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DIY Sanitizing Wipes

I think we are all having the same struggles in finding cleaning products at the local store.  In our house we have been making our own natural and green multi-purpose spray cleaner for a few years now.  We don't use Lysol (or didn't), or bleach.  We rely on Thyme Oil and White Vinegar to handle most cleaning needs.  

With Corona 19, and the need to sanitize everything we had a can of Lysol wipes that I pulled out of under one of the sinks, and have been using it to wipe down all groceries before bringing them inside, as well as all car handles, steering wheel, etc.  In speaking with a couple of loved ones, I found that they don't have any wipes of any kind - so we figured we would check at the store, and nada, zero, zilch! No luck! 

So after watching some YouTube videos, and doing a couple hours of reading and research, I have made a few containers of DIY Sanitizing Wipes.  I will give my recipe - please know there are many variations as you will see if you google DIY Sanitizing Wipes! I also am showing these using paper towels - since I will be giving these away I wanted it to be as easy to use as possible.  When making them for my house - I have the perfect old sheet to cut up to serve as my "reusable" and washable wipes. 

You will need: 

  • Large Plastic container with secure top to fit half a roll of paper towel in
  • Half a roll of paper towel (saw in half using a serrated knife)
  • 1 and 1/2 Cups of Alcohol 70% or higher
  • 15 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil (If you don't have essential oils, don't stress - this is mainly for fragrance)
  • 5 Drops of Dish Detergent or Castile Soap

In a 2 cup measuring cup, pour your 1 and 1/2 Cups Alcohol.  Add 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil (or Lavender), and add 5 drops of your Dish Detergent. Stir well, and pour over your 1/2 roll of paper towel in your container slowly - allowing it to absorb in as you pour it.  Let sit for 20 minutes or so- then pull out the center cardboard core of your paper towel.  Keep secured tightly - and tada! You have sanitizing wipes with an alcohol content above 60% ready to kill all germs! This is also much less expensive and much less toxic than Lysol or Clorox Wipes! 

Apr 03, 2020
DIY Face Mask
DIY Face Mask

With the desire to help protect my mom and for personal use, I dusted off my sewing machine to make a few masks.  I then turned to YouTube to find an instructional video that I liked.  I tried 2 different styles/videos - and both were epic fails ( my sewing skills need lots of practice!) I figured I'd give it one more try and found the following video/pattern that I LOVE! If you are in a similar situation - you don't have elastic, and you can't find it to order anywhere and you also don't want to spend any money ordering fabric - you want to use what you have.  This video is great because it gives great ideas how to use what you may have available! I cut up old t shirts (95 cotton, 5% spandex) for the strips to tie around the back of our heads, and I used a super soft all cotton t shirt for the backer fabric so it's nice an soft next to our faces.  Then I've used some of the trial hand dyed tea towels that aren't quite up to my standards for selling, and ta-da! You are ready to wash and use!  These are machine washable (wash in hot water to kill germs), comfortable, practical, super unique, and provide a certain level of protection while out in public (about 70-85% better than nothing at all - depending on your fabric choices)! 

View the video here: DIY Masks YouTube

DIY Natural Hair Wash

A couple of years ago I decided I was giving up shampoo.  I read and researched and decided to jump on the no poo bandwagon.  I made it about 4 months with a successful full detox of my hair and scalp.  For the first month of going shampoo free - I rotated with a baking soda wash, two days of just rinsing with ACV (apple Cider Vinegar), and a mild Castile Soap wash.  My hair was definitely adjusting to the detox - and was pretty unmanageable.  It got easier after that, and I fell off the no poo wagon during traveling for work and forgetting my beloved hair wash at home.  

During this time that many of us are home - I figured it might be a good time to revisit a scalp or hair detox, since the first few weeks are what is usually the most challenging for being "presentable". I have been using my hair wash every day, and wanted to share this very simple recipe for a mild, natural, daily "hair wash".

 You will need:

  • Any 8 oz reused pump or squirt bottle
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Dr. Bronner's Sensitive Castile Soap (Unscented)
  • 2 tsp of Aloe Juice
  • 15 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 15-30 Drops of any other Essential Oils. (I use Lavender and Lemon for a nice clean scent)
  • 3-4 Drops of Argan or Jojoba Oil, or use Almond or Olive if that's what you have available

Using a small funnel (or pour carefully), pour all of the above ingredients into your bottle, then fill within an inch of the top with distilled water. Shake well.  I use many pumps of my bottle daily to wash my hair - I go through this container every 10 days or so (I have shorter hair). 

Conditioning Rinse - please don't forget this step! I use a small spray bottle and I fill it half way with organic apple cider vinegar, and the rest of the way with distilled water. Again I use a few drops of an essential oil to mask the vinegar a bit.  Spritz your hair after using the wash, and you will feel it soften - then rinse completely.

Keep in mind that I have tweaked this recipe for my hair and the pH of my scalp.  You may need more soap or less, more aloe or less, and you will most likely need to detox your scalp and hair before you see results that you are content with using this simple hair wash. Now is the best time to play around with it and see if you can kick the hair product dependency!

DIY - Foaming Hand Soap

I've received many compliments on my Foaming Hand Soap, and it is actually very easy to make at home! You can recycle any foaming hand soap pump that you may have.  

To make Two 8oz pumps you will need the following: 

  1. 6 TBSP Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner's)
  2. 3 TBSP Avocado, Almond, or Olive Oil (I use Organic Almond)
  3. 2 TBSP Vegetable Glycerine
  4. 1 Tsp Calendula Oil
  5. 10 Drops Vitamin E Oil
  6. 2 Cups Distilled Water
  7. Essential Oils (I use Lavender)

Measure and Mix the First 5 Ingredients in a 4 cup pyrex mixing jar - then add enough distilled water to bring you to 2 1/3 cups in total.

Add Essential Oils to preference for scent.  Keep in mind some essential oils should not be used in soap. Also please keep in mind some oils are toxic for pets, and dangerous to small children.  

This soap is incredibly cleansing and moisturizing! Enjoy!

Happy Pits Vegan is an All Natural and primarily organic deodorant (vegan and gluten free), using the highest quality raw, unrefined, and fair trade ingredients that I can source to use. It is completely aluminum and toxin free, and provides exceptional moisture absorption and odor control, while keeping your pits soft, happy and healthy! It is fragranced using pure essential oils, NOT synthetic fragrances! You are treating your body with the utmost respect by using this product! You care about eating healthy/organic/raw and what you put into your body- why not care about what you put on it? - Your skin is your biggest organ! It is Vegan Certified, and is Leaping Bunny Certified!!

Every ingredient in Happy Pits is natural and an "active" ingredient, serving a purpose - reducing moisture and preventing odor - not masking it! You will get a complete explanation of all ingredients, what they are, where they come from, why they are used, etc, with your purchase! I use the best of the best ingredients - NOT just your run of the mill Shea butter, Coconut Oil, etc. I have established relationships with the right people to bring you the best ingredients (Organic and Fair Trade), at a price less expensive than comparable products.  It is important to me to support the farmers in the countries growing and harvesting these ingredients - and to make it affordable to you to try and use a product that is chemical and toxin free! My mom is my inspiration, and I know that she wouldn't be able to afford $12 for a deodorant - great quality, natural products shouldn't be a luxury afforded to only a limited demographic - I am trying to make it accessible and affordable to a wider population!

The main ingredients I use: 

           Fair Trade Virgin Cold Pressed, Certified Organic Coconut Oil,

           Fair Trade USDA Certified Organic, Unrefined Raw Shea Butter,

           USDA Certified Organic Arrowroot Powder

Any questions, please ask! I am here to help, to learn, to educate, and to be a resource and partner! ~Sandy

Switching to a natural deodorant is a process, and often takes a few weeks for your body to get acclimated.  Your body will begin to detox from all of the heavy metals and chemicals that have been building up over the last however many years of using deodorants with aluminum and chemicals.  There is the possibility that your arm pits turn a dark color for a few days while the metals and toxins are leaving your body. 

 If your arm pits start getting super red, itchy, and irritated there could be a few reasons why.

1. You could be detoxing.  How long have you been using conventional deodorant? That's a lot of aluminum and other junk that is sitting right on that lymph gland by your arm pit.  There is such a thing as a detox rash and it will clear up within a month. Also - it will take about 2 weeks for your body to acclimate to using natural deodorant (then you will find you actually sweat less!

2. You could be allergic to one of the products in the deodorant.  If you have an unknown/known food sensitivity or allergy, this could be causing the rash. Some people have allergies to different essential oils as well - which I use to fragrance Happy Pits.

3. The baking soda. This is the culprit most of the time.  It's too harsh for some people's armpits - we all have a different ph in our armpits. 

If you have a rash, you can put a bit of apple cider vinegar in your hand, pat it on your armpit, and then let it air dry before you apply the deodorant.  It really helps with the irritation - and discontinue use if it doesn't clear up.  I do make a Happy Pits Sensitive (Low Baking Soda) as well, and a Happy Pits Super Sensitive (Now BS!) without Baking soda for those with sensitive armpits! 

Also - there are a few things to know about Natural Deodorant in general: 

* SInce All Ingredients are Natural and there are NO preservatives, the product has a shelf life of about 6-12 months. 

*  It can soften up a bit in summer or warmer conditions.  To keep a firmer consistency - please store in temperatures under 72 degrees - in the summer you can even store in the fridge if you desire..

*  If used in excess - the coconut oil in the deodorant can stain clothing.  Apply sparingly (you will find that a little bit goes a long way, and is effective) and allow to dry /absorb in to your skin before putting on your shirt.

If you have any questions or concerns - please contact me! 

Over the past few years I have been struggling with the fact that two friends have been battling cancer, and just recently an immediate family member was diagnosed with Lupus.  Listening to them speak about their challenges, and regurgitating information from Doctor's appointments, as well as reading and researching on their own and my own....there are a couple of common threads; the most impactful to me was that there can often be a combination of genetic triggers and environmental factors and triggers.  We aren't talking global warming (though we could..), we are talking about triggers from chemicals, toxins, and irritants in the food we eat, in the personal care products we use, in our laundry soap, in our disinfectants, and so many other areas in our home or at work that comprise our daily "environment". 

I know that in our household, we have been eating much healthier, more organic, less processed, no dyes, and I try not to buy a product if I don't know all of the ingredients in it. Why wouldn't I do the same for my personal care products?   Deodorant is where my focus went to first.  I have tried natural deodorants over the past few years, one gave me an awful rash, another I had to reapply 3 or 4 times throughout the day. I decided to actually take the time to learn some of the science behind our bodies, sweating, odor, and how a deodorant works, and what combination of ingredients would best serve the purpose of reducing moisture, and eliminating odor - while still being 100% NATURAL!.

Here is a brief excerpt from naturalnews.com "Most consumers don't know it, but antiperspirant deodorant products often contain extremely toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause severe harm to the human nervous system. To rub such products under the arms is inviting the absorption of these harmful chemicals, which many believe will inevitably lead to cancer or neurological problems (such as Alzheimer's disease)." There are many articles out there and many opinions - this is just one that you can find.  

This is SCARY stuff! The article proceeds to talk about Aluminum and why we don't want it in our deodorant! I tend to be very focused and once I start on a cause - it is all or nothing....so I decided to order from many different websites - the highest rated organic ingredients that I would need to give it my best shot at making an effective All Natural deodorant.  Through reading lots of blogs, lots of comments on others blogs about what they liked and disliked regarding that particular recipe, and through trial, error and testing and feedback...I believe that HAPPY PITS is one of the best choices for an All Natural, and primarily organic deodorant.  My mom was the best guinea pig - one would think well she is your mom - she's biased.....not my mom - a 60+ year old German woman.....very direct and very honest! Her comment "Sandy, I feel like I don't even sweat when I wear this deodorant", is the best compliment that I can have about a product that I have created to help improve the health and overall well-being of my family and friends - and it's NATURAL! Keep in mind - that our skin is our biggest organ! We take a risk of anything we put on it absorbing into our bodies. 

I intend to take every  small step that I can take to get back to my country roots, and live as naturally as possible.  I want to eliminate as many potential triggers for autoimmune disease, among other illnesses -from my daily "environment", as I can!  I am exploring making my own household cleansers, laundry detergent, and anything that could potentially go on my skin or in my body.  Visit my ETSY shop to purchase Happy Pits