Occasionally we've found that while staying on our quest for non-toxic living the best way to do so is by making our own products. Another appealing feature of making your own products is the lower cost.
Listed below are two recipes to help you switch out products you might use everyday. The natural baby wipes will help cut down on costs as well limit your babies exposure to harmful chemicals. Next, this mouthwash recipe will leave you refreshed without the harsh chemicals found in conventional store bought products.
Natural Baby Wipes
- Container of your choice to fit wipes
- Half a roll of paper towels (look for unbleached ones if you would like to avoid exposure to bleach)
- 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s baby mild organic liquid soap
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 2 cups of warm distilled water
- 2 drops of oil of your choice (lavender, peppermint)
Cut rolls of paper towels in half and remove core to start wipes from center of roll. Mix water, soap and oils together. Pour over paper towels in container. Allow to soak. Enjoy a cheaper, less toxic product for your baby.
The above ingredients can be found at stores like Central Market, Whole Food and other health food stores. Target also carries Dr. Bronner’s soaps or you can buy them online at www.dr.bronner.com.
1 16-oz plastic bottle (an old mouthwash bottle is ideal)
1 cup aloe vera juice
1/2 cup distilled water
1tbsp witch hazel (drugstore)
2tsp baking soda
20 drops peppermint essential oil (make sure you buy pure essential oil)
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a glass measuring jug and pour into the bottle. It will keep up to 2 weeks in a cool, dark cupboard.
This mouth wash recipes is from Gorgeously Green, a website dedicated to "making less toxic, less expensive beauty products".