When I first heard about the zero-waste lifestyle I wondered how in the heck it was even possible. I mean, we do live in modern society, which means we just make trash. It wasn't until I discovered that moving into a more sustainable lifestyle sort of opened the door to a more plastic-free, zero-waste lifestyle.
All it took was a little planning and changing the way I looked at life.
When we moved to North Carolina I got rid of just about everything that wouldn't last in storage. After all, I had no idea how long it would take for us to find a house and in the meantime all of my stuff, including things like my homemade lotion, would be in stoarge. Pretty sure it wasn't going to fare well in there, even in a climate controlled condition, so I gave all of it away.
Then we got here and I had to tide myself over with crappy, store bought nastiness. Too many perfumes and waaayyyy too many weird chemicals. But, hallelujah, that junk finally ran out and it was time to make my own lotion again.
This is a very flexible recipe. I mean super flexible. You can use any oils you want, but I choose geranium and frankincense, which are both incredible for the skin. For a nighttime foot lotion you could even do lavender and cedarwood oils! You don't even have to use coconut oil. Heck, you could use cocoa butter or even lard if you wanted to. It would still work. One thing I will say: PLEASE make sure that you are using the highest quality essential oils that you can afford. If it's going on your body, it's going in your body, so if you wouldn't eat it, don't use it.
Ok, get ready for this super duper complicated recipe.
Solid coconut oil
Geranium and frankincense essential oils (or whatever oils you want to use)
Grab whatever size jar you want to use and fill it most of the way with the coconut oil. I use one that is about 3 inches tall, but you can use whatever.
Add 10-15 drops of each oil, depending on what you want it to smell like. Mix it up with a popsicle stick (or whatever you have). Put the lid on. All done!
Now how hard was that? And really, how much do you think that costs in comparison to the store bought crap? AND look at how much packaging you'll save from the whole landfill/recycling system! This is a total win!
Want to get the good oils? Just shoot me a message and we can make that happen! I'd love to have you on my team!
I'm working on an ebook right now that will give you 21 easy, daily changes that you can make, one at a time, to put you on the path to your sustainable, economical, and healthier lifestyle.
I'm hoping to have it out by the end of March, at the latest, so stay tuned!
There are a lot of products out there that are marketed at plastic-free or zero-waste. Some of them are groovy and are actually useful. Some of them make me go "huh?" Some are just fancy versions
of something that could be made at home for a fraction of the cost. I'm all about economy, and utility, but I really do like my pretty stuff too.
This is where I'll be posting product reviews (along with on the blog page). Be looking for the first one in the next few days!!
This is actually one of the very first things I ever did when I started on my journey to plastic-free and zero-waste. Yes, you still have to buy the ingredients to make it, but it sure beats
buying plastic jugs of detergent all the time. And we're on a septic system, so the septic expert guy said that liquid is better for the system than powder. I also tried using the Zote bar soap
instead of the Fels-Naptha, but I found that it doesn't dissolve quite as well, but it might work for you. I just store my laundry detergent in old laundry detergent bottles or old juice bottles that
I can gather from friends and I make a double batch each time.
Also, I really like that I can do a year's worth of laundry for about $20. Can't beat that!
1/3 bar Fels-Naptha soap
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup washing soda (1 cup if you have hard water)
25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I really like lavender)
Grate the soap (as tiny as you can get it), and put in a sauce pan. Add 1 qt. water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the Borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour another qt water into a bucket. Add soap mixture to bucket and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Pour into container, leaving room to shake before using. Let soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load.
Consistancy and color will vary depending on your soap and water (if you choose to use a different laundry-grade soap). It may be lumpy and watery, kind of like egg soup, but it works great! Stir or shake before each use (like, a lot), as it will continute to gel.
The soap is a low sudsing soap, so if you don't see suds, that's ok. Suds are not what does the cleaning.
It's the ingredients in the soap that does it.
Scrubbin' bubbles, man.
I'm looking forward to speaking with you to see how I can help you!
Tatia Elizabeth Childers
South Eastern Rep, Life Without Plastic, Health & Wellness Coach, and Homesteader