How To Use Soap Nuts For Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

How to use soap nuts for natural homemade laundry detergent

Here’s How To Use Soap Nuts For Laundry Detergent

A few months ago my wife and I went to France.  We booked a nice apartment in Vannes on AirBnB complete with a washing machine.   The owner was kind enough to let us know that the laundry detergent was in the closet.

When I opened the closet to find the laundry detergent all I found was a more or less empty closet with a bag of nuts inside.  After Kelsey and I both dismissed the bag of nuts as definitely not being laundry detergent we decided there had been a misunderstanding, and reached out to the owner of the apartment.

The owner of the apartment kindly explained to the stupid American (my words, not hers) that they were soap nuts, and to just chuck a few in with our clothes and they’d magically be cleaned.  To our disbelief the soap nuts worked amazingly well, and that is how I was introduced to the wonderful hippy magic of soap nuts!

No more story telling from me, here is how to use soap nuts for laundry.
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How To Use Wool Dryer Balls and Do They Work?

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How To Use Wool Dryer Balls

I remember seeing people use dryer balls when I was a kid. I remember thinking that friend’s parents were a little crazy because they were chucking her kids toy balls into the dryer with the laundry.

I never put too much thought into using dryer balls myself.  They are just one of those things in life that I would see other people using, but never once considered there might be a place for them in my own life, as silly as that sounds. Until now (said as an intense movie voice over guy).
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Homemade Shoe Deodorizer Sachets

homemade shoe deodorizer pouchesHomemade Shoe Deodorizer Sachets

I recently did a post on how to make your own homemade shoe deodorizer powder which works great.  But there are some shoes that I wouldn’t ever want to dump a load of powder into, and I’m sure you probably do too.

So to solve that problem, I came up with my own solution for homemade shoe deodorizers which doesn’t require you to pour powder into you shoes to get those unpleasant smells out.  Instead the end result is a tidy little bundle that works just as well and looks a lot nicer than a pile of powder too, and you can make them in whatever fabric you like.

Time: 10 – 15 minutes
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Simple 3 Ingredient Homemade Essential Oil Diffuser

homemade essential oil diffuserHow to Make a Homemade Essential Oil Diffuser

Everyone loves their home to smell nice, and making your own homemade essential oil diffuser is a great way to do that without having to spring for more expensive candles or reed diffuser oils to do the job.

One reason I particularly wanted to try making a diffuser using water rather than an oil base was that many people complain about the oil (not the essential oils) in other homemade reed diffusers going rancid after only a day or two.  Personally that’s not something I want to worry about so I decided to just try it with water.

I found a post at ourhomemadehappiness.com who has tried doing the same thing with success, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Time: 5 minutes
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Homemade Shoe Deodorizer

homemade shoe deodorizerHomemade Shoe Deodorizer

If you suffer from stinky feet, or just want to keep your shoes smelling fresh, then this homemade shoe deodorizer is the solution for you to remove odor from shoes.  I personally don’t have stinky feet, but even those with the best smelling feet will end up with stink shoes.

This simple to make diy shoe deodorizer only uses two ingredients, works awesome, and takes virtually no time to make.

If you don’t want to pour powder straight into your shoes I have another post coming soon that solves that very problem, so check back soon, or subscribe to my emails (no spam, I promise) for updates.

Time: 5 minutes (and some waiting)
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DIY Scented Votive Candles With Essential Oils

homemade scented votive candlesHow to Make Your Own Scented Votive Candles

I love a good scented candle, but they’re so darn expensive, so I decided to make my own diy scented candle.  These scented candles are super simple to make and you can make them in any scent you want.  The best thing is if you burn up all your scented candles you can make another one in only a matter of minutes.

Time: 5 minutes

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Chalkboard Jar Lids

diy chalkboard lidsChalkboard Mason Jar Lids

With all of the homemade things I’ve been making lately jars started piling up with various white powders inside ranging from laundry soap, to carpet freshener powder, and deodorant powder.  I wanted to avoid putting laundry soap on my armpits if I could, so I decided I needed a better labelling system.

I’d seen these lids around the internet before, and I thought that they would be the perfect way to get a little more organized, so I decided to make my own.  If you’re into upcycling and old jars, check out my other post how to make mason jar shakers.

Time: 5-10 minutes (plus drying time)
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Basic Homemade Glass Cleaner (Alcohol-free)

homemade glass cleanerHomemade Glass Cleaner

I don’t know about you, but every time I bust out the glass cleaner and start spraying it around I cringe away from it’s falsely blue mist and I cover my mouth and nose with my shirt.  I finally got tired of acting so ridiculous every time I have some glass to clean, so I decided to make my own homemade glass cleaner that is chemical free, doesn’t make me cringe away from it in fear, and most of all works.

I’m neither for nor against using alcohol in glass cleaner at this point. Personally I think it will probably help to reduce streaking because it evaporates more quickly than water. For the sake of including all options here is a simple to make glass cleaner.

Also, I don’t want to go to a liquor store (grocery stores don’t sell hard alcohol in Oregon) just to buy vodka for some homemade glass cleaner, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Plus, I like the simpler solutions, so here it is.

This glass cleaner is great for everything you’d use a store-bought glass cleaner for: windows in your home, mirrors, or even some metal like faucets.  The good news is that it does all that while being completely animal and kid friendly.

Time: 2 minutes
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How To Make Your Own DIY Dryer Sheets

diy dryer sheetsEasy DIY Dryer Sheets

I decided to make some diy dryer sheets because I’ve been avoiding dryer sheets for awhile. I never liked their strange sticky texture or their overly sweet smell, and I’ve heard they have potentially harmful or skin irritating ingredients, so I try not to use them.  But, from time to time I want my clean clothes and linens to have a nice scent. So I decided to figure out how to make my own.  Here’s how to make your own dryer sheets, best of all it only takes a few minutes to make.

Time: 3 minutes
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Eight Homemade Essential Oil Diffusers

homemade essential oil diffusersMy List of Homemade Essential Oil Diffusers From Around the Internet

Everyone loves a great smelling home.  Scented candles can be a great way to do that, but they can be extreme costly or loaded with chemical scents and other not so awesome things.  Here are some great and simple to make homemade essential oil diffusers that will fill you home with lovely scents for a fraction of the cost with ingredients you can understand and trust because you chose them yourself.

I have only tried a few of these myself, but I’ve put this list together as a resource for myself and others to try in the future.  I hope you find it helpful.

If you are new to using essential oils, pick up this great starter set of essential oils from Edens Garden on Amazon.  It includes 14 great scents to get you started with essential oils.  I know it was hard for me to pick out my first few essential oils because I didn’t know where to start.  Hopefully this set will help point you in the right direction!
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