Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray {Naturally Tuesdays}

I love to pin to my Pinterest boards on a regular basis.  I have the app on my phone, and when I get the urge, I’ll even pin from my phone.

But what I REALLY like to do is actually TRY the recipes I pin.  Whether food or do-it-yourself, decorating or other ideas.  Now this recipe is not entirely “natural”, but it is homemade and man, do I LOOOOOOOOOVE it!  It is the best pinned recipe I have ever tried. If you have kids (or grandkids) like mine who play hard and grass stain everything they wear, I’m going to suggest you try this Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray.

It IS economical.  Compared to the price of premade brand name stain sprays, this stuff is CHEAP.  Most likely you already have the ingredients under your sink or in your pantry, and if you have to buy anything, it will be something you can use in other ways.  There are a couple of versions for making your own stain spray, but I liked this one because I could mix it and store it in the spray bottle ahead of time.

There are even a few variations of the recipe itself, but this is what I used:

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Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray {Naturally Tuesdays}
Recipe Type: do it yourself, cleaning
Great homemade stain fighter
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Dawn dish detergent (original blue)
  • 1 cup lemon-scented ammonia
  • 6 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. oxygen based whitening powder
  • 2 cups warm water
Instructions
  1. In medium plastic or glass bowl, stir dish soap and ammonia. Dissolve the powdered ingredients in the warm water, and add to soap mixture in bowl.
  2. You can immediately fill a spray bottle and store any leftover solution in a clean jar or bottle.
  3. Spray directly on stains, especially grass, chocolate, blood, etc., and allow to set before washing. (Be sure to check fabric label or do a small test spot if you are concerned about your particular fabric.)
Notes
Original Dawn is the best dish detergent to use for this recipe in my experience. You may prefer another soap, and can try it if you’d like.

This stain fighter has actually released stains that were dried-in. The smell is not unpleasant, and I intentionally used a lemon-scented ammonia to help with this. It actually smelled fresh and clean to me.

For the time and ingredients invested in this recipe, it was so worth making and I am ready to make a new batch the next time I get groceries and buy my ingredients!

Using Lavender Essential OIl {Naturally Tuesday}

Last summer I experienced one of the most miserable times of my life.  Poison Ivy.

I lived for 43 years without the bane that is poison ivy, and then it struck.  and it struck hard.  For I did NOT know what it was and let it go for 2 days before I realized and had wallowed in all its oily residue, spreading it around and finding new spots every day for 2 weeks straight.  I went to drugstores and bought what they recommended.  I researched and googled and tried just about everything I read.  But relief did not come until I found something suggesting the use of lavender oil.  Nothing else was working and I was losing sleep, so I figured it was worth a shot.  At the least, I thought it would soothe my nerves.

Oh, sweet lavender.  How I love thee.

I can remember applying it thinking “ahhhhh.  I wonder how long THIS relief will last…”  And surprisingly, it lasted much longer than I expected or anticipated.

In my long studies and research of herbs and their common uses, I knew lavender was purported to relieve stress and bring calm.  The scent of lavender has not always been my favorite.  In fact, at times, for many years I have avoided it like the plague.

But desperation and a severe case of poison ivy made me reconsider.  And how thankful I am that I tried.

Within 24 hours of first application, the relief I found using lavender oil on my blistered, itchy, scarring rash was so sweet, I seriously doubted it was real.  And then I realized that the scent was not so offensive, and I actually WANTED to apply it.

The immediate relief from itch was surprising.  The long-lasting relief was even more surprising.  And I continued to use the lavender oil as the rash faded and truly have NOT. ONE. SCAR.

If you are considering using essential oils, but don’t know where to start, lavender oil is a good general purpose starter.  I bought the kind pictured in this post (you can click to the picture to find it on amazon.  it’s my affiliate link so if you purchase using that link, I will receive a small commission in return.)  I bought mine at a local health food store.

It is a great essential oil to use with children.  You can easily add a drop or two to their regular lotion or body cream, or to apply directly to the soles of the feet.  *Some people will tell you that ALL essential oils must be diluted for use on children.  You should research this for yourself.  I have used straight, undiluted (or “neat”) lavender oil on my daughters and it absolutely has done wonders for them when they can’t seem to settle down.  That’s my experience, but if you’re a parent, you have to decide what’s best for your family.*

Lavender is said to be antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic.  It is reported to repel multiple insects and is recommended for use in relation to sinus infections and headaches (inhalation).  Due to its calming properties, it is suggested for anxiety, stress, and insomnia.  It is highly recommended for minor burns.

Now I am not talking 2nd or 3rd degree burns because I would personally suggest a doctor visit for those.  But the “oops-I-hit-the-side-of-the-toaster-oven” burns that I tend to get on a regular basis are NO MATCH whatsoever for lavender oil.  I accidentally grabbed something that was hot last night and didn’t remember it when I felt the itching, burning spot on my finger and looked and saw the big welt raised up on it.  I dabbed on lavender oil, the pain was gone, and I can’t even remember today which finger it was that I burned…  No mark, no scar.

If you want to start using essential oils, I can’t recommend lavender oil enough.  It is so multipurpose in my personal use, I can’t imagine ever NOT having it again!

Have you ever used lavender oil?  What’s your favorite purpose for using it?

Fun Sweepstakes & Giveaways Going on Right Now! *updated*

FIRST! I cannot believe it but I won my way to a conference with Extraordinary Women!!! I connected with a gal on Facebook – who I was familiar with via A Woman Inspired Conferences. I knew about Extraordinary Women from the counseling courses I’ve been taking at Liberty University Online, and just finished the Extraordinary Women course!!! The EWomen blog hosted a conference giveaway and I WON! I am so beside myself! EWomen has a page on Facebook, the EWomen Blog, and their website for conference information. If you can’t afford to go to a conference near you (and their prices are reasonable so be sure to check them out!), then at least subscribe to the Ewomen weekly devotional and check out their Ezine. Thank you Lord for amazing blessings!!!

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Good Sources for Good Nutrition

In our day and age, where foods come from all over the world and the use of pesticides is common, it’s more important than ever to know where your food comes from. It isn’t always easy to know this – but it is always important.

Grocery Stores have noticed this consumer trend and many of them have a section in the produce and meat areas for “organic” food. While the FDA is still defining organic, you should read the labels as many of them indicate why their food is labeled as organic. (This site explains how and why a food is certified and labeled organic.)
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Happy Coffee Day! Making Homemade Cleaners

Hello Coffee Girls! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve got a pot of medium-roast Breakfast Blend on (and the kettle on for you tea lovers) – help yourself to a pumpkin scone while you’re here!

A few weeks ago I wrote about making Lotion Bars among other things. I did in fact make them, BUT because I didn’t have a great measuring system for the beeswax, I’ve had to remelt them down and grate in some additional wax. The oil left things extra oily and the bars were more malleable in my hand than they should be. So the re-newed batch is setting up now, and I’ll share the recipe when I’ve mastered it. LOL
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