DIY Throat Soothing Drops

I ran out of Thieves cough drops – these are a family favorite! Sadly they are also out of stock at the moment, but I needed a solution so I attempted to make my own cough drops. First they taste great, are made with wholesome ingredients, but not sure I will ever make these again. It’s just simpler to buy a few bags of Thieves cough drops to be honest. 

What I love about making them? I had all the ingredients on hand, they are made with simple ingredients and carry the support of Peppermint, Lemon, and Thieves Young Living Vitality essential oils. 

What I did not like about making these? They are super messy…I mean seriously I had to boil 2 pans of water to clean up everything, you definitely need a baster to make these look good and to have accurate sizing plus a silicone candy mold would have been super helpful to have for making these as well. 

    

 

What you will need to make your own: 

  • 1 teabag Oola Unwind tea or your favorite
  • 1 teabag other tea (I used Yogi Bedtime)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • Thieves vitality, Lemon vitality, and Peppermint Vitality (10 drops Each) 
  1. In sauce pan steep teas, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
  2. Remove tea bags.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Heat over medium – high heat until mixture begins to boil.
  5. Clip candy thermometer to the side of your pan.
  6. Continue boiling until mixture reaches 300º.
  7. Watch carefully, it is really easy to burn when it gets this hot!
  8. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes, until it starts to get syrupy.
  9. At this point you can add essential oils.
  10. Fill rubber end of baster with mixture, gently push end of baster into rubber piece. Use baster to work quickly to make 1 inch drops on parchment paper.
  11. Dust with potato starch or tapioca starch to absorb condensation and prevent them from sticking together in storage.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

Use as needed to soothe throats.

XOXO,
Faith 

 

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I love Thieves laundry soap but I wanted to create a DIY option because I want everyone to have the option to switch and although Thieves Laundry soap is affordable when we are living on a budget and trying to make better choices for our health some would rather allocate less money to laundry soap and more money to supplements, personal care, and so forth. With that said I wanted to create one that didn’t have toxins in the ingredients but would be very budget friendly.

 

I found a few recipes (you can see on my previous post DIY Natural Laundry ) but wondered if I could come up with something a little better for those wanting something simple and yet packed a cleaning punch….I’m just so excited I have made a laundry soap that’s non toxic, smells great, cleans everything from sweaty clothes to dog beds, and get this… it cost just $3.29 for 100 loads of laundry 🤩

 

My Natural DIY Laundry Soap Recipe

Cost Breakdown

Thieves Household Cleaner $1.20
Kirk’s Bar Castile Soap $1.13
Super Washing Soda $0.64
Baking Soda $0.32

TOTAL:: $3.29 (3 cents per load)

Makes 50 oz (will do 100 loads of laundry)

Use 1 TBSP per load in with laundry. (not in your dispenser of washer)

What you will need::
Blender or food processor
Large pan
container to store soap
3 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
1 bar Kirks Castile soap or Thieves bar soap
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Baking soda
4 cups water
Essential oils of choice

1. Chop bar soap into pieces
2. Place 4 cups water in large pan on medium high heat and add chopped soap.
3. When soap is completely melted, slowly add washing soda and baking soda 1/2 cup at a time, stir until dissolved.
4. Remove pan from heat and add liquid to a blender or food processor then add 3 capfuls of Thieves Household cleaner and essential oils of choice (I used 15 drops Eucalyptus Radiata and 20 drops Lavender) and blend well. (I use pulse on blender)
5. Once everything is mixed pour liquid into container (I use two 4 cup pyrex glass bowls with lids)
6. Allow laundry soap to set for 24 hours

 

7. OPTIONAL:: if you want more of a cream after soap has set place soap into blender (one container at a time) and add 1/2 cup of water, blend well and add cream back into your storage bowl.

Making into cream. I still use a TBSP measuring spoon to dispense.

I used a lot of mine this weekend! But it will have this consistency when set. Easy to scoop!

I used two 4 cup glass Pyrex Bowls for storage and a TBSP measuring spoon to dispense.

 

I use one tbsp measuring spoon and scoop 1 heaping tbsp into washer on top of laundry. I have an HE washer. 😉

Not sure what Thieves household cleaner is??  Check out my post on thieves household cleaner

For the dryer I use wool dryer balls with 2 drops on each dryer ball (I use 6 balls). I have to reapply essential oil to dryer balls about every 5-6 loads.

*Shopping Saving tip Wal-Mart carries all three and you can order online!
Kirks Castile soap $3.28
Super Washing Soda $3.97
Baking Soda $7.57

Amazon is where I got my dryer balls and they have a variety of wool dryer balls but Wal-Mart carries them as well if you want a one stop online shopping experience.

Want to learn more about Thieves household cleaner? Let’s talk! I would love to connect with you.

 

XO,
Faith

DIY Household Wipes

Ditch your Clorox wipes for DIY Thieves Wipes!!
 
Did you know?? Original Clorox wipes contain
SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE (check it out) which has concern for cancer, asthma/respiratory, skin allergies, and developmental/reproductive toxicity.
 
The lemon and orange versions of these contain ingredients that are concern for Asthma and Respiratory as well. And Nope Lysol, Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes, Method All Purpose wipes, and Up & Up wipes all have the same concerns. 😫 Look up what’s in your wipes here: EWG search
 
Thieves Wipes DIY 1
 
1 container (baby wipe container or similar)
1 box Kleenex hand towels
2 capfuls thieves household cleaner
3 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 tsp witch hazel (optional)
1 – 1 1/2 cups distilled water
 
Directions::
1. Put 1/4 of the hand towels in a container
2. In a bowl mix 2 capfuls of thieves household cleaner, 3 drops Thieves essential oil and 3 drops Tea Tree essential oil and 1 tsp. of witch hazel (to keep them fresh), and distilled water.
3. Mix well and pour it over the hand towels in the container.
4. Allow them to sit for 20-25 minutes to soak thoroughly into towels.
 
Thieves Wipes DIY 2
 
1 roll of paper towels, cut in half with a serrated knife
1 1/2 cups of distilled water, and a little more if needed
1 – 1 1/2 caps of Thieves Household Cleaner
3 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
 
Directions::
1. Use a serrated knife to cut the paper towels in half. After cutting the paper towels in half, remove the paper towel core. Place them in your container, make sure they’ll fit in your jar. You may need to remove a few layers to wedge it in there!
2. Combine the distilled water, Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves EO and Tea Tree EO. Pour over the paper towels once they’re in the jar. Put the lid on and let them sit for 15 minutes or so. After 20 – 25 minutes, the moisture should spread evenly through the paper towels. If not, you can add a little more water. Don’t add too much more – you want them to be moist, not sopping wet.
3. Use as desired to wipe everything super clean!
 
Not into DIY, no problem YL has Thieves wipes ready to go. https://goo.gl/ppfDDx
 
Thieves wipes are made with Alcohol, Water, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, Sunflower lecithin, Quillaja saponaria extract.

Don’t have a YL account just yet? Let’s talk!! 

XO,
Faith

DIY Natural Laundry Soap

For those looking for a DIY Non-Toxic Laundry soap after much research I found one powder and one liquid for you! The cost is between .06 cents to .26 cents per load.

Most DIY’s you will find on the internet or in books contain Borax and Fels-Naptha; or other bar laundry soaps that contain harmful fragrances, TALC, and more. You are here because you want healthier non toxic options. If that is the case…keep reading. 😉

Borax is a topic of great debate, but I encourage you to do your research and make the best decision for you and your family. EWG rates it as and F because Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, Skin Allergies & Irritation, and Asthma/Respiratory concern.

Fels-Naptha contains TALC and a whole list of other ingredients that are concern for Cancer, in addition there is concern for Asthma/Respiratory.

I encourage you to use the EWG website search and look up all the ingredients in the products you are currently using and those you are considering using:: https://goo.gl/qVzBDd

If DIY is not your thing see my post here about the AWESOME Thieves Laundry Soaphttps://goo.gl/ecJYED

Okay let’s get to it… Here is some DIY non toxic Laundry soaps, softeners, and stain removers for you! Also consider replacing the bar soaps in recipes with Young Living Thieves bar soap.

NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Ingredients::

4 – 4 oz bars Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap Fragrance Free (16 ounces total)
4 lbs Baking Soda
3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
3 lbs OxiClean Baby OR OxiClean Free (1 container)
28 oz Epsom Salt (optional, for laundry softener)

Instructions::

1. Grate Castile soap into very small bits.
2. To turn the grated soap into smaller bits
3. Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir. (Do not breathe in the dust.)

How to use the laundry detergent::

Measure 1 or 2 Tablespoons onto the laundry per load. (There are no fillers in this detergent so it takes less than commercial laundry detergent.) It can be used in regular and HE machines.

Bonus tip: Fill the washer’s fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar for safe and effective laundry softening.

makes 11.43 lbs (183 oz.) for $20.75 or 320 loads at $0.06 per load!

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LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 c)
Sal’s Suds – 1/2 cup
Water – 4 cups, divided

DIRECTIONS::
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
3. Stir in ½ cup Sal’s Suds until well combined. Then slowly stir in remaining 2 cups of boiling water.
4. Cool to room temperature, store in a glass bottle.

How to use the laundry detergent::
Use ¼ cup liquid detergent per load.

This cost .26 cents per load.

– All ingredients in both these recipes have an A rating from EWG.
– both you can add your essential oils to as well.

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Where to find ingredients::

Amazon has it all but you can also get these in local stores such at Target and Fry’s Food. Also check your Costco and Sam’s club, sometimes they have some of these things.

Links on Amazon::

Super Washing Soda: https://goo.gl/drKP6p
Baking Soda: https://goo.gl/Hr1Cgd
Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap: https://goo.gl/5vkgMT
OxiClean Free: https://goo.gl/pcRx5i
Epsom Salt: https://goo.gl/xP1PV9
Sal’s Suds: https://goo.gl/gLXLhH

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Fabric Softener DIY’s:: I have a few options for you to choose from. 😉

I personally LOVE my Wool dryer balls with Essential Oils they speed up the dry time and leave our clothes static free and smelling fresh. For Essential Oils; I use really whatever essential oil I am drawn to at that moment LOL but my go to’s are Citrus Fresh, Purification, Lavender, and Geranium. But I also love to use a mix of Eucalyptus and Lavender. Use what you love! (I have a soft water system in my house, so I skip the water softening addons)

DIY FABRIC SOFTENER

INGREDIENTS:
2 c. White vinegar
2 c. Water
1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
10-20 drops Essential oil
cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)

LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS

1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)

2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine.

To use this mix as Dryer Sheets

DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS:
Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. (you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey or an old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)

How to USE:

Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.

Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.

Here is another for you.

LAUNDRY SOFTENER RECIPE:

1 gallon white vinegar
2 tbsp Young Living Lavender Conditioner
10 drops lavender/Citrus Fresh essential oil

Mix all ingredients in two 1/2 gallon mason jars and use half a cup per load.

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STAIN REMOVER: WE GOT THIEVES!
We love using Thieves Bar Soap and/or Thieves Household Cleaner as a terrific stain remover.

For Thieves Bar Soap, rub into stain and place in washer. Wash as you normally would.

STAIN REMOVE Roller with Thieves Household Cleaner:
1 10 ml Roller bottle
1 capful Thieves household cleaner

Add thieves household cleaner to roller bottle and top with Distilled water.

TO USE: roll on to stain and wash as you normally would.

STAIN REMOVER STICK DIY
video how to:: https://youtu.be/JAtgpYTGgaw

Ingredients

1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup Thieves® Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
2. Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
5. Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
6. Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
7. Put on the lids, let completely cool.

HOW TO USE:
Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area. Wash as you normally would.

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LAUNDRY WHITENER 
Ingredients

3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
10-15 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
7 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda in each load

Directions

Combine first four ingredients in a container capable of holding 1/2 gallon or more.

Shake well before use.

Use one cup per load and wash with hot water for best results.

Add 1/4 cup baking soda to each load of laundry.

 

I truly hope you find this helpful in your journey.

XO,
Faith

 

 

*Credit for recipes for Liquid Laundry soap, Natural Laundry soap DIY, DIY fabric softener, and Liquid fabric softener goes to Bren from brendid.com

Affordable Plant Based Oil Infused Laundry?!?!

I have a large family and on average we do 13 loads of laundry every week…that’s an average of 52 loads per month. 🤨

Thieves Laundry soap is 6x’s concentrated and one bottle does 64 loads of laundry…. it comes out to just 46 cents per load. 😍 

I love it because It’s affordable and I don’t have to worry about what I am putting on my family’s skin or what my pets will be laying on. Our gym clothes, husbands and kids uniforms, towels, our bedding, and our animal bedding comes out smelling clean and feeling soft! 

 

  Benefits of Thieves Laundry Soap::

• It is a plant-based formula is FREE from SLS (sodium
lauryl sulfate), dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume, and optical brighteners.

• It uses the power of Thieves, Jade Lemon™, and Bergamot essential oils.

• Thieves Laundry soap plant-based formula can be safely poured directly onto clothes.

• It can be used in all washers including high-efficiency, and its highly concentrated formula will handle approximately 64 loads with just 32 fluid ounces.

Did you know???
Many detergents add optical brighteners to make clothes appear brighter, which has nothing to do with cleaning clothes. Clothes only appear whiter and brighter because these additives reflect blue light, giving the illusion that your clothes are less yellow. These optical brighteners remain in the clothes and are against the skin when worn.

Some like to use a little laundry soap Hack for this as well to DOUBLE their Bottle!!

  • Remove 16oz soap from the bottle (half)

  • Add 3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner (this is a booster & its optional)

  • Add 16oz distilled or filtered water

  • Gently shake until completely incorporated

  • Use as directed on bottle

 

XO,
Faith

The Safer more Affordable option to Cleaning!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good deal! I am very frugal with our money…. this is why when I first found Thieves household cleaner I was a little set back by the price…but then I did the math. Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner comes in two sizes: a 14.4 ounce bottle or a 64 ounce bottle. The 14.4 ounce bottle costs $22.50 (wholesale price). The 14.4 ounce bottle actually makes 432-720 ounces of ready to use cleaner (depending on the strength you want to make it) and costs only $0.03-$0.05 per ounce!  YEP! that’s affordable!

 

BUT….Let’s compare the prices of 7 other common household cleaners:
How will Thieves cleaner stack up to the price of some popular store-bought household cleaners:

– Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: $0.05 per ounce
– Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: $0.06 per ounce
– 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: $0.09 per ounce
– Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi-surface cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
– Green Works all-purpose cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
– Myers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner: $0.25 per ounce
– Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner: $0.15 per ounce

💜MOST AFFORDABLE —> Thieves household cleaner (diluted appropriately and ready to use in a spray bottle – I reuse an empty spray bottle): $0.03-$0.05 per ounce. It’s even less when it is part of my Essential Rewards order…because you get points back to redeem later.

Now that we gone over affordability let’s chat Safety! Because that is also very important to me, when I began purging my home and began living a healthier lifestyle knowing what is in the products I am using and bringing into my home is crucial.

I looked up each of the above household cleaners on the Environmental Working Group’s website. EWG gives an A to F health rating for cleaning products:

A = Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment; good ingredient disclosure.
B = Low concern; limited potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
C = Moderate concern; some potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
D = High concern; llikely hazards to health or the environment; may also have poor ingredient disclosure.
F= Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment; or poor ingredient disclosure.
Here’s how the cleaners rank:

– Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: C rating
– 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi surface cleaner: D rating
– Green Works all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Myers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner: C rating
– Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner: C rating

💜 SAFEST CLEANER —> Thieves household cleaner is not ranked by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). However, I did look up each of the ingredients on their website.
– Alkyl Polyglucoside has a B rating.
– Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (or Lauric Acid) has an A rating.
– Disodium 2-Sulffolaurate (listed in their cosmetic database) has a rating of 1 (low hazard).
– Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (Thieves cleaner contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oil) are generally agreed upon to be a safe alternatives to harsh cleaning chemicals. Thieves household cleaner seems to be the safest choice! 

We use Thieves cleaner all the time, for everything from animal habitats, bathrooms, laundry, floors, windows, and even our carpet . It is very affordable, safe, and works extremely well. Plus, it smells awesome and is biodegradable.

 

You can check out EWG’s databases here:
Cosmetic
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I did it! I threw it out!

DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imiadazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, Quaternium-15, Sodium Hydroxymethlglycinate, Parabens, Phthalates, Petroleum distillates, BHA.

WOW! What a list! A total mouthful most can’t pronounce and very few can spell. Do you know what they are? If your anything like me you had no idea but thought if they sell it, it’s safe right? NOPE, not true. Products with harmful chemicals are in so many products sold in the US. They are readily available and don’t come with the warnings they should.

I have been wearing makeup for about 30 years now and until about 3 years ago I didn’t think about what I was putting on my face, in my hair and all over my body. Skin is our largest organ—adults carry some 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it!!! Skin is your body’s coat. It protects you so why shouldn’t we take care of and protect it?

When I began a healthy food lifestyle 7 years ago one of the first things I learned about food was a good rule of thumb for healthy living is eat what you can pronounce with the exception of quinoa. 😉 So I began to look at my household items first and replacing those with healthy alternatives, then I started looking at my body products and replaced those. I did the same with those products as I did with my foods years ago, I looked up every ingredient to find out why it was an ingredient. When I looked at what was in my makeup and body care products needless to say, I was putting myself at risk for serious health problems and even death.

I downloaded the EWG app and started scanning all my makeup. This app makes it easy to see what’s in your products. It uses a rating system for a consumer guide to more than 78,000 personal care products. When I scanned something and it wasn’t in the app, I threw it out. Better safe than sorry! I will admit it was hard to throw it all away at first because there was a lot of money tied up in that makeup but I couldn’t use it know what I was putting on my skin and my life and health is not worth that risk. There are better options out there that doesn’t make beauty deadly!

 

    

 

What did I replace this make up with? Savvy Minerals from Young Living. I got started with a premium stater kit, it’s not all the makeup I want but it’s a simple start and for some it’s more than enough. I always liked having enough makeup to wear many different looks because makeup is fun, it boosts confidence, and just makes us feel amazing even in our mom and gym clothes. Why I chose Savvy Minerals?

Savvy is completely free from toxins, talc, dismuth, parabens, phthalates, gluten, nylon, acrylics, polyvinyls, BPA, petrochemicals, cheap fillers, synthetic dyes, heavy metals, coal tar, harsh chemicals, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance. It’s cruelty-free, vegan friendly, kosher, and halal.

  • The wholesale price is $150.00 (this is $50 less than when each product is purchased individually.)

  • There are 4 Kits available based on the 4 most popular foundation colors…Cool 2, Warm 2, Dark 1 and Dark 4.

  • Each Kit includes 1 Foundation, 1 Blush, 1 Lip gloss, 3 Eye Shadows, Foundation Brush, Misting Spray and 5 ml Lavender essential oil.

Get your Savvy Minerals Kit

 

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.