Year In Review: Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

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Last year was filled with SO many changes for me. Some good, some not so good. However they were all wonderful learning experiences. And while some things changed, a lot of things also stayed the same. Like your favorite posts from Soap Deli News! Here’s a look at the top Pinterest posts from Soap Deli News for 2018 – none of which were actually written in 2018. Enjoy!

Top pinterest posts from Soap Deli News blog for 2018. Best DIY crafts & project ideas, a must see furniture makeover, what is STILL my favorite DIY bathroom cleaner, a divine natural lavender body butter recipe and a must try soap-making tutorial!

I was sick for Christmas again this year. Looking back through my Facebook timeline, it seems to be a recurring theme. This year, however, was cake compared to two winters ago when I got shingles. Of course I had no idea that’s what it was at the time. I was living alone and a close look at my back is not an easy thing when it’s covered in tattoos. Around five days in I figured it out. So this year I’m feeling pretty lucky. I’m only dealing with what seems to be seasonal allergies gone awry.

Nonetheless, sick or not, I can only binge so many Netflix shows before I go insane. So while I’m *mostly* up to it, I figured I’d share with you a recap of my top Pinterest posts of 2018. Therefore, while I’m chugging down home remedies and tirelessly adding new flicks to my queue, you can discover a project to make in the new year!

Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

Best homemade shower cleaner recipe for a natural, non-toxic clean in your home. Simply mix equal parts of vinegar and Dawn together in a spray bottle and you're set for the cleanest bathroom ever! Top Pinterest posts in cleaning recipes. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaninghacks #tipsandtricks #bathroomcleaning #cleaners #nontoxic

#1 Homemade Shower Cleaner

Believe it or not, my #1 top Pinterest post was from WAY back in 2012. It’s a simple recipe for a Dawn and vinegar shower cleaner. This homemade shower cleaner recipe is super easy to make. And it’s the most effective method ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort. In fact, this bathroom cleaning recipe works so well, I still use it today. Learn how to make it here(Or shop Grove for eco-friendly cleaning concentrate essentials.)

Homemade whipped salt scrub recipe for natural skin care. Strawberry smoothie foaming salt scrub recipe. This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Top Pinterest posts in natural beauty & skin care.

#2 Strawberry Smoothie Foaming Salt Scrub

This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure and how it made it to the #2 spot of my top Pinterest posts. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Learn how to make it here. (Explore more delish looking whipped foaming salt scrubs.)

Top Pinterest posts for natural beauty & skin care. DIY coffee under eye cream. A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles.

#3 Natural Coffee Under Eye Cream

A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles. Learn how to make it here. (Or shop for coffee infused skin care products.)

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium. I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids' Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it's so simple. It's also a great make and take craft project idea.

#4 DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids’ Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it’s so simple. It’s also a great make and take craft project idea. Learn how to make them here. (Or buy them ready made.)

DIY black drawing salve. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe.

#5 Black Drawing Salve

I was pleased to see my black drawing salve recipe make a comeback this year. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe. Learn how to make my original black drawing salve recipe here. (Buy a ready made salve here.)

Lavender body butter recipe with lavender essential oil. Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties.

#6 Lavender Body Butter

Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties. Learn how to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Kitchen Table Makeover! Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it's still one of my favorite projects that didn't involve soap. Best furniture makeover idea DIY.

#7 Kitchen Table Makeover

Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it’s still one of my favorite projects that didn’t involve soap. Explore the process here. (Discover more kitchen home decor ideas.)

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap. One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don't run into the same issues I did. So if you're looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your "to do list" for 2019 things to try. 

#8 Goldfish in a Bag Soap

One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don’t run into the same issues I did. So if you’re looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your “to do list” for 2019 things to try. View the step-by-step tutorial. (Buy similar versions instead.)

What was your favorite top Pinterest post of 2018? Be sure to let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to sign up for my semi-weekly newsletter so you don’t miss all the new recipes and projects I have going on behind the scenes for the new year!

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Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

Vinegar Free Household Cleaner! Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family's muck and mayhem? This 3-ingredient recipe not only makes wine stains disappear, but it's also non-toxic, saves you money and smells amazing! #diy #cleaning #ecofriendly #greencleaners #cleaner #cleaningtips #cleaningrecipes #lifestyle #healthylifestyles #lifestyleblog #healthyliving #nontoxic #biodegradable #naturalcleaning #naturalcleaningrecipes

If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

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DIY Homemade After Shower Spray and Window Cleaner – Natural Non-Toxic Household Cleaners for a Healthy Home

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This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend.

Homemade After Shower Spray + Window Cleaner! This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend. 

I’ve been making all of my household cleaners as of late and have been very pleased with the results. One of my favorites – which makes cleaning my shower a lot simpler – is my homemade after shower spray. Not only does it keep my shower clean and help keep mold and mildew away – my bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan and it’s too cold right now to open windows – but it also works beautifully as a window cleaner. I use it on my mirrors and there are no streaks!

Following is my recipe for making your own homemade after shower spray.

Homemade After Shower Spray + Window Cleaner

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Original Dawn Dish Liquid or Organic Liquid Castile Soap
Distilled white vinegar
1 mL lemon essential oil
1 mL lime peel essential oil

Directions:

Using a clean, empty spray bottle – I recycle my Method cleaner spray bottles – add approximately one tablespoon of Dawn dish liquid to the bottle. If you prefer to opt for an all natural spray, simply substitute a natural liquid Castile soap. Using a funnel fill the bottle just over three fourths of the way full with white vinegar. Add a mL each of lemon and lime essential oils, then screw on the lid and shake well.To use, simply spray on your shower walls and tub after every shower to help keep it clean and mildew free! Or use it on mirrors and windows to clean without streaks.

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Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin and promoting skin elasticity, apple powder also has moisturizing properties that make it suitable for even dry or mature skin.

Want to learn how to make your own homemade soap from scratch? Be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make homemade soap from scratch here.

For even more natural, non-toxic household ideas to keep your home clean be sure Conquer Clutter: 3 Books in 1 – Declutter Now, Organize Your Home, Simple Storage Systems – Discover the Secrets of a Clutter Free Lifestyle. This ebook bundle is available as an instant download for your Kindle or the free Kindle App. You may also like the book, The Briggs Book : Recipes, Remedies and Household Hints from Way Back When.

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

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Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal “clean” essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don’t have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

I recently ran out of my regular Method all purpose cleaner and decided rather than buying more, I would make my own diy all purpose cleaner with ingredients I already had on hand. I re-used the Method cleaner container I already had by simply cleaning it out with a little Dawn dish liquid and water, then added my ingredients for the perfect easy to use and easy to make diy kitchen and household cleaner.

I did a little research for a good existing DIY all purpose cleaner first and found one on Fabulously Frugal. I ended up adapting it a bit in order to add some fun fragrance to my cleaner that gets used primarily in the kitchen. The result? A Chocolate Mint Scented All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner!

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot distilled water
1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish liquid
1/4 teaspoon chocolate devil’s food cake fragrance oil
1/4 teaspoon Japanese peppermint oil

Tools + Materials:

a funnel
measuring cups/spoons
a clean, empty spray bottle (feel free to recycle!)

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

Note: I like to use Japanese triple distilled peppermint oil because it smells more like peppermint candy and doesn’t have that medicinal smell. The more peppermint essential oil is distilled, the more candy-like it will smell. Though you can use any peppermint essential oil of your choice.

If chocolate mint isn’t your scent of choice, you can simply substitute the chocolate fragrance oil for a grapefruit essential or fragrance oil for Grapefruit Mint All Purpose Cleaner. Or try lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil for a fabulously fresh DIY Lemon Mint Kitchen Cleaner. (There’s also alway eucalyptus mint, apple mint, orange mint, or something entirely different!)

A great place to buy all natural, organic essential oils for your recipes is Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Instructions:

Use a funnel to add the washing soda and borax to your spray bottle. Then add your 1/2 cup of vinegar. (This does result in some foaming, but it should not foam over the lid of the container.) Once the foam settles, add the Dawn dish liquid, followed by two cups of hot water. (I found the water helps the dish liquid wash completely out of the funnel into the spray container.)

Follow with the fragrance or essential oils of your choice. Replace the spray top and shake well to mix. Voila! You now have a fun scented all purpose cleaner to use in your kitchen, bath or anywhere else in your home you desire!

To use, simply spray on and wipe off. You can also use sticker labels to make your own labels for your cleaner to keep track of what’s in your bottles. Also be sure to check out the DIY Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe!

Although this recipe calls for very little washing soda and borax, you can use these same ingredients in your own homemade laundry detergent – you’ll find a DIY laundry detergent recipe here – or simply add to your regular wash for brighter, cleaner clothing!

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