideal for everything!

If you have fancy, expensive dishcloths, make up your own mind on whether you want to try this technique. I personally would, but I am me and you are you!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Velvety Moisturising Lotion

Velvety Moisturising Lotion

Often, I get asked how to reduce the ‘greasiness’ of my balm recipes. I almost always reply with ‘use less, about 1/4 of what you’re used to’. The awesome thing about natural balms and lotions, is that they don’t contain multiple chemical ingredients that enhance penetration and create suffocating barriers. The idea is, usually, to use a little less and massage it in well, allowing those delicious natural butters and oils do their thing!

But, sometimes people aren’t keen to take my advice, or they haven’t seen the light yet, so I’ve created a very simple, three-ingredient lotion that is wayyyyyyy less greasy than any other balm or lotion I have made before. Depending on which essential oils you’re using, you could apply this Velvety Moisturising Lotion to your body, face, on children and babies – the possibilities are endless. In fact, I think this could almost be your next ‘everything’ lotion, it’s that versatile and good.

I’ve chosen jojoba oil for this recipe, but I have also made it with olive oil and it worked beautifully. Of course you could make it super luxurious with some rosehip and a touch of vitamin e oil too.

So, find yourself 5 minutes, and make this one, you won’t regret it!

VELVETY MOISTURISING LOTION

Makes: 165 g | 5.8 oz  Prep time: < 10 min. 

Ingredients 

100 g | 3.5 oz carrier oil (jojoba oil was my choice for this recipe)

5 g | 0.18 oz beeswax

60 g | 2.1 oz arrowroot flour (cornflour doesn’t seem to work as a substitution)

20-30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil combo for this recipe are ylang ylang, orange, rose geranium, patchouli (ratio of 10, 6, 5 and 4 drops) but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add carrier oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.

2. Add arrowroot flour and essential oils, and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add carrier oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.

2. Add arrowroot flour and essential oils, and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed, or until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Massage over body as needed.

Recipe Notes

This lotion should work well in a pump dispenser. If you find it is too thick (perhaps you live in a cold climate), add another 20g of carrier oil and mix in well. This should help the lotion travel up the tube.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

If you’re looking for a luxurious, yet ridiculously simple, foot scrub, then this Epsom Salt Foot Scrub is for you. Our feet are awesome, they do so much hard work every day, yet they often get seriously neglected – you know the old cliché!

Epsom salt will exfoliate beautifully and is renowned for its soothing and detoxing properties. Bicarb is antifungal, antiseptic and gently exfoliating, and excellent at eliminating odour – perfect for feet!

So, go on, treat yourself and your tootsies to this divine scrub (or better still, get someone else to do it for you!) 🙌

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

Makes: 230 g | 8.1 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients 

200 g | 7 oz epsom salt

20 g | 0.7 oz sodium bicarbonate

10 g | 0.4 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

5-10 drops of essential oils

1/2 tsp green spirulina (optional if you want to colour it)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil in this recipe is peppermint, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Massage over feet and rinse with warm water. Best used after a good, long foot soak.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Eggshell Candles

Eggshell Candles

With Easter fast approaching, and the majority of the world locked inside their homes (thanks a lot COVID-19, you can bugger off now), I thought this little DIY candle recipe and craft idea might come in handy for those of you looking to stay occupied (and get off Netflix)!

These Eggshell Candles are so easy to make! They’re fun and eco-friendly, and aside from beeswax pellets, you probably have everything you need to make them, in your pantry right now. The concept is not new, I’ve seen it floating around in magazines and websites for years, but I finally decided to give them a try and document it for you.

EGGSHELL CANDLES

Makes: 3 Prep time: < 10 min. (assuming eggshells have been pre-dried)

Ingredients 

3 eggs (feel free to double or triple this recipe)

50 g | 1.8 oz beeswax pellets

15 g | 0.5 oz olive oil

3 cotton wicks (tealight size is best)

Method

1. Crack eggs carefully so that the top 1/4 breaks off. This takes practice and patience!

2. Wash eggs and remove remaining membrane. Dry thoroughly.

3. Place eggshells in an egg carton, for support.

4. Place cotton wick in the centre of an eggshell. (Ensure wick is long enough for your eggshells. To help wick stay vertical, pinch between two wooden skewers or chopsticks, securing ends with tape or rubber bands, then rest on eggshell so wick is centred).

5. Add beeswax and olive oil to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted.  (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.

6. Carefully but quickly pour mixture into jar, making sure not to displace wick.

7. Allow to set and trim wick down to 1 cm | 0.4 in from wax.

To Use

Light wick and enjoy. Never leave candles burning unattended. Eggshells are wobbly and unless you secure them safely, they could be a fire hazard. Popping them in a glass bowl of water, as I have done, is a good idea. I don’t recommend lighting them while they are in cardboard cartons due to the fire risk they pose.

Recipe Notes

Make a habit of washing, drying and keeping any eggshells that you incidentally use at home. Or crack, and scramble, on the go, if you’re not that organised!

You can colour your eggs but I love them au naturel! If you want to dye them, simply pop eggs shells in a glass of warm water with a splash of vinegar and some food dye (sadly the natural dyes don’t really work) for 10-20 minutes. The longer you leave them the more intense the colour will be.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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