Halloween Healthy Treats {How to}

It is today! Kids are super excited! Like the year before, (and the year before that) they will get lots (tons) of candy tonight. And I am talking about the dreaded ones I don’t even want to mention here because they are so bad.
If you are like me and want to offer another option, it is still time to get some bags of tangerines and a sharpie. And trust me, kids all age love them! Win Win!
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!
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DIY Laundry detergent {How To}

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The recipe: I had collected tons of DIY laundry detergent recipes but never actually took the plunge to do it for real…. A few weeks ago, my neighbor shared her very simple recipe on her Facebook page and gave me a sample to try. I haven’t bought from laundry detergent from a store ever since. Today it is time to share this recipe with you.
You need:
– 1.5 gallon container (glass jars or recycled plastic laundry jug)
– bar of soap (Dr Bronner is my favorite)
– washing soda or baking soda (* more on that after)
– borax
– hot water
That’s it!

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*You don’t have any washing soda! (Although washing soda is pretty easy to find according to my neighbor, I was unable to find some!) Have no worry, you can easily convert baking soda into washing soda. How you may ask? Put your baking soda in a shallow pan. Heat your oven to 400 F (200 C). Leave 1 hour- 1 h 1/2. You have now converted your baking soda (NaHCo3: 1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, 1 carbon and 3 oxygen molecules) into washing soda (Na2CO3: 2 sodium, 1 carbon and 3 oxygen molecules).

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Now that you have all your ingredients:
1- Grate 1/4 of your soap with a cheese grater.
2- Put the grated soap in a pan with a 2-3 cups of water. Heat up gradually, stir well with a whisk until soap is totally dissolved.
3- Mix 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax together in a large bowl.
5- Add the washing soda-borax mix to 1 gallon of hot water . Stir well and pour in your container. Keep shaking until it is completely dissolved.
6- Add the soap mixture and keep stirring well.
7- Add warm water up to the top of your container. Stir well and let it sit for a few hours.
Voila! Shake before use. You need about 1/2 cup per load.

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DIY Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste

I have many fillings and amalgams from childhood that I wish to be able to remove one day.  For that reason, my children teeth (and oral hygiene) is  a big concern to me. We switched to fluoride free toothpaste a long time ago but today I found this great article on “regular” toothpaste vs DIY Fluoride Free Toothpaste recipe. Thank you  ByzantineFlowers (http://ybertaud9.wordpress.com) for the following   post!

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