Home-made remedies and recipes

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Home-made remedies and recipes

Jul!a Jul!a
A few things I've picked up from my mom is her love of saving money by making things myself, and the appreciation of how much better for you homemade things seem to be and how much better they seem to work. Like the laundry detergent she makes, gets the grease out of my mechanic fiance's clothes. If the detergent doesn't cut it, she told me to add just a little bit of Dawn to the wash too (yes, the dish soap) and that worked really well too.

I wanted to share with you a few of the things she makes from home, but all I could find right now was the recipe for the liquid laundry detergent, so here it is!

Ingredients:
3 pints water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
Bucket
4 Quarts + 1 pint boiling/hot water
Optional: 15 drops lavender essential oil (or whatever essential oil you prefer), 10 drops tea tree oil.

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Add another 2 quarts boiling hot water, and 1 additional quart _ 1 pint hot water and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

We put the mixture into used and washed out vinegar containers, since they hold about a gallon and are clear so you always know how well mixed it is or how much is left.

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Anybody got any other good 'home remedies'?
09/21/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
A few things I've picked up from my mom is her love of saving money by making things myself, and the appreciation of how much better for you homemade things seem to be and how much better they seem to work. Like the laundry detergent she makes, ...
I've seen that one before and actually kept it to use in the future (I have no laundry facilities where I live right now so I send my laundry out) - it's on the Duggar family website LOL

I still use baking soda and vinegar for most of the cleaning in my house - I have bad asthma and chemical cleansers aggravate it really badly.
09/21/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I've seen that one before and actually kept it to use in the future (I have no laundry facilities where I live right now so I send my laundry out) - it's on the Duggar family website LOL

I still use baking soda and vinegar for most of ...
I had no idea where my mom got it from, but she freely confesses to finding it on the internet, lol.

Baking soda and vinegar is a good one, and she only uses bleach when she needs to kill mold, and it's only Chlorox since that's the only bleach she's found to kill mold. The vinegar generally cleans better and is non toxic. The baking soda/vinegar is a great way to clean clogged drains too.
09/21/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I had no idea where my mom got it from, but she freely confesses to finding it on the internet, lol.

Baking soda and vinegar is a good one, and she only uses bleach when she needs to kill mold, and it's only Chlorox since that's the ...
The Duggars also have a fabric softener 'recipe' that uses cheap dish sponges that you reuse instead of sheets. Don't know if I'll try that one or not but it might be worth it. I guess it depends how thrifty I'm trying to be.

I do love my vinegar and baking soda They really are magic. And my old roommate used to use tea tree oil based cleaners as well.
09/21/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
The Duggars also have a fabric softener 'recipe' that uses cheap dish sponges that you reuse instead of sheets. Don't know if I'll try that one or not but it might be worth it. I guess it depends how thrifty I'm trying to ...
Hmm, I might have to give that a shot maybe, lol
09/21/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I dont really. I have secret tips like a used fabric softener sheet works great to take water marks off your stainless steel. You just rub it along the faucets, sink ect.. and it takes the spots right off.

Or shaving cream (not gel) - rub some all over your bathroom mirror and then wipe off with paper towel makes for fog free mirror after your shower
09/21/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Jobthingy
I dont really. I have secret tips like a used fabric softener sheet works great to take water marks off your stainless steel. You just rub it along the faucets, sink ect.. and it takes the spots right off.

Or shaving cream (not gel) - rub ...
That reminds me of another one - a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (I don't remember the ratio) sprayed on your car windshield will stop it from getting frosty.
09/21/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
That reminds me of another one - a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (I don't remember the ratio) sprayed on your car windshield will stop it from getting frosty.
OOooOOo! I will have to search around for the ratio. Up here in the great white north we have just a wee bit of that problem

Well that is, if we aren't using the dog sleds
09/21/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Skin-So-Soft (Avon) for mosquito repellent, no DEET and it's good for the skin.

My grandmother used to wash our hair with bar soap, then rinse our hair with cider vinegar to cut the residue (it smelled better than beer). She also got me into pouring cider vinegar in my hair and sit out in the sun for a half hour (this was in Missouri, not Florida) to keep the red vibrant - this was followed by a rinse out with cool water. The smell of the stuff always reminds me of her kitchen; she used it for everything.

She also used honey as a skin softener: just take a little bit and rub into clean skin until the stickiness is gone.

She also brushed with baking soda: dip toothbrush bristles into peroxide, then press the wet bristles into the baking soda. Brush. Nasty tasting, but it worked. I found out that it was possible to make an actual paste by mixing peroxide and baking soda into a thick paste and then adding a few drops of flavor extract like mint or lemon (rum maybe?).
09/21/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
The Duggars also have a fabric softener 'recipe' that uses cheap dish sponges that you reuse instead of sheets. Don't know if I'll try that one or not but it might be worth it. I guess it depends how thrifty I'm trying to ...
They're not going to make me really fertile, are they? Fabric softener for Fertility!

I'm kidding.
09/21/2010
Envy Envy
Wasn't it a paste made of baking soda and witch hazel for mosquito bites? Because it dries so fast the paste is better.
09/21/2010
Not here Not here
This is a cool idea for a thread!

I tell this one to everyone possible.. and you will probably think I'm crazy, but it really works! If you have the hiccups, the best way to get rid of them is to take a few sips of a drink of your choice through a paper towel. A napkin will do, as long as it's thick, but since it gets wet you're best off with something absorbent, such as a quilted paper towel. Just cover a cup (can be water, juice, soda, etc) with a paper towel or napkin and take a few slow sips. Generally after the second sip, the hiccups should be gone, as long as it's not a severe case.

A little girl told me this when I had the hiccups, and I had to try it out of curiosity because I get pretty brutal cases of the hiccups, and ever since I tell everyone!
09/21/2010
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Necroing this because I was thinking of starting a post just like this until I found this one. xD

I got another ear infection and after scouring the internet, purchased myself a bottle of garlic oil (yes, the sort meant for cooking because I couldn't find any non-odorless supplement versions.) to cure it.
After realizing a few days later that the infection (and, thankfully, the pain) was cleared up I'm planning on keeping garlic oil stocked in our kitchen at all times.
Just a few drops a day will do, but make sure it isn't too warm or too cold...room temperature was fine.
It worked wonderfully, and add a hot water bottle to that...you've got yourself one heck of an ear infection home remedy. =3

A word to the wise if you go with garlic oil for cooking though, make sure the only ingredients are either just garlic oil or a combination of olive&garlic oils (which mine was).
Some of the other garlic oil I saw had stuff like rosemary in it and I doubt you want flakes of that hanging around in your ear.
07/14/2012
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