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Incredibly Easy to Make, Homemade Toothpaste

 

Simple Homemade Toothpaste Y’all.

Tired of brushing with fluoride? We were too, so we decide to make our own toothpaste. You know what, it has been the best experience ever. There are so many recipes out there using combinations of baking soda and coconut oil but for some reason brushing with coconut oil just didn’t tickle our fancy. This recipes has been a perfect combination of minty goodness and fresh feeling cleanliness. As usual with most of my recipes, it is as easy as one, two, three. Let’s get to it.

Ingredients:

Organic baking soda
Food grade hydrogen peroxide
Stevia
Vegetable glycerin
Peppermint essential oil

Shall we do a quick discussion on each of these ingredients? It will be quick, I promise.

Baking soda cleans.

Hydrogen peroxide kills bad bacteria and whitens.

Stevia sweetens it, well, because it’s pretty salty without it.

Vegetable glycerin is used as a thickening agent, as well as, a sweetener.

Peppermint essential oil makes your mouth sing with freshness. Done.

See I told you it would be quick. On to the making of it.

Directions:

Grab your self a bowl and start mixing.

***There really is no exact measurement.

What you are looking for is a toothpaste like consistency. Start with the baking soda, add the peroxide and vegetable glycerin and mix until you find that paste.

To thick? Add some more peroxide.

To runny? Add more baking soda and a dabble of vegetable glycerin.

Now, with the stevia you are going to add just one heaping spoonful. ***I added a heaping and a leveled out spoonful and it was perfect for the amount shown in the picture above.

Next, add about 20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Guess what, you just made some pure, heavenly tasting toothpaste for a fraction of what organic non fluoride toothpaste costs. The best part is, you made it yourself.

When choosing the ingredients, choose wisely. Choose organic, pure, food grade ingredients. ***Remember, this is going in your mouth you want to feel good about it.

Want to take care of your pits too? Head on over here for our homemade deodorant recipe.

Happy brushing!

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Baby Food: Apple Sauce

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Seriously making baby food is one of the easiest things to do. Plus you are giving your sweet little human the purest form of food there is. No preservatives, dyes, chemical or other nasty little things. Just pure food. Anyway, let’s hop to it and make us some apples sauce.

As always what are we going to do? Yup, you got it, wash our fruit. Next, you want to peel those little suckers.

Get a pot with a steamer basket going on the stove. After peeling your apples, take out the core and cut in half or quarters. Throw those little puppies in the pot and steam them until they are soft.

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We are going to blend them up until we get a soft purée. I put cinnamon in almost every baby food recipe, why my husband asks every single time, I don’t know it just feels right. Let me be.

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Pour your delicious and super easy apple sauce in ice cube trays seal with some press and seal and freeze.

Little tips that have made my life a tad easier when making baby food.

*Use press and seal, it’s gives a pretty good seal giving you time if you can’t get to it the next day.
* leave your trays out for about five minutes before trying to pop them out into a bag. This gives them enough time to loosen up and doesn’t take as much effort.

* Always label and date your freezer bags.

That’s it people. Easy peasy.

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Happy making!

Also, check out my purple sweet potato baby food recipe..yum!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I can get into the harsh chemicals and fragrances that are in laundry soap but considering most of us can’t even pronounce half of them why bother. I’m guessing, if you’re interested in this post you have already discovered that the soap you have been using for all these years is just not the best route to take. So let’s skip the details that we all already know and get to the good stuff.

imageThere is nothing better than making things yourself.

It can get overwhelming when you start to learn about all the ingredients that make up everyday items that we use. The overwhelming part is that most of the ingredients in these everyday items we use contain chemical and other contaminates. What we have learned just recently is that ingredients listed as fragrance, natural flavoring and aromatherapy are all code words for “I am going to stick a crap ton of chemicals and other bad stuff and not have to tell you what they are.”

These ingredients are classified as “trade secrets” that most companies have the right to put on their product without disclosing what makes up those natural flavorings, fragrances or aromatherapy scents.

I mean, wtf!!! 

And here we are just using these products everyday without even realizing.

So instead of getting overwhelmed, let’s take one thing at a time. Let’s try and remove one store bought item at a time and replace it with a homemade product.

Let’s start with laundry detergent. 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This recipe is super duper easy, the three things you need:
Borax
Washing soda
Bar of soap (preferably Dr. Bronners)

***You can add essential  oils as well if you would like a scent. Lavendar, lemon, tea tree are great options. Play around and find what tickles your fancy.

What you want to do is:

You want equal parts of all three, so if you use one bar of soap, it’s one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. If you use two bars of soap you use two cups of borax and….you get the idea.

You want to grate the soap, yes, like cheese. Then dump everything is a food processor, I found using a blender just made everything get stuck at the bottom. The food processor has more space at the bottom that allows everything to mix together more easily. By using the food processor it will grind your grated soap to a finer powder, which helps it break down faster in the washing machine. Leaving it grated works but it will get stuck to your clothes, not so much fun when washing darks.

And….

That’s it people, you have got yourself some homemade pure laundry soap. That doesn’t have nasty “secret” ingredients. I use a cup from an old laundry container and scoop just to the bottom line of the cup, for each load.

***1:1 ration lasts us usually about 3 months. Doubling or even tripling your ratios can give you quite a bit of soap, leaving you extra time to can up some beans!

Happy soaping!

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Baby Food: Pears

Making baby food sounds and feels more complicated then it really is.

If you have a pot, a steamer basket and blender, you’re ready to rock and or roll. The easiest way to make, making baby food efficient, is to make it in big batches and freeze them using ice cube trays. This is also incredibly helpful when you want to mix things up. I loved adding different cubes of food to their “meals.” I would add pears, purple sweet potatoes and apples to one bowl and they LOVED it.

 This recipe for pears is super easy, let’s get to it.

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First wash and peel and core your pears. Then you want to cut them into big chunks. After so many times of doing this, I find you can just core them and throw them in the blender. Pears blend so easy it doesn’t take a whole lot of prepping.

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Next blend them up you. Bing bang boom, baby food of the purest kind.

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Pour it into ice cube trays, freeze up and then pop them out into a freezer bag and you’ve got food for a week or two.

Tips that have made my life just a tad easier,
• press and seal plastic wrap, just lay it on top and press and you’ve got a pretty decent seal for a few days.
• Leave the trays out for about five minutes before trying to pop those suckers out.
• Label label label

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I mean, how freaking easy was that. And if you had enough pears and make a few ice cube trays worth of food, you have baby food for about a month or so. Especially when you have multiple bags of food, you can just throw a bunch of different cubes in a bowl, heat it up and bam, your little sweet potato monkey has a beautiful homemade breakfast, lunch or dinner in front of them.

Happy making!

Need more baby food ideas? Check out my Purple Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipe!