We all know what's going on in the world right now and while much of what we're hearing is scary and negative, we can always turn to something more positive in these moments. For example, doctors around the world helping other countries, fitness instructors leading classes on rooftops, music being shared from window to window...all truly beautiful things.
So how does Conscious Living play a role in all of this? The lifestyle changes that I've been making over the last few years has really helped in times like these when items that we are in need of (NOT items that we are hoarding) are flying off the shelves.
I've heard women talking about their need for menstrual products, but the shelves being out of stock. I've heard people in need of hand sanitizer, but unaware that they probably have many of the ingredients in their home already to make their own. I've heard people worried about cleaning supplies, shampoo, mouthwash, you name it, it's all hard to come by in stores and online. BUT! So many of these items are items that can be made from ingredients you already have in your home.
So, for those of you interested in a little DIY while you're distancing yourself from the public, I've rounded up a few past blog posts that you can try out AND a new hand sanitizing recipe.
For women who are having trouble finding pads, tampons, etc. PLEASE take this time as an opportunity to get more familiar with the menstrual cup. It saves so much time, money, and worry to know you're taken care of each time your cycle arrives. I've shared a discount code below for $10 off your first Grove Collaborative order which sells Sustain Natural's menstrual cup (the one I use every month!).
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Many of these recipes can use substitutions to fit your needs, so please, feel free to reach out with any additional questions.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
doTERRA makes a really great sanitizing mist that contains 64% alcohol which by the CDC rules, makes it effective hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, it comes in plastic and is current sold out. That said, I've started making my own sanitizer and refilling this bottle which has been great for the current state of the world.
The products I had in my home aren't perfect, but will do for now. This recipe makes a larger batch than necessary for the spray bottle so I store it in a glass jar and refill the bottle when needed.
5 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon Jojoba Oil
12-15 drops of On Guard
Mix in with witch hazel or 60% ethyl alcohol (CDC requirement)
Combine in a bowl and pour for a spray sanitizer. Reduce water for a thick gel-like sanitizer.
*Note, these recipes are not approved by the FDA. The CDC requires hand sanitizers to have a minimum of 60% alcohol to be considered effective.
Let me know if you've tried any of these recipes/what recipes I should give a go over on our Facebook page!
When it comes to using Clorox wipes, I find myself frustrated that I don’t know everything in the cleaning solution and that I’m consistently creating single use waste. After doing a lot of googling, I found a recipe from Package Free Shop that worked out perfectly for me!
This is a mild cleaning solution made for disinfecting, not for use on your body.
What You’ll Need:
• 32 oz. wide mouth glass jar (Note: using wide mouth jars is a GAME. CHANGER. for hand washing. You can find a pack of 12 on Target.com)
• 1 old, white t-shirt or cotton flour sack napkin (Note: if cutting flour sack napkins, you may want to finish the edges using a sewing machine as they can fray in washing machine. You can find some on Target.com.)
• Castile soap (I used the one currently in my shower, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint. Tip: I refill my soap at MOM's Organic Market and bring my own container. They'll get the tare weight for you prior to filling your container up.)
• Filtered water
• Essential oils with cleansing purposes (I used Lemon and Purify from dōTERRA, found here.)
Please note: As a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, I will receive commission on any purchase made using my ID number.
1. Cut t-shirt or flour sack napkin into approximately 12 square pieces and place aside. (If desired, finish edges using a sewing machine before continuing on.)
2. After cleaning your jar, add 6-12 drops of essential oils.
3. Add 1 tsp of Castile soap.
4. Add filtered water to fill approximately 1/3 of your jar.
5. Stir with a metal spoon (knife, fork, etc.).
6. Add in your fabric pieces one by one.
7. Push fabric pieces down into the solution using your metal utensil.
8. Let fabric soak before use.
It’s as simple as that! I use an empty jar to collect my dirty wipes and will add them to my regular wash cycle when the jar is full. Less waste, less chemicals, AND a customizable scent! If you're looking for a little more power, feel free to add white vinegar to your recipe.
How are you cleaning your home? Let me know over on our Facebook page and check out this other DIY cleaning post: All Purpose Cleaner.
Recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee
I don't know if it's the change of season or what, but I feel like spring cleaning is coming late for me this year and is coming on strong for summer. In an effort to reduce my plastic cleaning bottles, I found this incredible doTERRA cleaning concentrate that is PERFECT for all your cleaning DIYs.
If you check out my DIY mouthwash, you're already familiar with doTERRA's On Guard essential oil which is a key ingredient in their cleaning concentrate which is a non-toxic, biodegradable formula, safe for cleaning homes with both children and pets (however, with any essential oil products, they should be kept out of reach of children and pets) with no preservatives.
The cleaning concentrate does, in fact, come in a plastic bottle (frustrating, I know). However, one 12 fl oz bottle can make up to 20 bottles of cleaner depending on how much water you dilute your concentrate with. This eliminates nearly 19 additional plastic cleaning bottles! While it may not be the perfect solution, it's a good start.
On Guard All-Purpose Cleaner
*Recipe via doTERRA blog.
I JUST cleaned my entire kitchen yesterday after making this cleaner (I gave my previous bottle to my mom!) and couldn't be more satisfied. I often say "it smells like Christmas" without leaving the room smelling strongly of cleaner like many all-purpose cleaners tend to do.
Let me know what you use to clean your home! My next step is to eliminate paper towels and I'm thinking these "Un-paper Towels". Have you tried them?
P.S. Here's a small reminder for ALL of us working towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle: While it may feel like you need to get all of your "green" products right away (i.e. I need glass jars, metal straws, reef-safe sunscreen, reusable bags, XYZ!) , it's okay to start slow. Use what you currently have to it's fullest potential and don't go broke trying to solve everything in one day! The small steps we take each day are what lead to our greatest potential. Don't beat yourself up for not having everything figured out, set, or planned just yet. Plant the seeds and the flowers will come.
*Please note: This recipe has not been approved by the FDA. Use at your own discretion. As a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I may receive commission if you purchase from doTERRA using my link.
Did you take the Bathroom Recycling Survey from yesterday's post? Check it out here!
I don't know about you, but I am always looking for a simple way to make mouthwash at home AND rid myself of more plastic bottles. While this DIY recipe uses a plastic cap, switching to a glass bottle and knowing exactly what is in my mouthwash is a huge win in my book.
On Guard + Peppermint Mouthwash
Recipe via doTERRA blog
This mouthwash took me less than 5 minutes to make and is great for someone with sensitive teeth and gums (like me!). To purchase On Guard and Peppermint essential oils, head to this link. (There are approximately 250 drops in each 15ml bottle.)
If you're interested in learning more about doTERRA essential oils, leave a comment below or head over to the Facebook page and send me a message. As a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I am more than happy to chat about doTERRA and what it can bring to your life!
Please note: This recipe has not been approved by the FDA. Use at your own discretion. As a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I may receive commission if you purchase from doTERRA using my link.
Decide if you'll be providing supplies or if the people joining you should bring their own. An easy place to pickup pre-packaged cleanup kits is through United By Blue (pictured above). If you are providing supplies, here are a few things to be sure to bring:
Do a little research on your area before you plan to head out. See what items are able to be recycled via local bins and what items you may need to take to a recycling center.
It's go time! Send a reminder on your event page to be sure no one misses your cleanup. Get there a little early to set up anything you may need to set up and to give everyone instructions on how to go about their cleaning.
HAVE FUN and THANK YOU!
Please note: It's important to be mindful of nature when going about your cleaning. Avoid unmarked areas, areas that seem unsafe, etc. Be careful in picking up trash. Use trash pickers to move things around before reaching in with just your gloves. Some trash can be sharp and potentially dangerous. Clean at your own risk!
Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.