Lea’s Easy All-Purpose Natural Soap Recipe

Reposted with permission from Lea Harris of Nourishing Treasures.

Finding soap without a lot of additives can be difficult. Many soaps include fragrances and irritants that can cause problems for those who are sensitive. Other soaps may be too drying, requiring moisturization after you wash.

First, here is the recipe. Below you will find many uses for this soap.

Lea’s Easy All-Purpose Natural Soap Recipe

  1. Slice 1 lb. block of Olive Oil Soap Base into 1-2″ pieces.
  2. Place soap pieces in an old saucepan, stirring gently until melted.
  3. If you want, now is the time to add essential oils.15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I like Lavender or Peppermint) should do it. Stir gently.
  4. Pour directly into soap molds.
  5. Let set several hours, or overnight.

That’s it!

Keep in mind this soap is concentrated – a little goes a long way. Safe for babies and those with sensitive skin


Skin: I have discovered, as with many skin care products, that in order to be sure what I’m putting on my skin is safe, I simply need to make it myself. That is why I love this soap. I get cleaning power, and moisturization. This is an all-body soap, gentle enough for your face, and great for use with shaving.

Hair: I use this as a shampoo, and love the results – shiny, silky hair. To use:Rub the soap across a wet hand just a couple of times, then rub both hands together and lather well. Apply to hair, particularly to any areas that tend to be greasy for you (as in ends or scalp). As this soap is alkaline, you will need an acidic agent, such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to balance it out. Think of the soap as a shampoo, and vinegar/lemon juice as the conditioner.

BabiesThis is the only soap I will use in my daughter’s bath. I don’t have to worry about it setting on her skin or being occasionally swallowed while playing with her bath toys.

Soap scum: This soap is a must-have for bathrooms. It makes shower and tub clean-up a breeze. To use: Rub soap across wet sponge a couple of times. Wipe down shower/tub. Re-apply as needed. When done, rinse with water. No scrubbing required!

Stains: I have actually gotten out stubborn stains with this soap. To use: Wet the stained area, then take your bar of soap and rub soap across stain once or twice. Massage soap in until you get a nice lather, then rinse the stain out with cool water.

Greasy pans/stoves: Because “like removes like” oil-based soap is great for greasy jobs. Use on your stove, or for cleaning greasy pots and pans, as you would any other cleaner. A little goes a long way!

Please don’t forget to let me know how this works for you.

Shared on:Jo’s Health CornerWomen Living WellDay 2 Day Joys,GnowfglinsAround My Family TablePennywise Platter @ Nourishing GourmetLife as a MomHealthy Home EconomistHomemaker Monday Made by You Monday

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Make Your Own Laundry Powder by Lea Harris of Nourishing Treasures

This is an article republished from www.nourishingtreasures.com with permission!

I’ve been making my own laundry powder since my daughter was a baby almost eight years ago. Since I was washing cloth diapers, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t washing them in chemical-laden laundrydetergent. This method was so successful, I began using it on our clothes as well, and haven’t looked back since!

It is really easy to make your own laundry powder, and it isn’t expensive at all. You can find all the supplies you need right at Wal*Mart (washing soda, tea tree oil)- so they aren’t hard to locate, either!

So first, grab your supplies:

Since I no longer store my food in plastic containers, I used a Tupperware Bagel Keeper for my laundry powder. It is nice and square and deep with an easy flip-top lid. I am not sure if they still sell them, but you can use just about anything. Although I like using mason jars for so many things, glass in the laundry room isn’t something I want to risk.

Lea’s Laundry Powder Recipe

1. Dump a whole box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda in your container:

2. Next, add 20 drops of tea tree oil, and 15 drops lavender oil if you’re using.

3. Add the second box of washing soda. Mix well. I like to close the lid, flip upside-down and and shake to mix well. The oils may clump, so you’ll want to open it when you’re done mixing and check for lumps – if you find any, smash them with a spoon to break them down.

That’s it!

I use 1 TBSP Lea’s Laundry Powder per load of laundry. That’s it! I do have a front-loading washing machine, so you may need to double it for top-loaders.

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DIY Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste

I recently came across this recipe for homemade toothpaste.  Give it a try and tell us what you think!

Related: http://www.sovereignliving.tv/simple-home-toothachedental-caries-remedy/

Homemade Toothpaste

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbps. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder (optional)
  • 2 Tbps. xylitol or green stevia powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp. real sea salt (optional)
  • 5 -10 drops essential oil (I use peppermint) or several drops ouzo, sambuca, and such.
  • 5 – 10 drops trace minerals (Colloidal Silver)

Source: http://ybertaud9.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/diy-fluoride-free-natural-toothpaste/


35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects

This might be one of the most useful lists I’ve ever read!

“These handy little things are all things you probably own already. I know this is a topic usually reserved for moms on Pinterest, but seriously — who has time to properly iron a shirt or clean a toilet?

1. Use a can opener to open sealed plastic packaging.


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Going no-poo.

After hearing the buzz amongst my peers about a shampoo-less method of washing and conditioning your hair, I decided to see if the no-poo method could heal my damaged hair. Today is day thirty and I can honestly say I have never been happier when I look in the mirror or run my fingers through my hair!

I customized a hair treatment plan for myself based on this no-poo method.  Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil are the only ingredients I have used to care for my hair over the course of one month.  I dilute the baking soda with filtered water, this serves as my shampoo.  I also dilute apple cider vinegar in filtered water, this serves as my conditioner.  Finally, and most rarely,  coconut oil serves as my deep moisturizing treatment.

Here is my testimonial and first blog update.  I will try to let you all know how it goes as time passes along!

The problem: growing up my hair was fine, flat and sometimes greasy. I stopped using conditioner, which helped some, but never solved the problem.  To make matters worse, as an adult I failed to take measures to protect my hair from the Texas sun.  I spent hours unknowingly destroying my hair while i gardened, never considering a hat. This resulted in hair that was not only  fine and  flat, but split and breaking. No matter how frequently it was trimmed, I could not win the battle against split ends.
Attempted Solutions: For a long while I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil soap to wash my hair.  Even though it is oil based, I found my hair increasingly dry (mostly due to sun exposure). I eventually switched to a coconut oil based shampoo by Cal Ben Soap company that worked great, but could not quench the thirst of my brittle hair.  I used expensive conditioners despite how unstyleable it made my hair.  I stopped using hair ties that caused weak points that later resulted in breakages.  I even stopped using the blow dryer and straightener, but my hair could not find health.

The Solution:  Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Coconut Oil. The first day I tried the no-poo method I trimmed off all the split ends I could find and put coconut oil on the damaged tips of my hair.  I let that soak while I prepared my baking soda/water (replacement shampoo) and my apple cider vinegar/water (replacement conditioner).  I washed my hair with the solutions then blew my hair dry.  I was astonished by how soft my hair suddenly felt.  It also appeared and felt more full.  I still had visible damage so I decided to do an overnight treatment of coconut oil.

The next day my hair was, of course, quite greasy.  Even after another wash and blow dry it remained stringy, but the tips looked much healthier.  I didn’t fret because I was prepared to deal with transitional bad hair days.  In fact, many testimonials I read before trying this method indicated a very greasy hair period as their scalp acclimated to not having the oils stripped daily by commercial shampoos. In my case, I created this by loading it up with oil!

By day three my hair was really starting to look good.  I was already receiving comments from friends and family, asking if I had it cut, or simply telling me it looked nice. The transition has progressed quit smoothly and I truly feel my hair looks better after every wash.  Its day thirty and I have not trimmed my hair since day one, but my ends do not look damaged as they did thirty one days ago. I also find my hair easier to style and manage.  I’m excited to see how it is working out six months from now!

I do plan to do the coconut oil treatment every month, so I will be sleeping with it in my hair tonight.  Hopefully this method of shampooing / conditioning combined with outdoor hat use and plenty of vitamins / minerals will allow me to experience healthy hair for the first time in my adult life!

Here is the photo proof!  The first picture is a dramatization in that I had it zombie-ed out for Halloween.  This style would not have been possible without five months of daily garden work.  Notice how dull it is and how scraggly the ends are (they are literally breaking off).  The second photo is on day three of the no-poo method.  Wait until I take one after all this time!
“Ron Paul Zombies” for Halloween. Dry breaking hair makes great zombie locks!
Day Three of no-poo. Already shiny and healthy looking!