DIY COUGH DROPS

Here is a recipe for some pretty cool tasting coughs drops.  I was inspired to make them when my daughter and husband both caught a cold and passed it on to me.

You will need
- 2 cups organic sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup butter
- Drops of Essential Oils ( I used 4 of Thieves and 4 of Lemon)
I only use Young Living Essential Oils and only suggest using them if you decide to make this recipe. 
Their oils are 100% pure and natural with no other ingredients added to them.

1. Put all the ingredients except the oils in a heavy pan and cook over medium heat until it reaches that hard rock stag.
2.Do not rush this process, turning the heat up will cause this to burn.
3.Once it boils down and reaches the hard rock stage, remove from heat.  Wait about 30 seconds then add your oils and mix.
4. Pour your mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.  Fold the edges into the middle untill it is cool enough to handle. Once cool enough form into a ball and stretch it out.  I used a knife to cut my pieces but you can use scissors.  Cut into nice size pieces. It seemed like they would soften up a bit so I put them on a cookie sheet and flash froze them.  This step is optional.  I then placed them in a zip-lock bag and stored them in the freezer to keep them hard.



DIY Carpet Refresher

I really do not like having carpet, I would so much prefer to have wood floors.
But my family so does not see eye to eye with me on this.  The kids love to be able to lay on the floor, play , jump etc... They say woods floors are cold.

The problem for me is that just vacuuming does not help the room feel clean or fresh.  I have used carpet refreshers before but prefer not to since they have chemicals in them and my kids literally roll around on the carpet.
So I found this recipe to make your own Refresher.

DIY  Carpet Refresher
1 1/2 -2 cups of baking soda
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils ( I used both Peppermint and Orange)
A container with holes poked out.  ( I used an empty Parmesan cheese container)

Put the baking soda into your container, add your oils, shake it till its mixed up pretty good.
Then all you need to do is sprinkle some on your carpets and vacuum.


DIY Detergent

Now since we all need to wash clothes we're going to discuss laundry detergent.
Yes you know those bottles that go on sale for $1.99 at your local supermarket.   They are so cheap how can you not buy them.  Well I will tell you why NOT to buy them..  They are loaded with chemicals, reason enough don't you think.



 Here's a simple DIY laundry detergent that will last you at least a year.  It lasts me about 6 months and we are a family of 10 (9) living at home.  So we do alot of laundry here. Put it this way if 1 or 2 loads do not get done then we are backed up and have to spend at least one whole day washing just to catch up.


1 box Washing Soda (buy here
1 box Baking Soda (buy here)
1 box borax (buy here) (not pictured)
1 or 2 bars of soap.  You can either use
Fels Naphta, (buy here)
Zote (buy here)
1 or 2(if the small one) container of oxi-clean. (buy here)
This last you at least a year.
Use 1-2 tbsp per load.

If you prefer a liquid version bring 4 cups of water(per one bar of soap) to a boil, then lower the heat till it simmers.  Add the soap shavings a handful at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon till dissolved.
Pour 3 gallons of water in a bucket add in all your ingredients and stir till undissolved. Add more water if needed. Cover the bucket and let sit for 24 hours.  Stir before each use.
1 cup of detergent for a regular load is all that you need.

What I love most about this DIY detergent is that it not only cleans my clothes.  It softens my towels.  I don't know if this happens to you but after a while my towels are no longer as absorbent as they used to be. After a couple of washes your towels will be nice and absorbent.
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