- 1/3 cup coconut oil (solid state)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum-free)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- essential oils (optional)
Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.
Add the coconut oil (do not warm or melt it) and use a fork or pastry blender to thoroughly blend it into the dry ingredients.
Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend completely. (this step is optional, but lovely – my personal favorite combo is clove with a little sweet orange and cinnamon!)
Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is about the same consistency as commercial deodorant.
Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature. (Refrigeration may be required during summer months and warmer weather because the coconut oil will melt at 76 degrees.)
To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed.
*Remember, this is deodorant, not antiperspirant. It will not stop you from sweating, but you won’t smell bad!
Emergency Survival Kit
Instructions from squidoo.com
The key to surviving a hurricane or other disaster is preparation. Stock up on enough food and supplies to last your family for about a week. Routinely check expiration dates on food, water and batteries and rotate your stock. Be sure window screens are in place and in good condition in the event the power is off for several days. If a hurricane/typhoon is on the way, fill your vehicle with gas and start preparing your home. Wash all laundry and dishes, secure outdoor items that may come in contact with power lines, such as trash cans, barbecues, etc., and prepare for your pet’s needs in case you have to evacuate. Check lanterns and flashlights and move your toolbox indoors in case it is needed for repairs. Clean out the refrigerator and discard any items that could spoil. As the danger gets closer, turn your refrigerator to its highest setting to help preserve foods if there is a power outage. Secure all windows and shutters. Remove furniture and carpets from areas where water may seep in. Fill washing machines and trash cans with water for washing. For drinking water, sterilize your bathtub and any other containers before filling them with water. Place rags or towels around the bottom of doors or other places where water could seep in, and sandbag around exterior doors. Have a mop and pail handy to clean up water. If you have to evacuate, turn off the main power switch. Take clothing, water and food to last for three to five days. When the typhoon hits, stay indoors and away from windows. After the danger has passed, remain indoors and be alert to hazardous conditions until an all clear has been declared.
Emergency Food Supply
This is a fun and easy way to save money and reduce your baby’s exposure to chemicals.
What you’ll need:
- A sharp knife to cut paper towel roll in half
- A premium roll of white paper towel (cheap paper towel disintegrate easily)
- 2 cups water that has been boiled and cooled to room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons baby soap or baby wash
- 1 Tablespoon baby oil or olive oil
- A plastic bowl container to put your paper towels in
The first thing you want to do is to:
- Cut the roll of paper towel in half with a knife.
- Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
- Place the half a roll of paper towel into the bowl.
- Pour it on top of the paper towel.
- Secure the lid of the container and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Turn the container upside down and let it sit for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the cardboard piece out of the middle of the paper towel.
Viola! You have made a homemade baby wipes
Here is a video on how to turn a soda can into a stove: