- No bites on the house. The house showings have slowed down considerably--from about three a day to just one or two a week. The furnace and hot water heater have been replaced, the electrical work has been finished, and the ceiling with old water damage spots has been fixed (tonight!). Somebody better buy it before I go insane and order an addition to be built to make the back bedroom bigger.
- Homeschool curriculum hasn't been purchased yet, but it's still the plan and there is a big sale at the local homeschool store next week. I need to get cracking on it though.
- I waved the white flag on the bra making project. I priced it out and it was going to be way too much to buy all the packages to do it, and when I priced out the individual pieces it wasn't much better... plus... I have no idea what I'm doing.
- I made the homemade toothpaste. It is... weeeeird... but oddly good. It was a little surprising--it's like it goes through different phases of what it tastes like. At first it's salty--which I assume is the baking soda. Then it gets sweet and nutty--which is the coconut oil. Then it's sweet, sweet--xylitol. Then, it's orangey--which is the orange essential oil I used since the kids hate mint in regular toothpaste. Cassie (my sister) is visiting for a couple days and tried it. She said it made her feel like she was in Willy Wonka's factory. Ha. My teeth feel clean. I do miss the fresh taste in my mouth from the mint, so maybe I should make two different batches so I can flavor them differently.
- The homemade bug spray smelled really great. My sister, Alissa, made some for the camping trip which I got to use. To be honest, it didn't keep the swarms of mosquitos away, but maybe we should have used the recipe for the bug spray that is supposed to be the equivalent of Deep Woods Off when we went into the deep woods. Her recipe didn't contain citronella, so I am still going to try that recipe but with a few different oils. I checked Penzeys and they actually carried dried lavender which is the last ingredient I needed for the Vinegar of the Four Thieves (she claims it is comparable to Deep Woods Off). So, that will be the next thing I try.
- The homemade deodorant worked well, and then all of a sudden I was noticing stains in my shirts, super sweaty pits, and it didn't feel like it was working. I read on someone's blog that they use straight up baking soda. I started using the deodorant, but then dusting the top with baking soda. My pits have been dry, dry, dry and I haven't noticed my shirts pitting out anymore. So the next time I make it I am going to up the ratio of baking soda in it.
- I am no longer no 'pooing. I'm loving the smell of my hair after using the homemade soap! My kids can wash their own hair, and it's a lot less cumbersome than measuring out baking soda. It's still natural and frugal, so I count it as a win. It also seems to not be messing up my natural sebum. I always wondering how a pioneer woman could go so long between bathing. It makes so much sense to me now because I accidentally pushed the limits without any consequence last week. I showered on Thursday and ran out of time to take a morning shower on Friday. I was gone all day, spent Friday night at a friend's house, came home and packed, camped Saturday-Sunday nights. I didn't shower until Monday night (technically Tuesday AM). My hair was FINE. I was not greasy like I assumed I would be... I had a great dirt tan going and I had some stinky parts... but my hair was still clean enough. That is how pioneer women did it. She used natural soap and worked WITH her natural sebum instead of stripping it chemically from her head and then being shocked that her body freaked out and over produced to compensate. Fascinating. I am still using vinegar as a rinse after the soap and I am happy with it.
- I attempted homemade dish soap. FAIL. It's like water soap. I don't know why, but I mentally need some gloopy soap to make me feel like it's thick and it will actually work. I was doing some reading tonight and think it didn't work because I used my body/hair soap (the end of my first batch of soap--the orange peppermint soap from olive and coconut oil that was superfatted 5%). I think I can do better.
- Homemade dishwasher soap (borax/washing soda) didn't seem to be working. I fiddled with it by using salt and lemi-shine. I just can't bring myself to buy lemon kool-aide. It worked for a few times then quit. I tried lemon essential oil... nothing. I finally broke down and bought a ginormous bag of citric acid... nothing. Then I cleaned out my dishwasher trap. Wow. My dishes are all sparkly again. I think I'm going to stick with the citric acid once the lemi shine is gone. I'd rather buy something with one ingredient than something with a bunch of commercially combined ingredients--personal preference.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Catching up and Reflecting on Progress with Natural Stuff
Incase you wondered how some of these little experiments have been working out for me: