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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Makeup Remover Recipe With Baby Wash

Hello Friends!  Post-Christmas, I think we are all staring into our wallets and taking a deep breath.

One of the ways I found to stretch the household budget was not just to make things from scratch but look for things that could serve a variety of purposes.  I have sensitive skin so sometimes I use baby wash instead of adult body wash.  Baby wash is supposed to be very gentle, hypoallergenic and moisturizing to the skin. I even use it to cleanse my face.  With the onset of a typical harsh Canadian winter, my skin still feels supple and moisturized after using it.  One day, I ran out of eye makeup remover and decided to try my hand at homemade makeup remover.  There are lots of recipes on the Web but this one works well for me as it only requires ingredients which I already had on hand.

You will need olive oil (preferably organic), tearless baby wash (this is important as you don't want the makeup remover to sting your eyes) and water that is either distilled or that has been boiled and allowed to cool down.  I also sterilize the bottle that I store the makeup remover in and any tools that I use.
1 part organic olive oil (I used 1 ounce)
1 part tearless baby wash
2 parts distilled or water that has been boiled (2 ounces)

Decant the ingredients into the bottle, give it a shake and that is it!

You will see that left on its own, the makeup remover will separate out.

Just give it a shake before you use it.

I have found that it works well on my smudgeproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for multipurpose household items?
(This is not a sponsored post.  All products featured are products that are my own and that I use).
I am linking up with Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Homemade Citrus and Vinegar Cleaner

Hello Friends!  As the last year drew to a close, I did a lot of soul searching.  I was working 3 jobs and felt really overwhelmed.  Luckily, because I had started "zone cleaning" (more on that later) and had begun simplifying my life in other areas, my home didn't fall into a complete shambles.  Well, at least not right away.  I had heard about the versatility of using vinegar as a household cleaner long ago but for some reason, the concept had never "clicked" with me.  I just assumed that commercially made cleaners would do the job much better and I would have to put up with the hassle of searching for a cleaner whose artificial fragrance didn't make me sick.  Late last year, I chanced upon the idea of making a citrus vinegar cleaner.  And as clementines are in abundance during the Christmas season, I decided to try it out.  

I am not a particularly crafty person so the simplicity of making this cleaner really appealed to me.  All you need to do really is eat the clementines (or any other citrus fruit of your choosing) and put the peels into the vinegar.  I used a vintage mason jar.

I leave the peels in for about 2 weeks.  The essential oils in the peels slowly leach out and turn the vinegar orange.  The vinegar takes on a fresh citrus scent.  Plus the citrus ingredient boosts the cleaning power of the vinegar.   I love the fact that it is all natural and homemade.  You get your Vitamin C and make your own citrus cleaner at the same time.  How easy is that?

The sense of pride and satisfaction that I get every time I use the cleaner was quite unexpected.  I truly feel like I am "blessing" my home whenever I use it because it is non-toxic and I took the time to make it.  Now, making sure I always have a supply on hand to keep my spray bottle topped up is part of my household routine.

I am linking up with Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson.
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