When it Becomes too Much…

I am tired of barely surviving.  Tired of the enormous amount of pain I have to deal with every day of my life.  I have tried so many different things seeking something to help me.  Unfortunately, when you don’t have any money, there is not much you can do.  I was able to try Wild Lettuce and it did nothing for my pain.

I know that I have to make a change and soon, or it will be too late.  I can feel it deep inside of me.  I have stayed here as long as I could, but this is no life at all.  Struggling to get by and survive.  As if the chronic pain wasn’t bad enough.  

I am going to have several blocks done on my lower back at the end of this month.  If they help at all, then I will have ablationS done to burn off the nerves, though they will eventually grow back.  Fingers crossed.

Mid December I am going to my parents in Florida for three weeks.  I honestly feel like I don’t want to even bother coming back here.  To the same old crap and struggle.  Maybe I won’t.  Maybe I need to just stay there and be done with everything here, because if I don’t I doubt I will still be alive this time next year…

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Natural Cleaning…

I wanted to share what I do and use when cleaning.  I go the natural and very inexpensive route…

MICROWAVE:  Place 1 cup of water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice.  Place in microwave and cook for 3 minutes, then let it sit for a few minutes.  This steams the inside and makes it very easy to wipe all the cooked on gunk right out!

SINK:  I sanitize my sink every week.  I rinse the entire sink and faucet with hot water, then I sprinkle baking soda all over.  I put extra baking soda in and around the drain.  I use a spray bottle with either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and spray all over.  This creates a foaming action.  I then drizzle some soap around and use a brush to scrub everywhere.  Make sure to get in the nooks and crannies of the faucet and drain areas.  I then pour vinegar down the drain, this cleans and deodorizes very well and it also helps keep your drain lines open.  Next I rinse thoroughly with hot water.  You will need to rinse your rag out several times or use the sprayer on very low to help rinse everywhere.  Then I dry the sink with a towel.  I take a rage and rub a little olive oil all over, followed by a dry rage to buff.  This help keep the sink clean much longer!

COUNTER & STOVE:  I use essential oils for this cleaning.  I make my own Thieves Oil Blend.  Recipe: 2 tsp. Clove E.O., 1 1/2 tsp. Lemon E.O., 1 tsp. Cinnamon Bark E.O., 3/4 tsp. Eucalyptus E.O., 1/2 tsp. Rosemary E.O.  Place all ingredients into a dark color glass bottle.  (I use a funnel for this).  Label the bottle, Thieves Oil, then use 20 drops in a 16 oz. spray bottle and fill with water to make your all purpose antibacterial cleaner.  Using this cleaner makes it very easy to wipe off cooked-on food on the stove and other areas.  Just spray, wait a few seconds and wipe.  

GLASS & MIRRORS:  I make my own glass cleaner as well.  16 oz. spray bottle. Mix 1 1/2 cups Hot Water and 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch mix very well.  Add 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol, 1/4 cup White Vinegar. Mix well, then add to your spray bottle.  Be sure to shake well before every use.  You can also add 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil if you like.

BATHROOM CLEANER SPRAY:  This works very well.  16 oz. Glass Bottle.  Add 2 cups Hot Water to Bottle and 1 Tablespoon Borax.  Shake to mix thoroughly.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Dawn (or any other soap you prefer). Add 20 drops of Orange E.O., 20 drops of Tea Tree E.O. And 10 drops of Lavender E.O. Shake well before every use.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT: I have made this for many years and it works better than any store bought ones.  It is also very cheap to make.  All items can be found at Walmart.    1 Box of Borax, 1 Box of Super Washing Doda, 4 pounds of Baking Soda, 1 small container of Oxyclean, 2 Bars of Fels-Naptha or Zote Laundry Soap – Grated.  You can also buy the laundry soap flakes instead.  For scent – I add a bottle of Downy Crystals (optional). Mix all very well and use 2 Tablesppons for each load, up to 1/4 cup for heavy soiled loads.  Safe for HE washers too.

FABRIC SOFTENER:  I am allergic to fabric softener so I use white vinegar.  I fill the fabric softener section full with white vinegar and it works wonderful.  You do not smell it at all once the clothes are dry. BONUS: using vinegar in place of fabric softener fluffs towels and helps them stay absorbant. 

DISHWASHER DETERGENT:  Mix the following… 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Super Washing Soda, 6 Tablespoons Citric acid -or- 2 packets of Lemon Kool aid and 25 drops of Grapefruit or Lemon E.O.  Use the same as store bought to fill soap department.  Fill the rinse agent compartment with white vinegar.  The vinegar is important, it makes sure you do not have spots on your glasses.

DUSTING SPRAY:  I used an old Pledge Muilt-surface 16 oz. bottle, but you can use any spray bottle.  This is for wood.  Combine 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 15-30 drops of Lemon E.O.  Fill up bottle with water. Shake before every use.  This really cleans well and keeps the wood conditioned.

Borax is an awesome cleaner.  I mix some with white vinegar and hot water to clean the baseboards, etc.  It cleans well and deodorizes.  I also use this to spot clean stains on the carpet.  So far, it has gotten up all stains on my carpets!

To keep you appliances running well and drain lines open, run a cup of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher every month.  Run 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup Baking Soda in an empty washing machine every month.  To clean the coffee maker run 1/2 the pot of water and 1/2 of white vinegar through the machine, then follow that with 2 pots of just water to rinse out.  For a Keurig, do 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar in the reservoir.  Run through a cup without anything else in the machine.  Start to run another cup through and when the fluid begins to come out into your cup, open the lid (where you would place a K-cup) and let it sit for an hour.  Then close the lid for it to finish making the cup.  Run one more cup through the machine, then dump the reservoir, clean it and fill with clean water. End by running 3 cups of the plain water through the machine.  I do this every month to keep the machine clean and running well.   

I Made Some Deodorant & It is Awesome…

Here is how I made the homemade deodorant…

1/4 C. Shea Butter
1/4 C. Kokum Butter
1/4 C. Coconut Oil (organic)
1/4 C. Almond Oil

Melt the oils and butters gently, either on the stove or for about 45 seconds in the microwave. Stir well to dissolve all the butters. Let sit until it becomes room temperature, about two hours (or put in fridge for a short period.). You want it to still be very soft and not set up hard.

Add… 5 Drops of Each of the following Essential Oils
Lavender, Tea Tree, Frankincense and lime

Mix well with a whisk. I used a stick blender with a whisk attachment.

Add… 1/4 C. Corn Starch
1/2 C. Baking Soda
Mix well with whisk attachment.

Place in fridge for about 15 minutes. This will set it up firm.
Now, whip it up with the whisk for several minutes until it resembles frosting.
Spoon into container and apply to underarms daily. This makes about 10 oz. of deodorant. I apply it to my armpits using my fingertips.

It smells amazing and it feels so silky soft. So far, I have not had any odor what so ever. I used Secret my entire life and it worked wonderful, until in my thirties and then nothing I tried would stop the stink. I ended up using Secret clinical for the last several years as that was the only thing I could find that would work at all. I did not like putting those chemicals on me every day and I had been reviewing several homemade recipes in hopes I could find one that would work.

I came up with this recipe by reading several other recipes and what people had to say about them. I changed it up a little by adding Kokum butter because it is so good for your skin and helps regenerate new healthy skin cells. I also added the tea tree to make sure that the deodorant would actually kill off all bacteria that causes odor. The combination smells so amazing. Your skin feels so silky and with continued use your under arm skin becomes soft and healthy looking. If you decide to try this deodorant please let me know how it works for you. I have my soon to be daughter in law testing it out now. She is very active and in her twenties.

The general homemade deodorant recipe that is abundantly found online is:
1/4 C. Baking Soda
1/4 C. Corn Starch
1/2 C. Coconut Oil
Melt the oil partially and mix in the dry ingredients. Add 10 drops (total) of what ever essential oils you prefer. Mix well, place in jar.
I have read several people saying they love this homemade deodorant, but I wanted something a bit more. Something I knew would work on the odor and also help my skin look better.

I would love to hear from anyone who has tried homemade deodorant and how it worked for them and what recipe they used. I am so excited to finally be able to use something natural under my arms and not pay over ten bucks a stick for deodorant………….