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!
Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.