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Diy Liquid Hand Soap

July 18, 2011

diy liquid hand soap

Making handmade liquid soap from natural soap bars is not only better for the environment, but it is a huge money saver as well. While the prospect of making your own hand soap might seem like a huge time investment, it is a very simple project.


4 ounce bar of natural soap

2 quarts of water


1 metal grater

large pot

hand mixer or whisk

container for storage


Grate your soap into a fine pile.

Heat the water; when water begins to simmer, add grated soap. Mix well, and remove from heat.

Allow mixture to sit for 15 minutes, and mix well with a hand mixer or whisk.

Allow mixture to sit over night. Stir soap mixture to test its consistency. If it is too thin, you may reheat and add more soap; of it is too thick, you may reheat, add more water, and mix well again. Remember to let soap set again if you adjust the consistency.

Pour soap into your favorite reusable container, or reuse disposable plastic containers. Store your extra liquid hand soap in air-tight container.


ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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diy food dyes

July 11, 2011

Posted by in simple living

many of you might have heard about the recent debate over artificial food dyes. to sum up the issue, most artificial food dyes are toxic in nature and are derived from petroleum sourced bases. many have been found to be carcinogenic and have been linked to several disorders found in children. you can read more about the issue in the new york times and npr, but today- i want to discuss an alternative- DIY food dyes.


colorful inspiration by mommy makes

as i was baking a cake for a dear friend’s birthday yesterday, i was searching for an alternative to using artificial food dyes for the icing. after some quick research, i discovered many ways of coloring food, all naturally! for a beautiful deep pink icing, i simply heated up some frozen cherries i had and used the juice to whip into my white icing. it worked wonderfully- and tasted good, too! here are several other ways you can color your foods, naturally.

– beet juice
– cherry juice
– raspberry juice
– juiced cranberries
– pomegranate juice
– paprika powder

– avocado (smash with a fork, then stir into icing)
– juiced kale or spinach

purple & blue
– juiced blueberries
– blackberries
– acai juice
– grape juice

yellow & orange
– juiced yellow bell pepper
– juiced carrots
– turmeric powder

– coffee powder
– cocoa powder

have you made your own food dye before? please share with us any advice!

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