ENVIRONMENT, Simple Switches

Liquid Handsoap #2!

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I wanted to try a non-foaming liquid soap this time using the same basic ingredients as the one I have been using – Castile soap, water, olive oil and essential oils.  I got a great pump attachment for a mason jar that’s been waiting to be put to good use.  I got it at Masonauve, a Canadian company in Ontario that sells lids and accessories to retrofit Mason/Bernardin jars. Many of us have a few already floating around our homes.

The solution for a regular pump dispenser needs to be thicker so that it won’t run down the pump. I did a bit of research and found that you could change the consistency by adding salt. Who knew?  I tried this and it does work! I didn’t add too much so it only slightly thickened it.

Essential oils aren’t necessary but they do add a nice natural fragrance and depending on the oil it can add some beneficial properties.  This time I thought bergamot oil might be a nice addition. I love the calming smell and it’s one that I have been reaching for a lot lately.  It speeds healing of scratches on skin and is great for reducing inflammation and soothing irritated skin.

  • 1 cup distilled or boiled water
  • 4 tbsp castile soap
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 15 (approx) drops essential oils

I find you can play around with amounts a bit. Start with fewer drops of oil and try it out. You can easily add more to your bottle.

ENVIRONMENT, ESSENTIAL OILS

Revamping My Cleaning Regime

So many cleaning products have passed through my door. Many have made me wonder why on earth someone thought it would be a good idea. Results never work out the way I wanted them too. Either it fell short of my cleaning expectation or some other physical side effect such as a sore throat or having to hold my breath so I don’t pass out. I’m extra sensitive to all those intense ingredients, perhaps more than your average person. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

There is a surge of healthier and environmentally friendly products in response to the demand for alternatives to keeping our spaces clean. In conjunction with that there are so many ways that you can make your own products. People are taking matters into their own hands and coming up with their own designs, tweaking and personalizing recipes. I started switching out my items by slowly replacing them with my own concoctions.

The most obvious one to go in this house was glass and counter cleaners. I buy a lot of vinegar these days! By adding essential oils you add extra cleaning properties plus it leaves the room filled with natural fragrance.

The All Purpose Mixture

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 – 20 drops of Essential Oils (some good ones for cleaning are Lime, Lemon, Orange, Onguard, Tea Tree)

Tables and counters: I use this on counter tops and for spot cleaning small messes on the floor. I mix it in a spray bottle and keep it handy.

Appliances: This is great for giving everything from your stove to your fridge, a quick wipe down. For a deeper clean and to dissolve tough food stains try adding baking soda or soap.

Floors: A micro-fiber mop with a solution attachment works great to do the floors. The same mixture can be used. The nice thing about this is you can sometimes get extra bottles. You can mix something different in each and swap the bottles depending on your need or mood.

Organizing

Planners & Bullet Journals

Over the years I have tried many types of planners. I have looked at numerous types from dayplanners to bullet journaling but the ones that work best were the 9″ x 6″ lined blank note books where I could fill with lists and notes each day. The only problem was constantly having to flip back and forth when trying to organize a week. I loved having blocks where I could not thoughts or plug in a bit of writing. So began another search for something that would allow me to look at the whole week, write down to-do lists but also keep track of appointments. I wanted something that left me room to jot down ideas and thoughts without having to dig out a separate journal. I also have one of those for when I need to sit down and do a lot of writing. Often though I need to just quickly write a few quick notes that I can followup on later.  Hence my “Ordinary Modifiable Weekly Planner”. I know it’s a bit wordy…

It has a super simple layout that allows me to create the rambling lists that I usually have. A shopping list, daily blocks for appointments and daily notes. An idea block which can be for anything, from a quote of song title, goal or just extra space to write. The layout for me was somehow important just as important as what blocks were added.

I see people often posting that they are having a tough time finding a planner the works for them. Everyone ha different needs and different types of schedules…it only makes sense. There are so many out there but with the way my mind works it had to be basic with no distractions of fancy fonts and time slots (I am better at remembering if I handwrite the time down).