Recipes: Dishwasher Powder, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Fruit/Veggie Wash

My husband and I make our own household cleaning and personal care products. We make them ourselves because of the chemicals/ingredients in store-bought items and also because we love saving money. Mouthwash, dish and clothing detergent, bath salts, face scrub, body butter, sunscreen, solid perfume. You name it, we make it. I want to share a few of our favorites below. Enjoy!

Dishwasher Powder Recipe
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup kosher salt
1/2 cup citric acid

Mix all the ingredients together in a container and shake. This is better than any dishwasher powder I’ve ever used. And super inexpensive if you buy the ingredients in bulk.

Fruit/Vegetable Wash
We LOVE our fruit and veggie wash. Why buy it when you can make it?

Mix together a 50/50 solution of vinegar/water. Now spray those fruits and veggies!

Deodorant (that actually works!)
I have tried using vegan deodorants from Etsy and Tom’s. For some reason, they just don’t work for me. I always get a little funky by the end of the day. But this deodorant is amazing! Lasts all day and into the next day. No funk, just fresh!

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup potato starch
5-6 Tbsp coconut oil (we buy the giant tub from Costco)
Essential oils (optional – I use 8 drops of peppermint oil)

Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan (or microwave it). Remove from heat. Mix everything together in a bowl or measuring cup. Pour into a small glass container with a lid. (I put the container in the fridge overnight to harden, then store in the bathroom cabinet.) To use, just scoop out a small marble-sized amount with your fingers, rub until it turns into liquid, and apply to your underarms.

Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
This is the BEST toothpaste! We use it and love it – and have great dental health. Check out the recipe!

1/2 cup Coconut Oil (we buy the giant tub from Costco)
2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
15-20 drops of essential oil (peppermint is our favorite)

Melt coconut oil. Add ingredients and mix well. Place in a glass jar. Allow to cool. During the winter, the toothpaste will harden a bit. During the warm months, it will become a bit more squishy and easier to work with.

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