Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray {Naturally Tuesdays}

I love to pin to my Pinterest boards on a regular basis.  I have the app on my phone, and when I get the urge, I’ll even pin from my phone.

But what I REALLY like to do is actually TRY the recipes I pin.  Whether food or do-it-yourself, decorating or other ideas.  Now this recipe is not entirely “natural”, but it is homemade and man, do I LOOOOOOOOOVE it!  It is the best pinned recipe I have ever tried. If you have kids (or grandkids) like mine who play hard and grass stain everything they wear, I’m going to suggest you try this Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray.

It IS economical.  Compared to the price of premade brand name stain sprays, this stuff is CHEAP.  Most likely you already have the ingredients under your sink or in your pantry, and if you have to buy anything, it will be something you can use in other ways.  There are a couple of versions for making your own stain spray, but I liked this one because I could mix it and store it in the spray bottle ahead of time.

There are even a few variations of the recipe itself, but this is what I used:

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Do It Yourself Laundry Stain Spray {Naturally Tuesdays}
Recipe Type: do it yourself, cleaning
Great homemade stain fighter
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Dawn dish detergent (original blue)
  • 1 cup lemon-scented ammonia
  • 6 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. oxygen based whitening powder
  • 2 cups warm water
Instructions
  1. In medium plastic or glass bowl, stir dish soap and ammonia. Dissolve the powdered ingredients in the warm water, and add to soap mixture in bowl.
  2. You can immediately fill a spray bottle and store any leftover solution in a clean jar or bottle.
  3. Spray directly on stains, especially grass, chocolate, blood, etc., and allow to set before washing. (Be sure to check fabric label or do a small test spot if you are concerned about your particular fabric.)
Notes
Original Dawn is the best dish detergent to use for this recipe in my experience. You may prefer another soap, and can try it if you’d like.

This stain fighter has actually released stains that were dried-in. The smell is not unpleasant, and I intentionally used a lemon-scented ammonia to help with this. It actually smelled fresh and clean to me.

For the time and ingredients invested in this recipe, it was so worth making and I am ready to make a new batch the next time I get groceries and buy my ingredients!

Exploring Herbal Teas {Naturally Tuesday}

I know, I know.  I’m a little late posting this today.  It IS still Tuesday, but if you are subscribed to my blog, you might not see this until Wednesday.  My job is changing, and I’m working more hours, and I’m discovering that I am NOT a spring chicken anymore.  I’m having a harder time adjusting to the changes physically than I anticipated.

Naturally Tuesday FramedBut here is where it gets fun!  I’ve been buying more teas and herbal teas lately and have found that they can really offer some help in a very simple way!

Growing your own herbs, drying them, processing them into tinctures and decoctions – well, you have to know what you’re doing.  Sometimes you have to buy special equipment.  You need space and storage and a lot of time.  I would LOVE to be able to do this myself in a big way – and hope to get some herbs planted in my garden this spring.

But honestly, I’m busy.  I don’t really HAVE the extra time (or training or equipment or space) to really immerse myself in herbology.

Enter herbal teas! 

Now, I should say that if you are a tea purist, you will know that an herbal tea is actually NOT a tea at all.  Most herbal teas contain NO tea leaves.  That is black tea, Camellia sinensis or assamica.  Herbal teas are usually combinations of various parts of herbs and plants (including bark, stems, leaves, flowers, etc.) that have been dried, sometimes chopped or minced, and blended together.  When steeped in hot water, the ingredients exude their wonderful aroma, taste, and various beneficial elements that are found in each herb or plant.  In fact, when herbs are used in this way, they are more properly considered a “tissane“.  A decoction actually involves boiling the plant parts, and a tincture involves an alcohol base rather than water.  There’s your quick herb lesson for the day.

But since most people find these prepared herbs in boxes on shelves next to the black teas and green teas, it’s easier to refer to these as herbal teas.  Moving on…

Because herbal teas are so readily available, rather cost-effective, and often taste amazing – if you are interested in any way, shape, or form in using herbs for your health – you should consider shopping for herbal teas more often.  The benefits of herbs can be produced in a variety of ways, and more often than not, you can reap the benefits while enjoying a nice cup or two (or three) of your favorite herbal blend.

Here are some benefits of herbs and why you will find them in so many herbal teas available in health food stores, online, or your local grocer:

  • Chamomile – anti anxiety, anti stress, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, may help with insomnia
  • Cinnamon – heart health, lowers cholesterol, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants
  • Hibiscus – natural diuretic, high in vitamin C, may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, contains antioxidants
  • Rosehip – high in vitamin C, contains lycopene, vitamins A and B, and contains essential fatty acids
  • Chicory – a great alternative to coffee (it’s popular in New Orleans in cafe au lait and I can vouch for its deliciousness personally!), may help with bowel and constipation issues, and even weight loss

These are just a few ingredients you might find on the label of prepared herbal teas, and so many of them contain dried fruits or fruit leaves and you can discover the benefits of those individual fruits for yourself, and determine which teas you might like to try based on your own preferences.

Without the addition of black tea, you are also not likely to have to worry about caffeine.  And if you like caffeine, you can find plenty of blends that incorporate black or green tea with herbs so you get both.

Here are some teas that I personally drink and will recommend to you.  I’m using my Amazon affiliate links so you can see the teas I’m referring to.  If you buy using my link, I’ll get a small commission from Amazon (and I will THANK you for that).  You can also find them in your local stores!

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla, 20 Count Tea Bag

THIS Sleepytime Vanilla tea is the tea that Curly drinks when she can’t fall asleep at night. It has a LOVELY taste and works like a charm for her.  And me.

Yogi Tea- Relaxed Mind, NA, 16 bags (Pack of 2)

This is a tea I discovered at my local health food store. This link is for a 2 pack and the prices is better for this with shipping than purchasing individually at my health food store… When I drink this tea it truly helps me stop my hamster-wheel-spinning-thinking without making me too tired. This is not a typical sweet tea. I sweeten it, but sage is a strong flavor in this cup and I enjoy it.

Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea, 18 Tea bags

This is a tea that my mom sent me a sample of. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Sweet & spicy it is – with no single flavor overwhelming any other. I was completely enamored of this tea and have since bought my own box to enjoy whenever I like. It is fresh and lovely and I highly recommend it if you enjoy a spiced tea.

Making Small Changes for Good Health

So this is NOT just another post about a New Year resolution to lose weight.  Nope, not this one.  Although I am spending some time focusing on my health and will hopefully see some weight loss, I am spending more time researching and reading and talking to people about other changes to diet and living in general.

Essential Oils

Are you familiar with essential oils?  What is your experience with them?  I have spent money buying books, reading articles and blog posts, and talking to people about essential oils and the impact they have on good health.  There are many people who think essential oils are just hocus pocus or not worth the time to read about them.  I have found that the more I read about them, the more sense it makes to me that essential oils are very beneficial to healthy living.

For my family, the month of December was fraught with sickness after virus after illness.  We all passed a variety of things to one another and kept bringing new and more challenging “bugs” home every time we went out.  (Or so it seemed!)

I had tea tree oil and lavender oil on hand and when used consistently, we did see improvement in the coughing and congestion that plagued each one of us throughout the month.  And then a REALLY thoughtful friend came by and loaned me a diffuser, while giving me 3 bottles of essential oils I had yet to try.  And they have proved to be VERY good for us.  The 3 she brought to me were doTerra brand – On Guard, Lemon, and Frankincense.

During my research, I’d read up on lemon oil and knew it was one I needed to invest in.  I knew less about Frankincense, but after researching it, discovered it’s multiple uses and benefits, especially for my family!  I’m going to write more about these oils and link up to some posts by others who have been using essential oils longer than me so you can read more about them, too.

Gluten-Free Eating

Last summer, my sister-in-law told me that my brother and their oldest daughter required gluten-free foods.  One of them has celiac disease, and the other is very sensitive to gluten in their diet.  She talked a little about finding alternative foods – different brands for pasta and flours.  But we didn’t get to talk in depth, and then it seemed like I saw an explosion of articles and blogs who focused on gluten-free diets.

And then the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle came along, and with it several books about gluten free eating, and recipe collections as well.

One of MY family’s issues is Little Man, who had Hirschprung’s disease.  When we added rice cereal to his diet at 5 months, he exhibited constipation and that led to the discover of his disease, and subsequent surgery.  He can eat rice, but in limited quantities.  Since rice flour is a popular alternative to wheat flour, we are going to have to be a little bit more creative.

There are other flours to choose from such as almond, coconut, quinoa, brown rice, and cornstarch, and I won’t rule out brown rice flour entirely, but we are going to plan to spend a week or two eating gluten-free exclusively  because of our family’s history of eczema, dye sensitivities, skin problems & allergies, and ADHD.

ADHD may be affected by diet, although it is a strongly debated topic, and because of the other benefits it can have on our family, a gluten-free diet is worth our time and effort.

OMEGA 3s

My friend, Christie, is a HUGE proponent of Omega 3s.  She has told me more than once that it is ONE thing she is adamant that her family takes because of the benefits it has on one’s body.  The more research I have done on alternative options for treating ADHD, the more I have read about the benefits of adding high doses of Omega 3s to the diet.

The trick is finding something that provides a healthy supplement, as well as NOT giving a gross “fishy” flavor.  It’s important when you’re talking about KIDS taking a supplement.  It IS something we are consulting their pediatrician about in conjunction with other medication options, but the side effects of the medications we have been using are rather scary, and if we can find EFFECTIVE and SAFE alternatives, I really want to do that.

We are making other changes for good health, but these are 3 of the first steps we are taking toward that goal!

What is your experience with essential oils?  Do you eat gluten-free and what are your favorite substitutes for making a switch to gluten-free?  And what are your thoughts on Omega-3s in the diet?  Any experience using them with ADHD? 

I’d really love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

Are you Sensitive?

Do any of you have any food sensitivities? Are you allergic to anything or do you have to avoid any foods because of the symptoms you experience if you eat them?

Right now, we are watching to see if Little Man is having some reaction to dairy foods.

Dairy!

My favorite food group. And because he gets his sole nutrition from me, it may be necessary to reduce or eliminate dairy products from my diet altogether. Ack!
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Fa-fa-fa-fa-reezin’ Friday


Hey Coffee Girls – grab a cup of Joe and a toasted bagel or cinnamon raisin English muffin with cream cheese and settle in. We’re buried under snow.

Okay – we’re not entirely buried under. Our sidewalk was shoveled last night and driveway was snow-blowed. But still – we’ve got lots of snow. It is a snow day – schools all around us are closed, closing or on delay. We will be playing in the snow later this morning. yay!
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