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Homemade Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo Recipe


Did you know there’s a ton of chemicals in commercial baby wash and baby shampoos. “Natural” products are not much better and the organic ones can cost a small fortune. As a new mom,  I was warned by nurses in the hospital about the chemicals in common baby products.

I knew there had to be a better way and with a little homework, I created this recipe and our girl LOVES it! Plus it’s super easy and cheap to make!

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap (non-toxic & non-irritating)
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin (natural moisturizer)
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, or Almond Oil – (natural moisturizer) – We’re using coconut oil.
  • 1 tsp Aloe Vera Juice – (moisturizes & soothe skin)
  • 5 – 7 drops of Essential Oils – (natural, non-toxic fragrance & soothes skin)
  • distilled or filtered water
  • 1 soap dispenser – We use 6.75 fl oz foaming soap dispensers (old Bath & Body Works hand soap bottles, but any soap dispenser will do!

Instructions:

  1. In a 6.75 to 8 fl oz pump bottle add castile soap, vegetable glycerin,  oil (almond, coconut or avocado), essential oils and aloe vera juice.
  2. Top with distilled or filtered water.
  3. Replace lid securely and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
  4. Use as needed.

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Restoring & Seasoning Rusty Cast Iron Pans


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Want a pan that will stand the test of time? For over 100 years cast iron as been a traditional favorite in kitchens across America. These almost indestructible pans can easily withstand a lifetime of use and often survives longer than it’s owner. If you take good care of your cast iron cookware, it can be passed down and enjoyed by generations to come.

Got rust? Don’t toss out that pan, it can be fixed! Simply follow the instructions below for seasoning your cast iron cookware and it will once again look and perform like new.

Step 1:
Wash the cookware thoroughly with hot soapy water and an abrasive sponge. Rinse and dry it thoroughly.

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Step 2:
Coat the entire surface of the pan with a layer of vegetable shortening or oil. I use a paper towel so I can be sure I’m getting the oil into all cracks and edges. Coat the undersides and handles as well. Start with a small amount and add to it as needed, too much oil will make your pan smoke in the oven.

Step 3:
Next, place the cookware upside down on the upper rack of a 350ºF oven, over a lower rack lined with aluminum foil, for about one hour or according to label instructions (if new). Allow the cast iron cookware to cool inside the oven before removing it. The iron will absorb the oil and help to repair any rust or bald spots in your pan. And viola!

Warning: This process is likely to produce significant amounts of smoke so you may need to leave some windows open and/or disable your smoke detector.

Suggestions for Use

  • The best way to clean a cast iron skillet is to sprinkle some coarse salt over the surface and then gently scrub it with a paper towel to remove the food and grease.
  • Avoid using your cast iron cookware to prepare tomato-based foods or other acidic foods containing lemon juice or vinegar. They will deteriorate the non-stick surface, and as a result, the cookware might need additional seasoning.
  • Always preheat your cast iron cookware before adding food. Test for readiness by adding a couple of drops of water. If the water pops and sizzles, the pan is hot enough to begin using. If the water immediately evaporates, the pan is too hot, and the heat should be turned down to allow it to cool to the appropriate temperature.

    Happy Frying!

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How to Attach a Faucet to a Bucket – Super Easy!


There’s many reason useful reasons to install a dispensing faucet on a bucket! You can make a rain barrel or compost teas for the garden, or in our case a laundry soap dispensing bucket. The faucet allows you to drain liquids without lighting the bucket and a bucket will hopefully save you time in not refilling your supply so often.

What You Will Need

  • Drill
  • Uni Bit drill or a step bit (for making a 3/4 inch hole)
  • 3/4 Inch Faucet – We used a Tomlinson 1018851 Plastic Faucet. It includes two angled washers and a jam nut.

  • Bucket – any size*

For our project of making a liquid laundry soap dispenser, we are using a 2 1/2 gallon food grade frosting bucket (with lid) which can be acquired from any local bakery for FREE! They are more than happy to give them away and are very useful in other projects as well. Plus they come with a handle.

Directions

    1. Set the bucket on a work surface and find a drill site about 1 inch from the bottom where you want the faucet to sit. Make sure the area is smooth and avoid the curved bottom rim.

 

    1. Install the bit onto a drill and turn the drill on. Press it against the chosen location to create a hole in the bucket for the faucet. Turn the drill off and remove.

 

  1. Insert the faucet from the outside of the bucket to make sure it will fit and remove. Then thread a washer angled side towards the bucket on to the faucet. Insert the faucet on the outside of the bucket and place the other angled washer on the inside. Make sure the angled side of the washers are making contact with each side of the bucket.
  2. Pick up the 3/4-inch jam nut and screw the it on the threaded tube end of the faucet until it is tightly positioned against the washer.
  3. Fill bucket with water just past the faucet, set out for an hour or two and watch for leaking. We tested our seal this way and had no leaks.
  4. (Optional) We did not need to do this for our project but you can reenforce your seal using super glue to attach your washers. You can also use a tube of clear, silicone caulk or liquid nails and apply a thin bead around the entire outside of the faucet where it meets the bucket. Make sure to allow the caulk to dry for the amount of time instructed then use the bucket as desired.