DIY

Simple Homemade Deodorant

Six years ago, HoneyBear and I lived in Texas. We were very tight on money and could barely afford food, much less basic necessities  like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste or deodorant. So, I started a search for a way to make these things by myself, to save us money. It’s when I really started looking into frugal options for many things in our life. I came across this wonderfully easy recipe for deodorant. It seemed very simple and I had almost everything I needed. I managed to scrape together the money for some coconut oil and made the recipe.

HoneyBear was not excited and thought it was totally weird. However, with some persuasion, I managed to get him to at least try it out. To both of our surprise, it actually worked! This working in hot, humid Texas heat in the middle of summer! To say the least, it made a wonderful impression and off I was into the world of DIY, which now has become a little hobby of mine. It’s amazing to think that a simple recipe for deodorant could change everything so much!

This recipe works amazingly well. It offers full body odor coverage for a good 12 hours, even exercising in hot and humid weather.
Just a word to the wise, this recipe will stop body odor, but it is not an antiperspirant. So you will still sweat, just smell good while doing so! This works great for Honeybear and I as we live in the cool, moist climate of the Pacific Northwest and rarely sweat as we go about our normal life. However, HoneyBear does work at a labor intensive job, but since sweat is a normal part of the job (even with commercial deodorants) neither of us mind. I do like it when he comes home and doesn’t smell though! 

One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes this can be irritating to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, you can lower the amount of baking soda and substitute more arrowroot powder or cornstarch. It just won’t work as well, but if you don’t tend to be outside and sweat a lot, it should work just fine.

I’m also providing a very basic recipe today. You can essential oils of your choice to help with sensitive skin or just to make it smell nice. I recommend tea tree oil or lavender for sensitive skin, pine or fir for the men in your life, or a flower variety like rose, lavender or geranium for the ladies. This would also make a good present for the people in your life, add a sugar scrub for the ladies or a beard oil for the men and you’ve got a great gift. 

So I encourage you to try this! If it works in the hot, humid summers of Texas, it should work great for you. I think you’ll like it!

Simple Homemade Deodorant
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. baking soda
  2. 1/2 arrowroot power
  3. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients.
  2. Continually mash the mixture together (like you are creaming butter), until all the ingredients come together in a soft paste.
  3. Store in an airtight jar.
To Use
  1. Scoop out a small amount from jar and rub on armpits.
  2. This works best right after a shower and if you let the deodorant soak in a bit before you get dressed.
Goldilocks Domesticated http://www.goldilocksdomesticated.com/
Recipes

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco seasoning is one of the main seasonings that gets used in this house. Between regular tacos, inside out taco skillet, and taco nachos, we go through a lot. As a result, we can’t ever seem to keep enough taco seasoning in the house. It seems that every time that we go to make something taco flavored, we’re out. So we eventually decided to start making our own. We always seem to have the ingredients to make this seasoning mix, so we make this instead of running out to buy one ingredient. 

This mix is a bit spicy, and absolutely delicious. If spicy is not your thing, you can tone down the cayenne to 1/8 tsp. and it should be mild enough. When we make taco meat with this mix, we usually brown the ground beef (1 lb.) first, then add a cup of water and this mix. It seems like a ton of water, but with the arrowroot powder in the mix, it thickens up in a couple minutes (as shown below). 

It’s a great recipe that we use constantly in the house and I’m so greatful for my wonderful husband who came up with this recipe for us. If you need a good taco seasoning mix, you should try it out. What would you use this taco seasoning mix for?

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  2. 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  3. 2 tsp. arrowroot
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  6. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small seasoning jar. Shake to mix.
Notes
  1. Seasons 1 lb. ground beef. To make taco ground beef, brown the ground beef, then add one cup water and this seasoning mix. Cook until the liquid thickens.
Goldilocks Domesticated http://www.goldilocksdomesticated.com/
RV

How to Hand Wash Laundry in a RV

A lot of the fancier RVs these day have a washer/dryer combo installed on them. This makes it fantastically easy to do your laundry while on a trip or living in a RV as long as you have full hookups. However, the travel trailer we live in doesn’t have one of those handy gadgets. So that leaves two options to getting your laundry done: laundromat or hand washing. Neither are my favorite, to be honest. However, we are blessed to live close to my parent’s for now, so when we go to church on Sunday, we bring all our laundry from the week and wash it. If we don’t finish our laundry before we head home, my mom will finish washing and drying the clothes and then put them in garbage bags for us to transfer home. I do all the folding at home before putting them away. 

There are those times when we’re sick and can’t make it on Sunday or we need something washed that day. Packing up three young children to go to the laundromat is a bit excessive in my opinion, especially since I would be there for hours. Even the RV parks that have a coin operated laundry on site do not appeal to me. In the 9+ months that we’ve been living full time in our RV, we’ve only been to a laundromat once and that was a couple weeks ago! (Our son peed all over our bed, so we needed the sheets washed before bed that night). 

So that leaves us with hand washing. The best way to do it is with a bathtub; unfortunately our RV only comes with a shower. So the next best thing is a 5 gallon bucket. I also have a mobile washer (it’s like a plastic toilet plunger with holes in it) that I bought years ago. That’s really all you need besides your dirty laundry and laundry soap.

Washing clothes by hand really isn’t that hard and is easily achieved in just a few steps. The only part that I find difficult is wringing out jeans or pants. You can buy a wringer for that, but they tend to be over $100 for a good quality one that won’t fall apart, so we haven’t gotten one yet. Anyways, here are the basic steps to do your laundry at home.

Step 1: Gather the clothes you need washed. How many pieces you can wash at a time is dependent on your container size. For a five gallon bucket, I usually can fit in a couple pairs of underwear, a couple shirts and a few pieces of my kids clothing. These go about halfway up my bucket. Any more than that and there wont be enough room to fully wash the clothes. Add clothes to your container.

Step 2: Fill bucket 3/4 full with water (I wash with cold water), making sure clothes get fully soaked. (I do all of this in shower, making spills easily go down the drain and easy to drain/fill the bucket.)

Step 3: Add a tiny amount of laundry soap. I use Trader Joe’s laundry soap which is highly concentrated and only put in a tablespoon of soap at the most. 

Step 4: Using mobile plunger, plunge clothes for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes if using bathtub or bigger container). Drain.

Step 5: Fill with water again.

Step 6: Plunge clothing again for 2 minutes. Drain.

Step 7: Pull out each item and wring out as much water as possible. Hang clothes to dry.

I hang the clothes in my bathroom, draped over the shower and cabinet doors. Our shower is a corner shower, so I can’t add a shower bar inside to hang our clothes on that. If your shower doesn’t have that problem, place a spring loaded shower/curtain rod high up in the shower and use hangers to hang the clothes for drying.

The picture above shows when we were living on private property and had permission to hang up a clothesline (really just rope tied around a few trees). All the campgrounds I have looked into and stayed at since then have not allowed this. So using the shower/bath is the perfect solution (also great for wintertime no matter where you live!).

So this is what we do for our clothes. While I haven’t done all our laundry by this method, it’s so useful for when we miss a week of laundry or need something washed right away. My aim is to be able to hand wash everything except our bedding, rather than relying on someone else or the laundromat for our laundry. In our setup, bedding is almost impossible, so while traveling, we will be using a laundromat for those items. 

How do you do your laundry in your RV?