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Lottie’s Dog Shampoo Bar

Lottie, my just-about-15-month-old Cocker Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles pup is very adorable, and also extremely fond of getting filthy. She is certainly not a prissy dog! She's got very fluffy paws, and on warmer winter days when melting snow transforms our local dog...

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Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

If you’ve been using liquid dishwashing detergent, prepare to have your world rocked. Seriously. Solid dishwashing paste kicks dishwashing butt in ways you didn’t think could happen. It’s so amazing that I was actually excited about washing dishes as I was developing...

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All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

I whipped up this simple all-purpose enzyme cleaning spray a couple months ago and it’s quickly become a household staple for me. It gently cleans and deodorizes, leaving my counter tops gleaming, and I think it's easier to make than a cup of tea! I like to pair it...

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Peppermint Lavender Linen Spray

I've been doing lots of fancier DIYs lately, so I decided to step it back with a simple DIY for freshening up linens, sheets, and rooms—just in time for spring. A simple, fresh blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils are diluted in water to create a simple...

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Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

These days it's not hard to identify me as a new puppy owner—my scratch and bite covered hands and forearms give me away pretty quickly (well, I've either got a puppy or a passion for naked arm wresting with rose bushes). I've heard puppy teeth described as staples,...

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Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray

I've been stepping up my yoga game over the last year or so, and I'm thrilled to notice I've gotten stronger and more flexible, and can now do a few things I thought were impossible a year ago. As I've gained muscle mass, though, it would seem my yoga mat has started...

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Recipes & Ideas for Spring Cleaning

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that it's finally warm out. It's supposed to be 28°C (82°F) tomorrow! That's amazing! That's nearly double the average temperature for this time of year, which is to say spring has sprung decidedly early for this part of the world....

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Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a...

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Christmas Eve Pillow Mist

While I was dreaming up this year's Christmas projects, I really loved the idea of a Christmas Eve Pillow Mist—something you could spritz over your bed before crawling between the sheets and listening for reindeer on the roof. I decided to give it a bit of a twist,...

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Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder

This lovely three-ingredient Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder refreshes un-launderables quickly and easily, and it uses Bandits Oil to boot, so that's awesome 🙂 You can whip this up really easily in your DIY specific coffee grinder—it might take one...

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Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

This fun little nuggets of citrussy-scented cleaning power are like bath bombs for your toilet, except instead of softening your skin, they fizzle away at your dirty toilet bowl. As far as toilet cleaning goes, these are actually pretty fun. That's not much, but it's...

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Bandits Oil

Frankly, I'm a bit surprised I don't already have a recipe for, err, "Bandits" oil up here (apparently the more common name is trademarked and the owners aren't shy about threatening bloggers with legal action, which is just charming... hence the different name), and...

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Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it's also done great things to grime on my stove top. It's basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I've used d-limonene (aka citrus terpenes)...

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Magical Sticky Label Removal Goo

One of my most popular entries is a short and sweet one on getting sticky labels off jars using one secret ingredient (it's cooking oil). Consider this the 2.0 of that entry. While cooking oil works wonderfully, it is liquid, and that's a problem when it comes to...

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My DIY Grease-Busting Cleaning Powder

This started out as laundry powder, but then I started using it for other things, and it still hasn't made it's way into the washing machine. It's too busy in the kitchen, melting away tea stains and blasting greasy pans from DIY projects clean. I always keep a bag or...

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Simple Cleaning Soap

This recipe may not be all that romantic, but I can promise it's wonderfully practical. It yields hard white bars that are inexpensive to make and nicely bubbly. The bars shred down beautifully into soapy flakes and bits that make great laundry powder and cleaning...

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Orange Wax Wood Polish

I absolutely love wooden... everything, really. Furniture, staircases, combs, floors, panelled walls, cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils, whatever. You name it, and I'd like to see a wooden version of it. Wood just has a fantastic sheen and natural character to it,...

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Disinfecting Yoga Mat Spray

'Tis the season for New Years Resolutions, and if my yoga studio is any indication, yoga is a popular New Years Resolution. I will easily confess that I attend fewer classes in January than in December or November due to the flood of new people, turning each class...

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Aluminum Foil & Soda Silver Polish

I'm sure you've seen a variation of this around if you've even been on Pinterest. I've seen a lot of different versions of it, so I thought I'd give it a try when my necklace took a dip in the hot tub with me and it didn't like it. In about three seconds the bromine...

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Christmas Room Spray

There are few things more lovely about Christmas than the way your home smells with a tree in your parlour. Really, why don’t we keep fir trees in our homes year round? They smell fantastic—far better than dog, dust, and old furniture, or whatever houses usually smell...

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Natural Hair Care: Washing Your Brushes & Combs

One of my favourite articles on natural(ish) hair care dates back to the early 1900s, and is written by Mlle. Aline Vallandri, a woman who is famous for the length and health of her hair. The article is accompanied by a rather shocking (to modern eyes, at least)...

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Cottage Room Spray

One of my favourite scents in the world is the smell of the forest at my cottage. It smells utterly divine, and a hint of it in the city always fills me with a longing for sunshine and summertime. The woods are mostly spruce and birch trees, and the fresh water that...

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Lemon Cream Cleaning Spray

I think the most magical part about homemade cleaning products is not their low cost, the fact that they are non toxic, or the whole "yay I made something" factor—it's that they have this incredible ability to make me excited to clean my bathroom. For the first couple...

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Even Better Tub Scrub (Non-Toxic Comet)

Like most people, I'm not the type who gets excited about cleaning the bathroom. You would have just cause to worry about me if I did. Anyhow, this scrub got me excited about bathroom scrubbing for at least a few minutes, and if that's not a testament to how awesome...

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