Avoiding the rush

I just remade my dish and laundry detergents. I doubled the recipes so I won’t have to remake them for a good, long while. Now it’s time to “make” soap. Melt and pour hardly seems like making anything, but I really like the soap that results.

I bought some tea tree oil because it’s supposed to be antibacterial. However, I found out that I don’t like the scent at all. Huh. Does anyone know, can I add it to vinegar to make a super cleaner for my countertops? The smell won’t matter that much if it dissipates quickly. I’m not putting it in my soap though.

I made Christmas presents this afternoon. I had the epsom salts from my recent shopping trip, so I went to the craft store (coupon in hand), and bought some more scents and a coloring set, and went to town. I have made a dozen jars of bath salts in four scents. The ladies in my circle will be getting them and possibly some candles to go along with them. I have some delicious scents that aren’t skin safe but I can make candles with them.

I think I’ll put together a homemade basket for each family with detergents, bath salts, jam, salsa, spaghetti sauce, candles, and whatever else I can dream up this year. Homemade and healthy. Maybe I’ll learn how to make pasta and put homemade pasta and tortilla chips in there to accompany the canned goods. Breads, too. Oooh, this is going to be good!

Yes, I am a dork. No, there is no cure.

I want to sing the praises of a natural, thrifty lifestyle and the best way I can think of is to allow others to experience it for themselves. Home-made food beats store-bought to flinders every time. And homemade cleaners work wonders. I have a ton of canning jars that I can put veggies up in and I know for a fact that I’ll have plenty to share.  🙂

Yes, this is going to be a homemade year for Christmas.  My husband thinks I’m a nutter for starting this early, but it saves me from the mad December scramble. Plus, I can wait for things to go on sale. And, I can spread the cost out throughout the year instead of trying to afford it all at once in November and December. All in all, I prefer this way.

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5 Responses to Avoiding the rush

  1. bmary says:

    Sounds like a perfect plan! I don’t know if you buy anything online, but we use soapgoods.com and they have things cheaper and in bulk that we cannot find at the craft store. How do you do the bath salts? I’ve never tried that before and it sounds interesting! 🙂

    • I don’t want lye in the house yet, the boys are too young, so for now I’m buying glycerine soap base at the craft store and just adding scent to it. I will absolutely keep that website in mind for when I do start doing it on my own though!

      Bath salts are super easy! Buy epsom salts (available at drug stores or places like Target), and I just used soap scents and essential oils to make them good and smelly, and soap coloring to make them pretty. I may have overdone it on the smelly part, but that just means they’ll use less at a time. Epsom salts are good to put in your bath because they soothe muscle aches and pains.

  2. Your Sister says:

    See, now that’s interesting, because I really love the scent of tea tree oil. It’s clean and eucalyptus-y. Also, I expect to receive some of that strawberry jam and homeade pasta sooner rather than later. 😉

    • I was going to buy you something nice and shiny rather than making homemade things for you. I know you get your share of homemade stuff already. 😉 I can certainly make some tea tree soap for you!

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