Saturday, April 30, 2011

You'll use fruits in all recipes here . Do you like to enjoy eating fruit? You can get more taste out of fruit!

DIY (Do it your self) Liquid soap for washing dishes

You can use a natural bar of soap to make a huge amount of liquid soap. It's actually easy to make. Just needs you to get 1 gallon of distelled water, a bar of your favorite natural soap bar and some empty clean bottles "recycled".

Here is the recipe

2 oz natural soap "Grated"
1 gallon distilled water
you have 2 choices: to buy a Water Distiller if you're going to prepare many productsor to get a gallon of distilled water


  1. In a clean large pan put water and bring it to boil then reduce heat.
  2. Put grated soap and leave it to melt "stir frequently"
  3. When it is completely molten blend using a hand mixer.
  4. Leave it overnight.
  5. Next day you'll get a wonderful soapy liquid "you might to mix it once more"
  6. You can add  colour or scent if you want or leave it as it is.
  7. Pour into clean bottles and store.

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DIY (Do it your self) Dishwashing detergent

You can find many online recipes for dishwasher detergent, some suite soft water and others suit hard water. But this recipe works for both to get clean dishes and sparkling glasses. You only need to increase the amount of washing soda a bit if you're using hard water. You might buy ingredients of the same price as the ready detergent you buy, but you'll get double the amount so you're saving about 50% "Not bad" besides you'll get free of commercial advertisements for products, and you'll get green friendly products. Have fun

The recipe is

1 cup Borax (Boric acid salt; such as: sodium borate)
1 cup Soda ash "Washing soda"
1/2 a cup kosher salt
                                 1/2 a cup of citric acid "You need to add a whole cup for hard water"
You can prepare your own washing soda by baking baking soda at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Flatten baking soda in a baking tray lined with baking paper.

 Mix all the powders together and use  tbsp for every load. For rinzing, use white vinegar or lemon juice.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

DIY (Do it your self) All Green Parfume!

Who said that havig a prfume needs a budget, if you can make your own parfume at home. It's not a must to have  a hundred ingredients, you can make perfumes with simple combinations of essential oils, but a delicate water-based perfume with a floral scent is easier and nicer and can be a good gift for the one you love.

 Making your own perfume enables you to eliminate harmful chemicals or preservatives that are often found in synthetic fragrances, such as phthalates, which might cause health problems. A homemade, all-natural, water-based perfume is the best Green, Earth-friendly perfume. But keep in mind that you have to select flowers of hig fragrant. You can use jasmine,  honeysuckle, lavender, or different coloured tea roses.

All you need

  • Clean cloth made of cotton
  • 2 cups of chopped flowers (of one kind)
  • 3 cups distilled water
  • A little dark bottle with a lid or a stopper


1. Wash flowers' petals from dirt and sediment with tap water.
2. Tie flowers in the cloth and soak inside a bowl in distelled . Cover the bowl with the lid and let the flowers soak all overnight.
3. Next day, remove the lid and gently lift the flower pouch out of water. Squeeze the pouch over a small saucepan, extracting the flower-scented water. Simmer over low heat until you have about a teaspoon of liquid.
4. Pour the cooled water into the bottle and cap it.
N.B. The scent of this perfume will only remain for a month if stored in a cool, dark place. But you'll enjoy a green parfume for a month :)
You might want to try mixing a perfume with essential oils , or mix different scented water to get a new scent.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DIY: Making home-made marshmallows is not very hard!

This is an amazing recipe for home made marshmallow

Making home-made marshmallows is not very hard!

DIY (Do it your self) Liquid washing machine detergent

Hello every body, our DIY product today is very important for clothes and for moms too. I know that detergents are not that expensive, but any money we can save now is a bonus besides you can make a huge amount of a very effective detergent in no time. If you're a mom you'll feel the difference when you really use it and find how effective it is and can remove stains the same like expensive detergents do. you can use any available bar of soap "not a must to be an expensive one".

N.B. If washing soda isn't avalable, you can prepare it. Simply line a baking tray with a baking paper sheet of paper, then put baking soda and flat it with a wooden rod or spoon. Heat it in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 minutes and "VOILA" you have your washing soda or soda ash :) by the way, soda ash is more expensive than baking soda.

Recipe for home made liquid washing machine detergent

You'll need
  • A bar of soap "around 100g by weight, more or less"
  • 1 cup of borax (sodium borate or any boric acid salt)
  • 1/2 a cup of washing soda (sodium carbonate)
  • Water
  • A stainless steel container
  • A plastick bucket with a lid

  1. Grate the soap bar and put into the stainless steel pan with 1 liter of water.
  2. Heat gently till the soap is molten, but avoid boiling, you can use a wooden rod to stir.
  3. Pour into a pucket then add around 8 liter of warm tap water.
  4.  Add washing soda and stirr to disolve.
  5. Add borax and stirr till it disolves too.
  6. Keep stirring for around 5 minutes.
  7. Cover the bucket and leave it night long or around 10 hours.
  8. You can leave it smell less or add 1 tsp of essential oil with your favorite smell.
  9. Stirr again and pour the produced gell into suitable containers.
Shake well before using every time. Use 1/2 a cup for coloured clothes and a full cup for white or clothes with stains. You won't get sud, but that doesn't mean no cleaning. Suds are not the thing that cleans in detergents.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DIY (do it yourself) Green Deodorant

Yesterday my little daughter asked me a great question after following the link on my face book DIY group to the DIY green lip gloss, and the question was surprising! "Why do you call it green mummy? it's pinky" and I realised that I wasn't very right when I haven't clarified what is meant by the word "green" for young ladies like mine :). So..............

Green products are biobased products made of natural chemicals that have no bad effect on our health, especially when it comes to make up which is on most  of young girl's skin, and I believe that lip gloss which is widely used goes into guts with foods and drinks as I haven't seen many girls removing their gloss to eat. So it's safer to make gloss from edible materials which cause no harm and give the bright look that every pretty girl likes to see on her face :). Of course makeup based on man-made chemicals aren't healthy and might lead to big problems. One of these problems is cancer. I hope that you've got my point and have recognized how serious it is to make sure that we're not harming ourselves and we can have fun using natural products to make our makeup and we can control the colour too. On time you'll be experienced.

Our big issue when summer is close and weather is starting to become a bit hot in many spots in the world is "sweat". I believe that sweating is healthy and many deodrants help preventing secretion of sweat for hours so you get no bad smellall the day long.

Why is it important to sweat?
Sweating is a very important function of our bodies accomplishing such things as cooling our bodies and releasing toxins.

Why is sweat beneath arms having a bad smell?

The sweat in the Apocrine glands "beneath your arms" is made the same way as that of the Eccrine glands "in the dermis  skin layer every where else in your body" but the composition is different. It contains proteins and fatty acids which makes it thicker and sometimes yellowish. Contrary to popular belief sweat is not odorous, it is a metabolic process between bacteria and proteins and fatty acids.

So our issue here is bacteria and not sweat! We need to fight bacteria without preventing sweat from being secreted as it helps our bodies to get rid of unwanted materials which might be bad for our health.

Now I'll take you directly to the recipe "I know I talked too much here but I had to let you know how important not to buy those products that prevent sweating for a long time"

Materials you need to buy "or fitch for it in your kitchen"

  •  Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • essential oil "you can use vanilla or pepperment or up to your choice"
  • Coconut oil "or Shea butter if you can buy it on line or any store that sells organic materials"


Mix 3 tbsp baking soda and 3 tbsp corn starch. Add around 1 tsp essential oil "of you favorite scent"  and mix very well, then add 2 tbsp coconut oil or shea butter and mix again to get a homogenous mixture.

You can keep it in a sterrilized glass jar (just boil it and its lead in water for around 5 minutes then put both upside down on a sterilzed dish to drain completely.

Store the jar in fridge if temperature is below 25 degree Celcius. Using shea butter will keep it solid even out of fridge.

Enjoy :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

DIY Home Made Margarine

Do you prefere butter? I know that you might prefere butter because it adds a special taste to your meals. I agree with you, but why don't  you try margarine as an alternative, it's not only because it's more economical alternative for butter, but you might find it good too. You won't believe that you can do it simply at home! Yes, all you need is palmaline "palm fat", some vegetable oil "corn oil or sunfloweroil", milk and egg yolk.

Recipe of home made margarine

You need
  • 60 g palm fat
  • 40 g sunflower oil "or corn oil"
  • 2 tbsp fresh milk
  • An egg yolk or 1 tbsp pasteurized egg yolk powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Heat palm fat till it melts only and put it in a bowl
  2. Add sunflower oil
  3. Put the bowl in a bowl of iced water to cool down
  4. Use a whisk to mix very well (you can use a hand mixer on low speed)
  5. Add milk, lemon juice, salt and egg yolk and keep mixing till you get a smooth spread.
  6. Store margarine in a plastic box in the fridge.

DIY Dairy products at home

It's a challenge making dairy products you love at home. You can do cream cheese for many purposes yourself in your kitchen. You can also make yummy ice cream and yogurt especially in summer holidays.
Making dairy products at home

Cheese cake frosting using cream cheese

Sunday, April 24, 2011

DIY (Do it your self) herbal soap

It's fun to make your own soap, using safe materials. The most dangerous material in making soap is "lye", it might burn your skin if you're not very careful. The role of dye is for combining with fats to form a salt "soap" in a process called saponification. We can reuse ivory soap to make our own herbal soap safely :)

All we need to do is shredding ivory soap using an ordinary shredder,and to get our favorite herb like chamomile, lavender flower or mint.


  1. Soak 2 tbsp dried favorite powdered herbs in a cup of boiled water for 30 minutes.
  2. Add few drops of your favorite essential oil of your favorite scent.
  3. Boil then pour over 2 cups of shredded ivory soap.
  4. Add few drops of food colour (green for mint, purple for lavender and yellow for chamomile soap)
  5. Mix very well and pour into greased molds then leave in a cold place for about half an hour.
  6. Take the soap bars out of mold and leave it to dry for at least 2 days and enjoy :)

Home made ment soap

Chamomile Soap

Lavender home made soap

Saturday, April 23, 2011

DIY Green lip gloss, lip stick and moiturizing cream

DIY (Do it yourself) organic makeup

Buying natural green makeup from a store might need a budget as those products are limited besides they're very expensive compared to chemical makeup. You can do your own organic makeup your self. It is not that difficult and you'll choose ingredients according to your needs. All the stuff you need is available either online or in local stores. Some women use lip gloss and lip stick every day, and of course they need to moisturise their body's skin too. In this blog, we'll learn how to make our own healthy stuff simply and using natural green organic ingredients.

DIY Lip stick

You'll need 1 table spoon of vegetable glycerin, 1/2 a teaspoon vitamin E oil "or olive oil" and 1tablespoon beetroot powder. You can add glitter if you want for afternoon makeup.
Mix the vegetable glycerin and beetroot powder. Stir the mixture until it becomes smooth then add vitamin E oil or olive oil. Keep it in a lid or a little empty container. Use a little lipstick brush to apply it on your lips.

DIY lip gloss

For that you need 1 beet root, clean and chopped, few drops of olive oil and powdered sugar.
Put chopped beet in a microwave for 1 minute. Squeeze to take the beet juice off and pour in a little bowl. Add 4 drops of olive oil and mix. Add powdered sugar and mix until you get the desired consistency. Place it in a small container with a lid and use a little brush to apply to your lips.

DIY Basic Neutral Lipstick

You will need 1/8 cup grated beeswax, 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa butter, 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening and 1 tsp almond oil
Mix all ingredients together. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 2 minutes or till the wax, butter and shortening melt. Pour the liquid into a lip stick mold or a flat rectangular container lined with greased foil and when the mixture is cooled down cut it into bars.

DIY Moisturizing body cream

You need to moisturize your skin every day. It's better to use moisturizers contain only green ingredients. You can prepare your own using simple natural ingredients.
You will need for that 4 tablespoons unrefined cocoa butter, 2 tablespoon coconut oil "Solid white is preferred", 1 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil and 1 tablespoon macadamia oil. If you want cold cream for night you can use 2 teaspoon bee-wax. You can 1 teaspoon of any fragrance oil. You also need 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

1- Heat all the ingredients except fragrance oil, vitamin E and cornstarch until they become molten.
2- Allow the mixture to cool down as you're stirring "Don't stop stirring"
3- Place The mixture in a freezer for 3 minutes
4- Take the mixture out of the freezer and beat with an electric beater and freeze again for more 3 minutes
5- Repeat the process until the mixture is light and fluffy.
6- Add the cornstarch, vitamin E and vanilla oil and beat the mixture for 3 minutes.
7- Store in a sterilized glass jar.

Colouring Easter eggs with natural food colours

There are many talks about the origin of colouring eggs in Easter, but it doesn't matter for me if it was Ancient Egyptian, Romanian or German. When I was a kid, we used to colour eggs with some dyes that were very bright and joyable, but sadly that wasn't healthy. We stopped colouring for a long time, and for years we used stickers to decorate eggs in Easter, but it wasn't that fun. I decided to search and made many trials till I could replace dyes by natural colours coming from food. Now I can enjoy colouring Easter eggs with my kids safely, I hope you too use my recipe to have fun without worrying about side effects from using artificial dyes.

 For red colour

Use beet root for red colour. Clean and chop 3 beets and put
 it in a pot half filled with water. Add 1/2 tbsp vinegar to water and put on high heat to boil. Cover the pan and reduce heat. Leave to about 10 minutes then add eggs carefully and leave them to boil for more 5 minutes. Turn heat off and leave it aside to cool down. Take eggs out of coloured water and put on a tissue towel to dry.

For purple colour

Use Hibiscus flowers petals to get bright puple colour.
Nothing is easier than extracting colour from hibiscus. You can use the petal it self to draw on boiled white eggs, or boil hibiscus in water for a couple of minutes then put boiled eggs into coloured water, the wonder here is the colour of hibiscus is red but as long as it touches the egg shell it becomes purple :)
You don't need to leave it for a long time because it sticks immediately, that's why I have to tell you that you must put your apron on.

For dark brown colour

Very simple! Just boil some tea leaves and boil eggs with them. You can control the degree by adding more or less tea leaves.

For green colour

Use minced spinach or parsley. Boil in water for 10 minutes adding 1 tsp vinegar, then boil eggs in coloured water for more 5 minutes.

For orange colour

Use onions peel. Just take the dry skin of onion and boil in a pan. Don't forget 1tsp vinegar. Boil for 10 minutes then add eggs and boil for more 5 minutes. Leave it aside to cool down, then take eggs out of coloured water and put on a kitchen towel.

For yellow colour

Boil some orange peels or carrots slices in water for 10 minutes then put water and boil for more 5 minutes. Leave it aside to cool down, then take eggs out of coloured water and put on a kitchen towel.