Me n Mr. Durden making soap *edited*
today we make soap---and watch brad pitt movies. i'm almost out of all:
food safe/food grade counter/surface/kitchen cleanser, dirty boys & girls antiseptic shower wash, dirty girl antibacteral hand/face/body soap.
i make all of these plus do all my laundry plus clean most of my house plus make other cosmetic/toiletry items using various combinations and dilutions of:
- Dr. Bronner's Lavender Magic Liquid Castile Hemp Soap
- distilled or filtered water
- baking soda -- cleanser, deodorizer
- tea tree oil -- antibacterial, antifungal
- GSE -- grapefruit seed extract, antifungal/mold, antibacterial, antiviral (quarternary, edible, non-toxic)
- vitamin E oil -- skin softener, helps emulsion/sudsing, promotes healing of scars
- jojoba oil -- skin & hair conditioner
- tangerine essential oil -- mmm, smells good + uplifing aromatherapy
- lavender essential oil-- lavender is magic. antibacterial, calming, promotes healing, etc.
- chamomile -- blonder, cleanser, conditioner for hair; also promotes skin healing
- isopropol alcohol 90% -- disperse oils or dissolve gunk
- white vinegar -- deodorizer, cleanser
- apple cider vinegar -- antifungal/mold
- H2O2 -- (hydrogen peroxide) whitener, deodorizer, antibacterial, etc.
- lemon juice -- antibacterial, deodorizer, insect repellant
- kosher salt -- use kosher salt and half of a lemon to scrub, sanitize any wooden cutting board. useful w/many other forumulas
- granular sugar -- quick-dissolving abrasive for exfoliation
since purchasing it on June 4, i am still working on using up the $42 gallon of Dr. Bronners liquid soap. i use a 1.5 shot glass of it + a shake of baking soda per load of laundry plus in all the other applications i have been using it in. i do at least 5 loads per week. the only other soap i have been purchasing is shampoo, one bar of oatmeal soap i bought about the same time, liquid dish soap for hand and automatic dishwashing. every other item i put in my various recipes are also multipurpose and the "expensive" oils are purchased maybe 1-3x/year. i often buy products (once) similar with a container i can easily refill and reuse and to see what ingredients they use.
using ingredients from the above list i also sometimes make the following things one might purchase OTC or at the health food store:
- antifungal spray for prevention or cure for either athlete's foot or jock itch, toenail fungus
- topical, spot acne treatment
- one day yeast infection curative or preventative
- anti-dandruff shampoo or leave-in hair rinse
- facial and skin toner -- fewer razor bumps and zits
- facial clay mask for repair or rejuvenation(add clay and oatmeal)
- hair blonding/highlighting hair rinse (for blonde to light brown hair)
- antiseptic mouthwash/gargle
- anti-mold or mildew shower spray
i know i'm saving a ton of money and my clothes keep getting cleaner. i have dingy old towels that have been upgraded to useful because of how well the Dr. Bronners works in the laundry. any mix i'm using in the kitchen could be consumed...though i don't really think it'd be too enjoyable.
there are some ingredients i'm leaving out i'm sure... but on to Mr. Durden in his yellow rubber gloves and my soap.