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DIY Cleaning and Self-Care Products

Here are some recipes that YFC has TESTED and found to be excellent!

Alice's Wonder Spray
Use for sinks, toilets, tubs, tile and floors

1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp borax
32 oz hot water
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
20 drops of essential oil

Dissolve borax in hot water (otherwise the spray will be grainy).  Add vinegar and hot borax water to a 32 oz spray bottle.  Add liquid dish soap and essential oils if using. (We used lavender oil for one bottle and cedar oil for a second bottle.)  Shake ingredients to mix. 

Homemade Laundry Detergent
Low suds and cleans like a champ!

12 cups Borax
  8 cups baking soda
  8 cups washing soda
  8 cups grated bars of castile soap (2 bars)
 20 drops essential Oils for fragrance

Using a cheese grater, grate the bar soap. Add the grated castile soap to a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Stir well with a wisk. Add 20 drops of the essential oil to powdered ingredients. (We like ylang-ylang.) When using the detergent, start the washing machine, let it fill up with a little water, then add a scant 1/4 cup of powder. It can also be used in front loading HE washing machines! Since homemade laundry detergent doesn’t contain a sudsing agent, it is safe for a high-efficiency (HE) washer. For front-loading machines, use about two tablespoons of your homemade detergent and mix the detergent with two tablespoons of hot water before adding to the dispenser.

Scouring Powder
Use like Bon Ami on counters, surfaces, porcelain

1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
drops of essential oil for fragrance

Mix baking soda and borax together in a bowl and sprinkle in essential oils.  You can put the powder into a sugar shaker and shake onto surfaces to be cleaned. 

Wood Polish
Suitable for clean floors or furniture

4 parts linseed oil
1 part beeswax
drops of lemon essential oil for fragrance

Warm linseed oil in a double boiler on stove and place chopped beeswax into the oil to melt.  When all wax has melted, remove from heat and add essential oil.  Swirl to combine.  Pour into a shallow glass jar.  Polish will solidify when cool -- do not cap the jar until polish is completely cool to avoid condensation.  Wipe onto wood with a soft cloth and buff until shiny. 

This recipe will refill an empty solid deodorant applicator

4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp beeswax
1/8 tsp tea tree oil
1/8 tsp rosemary essential oil
1/8 tsp lavendar essential oil

Warm olive oil in a double boiler on stove and place chopped beeswax into the oil to melt.  When all wax has melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.  Swirl to combine.  Pour into a saved empty deodorant applicator.  Deodorant will solidify when cool -- do not cap the applicator until it is completely cool to avoid condensation.  Can substitute cedar & lemon for rosemary/lavendar essential oils for a different scent. 

Tooth Powder
Refill an attractive salt shaker and shake onto your toothbrush!

5 parts baking soda
1/2 part (or less) white stevia powder
1/2 part ground mint herb
drops of peppermint essential oil

Place baking soda, stevia, ground mint & essential oil into small bowl and combine with a wisk. This can be placed into a cute vintage salt shaker with large holes or put into a shallow jar.  Shake onto brush with shaker or dampen brush and press into the loose powder. 


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Organic, local apples
Local Kale, chard leeks,

onions, winter squash,
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Sweets made in-house

Fresh muffins, scones,
cookies, banana walnut
bread, various fruit pies,
artisan cheesecakes,
chocolate cake, carrot cake and more!

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