Homemade Hippie Liquid Laundry Soap

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This is the laundry soap that I used before I discovered soap nuts. See all about soap nuts HERE and other ways to use them besides laundry HERE. I was at my girlfriends house the other day and she was complaining about the high cost of laundry soap and all the chemical junk that it contains. I showed her how to whip up a batch of homemade laundry soap. Her cost: $0.83 cents! This does 60-64 loads of laundry. That is one penny per load baby!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

  • 3 pints water (6 cups)
  • 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap grated (we cheated and grated it in her food processor . ha!)
  • 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1 Quart hot water (4 cups)
  • A 2 gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid (we used an old coconut oil bucket, if you’re really nifty you can funnel this into an old detergent bottle and nobody will even know you’re a cheap skate!)
  • cold water to fill bucket

1. Mix Fels Naptha in a saucepan with 3 pints water, heat on low until dissolved. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir until thick and remove from heat.

2. In the 2 gallon bucket add 1 quart of hot water. Add soap mixture to the bucket and stir well.

3.  Now fill the bucket with cold tap water (leaving room to stir).

4. Set bucket aside for 24 hours. Uncovered. It will turn into a gel.

5. Place lid on bucket and you’re ready to wash some clothes.

Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load. You can stir in any essential oils that you like, if you are a fan of scented laundry.

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Homemade Hippie Hot Hair Oil

Many of my Homemade Hippie fans know that I am the ultimate cheap skate. I was standing in the grocery store aisle reading labels (yes I am a Label Nazi, and you should be too!) and after much searching, finally found a deep conditioning hair mask that didn’t list the first two ingredients as water and alcohol. It has such yummy ingredients as coconut oil, olive oil, keratin, aloe vera gel and carrot seed oil. I then turned the bottle over and saw the price tag. $12.59! This bottle claims to treat your hair 2 times and contained 2 ounces of hair oil. I don’t know about you, but smoothing my split ends isn’t worth $6.29 per shower. So of course I decided to make it myself.

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First of all, to be very cheap you’re going to want to use what you have on hand. Just about any type of oil will nourish and moisturize your hair. If you want to be very specific:

OILS

  • Avocado Oil- good for very dry or very frizzy hair
  • Coconut Oil- Good for all  hair types, and works well for dandruff
  • Castor Oil- Good for those with oily hair or scalp
  • Sesame Oil- Good for thinning hair
  • Jojoba Oil- Good for oily hair or scalp, a very light oil and easy to wash out
  • Neem Oil-Excellent for dandruff
  • Argan, Almond, Apricot- Good for all hair, but expensive to be washing down your shower drain

Other Ingredients:

Essential Oils

Herbs

Aloe Vera Gel- Clarifies and strengthens

Eggs- A source of serious protein and keratin, things that hair is made of

With all of this in mind, make up your own personal oil blend. In a pinch grab whatever natural oils you have at home already and mix with a couple of raw eggs.

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Homemade Hippie Hot Hair Oil

This was compiled with ingredients that I already had, and for my specific type of hair. I have red hair that is very fine and thin and does tend to dry out easily.

  • 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 raw eggs
  1. In a small double boiler or saucepan gently heat oils and aloe, stirring to mix and melt. Remove from heat and whip in the eggs with a fork.
  2. Wet your hair in the sink and apply warm oil to wet hair. (you can apply to dry hair if you like. I just feel like it absorbs better when my hair is wet)
  3. Run a bath towel or large kitchen towel under very hot tap water. Wring out towel and wrap it around your head.
  4. Sit around with your oily head and watch the Lifetime Movie Network or check out old Homemade Hippie Posts (below) and plan your next concoction.
  5. I don’t time this, but it’s best to leave the oil on your hair as long as you can. 30  minutes minimum.
  6. You can rewarm the towel under hot water if you wish.
  7. Wash your hair as you normally would. You will probably need to wash it twice to remove all of the oil.

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MY COST:

2 TBSP Avocado Oil $1.33

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil $0.81 cents

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil $.047 cents

2 Eggs $0.00 The beauty of dating a chicken farmer If you aren’t so lucky, you can add approximately $0.25 to your total

For 1 hair treatment this cost me $2.61 and used 3 ounces of oil. That is $0.87 cents per ounce!

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Calling all Cheap Skates

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Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

In Michigan we are surrounded by water, which causes lots of humidity, which causes mosquitos the size of pterodactyls. For some reason mosquitos love me. Maybe because I am an extremely white, white girl and you can see every vein in my body, which to a mosquito must look like the best all you can eat lunch buffet in town. I also get welts the size of a quarter every time I get bit, so I spend  most of the summer looking like a victim of scabies. They have hatched really early this year, because of the crazy warm weather, so it’s time to get out the arsenal and try to fend them off before they start carrying away small children.

The best natural bug repellant I’ve ever used is Bite Blocker by Homs LLC. I have tried several different kinds, but they all seem to wear off after a few minutes. Bite Blocker really works for hours, and doesn’t smell nasty at all. I decided to make my own version of Bite Blocker at home, because the ingredients list is pretty simple.

If you don’t want to  make your own it can be purcased HERE. If you use the coupon code HIF798 you will receive a $10 discount and free shipping.

Homemade Hippie Buy Spray

1/4 cup olive oil (or any cheap liquid oil you have laying around)

2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

1 Tbsp Citric Acid

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp homemade vanilla extract

6 drops Lavender essential oil

6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Clove Bud essential oil

6 drops Peppermint essential oil

6 drops Rosemary essential oil

6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Reapply after 2-3 hours. You can use any strong mixture of essential oils that you prefer, this is just what I had a lot of in the house. I would make sure to use the Geranium oil, because that is the main active ingredient in Bite Blocker. The others I’m sure you could play with and have good results. Let me know what you use!

I have used this a few times so far and it does work very well. Rob and I went to a terribly overgrown area to chop down some dead trees for fire wood. It was way back in the shade, and next to a small creek. Every step we took sent up swarms of mosquitos and I thought for sure we’d be covered in welts. I got one nasty bite on my ankle, through my sock and Rob got zero bites. Considering that we were outside for 2 1/2 hours hauling firewood and sweating profusely I think that is pretty darn good don’t you?

This also smells good, and isn’t offensive to Rob’s manly nostrils, as he doesn’t like to “smell like a flower”.

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Homemade Hippie Orange Cleaner

This is almost too easy to post about. I feel like I should have been doing this my entire life, and somehow I got tricked into paying $4 for a spray bottle of orange cleaner. Craziness.

I have a juicer now, and I am really enjoying fresh vegetable & fruit juices. However, I now have citrus peels coming out my ears. This is just one of the many uses for them. I’ll keeping posting more ideas to get rid of them, as I find them. Unfortunately chickens don’t like citrus peels, which is what I do with the rest of the veggie pulp, and I can’t bear to throw them away! (no I’m not a hoarder, just a crazy hippie)

Homemade Orange Cleaner

  • Vinegar (just plain organic, white vinegar will do)
  • lots of citrus peels (orange, lemon, lime or a combination)

Place peels in vinegar. I cut mine small and put them right in the original vinegar bottle, because I’m crazy like that. Let this sit around for 6 weeks or so. When you remember to shake it, shake it. This releases oil from the peels and makes it more a more potent grease cutter. I shook mine a lot and vigorously and let it sit around for about 2 months. You’re going to love this and use it like crazy, so I would recommend that you start a new gallon every month or so, so you never run out. Also, writing the date on the jug/jar really helps 🙂

Strain out the citrus when you think it’s “done”. Refill an old spray bottle (because I know you’re saving those right?) I honestly don’t think I will need to make any other cleaners now. This one just takes the cake. I have cleaned my oven, stove top, kitchen counters, sink, added 1/2 cup to the mop water, and sprayed the whole bathroom. It is very excellent for dusting! The only thing it won’t work for is windows/glass or to polish faucets and such. It is also excellent added to your sink full of dishes. If you are soaking some kind of baked on nasty lasagna or something, this does the trick. We all know that vinegar is great for cleaning and is a natural disinfectant, who knew that adding a bit of citrus oil would improve it so much?

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Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

I have been experimenting with making homemade cleaning and beauty products as I run out of them. So far I have made my own dishwasher detergent, window/glass cleaner, all purpose cleanser and disinfectant, lotion, wrinkle cream, hair spray, toothpaste, mouthwash, and lip balm and now it’s time to tackle scouring powder.

I happen to be in love with a handsome mechanic. He comes home with much grease and leaves the shower and sink with nice dark rings and smudges.  I need a serious scouring powder to tackle this stuff 🙂 I have used this powder 3 times now, and I find that it works just as well as comet, and rinses off much better. I don’t feel like I’m wasting zillions of gallons of water trying to wash the comet residue down the drain….I have tried plain baking soda before, and a baking soda/vinegar mix and in my opinion this is much better.

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

1 cup Baking soda

1 cup Salt (I used kosher for extra grit)

1 cup Borax

Mix all ingredients in a container. I usually just refill the bottle/container of whatever I ran out of. Do you guys have a whole bunch of bottles and tubes that are full of homemade concoctions too? However, you can’t refill a comet container very easily, so I took a small coffee can (see saving those coffee cans isn’t weird! You really will find a use for them. You will!) and poked holes in the plastic lid. You can use a canning jar, or any old container you have been waiting to repurpose. Fill with powder, top with lid. Sprinkle and scrub to your hearts content.

I think next time I will dry some orange or lemon peels and make them into a powder. I think that would smell great and add some extra scrubbing power. Plus I have a juicer now, and I’m dying to come up with a use for all of these citrus peels.  I already made orange oil, and I love it! I’ll post that recipe for you tomorrow.

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Homemade Hippie Body Wash

I may have previously mentioned that Rob is a mechanic and one of his favorite activities it to stand in my shower and drip grease and grime and various oils all over the bathroom. In the course of this activity the man goes through a lot of soap. A LOT of soap! I was buying either Dove plain, unscented or Kirk’s Castile soap. Neither of which is cheap. I’m sure you know by now that I am a big, fat cheapskate right? So, this recipe was invented purely to save money, and is not some girly froo-froo bodywash. It does lather very well, and it does make 1 bar of soap last about as long as 4 bars of soap normally would….so I am now paying 1/4 what I was for soap. Mission accomplished!

Homemade Hippie Bodywash

1 bar of Kirks Castile Soap (I do not recommend any other soap, because I haven’t tried them)

1 quart (4 cups) of water

  1. Grate the soap. I personally fed the whole bar through the food processor, then put the food processor directly in the dishwasher. It came out sparkling clean 🙂
  2. Place water and soap in a sauce pan and heat until soap is thoroughly melted. I let it simmer for 2-3 minutes to make sure the soap was really mixed well.
  3. Refill an old pump style hand soap dispenser. This soap is very runny, and should be squeezed directly onto a sponge/loofa/bodywash thingy.
  4. Ok, thats it. You’re done. Go take a shower.

P.S This may seperate as it sits in the jar. Just shake it up before you refill your dispenser.

P.P.S My local dollar store actually sells Kirks Castile Soap in a 3-pack for $1. Every store I have ever seen it in sells the 3 pack for $2.99, so this is an excellent deal. Go check your dollar store! I bought $40 bucks worth last time. We won’t run out of soap for a very long time 🙂

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Homemade Hippie Hairspray (it really works!)

I have seen this recipe for years on the internet, and I just assumed that there was no possible way it could work. I mean who on earth would think that sugar water would work just as well as my $1.00 can of Suave? I don’t use hairspray very often, but when I do I want to spray it once in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day. That stuff better hold! I also have very fine, silky hair that doesn’t hold a curl for even 1 second, so if I ever want curls there had better be a strong can of hairspray nearby.

I was really, completely shocked that this worked! Here is your 30 second recipe. Give it a try!

Homemade Hippie Hairspray

1 cup nearly boiled water

4 tsp sugar

  • Mix and pur into a fine mist spray bottle
  • spray , wait 30 seconds to dry, spray again.
  • stronger? add more sugar
  • Weaker? add less sugar

The above recipe makes a very “max hold” type hairspray. I actually had to add a bit more water and dilute mine, because I don’t need it quite that extreme.

I have been using this for a month now to test it out, and I have no complaints. It actually makes my hair very shiny, it holds all day, and NO it does not attract bugs 🙂

Suggestions:

  • Use the finest mist bottle you can find. I used an old hairspray bottle and it was perfect
  • Spray a very tiny amount on and wait for it to completely dry and then re-apply
  • As weird as this sounds, I spray all of my hair, let it dry, and then brush my hair. It adds just the right amount of texture to my hair, so I have zero static cling. Love it!
  • You can add any essential oil that you like (if you like to smell like a girl)

Now I have yet another household product that I don’t have to spend money on. I spend $5.98 on a 10 lb bag of organic sugar. So this recipe costs me exactly $1.6 cents!  ONE POINT SIX CENTS PEOPLE! Amazing. I love being cheap 🙂

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Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

I carry chapstick with me everywhere. I don’t wear much make-up, but I like to have nice, moist kissable lips. Who doesn’t? I thought there was some master formula for lip balm and that it would take a lot of time. I assembled all the ingredients, made the recipe and filled the container in less than 15 minutes. Trust me, you can do this!

Your basic recipe is 1 Tbsp oil of choice, 1 tsp beeswax and any flavorings or colorings that you wish. Pretty simple right? I wanted just a basic balm, so this is the recipe I went with.

Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp lanolin

1 tsp shea butter

1 tsp honey

1 tsp beeswax pastilles (Mountain Rose Herbs sells this)

I put the oils and beeswax in a small metal bowl and heated on the stove top until they were all melted together. I removed the bowl from the heat and stirred in the honey. I used a small funnel and poured it into empty lip balm containers that I had been saving.

It filled 4 of them (the tube type) with some left over! I left it sitting on the kitchen counter, and by the time I threw the dishes in the dishwasher it was set up and solid and ready to use. I made it “un-girly’ enough that Rob and I can both use it.

There are a zillion variations to this recipe. I think next time I’ll try half coconut oil and half Vitamin E.

Good oils to use for Lip Balm:

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Lanolin
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Avacado Oil

To add color:

  • Beetroot powder
  • Cranberry or other juice
  • Dried fruit pureed into a powder
  • Cherries

To add flavor:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Essential Oil of Peppermint
  • Ginger powder
  • Honey

Where to buy the ingredients? I use a combination of either Mountain Rose Herbs or iherb.com. If you go online to www.iherb.com you can use the coupon code HIF798 and receive a $10 discount and free shipping.

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Homemade Hippie Hand Lotion

My favorite part about making lotions and creams is picking the oils to use. There are so many oils that are excellent for the skin. I wanted this cream to be thick (because I do dishes two thousand times a day) and easily absorbed. Jojoba Oil is very close to your skins own sebum, so it really does the trick. You can mix and match any oils that you wish in this recipe. Make small batches, in case you don’t like the oil you picked.

Homemade Hippie Hand Lotion

1 1/3 c hot water

1/3 cup emulsifying wax

1/8 cup Olive Oil

1/8 cup Jojoba Oil

12 drops essential oil (I’m on a rose oil kick right now)

In glass jelly jar mix oil and wax. Set jar in a pan of warm water on a low flame until  melted.

In a separate cup heat the water, it doesn’t have to be boiling.

Pour the hot water into the wax mixture. Let it cool a little bit and then stir in essential oil.

Cool overnight.

You can use any oil that you wish. I have made it with 1/4 cup of coconut oil before. I have used half coconut and half jojoba. The mixture is totally up to you. I love this with a few drops of rose-water. I make it in the jar that I plan to keep it in, so its even easier! And emulsifying oil is cheap, you can get it at Mountain Rose Herbs for only $7.00 a pound. I bought mine 2 years ago and I’m still using it. My only suggestion is to make your lotion in small batches. It has a shelf life of about a month, unless you keep it in the fridge. Mine has never spoiled, because I use it up too fast. The fun part about small jars, is you get to experiment with different oils and scents that much sooner. If you’re looking for a lotion to make in large batches, that has a long shelf life, try the Simple Body Lotion recipe below.

Aroma Therapy

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Homemade Hippie Mouthwash

Homemade Hippie Face Wash

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Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

Homemade Hippie Body Wash

Homemade Hippie Tooth Paste

Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

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Homemade Hippie Toothpaste

At our local health food store organic, fluoride-free toothpaste is $6.19 for a 5.5 oz tube! At the big chain grocery store Tom’s of Maine without fluoride is $4.25. So I was on a mission to make my own. I tried tooth powder for a while, but it isn’t cheap either. I’m too frugal to spend 6 bucks on something I’m just spitting down the sink.

Having said that, I know for sure that plenty of people don’t use anything on their toothbrush. The toothpaste isn’t cleaning your teeth, the brushing is. You can brush your teeth for the rest of your life with a naked toothbrush if you want to be extra frugal, but I like that minty fresh feeling, so here goes…..

Homemade Hippie Toothpaste

  • 3-6 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil.

If you stop here, you have tooth powder. Just dunk your brush in and have a ball. I like paste, so I continue…

Mix this in a small jar. Add:

  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut oil, softened.
  • 2-3 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

Mix this with a fork until it is a paste-like consistency. This is where I stop.

If you want to take it one step further and make it exactly like the store-bought toothpaste for the haters in the household add 1-2 tsp vegetable glycerin. (find this in any drug store or pharmacy next to the band-aids). Mix the glycerin in with your fork and it will turn creamy and smooth like the poisonous stuff that you can buy at Wal-Mart for .50 cents.

For variety you can try clove oil, tea tea oil, spearmint oil etc. I’m a stickler for peppermint myself. I keep this in a small 4 oz jelly jar on the bathroom counter and just dunk my toothbrush right into it. If you have OCD or you are trying to hide your frugal hippie side from your spouse you can try to refill an old toothpaste tube.

If you can’t find glycerin for whatever reason, you can also use Xanthum gum (found next to the weirdo flours in the baking aisle).

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Homemade Hippie Mouthwash

Simple Body Lotion

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Homemade Face Wash

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Homemade Wrinkle Cream

Homemade Windex

Homemade all-purpose disinfectant spray

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