To make peanut butter at home all you need is: 16 ounces of dry roasted peanuts (more or less depending on how much you want to make at once) a pinch or two of salt and a food processor. Store in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to a month. If you've ever bought natural peanut butter before you've probably noticed that sometimes a little oil seperation occurs-that's normal, just stir your peanut butter before use if you notice this happens.
For directions and more information head over to A Beautiful Mess.
Making your own natural laundry soap is one of the easiest parts of a transition to natural living. This natural laundry soap recipe a great way to save money on laundry detergent and is incredibly easy to make.
Why switch to natural laundry soap, you ask?
Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and more. Many brands contain things like petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Fragrances in these detergents are made of a mix of harmful chemicals.
Luckily, making your own laundry soap is an easy and fast process! You only need three basic ingredients to make either a powdered or liquid laundry soap: Head over to Wellness Mama for this great recipe.
I looked up a bunch of homemade shaving cream recipes and in the end came up with my own formula. Once I had gathered the few ingredients I needed, I got to work. When my first batch of DIY shaving cream was complete I divided the recipe in half, taking half for myself and giving the rest to my unsuspecting guinea pig, my mother-in-law, Lynda. The first time I used the shaving cream I was a little surprised by the consistency and feel on my skin. It felt light and airy but also rich and buttery. I had expected a little foam or suds from the castile soap in the recipe but it never really foamed at all. It definitely has more of a cream consistency but once I adapted to it, I fell in love.
This silky smooth cream is the perfect emollient for shaving and leaves your legs feeling really soft and moisturized. After the first two tries with my DIY shaving cream, I was hooked. Head over to Dabbles and Babbles for this great recipe and more information!
“Ketchup Ketchup in a bottle, none will come and then a lottle”—it’s a little rhyme my dad, Norman Ingram, made up a long time ago and every time I would add ketchup to my food when I was little (which was a lot!) he would always sing his little tune! Now that I am all grown up I have not outgrown my love for ketchup. To his day, my husband always cringes when we are at a fancy restaurant and I ask the waiter to please bring the ketchup bottle ha ha! Even though I know commercial ketchup is complete junk I just love it so much I can’t not eat it. The problem with me and ketchup is that I don’t like to use it in moderation! So, when at home, I make my own. The Clean Cuisine ketchup recipe below can be eaten in abundance as it is made entirely from healthy and nourishing ingredients. Head over to The Clean Cuisine for this great recipe!
Take three simple ingredients, pick your preferred kitchen gadget, add any optional flavorings, and in less then two minutes you have a healthy and simple homemade mayonnaise. My favorite method does it all in one jar for virtually no cleanup.
This is one condiment every one needs to learn how to make. The store bought versions are health disasters. Take for example Hellman’s Mayonnaise, the brand I grew up on, but is it “Real”? The first ingredient is soybean oil, probably genetically modified (unless labeled organic 91% of soy is estimated to be genetically modified), and undergoes a tremendous amount of processing to produce that rancidity is inevitable. Brands made with other vegetable oils like canola oil are not healthier choices. Head over to Real Food Kosher for this great recipe!
You can make glass cleaner at home with just 3 Ingredients! It’s easy and inexpensive to make your own window cleaner. For a few months now I’ve been poring over homemade cleaner recipes trying to find the perfect replacements for my commercial ones. First, I cannot live without a multi-surface, all-purpose cleaner! I have a lot of Ikea faux-wood furniture, so I even dust my house with a cloth dampened a little bit of all-purpose cleaner.
I first used this homemade miracle recipe as it was intended: a glass cleaner. I have french doors in my living room and a 17-month-old who volunteered to lick and “blow raspberries” on the bottom eight panes for me last week. I decided to break in my new cleaner on those doors. I used it and it did the trick. I could not tell the difference between my homemade version and my old glass cleaner.
Head over to From Faye for the recipe for this magical cleaner!
We came across a tip that suggested using tinfoil instead of a dryer sheet to prevent static cling.
It's really so simple. Tear around a one-foot piece of aluminum foil from the roll and ball it up. Toss on your damp laundry, and you're good to go. You can even add dryer balls, or a couple of tennis balls, which cut down on dry time. The tinfoil magically eliminates static from the fabrics, leaving laundry wonderfully fluffy. Head over to PopSugar for more information about this great idea!
Energy bars are expensive to buy and are usually packed with lots of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. We are here to change that for you!
Prepare for your mind to be blown. Ready? Homemade energy bars. Three ingredients. No cooking. No tricks. No kidding. Head over to The Kitcn for this amazing recipe that will save you money and calories!
Homemade cough syrup with just 3 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Great for 12 months old to adult!
Olive Oil: Making a homemade cough syrup using olive oil will help you combat your cough as well as reduce reduce inflammation in the throat.
Honey: Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. You can use any type of honey you have on hand though.
Lemon: Because everyone knows that lemon & honey is the one of the best throat soother combinations. Head to Mrs. Happy Homemaker for her Grandmother's cough syrup recipe!
Use this simple recipe to make homemade nutella at home so you can control all the ingredients! If you buy hazelnuts in bulk (you can store them in the freezer to extend their shelf life) and toast them yourself, this recipe becomes a pretty cheap and delicious version of Nutella! Head to Handle the Heat for this recipe!
Taste: More nutty than store-bought Nutella and also not quite as sweet, but in a great way.
Texture: Smooth and thick yet spreadable. The Nutella was runny straight out of the blender because the friction of the spinning blades had heated it up quite a bit. Once it cooled to room temperature it thickened.
Ease: Very easy, the blender does a lot of the work. If you want to take a short-cut, however, you could buy toasted hazelnuts.
Appearance: Don’t you want a spoonful?
Pros: Simple and delicious homemade version of my favorite chocolate spread.