31 Days of Homemade, Day 31

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Day: 31

Recap of Homemade Mix-ups!


This post is for my sweet husband.  He has been an unwilling participant/victim in my quest of finding ways to make our homemade products.  Here are my 7 biggest opps!

#1 Toothpaste or Deodorant?

If you make homemade toothpaste and deodorant, you will realize quickly that they look the same (the are basically the same ingredients).  So I put them in different looking containers as to not mix them up.  But failed to mention which was which to my husband.  Poor guy.  Tea Tree Oil DOES NOT taste good!  What a bad way to wake up.  Lesson learned, use a label!

#2 Dishwasher soap

I had been using the homemade dishwasher soap for a few weeks, and everything seemed to be going well.  Then I did a wash with  mostly plastic...everything was covered with white chalk!  It was such a mess, and it took weeks to get it off of everything (and for me to figure out I needed to wash the inside of the dishwasher too).  Now I use store bought dishwasher soap when running a large load of plastic.  I also use salt and lemon shine in the homemade recipe (due to our really hard water).

#3  Homemade Laundry Soap

After using this soap for a few months, I noticed my whites were not so white.  I think most of them were ruined.  I then started using Oxy-Clean with every white wash and would often run them with bleach.  This helped but they still don't look great.

#4 Baby Cradle Cap

I read that you should use olive oil.  I put it all over my daughters head (and she had a lot of hair).  It was such a mess and took days to get it all out.  The craddle cap was gone, but it was really messy.  Now we use coconut oil!  It is not as big of mess and only takes one washing to get it out.

#5 Peppermint Oil for Headaches

So my husband loves using this for headache relief.  But one day he must have used 4 drops and it was so much that his eyes were stinging.  Not the best way to relieve a headache.  Note, a little goes a very long way!

#6 Fresh Water

My husband is not a picky eater.  This is a blessing, especially when I make a big batch of something that goes wrong.  He will happily finish it up, even when I won't.

Then one day there was a glass of water on the counter, near the microwave.  Little did he know, I had used the glass of water to heat up a rice pack scented with lavender.  (The water helps keep the rice from burning.)  The water was cool by the time he got a hold of it, but the taste must have been awful (burnt rice with a hint of lavender from heated and reheated and then cooled water).

He reminds me of this yucky water often (even all these years later).  Poor guy, he has been traumatized forever.  He will not touch a glass of water that he is not 100% sure is his.  He will dump out water, and get a new glass often. 

#7 Lotion Mess

I made my first batch of homemade lotion.  It was thick and creamy.  I loved it...but sometimes it was hard to rub it, almost as if there was too much wax in the lotion.  Then came the day that I broke through the top thick layer into a runny watery mess.  That's why it was so thick and creamy, it had separated!  Now I have to mix it a few times while it cools.  Lesson learned, but I did really like the thick lotion on top!

I also had trouble with this lotion when I made a double batch and put it in a plastic container.  About halfway through mold had started to grow on the sides of the container.  :(  I was so sad to toss this out, but moldy lotion is not good!  Now I put it in glass, and I have had no problems.

That's the end of my recap of mix-ups!  I hope you learn a few things from my mess ups and don't make the same mistakes:)

  • I really hope you enjoyed this series as much as I did.  I do have a running list of more things that could be homemade, and might revisit this series again next year with 31 more great homemade ideas!  

  • For most of July I will be taking a break from doing a series.  I will start up a 31 Days of Preparing for Baby at the end of the month  :)  Yep that's where my head is at right now, got to get ready for this little guy.

  • Also this month on the 25th I will be releasing a new book, "Forgive Yourself."  If you are anything like me, I really struggle with forgiving myself.  Forgiving others is often easier than forgiving myself.  So this book is for you and it provides helpful ideas in how you can move on and forgive yourself.

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