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 park into a mud bath, those paws quickly go from blonde to black. It’s rather cute (everything she does is cute…), but it’s not a good look for my floors. Or, perhaps we’re out in the mountains and she’s found a bit of novel elk poop. What better way to become acquainted with it than to roll in it?! She has an uncanny ability to find foul things and wear them; there’s nothing quite like getting back into the car after a dog walk, shutting all the doors, and almost immediately going “what’s that?!” as some foul stench snakes up my nostrils. Delightful. Anywho—this dog shampoo. It removes stench, is wonderfully easy to steer around a wet and uncooperative dog, and works like a charm.

How to Make Lottie's Dog Shampoo Bar

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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 this recipe. Solid detergent blows liquid detergent out of the water and I will never understand why it’s not more readily available in North America. But no matter, because now you can make your own super concentrated lemon dishwashing paste!

How to Make Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

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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 with a microfiber cloth for wiping down counters, cleaning paw prints off windowsills and the back door, and deodorizing the bathroom. I highly recommend having a bottle on hand!

How to Make All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

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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 spray you can use to spruce up your sheets and blankets and pillows, or maybe even the inside of your car if it’s starting to smell like feet and winter and dog. Easy peasy, peppermint squeezey.

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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, and I’m inclined to agree. Not standard staples for paper, though—no, no. We’re talking those heavy duty woodworking staples coming from a compressed air powered staple gun. OW. Lottie is getting better with biting (or not biting, as it were) as the days go by, but according to the interwebs, she won’t lose her puppy teeth until May or June, which means when she misses a toy and lands a bite on my hands instead, I’m going to be squealing (and bleeding) for a while. Hence, this salve.

Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

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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 to gain a small, stinky ecosystem. Oops. Time to evict that, pronto—bring on the Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray!

How to Make a Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray

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