Pinterest……Oh, How I Love Thee………..

Pinterest is an amazing place………….

it is a world full of ideas and inspiration………..

a place where everything is possible………….

let me show you what I mean!

This is homemade liquid handsoap!!  It cost me $1.50 to make all of this!!

I started with 1 bar of all natural soap….

These were on sale 2 for $3.00….I used the white bar and grated it with a cheese grater.

Actually, my kids wanted to do it….don’t worry-I watched them carefully with that grater!!

We grated the whole bar of soap…..

Next, I boiled 10 cups of water….once it was boiling I added in the soap shaving and stirred it around.  The soap melted and it became a white murky water.  I blended it up with my beaters and then let it sit to cool.

It sat overnight and the next morning it had thickened too much so I had to add more water and blend to a liquid soap consistency.

I poured some into my soap dispenser and poured the rest into glass jars!  It made so much!!!  If you google homemade liquid hand soap, you can find all kinds of recipes for doing this!!

I also found a recipe for a citrus enzymatic cleaner!  Check this out!! “Garbage Enzyme” is first introduced by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong who is the founder of Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand.  Garbage enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermentation of fresh kitchen waste, sugar and water.

This is a mixture that sits for 3 months and ferments….after the 3 months it turns into a concentrated citrus cleaner!  It is actually known as Garbage Enzyme Cleaner-you can read about the science of it here…pretty interesting!!!

Start with an empty jug and add 4 cups of water and 7 tbsp. of brown sugar.

Next, take 2 cups of orange and lemon rinds and add them in….

It didn’t make much so I added in some more water and more brown sugar!

I also made a second batch using pineapple rinds, mango peels, lemon and orange rinds!

Make sure to unscrew the lid every day to let out the built up gases!  My jug with pineapple rind in it started fermenting right away and the entire jug expanded!

Also, make sure to let sit for 3 months and once it is ready strain out liquid and pour and store in bottles.  It is a concentrated cleaner so dilute it to use!  Click here for usage and dosages!!

I also made BEET BLUSH!!!!! I saw it first here!

This one is so cool!!  I sliced some beets with my mandolin slicer….

 
and dehydrated them until they were crispy!
Then I ground the pieces in my coffee grinder…….
and voila!!  Beet Blush!!!  Super cool!!!
I also learned how to make fresh artisian breads!!!  My family is thankful for this one!
Seriously, look at this! It is beautiful!!!
It was so delicious straight out of the oven!
I believe that this recipe originated from here but I also read about it here…..
The recipe could not be simpler:
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (I use organic)
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a dough mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours.    Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a crock pot insert with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes-you can also use a Dutch Oven.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
EASY PEASY!!!
Plus, you can make different flavor combinations!!!  What about sundried tomato and basil?  Or garlic rosemary???  Oh, the possibilities are endless!!!
Look at that stash!!!
These were made for a family party….
I stored them and wrapped them in a cloth and tied them with a pretty orange ribbon….so super fun!!
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