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- Organic Coconut Oil – 2 Tbsp.
- Baking Soda – 1 Tbsp.
- Organic Peppermint Essential Oil – 20 drops
- Small Glass Jar
This one’s easy – stir together the coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil in the glass jar!
To use, just scoop out a small amount with a spoon onto your toothbrush. If the taste really bothers you, you can add a small amount of xylitol to sweeten it up. Coconut oil melts around 76 degrees F, so the texture might change accordingly. If your toothpaste melts, you can put it in the freezer, and if it’s completely solid, hold it under warm running water.
Original recipe appears on Trash is for Tossers
-½ cup apple cider vinegar
- Essential Oils (eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, tea tree or rosemary) - 40 drops
-8 ounce glass spray bottle
Mix together witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils in the 8 ounce glass spray bottle. Spray over all portions of the body but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth. If using a citrus essential oil, avoid sunlight.
- Raw Shea Butter – 3 Tbsp.
- Arrowroot Powder – 3 Tbsp.
- Organic Coconut Oil – 2 Tbsp.
- Baking Soda – 2 Tbsp.
- Essential Oils
- Small Glass Jar
Add the coconut oil and shea butter to a glass jar, and set in a pan of boiling water until the two ingredients melt together. Remove from heat and add in the arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oils (use as much or as little as you like). We have used tea tree and lavender for their anti-microbial properties, but you can use any you like. Stir, and pour into a smaller glass container. Set aside to cool and solidify.
To use, scoop a pea-sized amount and apply under each arm. If this is your first time using aluminum-free deodorant, your body may take time to detox built up chemicals from years of standard deodorant. But don’t worry, it’s totally worth it! After a short while, you will end up smelling even better.
Original recipe appears on Six Figures Under
- Castile Bar Soap – ¼ cup grated (tightly packed)
- Liquid Castile Soap – ¼ cup
- Boiling Water – 1 ¼ cups
- Washing Soda – 1 Tbsp.
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Refillable Soap Dispenser
Stir grated castile soap into boiling water until dissolved. Stir while adding washing soda. Next, stir while adding liquid castile soap. After the mixture cools, add essential oils and store in a refillable soap dispenser. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of warm water accordingly.
Original recipe appears on Nature's Nurture
Vinegar Household Cleaner
- Distilled Water – 1 cup
- White Distilled Vinegar – 1 cup
- Essential Oils (optional) – 15 drops
- Refillable Spray Bottle
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle (use a glass spray bottle if using citrus essential oils). Gently shake and store at room temperature. Use as you would any multi-purpose cleaner.
*Do not use on marble or granite since it has been known to etch away at the stone.
- Pure liquid catile soap - 1 cup
- Brewed green tea - 1 cup
- Organic olive oil - 1 Tbsp.
- Organic raw honey - 1 Tbsp.
- Essential Oils (optional) - 20 drops
Brew the green tea for 30 minutes, then add all ingredients together in a bowl and stir. After the ingredients are mixed together, pour into a mason jar or other sealed container. Cedarwood, lavender, and rosemary essential oils work best for volumizing. Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils are best for a dry itchy scalp. Tea tree oil works well to keep the bugs away.
Original recipe appears on lifesanity.com
- Coconut oil - 1 cup
- Baking soda - 1 Tbsp.
- Lavender essential oil - 5 drops
- (For dry & some combination skin) Frankincense essential oil - 5 drops
- (For acne prone skin) Tea tree essential oil - 10 drops
- (For dry & some combination skin) Lemon essential oil - 5 drops Directions
Melt the coconut oil in a pan over low heat or using the double boiler method. Remove from heat once melted and mix in remaining ingredients. Keep in an air tight glass jar and store in a cool place.
Original recipe appears on draxe.com
- Baking soda - 2 tsp.
- Filtered or distilled water - 1/2 cup
- Tea tree essential oil - 2 drops
- Peppermint essential oil - 2 drops
- Glass jar
Fill the glass jar (we use a mason jar) with ingredients. Shake before each use to distribute essential oil and baking soda. It is best to make small batches to prevent changes in flavor and effectiveness.
Original recipe appears on diynatural.com
Sustainable Project Tutorials
DIY Self Watering Planter
- Water cooler (ask local businesses if they have one you can recycle)
- Self-watering potting soil mix
Drill holes around entire sloping top around spout about 2 inches apart from each other. Cut the bottle into two pieces, the bottom piece should be about 10 inches (enough for the spout to touch the bottom piece when flipped upside down). Drill a hole toward the top of the bottom piece (for drainage). Flip over the top piece of the bottle and fill it with soil and plant (note: add tomato cage prior to planting if needed). Cover the outside of the bottom piece with paint or duct tape to prevent algae growth from the sunlight. Water accordingly, and the bottom piece will act as a water reservoir.
Image retrieved from bucolicbushwick.com
DIY Mason Jar Planter
- Quart Mason Jars
- Heavy duty all stainless hose clamp
- Potting Soil
- Rocks or gravel
- Nails and screws
Attach clamps to the board using preferred method, then mount the board on the wall if planter will be hanging up. Add rocks to bottom of jars and some potting soil. Then add the plant and more soil. Place jar in clamp and tighten.
Image retrieved from notjustahouswife.com
Grow Food from Scraps
Lettuce & Celery
Place about an inch of the lettuce or celery base in a bowl with a bit of water in it and place in a sunny spot. Be sure to mist lettuce leaves once in a while. When roots and leaves begin to appear, after 3-4 days, transplant the lettuce or celery to a pot with soil.
Wash an avocado pit and stick two toothpicks through the middle of it, one on each side, to suspend over a bowl or jar of water that covers the bottom inch of the seed. Place the bowl or jar in a warm place, but out of direct sunlight, and maintain the water level. A stem and roots will appear in about six weeks. When the stem reaches 6 inches, cut it down to 3 inches. When you see leaves, transplant your avocado to soil, leaving about half of the seed above ground.
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DIY Three-Bin Compost System
Materials and Use
- Dividers and base - top & lid rails: 12-foot cedar 2x4
- Dividers and bin construction - 16d galvanized nails (3-1/2")
- Front slats - 8-foot cedar 1x6
- Front runners - 6-foot 1x4 lumber | center runners - 6-foot 1x6 lumber| | back runners - 6-foot 1x2 lumber
- Lid - 10-foot 2x2 lumber, 6-foot 2x2 lumber, 3" zinc plated hinges, flat 4 corner braces with screws, Flat 3" T-braces with screws
- Lid construction - 8d galvanized casing or finish nails (2-1/2")
- Lid cover - clear corrugated fiberglass panels, horizontal closure strips (or wiggle molding)
- Attaching corrugated fiberglass roofing - Gasketed aluminum nails
- Attaching hardware cloth to dividers and bin - Poultry net staples or 1" galvanized staples
- Attaching base and top boards to dividers - 1/2" carriage bolts 4" long, washers for bolts, nuts for bolts
Attach hardware cloth to dividers
Set up dividers and build bin
Attach runners and front slats
Build and attach fiberglass lid
View entire plan and instructions here | Image retrieved from Backyard Feast
How to Soak & Sprout Nuts, Seeds, Grains, & Beans
- Nuts, seeds, grains, or beans
- Glass jar (optional glass bowl)
- Cheese cloth & rubber band or sprouting screen
1. Place nuts, seeds, grains, or beans in the large glass bowl or mason jar. Cover with warm, filtered water (about 1:2 ratio) and about 1/2 tsp. of Celtic sea salt. Cover with cheesecloth for specified time.
2. Drain and rinse about every 8 hours (if soaking that long). Food soaking times can be found here.
3. Invert the jar at an angle to ensure that excess water drains and air can circulate (you can purchase stands for the jars or simply prop up against a surface.
4. Rinse a few times a day while sprouting. Food sprouting times can be found here.
5. In 1-4 days you will see sprouts of about 1/8-inch to 2-inches long.
6. When ready to eat, rinse sprouts well, drain, and store in sealed jar in refrigerator. Eat within 2 to 3 days.
Image and sprouting times appear on vegetariantimes.com
Plastic Bag Hammock (holds up to 200 lbs.)
-About 500 grocery bags
-2 carabiners (7/16th spring load carabiners recommended)
-6 ft thin rope (3/16in x 100ft braided nylon & polypropylene rope recommended)
-Place to hang it (hooks in a ceiling, or a tree)
-Make 26 7 yard-long ropes & 20 4 yard-long ropes.
-Take 2 plastic grocery bags and cut them into thirds. Unfold the center piece. Take the 2 side pieces and cut the handles apart and down the sides until you reach the bottom of the bag to make 2 long strands. Repeat above process with another plastic bag
-Take 4 of the 6 strands to tie together in a knot (not too tight so that you can increase the chair length, which would require undoing the knot). One of the strands will be shorter than the others.
-Spread out the 4 strands. Take the piece farthest to the left (red in photo) and pull it over the inner left piece (yellow in the picture). Then, take the piece farthest to the right (blue in photo) and pull it under the inner right piece (green in photo). Then, take the blue piece and pull it over the red piece.
-Next, start from the farthest left piece (now the yellow strand) and repeat.
-At the end of a strand, tie on another strand and continue. At the end of each strand, simply tie onto another strand and continue. Do your best to braid in the ends of the knot as much as possible, but it is okay if they stick out - you may cut the ends off later.
-Continue this process until you reach 7 yards (stretch a little bit before you measure)
-Cut bags in half (instead of in thirds as above in order to produce stronger supports). Take four of the pieces and tie them in a knot.
-Braid these four pieces as was done with the chair body.
-Divide the 20 4-yard long side ropes into two groups. Pull 10 ropes through the carabiner so that the carabiner lies halfway through each rope, and the ends of the ropes are about even.
-Take 3 feet of the white nylon and polypropylene rope and hold it slightly higher than beside the plastic side ropes. Bring the white rope down about three inches, then bring it back up, leaving a little loop at the bottom. Starting at the top and working downward, wrap the rope tightly around the bunch of side ropes for about two inches, or until you almost reach the loop.
-Thread the white rope through the loop and cut off any extra string. Pull the top of the rope so it tightens the knot and pulls the string into the knot.
-Take 2 ropes from the right side and 2 ropes from the left side for the back support. Leave the rest of the side cords for later.
-Measure down 30 inches from the bottom of the wrapped knot and make a square knot (instructions here). After the first square knot, reverse the ropes so that the two working ropes (red and blue) in the first knot become the filler ropes (yellow and green) in the second knot, and vice versa. Image to the right is of a single square knot.
Attaching the Body Pieces
-Direct the rope ends of the back support so two go right and the other two go left instead of letting them dangle. Starting beside the square knots, fold a 7-yard rope in half and tie a lark's head knot (instructions here) to attach it to the back support, letting the ends dangle. Continue attaching ropes along the back support, then attach the rest to the other side of the back support.
Knot the Body of the Chair
-Tie square knots for the first two rows - using 4 cords per knot (2 fillers), resting just below the lark's head knots from the previous step. Tie knots firmly, but be sure they are not too tight, so as to stretch the plastic too thin.
-After the first row, leave a 1-2 inch gap between square knots, and skip the first and last two ropes every other row.
-After knotting for 20 inches, reduce the spacing between the knots to 1/2-1 inch between knots and continue knotting for 15-20 inches, depending on how long you want the seat of the chair. To lengthen the ropes, simply untie the knots on the bottom and continue braiding.
Make the Bottom Support
-Locate the ropes for the side supports you tied back in a prior step.
-Select two cords coming from the right side, and two from the left. Measure 45 to 50 inches down from the wrapped knot, and put a clothespin on the four ropes.
-Before you tie a square knot, hang the body of the chair over the bottom support and check the chair depth, and adjust accordingly. Just like the top knot, switch the ropes around so the fillers become the working cords, and tie a second square knot.
-Like you did with the back support, direct the ends of the ropes so two go right, and the other two go left (instead of them dangling).
-Tie a two half hitch knot (instructions here) to attach half of the ropes from the chair body to the right of the square knots, and half to the left. Begin at the center and work outwards, ensuring that most of the knots cover the leftover rope after the square knots on the bottom support.
-Weave the ends of the rope into the body of the chair, or cut before weaving if there is a large excess of rope.
Connect the Side Pieces
-Organize the side supports for the right side of the chair into sets of two. Space the side supports evenly and bring them through the edge of the chair body (looking for spaces where you skipped the first and last two ropes while knotting the chair body) and tie an overhand knot. Take the ends of the knots and weave them through the base of the chair.
Original instructions and images appear on instructables.com
DIY Indoor Compost
- A container for your compost in desired size
- Tray to fit under your container with enough room to contain spills
- Small bag of soil
- Old newspaper for shredding
1. Choose a location for your compost bin. Under the sink may be best for safety around pets and children.
2. Choose your container.It can be plastic, metal, or a garbage bin.
3. Punch holes in the bottom of your container (every few inches spanning the entire surface).
4. Cover the spill tray with newspaper and place your container on it.
5. Add about 4 inches of soil to your container.
6. Add a layer of newspaper.
Add food scraps as you get them. Since this is an indoor compost, it is likely best to make the scraps as small as possible.
- Maintain a wet/dry balance by adding small handfuls of newspaper when you add scraps.
- About once a week, mix the compost and add half a scoop of new soil.
- Keep a small scoop or hand shovel next to your bin for ease of mixing.
- Investigate which foods can and cannot be composted indoors.
- If the bin starts to smell it means your compost is unbalanced. You may need to add more newspaper or drill extra holes.
- If your old bin is full and not completely broken down, it may be handy to create another bin for rotating.
Original instructions and image appear on apartmenttherapy.com