Quick & Easy DIY Eco-Friendly Reuable Swiffer Pad Solution

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Easiest Ever DIY Eco-Friendly Reusable Swiffer Pad Solution

One Good Thing By Jillee recently posted her homemade solution for making the easiest ever DIY Swiffer Sweeper refill pads. Her simple alternative solution for eco-friendly, reusable pads is to use chenille socks.

However, you could easily use the same concept and upcycle a pair of old socks that are stretched out or have acquired a hole. Visit One Good Thing By Jillee here for the skinny on how she does it. Plus discover how to refill those canisters of Swiffer Wet Jet solution as well as how to make your own DIY eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner to refill it with!

For more great DIY homemaking tips and solutions, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. It’s filled with tips for making every aspect of your life easier for tips and how to’s to home remedies and natural non-toxic cleaning recipes and everything in between.

Getting By On a Budget – Books to Read

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I got divorced just over a year ago, and I’m finally to the point where I’m going to be able to move out of my parents’ house and back on my own again. Except this time around it’s not going to be as easy because my income is significantly reduced over what it was when I was married and my ex-husband was the bread winner. As a result, I’ve really been researching ways to save money but to still be able to enjoy life on a budget. In doing so, I came across a few great books that I thought you might be interested in too!
I am super excited about the book, Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs. I think this book is beautiful and it brings back memories of when ‘zines were a trend and mail order was god, before the internet took over the masses and amazon made it’s way into the world as the first big internet retailer. Sort of in the way that mustaches are trendy now. Except this book is much more useful than a mustache on a mug! Written and illustrated by Raleigh Briggs, this book is a DIY collection from the author’s ‘zines and illustrations containing her amazing ideas for making and keeping a DIY household. There are how to’s and recipes for making cleaning solutions, using herbs to heal, dealing with “women” related problems, setting up a garden, and so much more. If you’re interested in becoming more sustainable and a little more green, this is definite one book you’ll want to buy!

You may also be interested in the book, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency — On a Budget! by Kate Payne. This book is your source for decorating, homemaking, and dining on little to no money. It’s the perfect book if you’re on your own for the first time – especially if you have a limited budget – or just want to explore new ways of saving money. This book contains ideas for thrift shopping with a purpose, urban gardening, cleaning, cooking, decorating, saving space and more!

And if you are REALLY into growing as much of your own food as possible, definitely check out The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series).

It’d love to hear some of the things you do to save money in your household as well as inexpensive ways to entertain or have fun!

Quick And Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe for Pain Relief

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Learn how to craft quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this quick and easy natural massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative.

DIY Massage Melts & 11 Natural Pain Relief Recipes. Learn how to craft these quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative as it reduces the need for plastic packaging, thereby reducing waste.

As there’s no packaging to contend with, this holistic beauty recipe lowers your personal carbon footprint as it reduces the need for plastic packaging. Thereby these DIY natural massage melts reduce landfill waste as well as the amount of plastic going into our oceans.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own natural massage melts. Following you’ll also find two optional scent blends that you can use. One is for a muscle pain relief essential oil blend. The other is a tropical fragrance oil blend. Plus discover eleven more great natural pain relief bath and body recipes that you can make at home! 

Quick & Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe

By Mindy Schwartz (Reader submitted)

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz. of shea butter
3 ½ oz. of beeswax pastilles
2 oz. of jojoba oil
2 oz. of sweet almond oil
¼ tsp. of Vitamin E oil

Equipment:

Mold(s) of your choice
1 digital cooking thermometer
2 Pyrex glass measuring cups
1 small digital postal scale
1 set of measuring aluminum spoons
Wax paper for measuring on the scale
Beeswax wraps to cover Pyrex cups

Directions:

Step 1:

Gather all equipment onto a clean, sterile surface. Place a sheet of wax paper over the small digital postal scale to measure out the shea butter and beeswax base. Place base in a Pyrex cup and cover with beeswax wrap. Melt ingredients, completely, in the microwave.

Step 2:

While the base is melting, use the second Pyrex cup for your jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (if used). Mix, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.

Step 3:

Once the base has melted, mix thoroughly. Pour the Pyrex cup from step 2 into the base Pyrex cup, mix together, and pour into your mold(s). Set aside for a couple of hours to cool and set. When soft, transfer the melts to the fridge until they are really hard. They should just pop out of the molds easily. Massage into skin and let product become absorbed. Due to melting properties, keep unused portions out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place.

Note:

If you plan on using essential and/or fragrance oils in your natural massage melts recipe, place a digital thermometer in the melted shea butter and beeswax base. Wait for the temperature to drop down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher will burn off the fragrant oils.

After the temperature has reached this point immediately dump your Pyrex cup from step 2 into the Pyrex cup with the base, mix quickly, and pour into your mold(s). Follow the rest of step 3 instructions for making these quick and easy natural pain relief bath melts.

Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend

½ tsp. of Eucalyptus essential oil
½ tsp. of Peppermint essential oil (do not use if pregnant)
30 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Tropical Fragrance Oil Blend

(Substitute shea butter with mango butter)

½ tsp of Heliotrope fragrance oil
¼ tsp of Coconut Milk fragrance oil
30-50 drops of Tahitian Vanilla fragrance oil

Mindy Schwartz is a writer for the handmade beauty industry, as well as, the owner of a handmade bath and body business called Grayson’s Apothecary of Beauty.

Explore More Natural Skin Care Alternatives

If you enjoyed this recipe for quick and easy natural massage melts, then you may also enjoy my green beauty friendly shaving soap recipe.

Lastic Body's Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles.

Or, if you prefer to purchase a similar product, I recommend Lastic Body’s Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles. Buy it here.

This natural pain relief salve recipe with arnica and ginger essential oil is made with just four simple ingredients to relieve inflammation and ease pain associated with muscle pain, arthritis, sprains, fibromyalgia, bruises and carpal tunnel. Make this natural home remedy in just ten minutes or less!

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