Body and Cleaning Product Recipes

Please go scrollin' down for random cleaning and body recipes.  Every recipe in the blog can be found here along with a few extras.  Come back and check for updates.  The most recent postings will be at the top.  If you have any questions or need a recipe, please post a comment. 

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Coffee scrub


Sting Soother

For bee or wasp stings, mix a few sprinkles of baking soda and a few drops of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’.  Mix and dab on the bite.  Let dry.  
For general itching insect bites, dab on the apple cider vinegar and let dry.   

Hair, Skin, Lips and Nails

Mix equal parts of organic coconut oil and natural African shea butter, the deep yellow paste in the no frills container that looks like dough.  Once the room temperature mix warms a bit, it takes on a buttery creamy color and texture.

Coffee Scrub

Body Recipe:                         

1 cup fresh used coffee grinds
1 Tablespoon of table salt
About 1/3 cup of olive oil or coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Optional: about 10 drops of fruity essential oil

Mix well.  Add a bit more oil if the scrub is not saturated to make it moist to wet.  Take it to the shower with you.  After you wash, gently scrub your body.  This scrub is wonderful for your feet, elbows, knees and hands if you just scrub a little more than gently.  Rinse yourself and the shower surround.  Your shower and or tub will have some oil residue.   Clean the shower with a baking soda and vinegar paste. 

Facial Recipe

Two tablespoons of fresh used coffee grinds
Teaspoon of table salt
Teaspoon of cinnamon
Tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil - just enough to form a moist paste

Laundry Detergent - 2 Recipes
For both recipes, pour about 1/2 cup white vinegar in the liquid receptacle near the top front of the machine.  This addition is optional.
#1 Liquid Ingredients:
1 gallon water (tea temperature hot) (16 cups)
1/2 bar castile soap (grated) or 2 ounces which is 1/4 cup liquid pure castile soap
1 cup baking soda
Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot tap water to cover.  Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.  In a large pot, pour 1 gallon water.  Heat.  Add melted soap, stir well.  Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
Warm the water, add baking soda then add liquid castile and stir. 

Add the baking soda and soap slowly ‘cause you will have a huge white foamy mess!  After the detergent cools, use a funnel to pour into an old recycled laundry detergent container.   Save time by using the liquid soap. 

Use 1/2 cup per full load of warm water; 1 cup per soiled load.

#2 Powder Ingredients (warm water helps dissolve powder):

2 cups borax
2 cups super washing soda
(optional) 1 bar of shredded bar soap

Pour into a small container and shake.  Keep the top on to stay dry.  Otherwise, the borax will clump.  Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per full load of cold water. 

Pot Cleaner

Burned on bean, eggs or rice?  Not a problem.


Squirt of soap
1/4 cup or so of baking soda
Scrub sponge

Soak the pot in water to soften the stuck on goo.  Scrape out what you can with a spoon. 

Put the pot on the stove.   Add a cup or so of water and a few squirts of liquid dish soap (castile soap).  Warm.   Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.  The soap may bubble over.  Remove pot from heat and reduce temperature.  

Remove from stove and pour out most of the hot water (preferably into another pot or bowl that can handle hot water).  Immediately sprinkle a lot of baking soda into the pot to make a paste.    Scrub, scrub, scrub. 

Facial Astringent

No more alcohol please!


Organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’
Cotton ball

We the cotton ball with water.  Squirt a few drops of the vinegar onto the cotton ball.  Wipe all over face.  

Do this twice daily.

In the first week or so of use, you will get a few pimples, which is the gunk in your pores coming out.  They will not be as severe as your normal pimples.  Soon enough, pimples will be fewer and those that arise will be smaller and less severe.   Once your skin clears up a bit, use of this astringent once daily will be enough to keep things under control.   The vinegar acts as an exfoliant and soon enough, your skin will be smoother.

Sidewalk Weed Killer

One ingredient!

Grab a medium sized pot with a handle.  Fill with water.  Boil water.

Carefully carry the hot water outside and pour boiling water over the weeds in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway.  Wait a day or so and pull up the dry dead weeds.  Compost the weeds.


Fresh from the dentist feeling!

About 1/4 cup baking soda
About 1/8 cup table salt (1/2 of the 1/4 cup)

In a small glass bowl with a top, add the baking soda and salt.  Shake.  Use it, put the top back on and store in your bath pantry.

When you are ready to brush, pour a small amount of peroxide onto your toothbrush and then immediately dip into the dry mixture.  Get enough to cover the brush as you would with commercial toothpaste.  Brush.  The paste will foam up all over your mouth.

It will take a few brushings to get used to the flavor of the ingredients.  Add more salt if you want more grittiness or to cover the taste of the peroxide.  Don't forget to floss and visit your dentist!

Only make a small amount of the dry mix at a time.  As you get closer to the bottom of the bowl, there will not be enough to soak up the fluids and you will have a damp mix.  That is okay, it will be all gone in a few more brushings.

Toothpaste - Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon cocunut oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
Essential oil to taste

It is easier to make with warm or liquified coconut oil. 

Dishwasher Powder

After testing a few homemade recipes, I discovered this one works for my dishwasher.

In a 14 to 16 ounce glass jar, add the following; swirl and shake:

¼ cup borax
¼ cup washing soda
¼ cup coarse sea salt
¼ cup food grade citric acid

Put  1-3 tablespoons in pre-wash space and tablespoon in receptacle of your dishwasher. 

Rinse agent recepticle - fill with white vinegar or a combination of vinegar and lemon juice.

Store the glass jar on its side, sealed tight.  If you leave it upright, all of it will settle and harden.  The borax is the ingredient that will clump and harden.  You can break it up with a spoon.  If you store the jar on the side, there is less compaction and it will not clump as much. 

This recipe worked for 2 of 4 test dishwashers.  You may find cloudy glasses (reduce amount of borax or add more citric acid); unclean dishes (rinse off food so that there is less food spinning around and then settling at end of cycle); greasy dishes (this recipe is not for washing pots and pans). 

You may have to adjust the ingredients to see what works best for your dishwasher.  The less greasy dishes you place in the dishwasher, the better. 

Citric acid can be purchased online.  The best prices can be found at chemical supply sites.   I purchase from - this is not an endorsement.

Co2Soda Axilla Balm

Homemade deodeorant that works!

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch (or substitute arrow root powder)
about 5 tablespoons extra virgin organic coconut oil
a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

In a short wide mouthed glass jar, add the baking soda and cornstarch.  Mix well.
Place a few tablespoons of solid coconut oil into glass bowl.  Place that bowl into a larger bowl of warm water to melt the oil or use room temperature melted oil.  Pour 5 tablespoons of oil into the powder and stir.  Let the mixture rest.  (use any leftover oil on your skin or hair)

The mixture will solidify in cooler temperatures and liquefy in warm temperatures.   When using this mixture, I use scrape about a fingertip amount out of the jar and rub under each armpit.  The heat from your fingers will melt the oil.  You may feel slight grittiness upon application, but that grittiness dissolves as it warms on your skin.  

If baking soda irritates your skin,  substitute bentonite clay or just spritz with organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’

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