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Recipes- Homemaking: Home Remedies, Play Dough and More

tick repelant:


10 drops lavender 


Peppermint around tick


All-Purpose Cleaner

2T vinegar

1 t Borax

Hot water

a few drops of a mild dish detergent

10 drops of essential oil, optional

In a 16-spray bottle put vinegar, borax, and hot water. Swish around until borax has dissolved. Add the drops of dish detergent and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Add the essential oil (I like using orange or lavender).



Best Glass Cleaner!!!

1/4 c. rubbing alcohol

1/4 c. white vinegar

1 Tbsp cornstarch

2 c. warm water

Combine everything in a spray bottle and shake well. Shake well before using, too, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom (and subsequently plug the spray mechanism if it’s not mixed in well).


Anti-Streak Window Cleaner
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
Mix in a clean spray bottle, shake, apply, and rinse. This mixture is great for windows that have accumulated build-up. If the glass is greasy, you can add a drop or two of natural liquid soap. This cleaner should do the trick after one or two applications, and I recommend you return to a vinegar cleaner as soon as possible (due to the rubbing alcohol).



Natural Stain Remover (this makes 8x recipe)
4 cups water
½ cup natural dish soap
½ cup vegetable glycerin
Mix together, shake and store in a clean spray bottle. Rub well into the stain (the sooner the better!) and wash clothes as usual.



Homemade “soft scrub” Type Cleaner

There are no measurements necessary for this one. Simply put a small amount of baking soda in a bowl and add liquid dish detergent until you have smooth paste or frosting like substance. This very well on sinks and counters and won’t scratch the surface.

Non-Toxic Heavy Duty Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 tsp borax
10 drops orange essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Mix the water and the borax. Combine the rest of the ingredients to the mixture and put into a clean spray bottle. Shake. Wipe surface clean and rinse. Ideal for grimy surfaces.


Goat milk formula: into ½ gallon jar or the like container:

32 oz. goat milk (pasteurized ok), Trader Joe’s, PCC, Whole foods, QFC

10 drops B complex CWS or equivalent

¼ tsp. flax for girls, for boys, ¼ tsp. udos, DHA etc.

400 mcg vitamin E (one opened gel cap, squirt into jar)

Vit d: 800 IU’s. There is a child formula of vitamin d that has 400 IU’s per drop.

Before putting into bottle, shake and pour. Once in bottle, add a fingertip of probiotics to each bottle before feeding.




Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

3 Tbsp coconut oil

3 Tbsp baking soda

25 drops peppermint essential oil

1 packet stevia

2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

Put the coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl and mash up with a fork until blended. Add the peppermint essential oil, stevia and optional vegetable glycerin and continue to mash and stir until you’ve reached toothpaste consistency.

​ Hand soaps

1.5 cups Castille liquid (we used citrus orange)

10 cups water

2 TBS honey

2 tsp glycerin

Mix all together and put in bottles

*Ideas to make it into dish soap = add orange essence and/or tea tree


Bug Repellent:

4 oz purified water

15 drops lemongrass essential oil

15 drops eucalyptus essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops citronella essential oil

15 drops catnip essential oils


Bug Rep Recipe #2:

4 oz purified water

60 drops lemon essential oil



Bug Repellent Recipe #3:

4 oz purified water

45 drops of peppermint oil –

15 drops lemon oil


Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and apply liberally




What You Need

1/4 c. baking soda

1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot powder

5 Tbsp. coconut oil

Essential oils (optional – I used 3 drops of ylang-ylang, 4 drops of sweet orange, and 2 drops Tea Tree




1 cup apricot oil

2 – 6 Tb bees wax (depending on consistency, 2 Tb is runny, 6 Tb more like a paste)

2/3 cup coconut oil

4 T vit E oil

1 1/3 cup almond oil

Melt on double boiler


Emulsify ¼ cup water into it

Add 4 drops balancing essential oil


Makes 5 ½ pints







Play dough:


2 cups flour

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup salt

1 1/2 - 2 cups boiling water

 3 - 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

 Food coloring

Essential oils


Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and food coloring to boiling water. Mix dry into wet. Mix well. As you knead it, the dough will get smoother. Store in airtight container.



Bakeable "Salt Clay"


Stir together:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Knead well until it forms a soft ball. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, make the shapes you want, and bake in the oven at 300 degrees or until hard (about one hour). You can use food coloring to color dough before you bake it or paint it afterwards. A finishing coat of shellac or clear acrylic will make your salt clay products last longer.



Use cookie cutters or mold Salt Clay by hand, then bake in a 300-degree oven for use in creating refrigerator magnets, jewelry, ornaments, key chains, neck

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