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DIY: Create Your Own Toiletries

DIY: Create Your Own Toiletries

Americans are looking for ways to get all-natural products that can do cure your ailments, protect your teeth, give you lifelong beauty or make you healthier. Are you one of them? Do you like to tackle do-it-yourself projects? Do you have DIY ideas and run with them? Than, you’ll want to know how to create these personal care products yourself.

DIY Toothpaste

Here is the recipe. You need ¼ cup Redmond clay, ⅓ cup boiling water, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 teaspoons xylitol, 2 teaspoons peppermint extract and and ¼ teaspoon salt.

What do you do?

Mix clay and salt in a bowl. Then add boiling water. Mix well with mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix all well. Store in airtight container. Eliminate store-bought toothpaste. You can use a jar and a butter knife or spoon for putting on your toothbrush.

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Clay can remove toxins, according to scientific studies. It also has medicinal properties. Clay won’t harm you if swallowed. It also is used when people have upset stomachs or a way to absorb radiation. Store-bought toothpastes have harmful ingredients, according to some groups. Homemade toothpaste can reduce waste or toxins in the environment.

DIY Deodorant

Get these ingredients: baking soda and water.

What do you do?

Put baking soda into a small plastic container.  Add a small amount of water. Just enough to make a smooth paste. Apply a small (emphasis on “small”) amount to underarm area. That’s all.  And if it dries out, add a bit more water. Even if it gets really thin it will still work as the deodorizing properties of the baking soda are still there. It really works.

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You want to avoid aluminum, which is found in store-bought antiperspirants. Some studies have linked aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists think aluminum enters into the brain through either the lymph nodes. Other ingredients might cause cancer, according to American Cancer Society.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

You need 4 oz Aloe Vera Gel, 1/2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel, 1 Vitamin E Capsule and a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

What do you do?

In a large bowl, whisk together the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Whisk in. Add five to 10 drops of lavender oil. Pour into a 4 oz squeeze bottle to use. You should use a dark bottle if possible to ensure stability of the lavender oil.

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This is easy to make and leaves your hands softer and germ-free. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t make your skin softer. In fact, they can dry your skin. Witch Hazel extract is an all-natural product that is known for its astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. The gel from the aloe vera plant is naturally moisturizing. Don’t use the blue or green type. Lavender oil also has antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also smells nice. The addition of the vitamin E should help keep the product stable.

DIY Body Wash

Ingredients include 1 Tbsp shea butter, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 3/4 tsp guar gum or 1 tsp xanthan gum, 3/4 cup soap base (I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille, unscented), approx 25 drops of orange, lemon and lime essential oils.

What do you do?

Melt shea butter over low heat. Add aloe vera gel and warm together with the shea butter. Add gum and stir well with a whisk. Add the soap base. Mix well.  After blending, your wash will be quite foamy but it will settle in a few hours.  After the mixture has cooled, add essential oils. Pour into container of choice.  A funnel comes in handy here.

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You can reuse containers and reduce waste, save money, and reduce the number of harmful chemicals in your system and the environment.

Featured photo credit: DIY via google.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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