Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray

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How to make DIY Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray with Essential Oils - www.cobornsblog.comWhen I started making my own natural products for around my home, one of the hardest things for me to give up was my bleach-filled bathroom cleaner.  I knew how many germs gathered in the bathroom and I wanted to make sure that every time I cleaned it, they were GONE.   With this homemade cleaner, I feel just as confident that the germs are gone and it is great for sinks, toilets and showers and, the best part, no harmful chemicals! No more need to wear thick gloves or leave the bathroom window open and only clean when the kids are clear of the area due to toxic fumes.  In fact, now the kids can HELP with cleaning the bathroom!

Get it at Coborn’s

For this blog I used Veriditas Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Veriditas are Certified Organic and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, conveniently sold at your local grocery store. In fact, I purchased all of the items for this blog at Coborn’s. From the Veriditas Essential Oils to the Empty Spray Bottle. You will typically find all of these items in the Natural Foods Department, however some Coborn’s stores have their natural and organic items integrated throughout the grocery store, so just ask an employee if you need some help. The distilled water is by the bottled water and I found the spray bottle by the brooms and other cleaners.

Helpful Hints

Remember to Pin this blog on Pinterest so you can save the recipe for next time.

You can also Click Here and print a label for your bottle. Simply open the file and print on Avery 42395 labels and stick to your bottle, or if you want to be crafty, you can cut around the shape to make it really cute.

In the recipe below it calls for 15 drops orange and 15 drops lemon. I actually use 8 drops of each. It is really your own preference, do what smells best to you.

Also note that depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may be able to double this recipe for twice as much cleaner!

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Distilled Water
  • 1 T. Super Washing Soda
  • 3 T. Liquid Castile Soap
  • 15 Drops Veriditas Good Samaritan Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Orange and/or Lemon Essential Oil
  • Empty Spray Bottle
Instructions
  1. Pour distilled water into a large bowl
  2. Add Super Washing Soda.
  3. Quickly stir together to dissolve Super Washing Soda.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Pour mixture into an empty spray bottle.
  6. Shake before each use.

Happy Cleaning!

Lori
Coborn’s, Inc. Senior Administrative Assistant

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Homemade Baby Wipes

Homemade Baby Wipes using Essential Oils. www.cobornsblog.com

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Shortly after my daughter was born, we discovered she had very sensitive skin and constantly had diaper rash.  After consulting her Pediatrician, he requested we immediately stop using store-bought wipes as they could be irritating her skin and not allowing the diaper rash to dissipate, or quite possibly could be the main cause of the rash.

A month or so prior to this appointment, I had gone to a friend’s house where we made homemade baby wipes, along with numerous other all-natural baby products.  Immediately after returning home from our daughter’s doctor appointment, my husband and I started using the homemade baby wipes on our daughter and overnight the diaper rash disappeared. We have been using these wipes on her ever since, and not only are they so much better for her skin, but they are so quick and easy to make, as well as tremendously cost-effective!

For this blog, I used the Aura Cacia Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Aura Cacia, has a great variety of high-quality Essential Oils that are animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly and clearly list all of their ingredients on each product. Their products are backed by a quality guarantee and it is easy to grab them on your shopping trip to Coborn’s. I pick up my Domestix or Ziploc containers, paper towels and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap at Coborn’s as well.

 

Homemade Baby Wipes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – Lavender Scent
  • 1 T. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Drops Aura Cacia Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oi
  • ⅓ Roll Paper Towel
  • 1 round plastic container with lid – at least 1.6 QT
Instructions
  1. With a large, sharp knife, carefully cut a paper towel roll in three pieces.
  2. In the round container, add the first five liquid ingredients and stir.
  3. Slowly place one of the three portions of the paper towel roll in the liquid mixture and place the cover on the container.
  4. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb the liquid.
  5. Remove the cover, pull out the cardboard core, and either flip the paper towels in the container and replace lid or replace lid and flip the entire container upside down.
  6. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  7. When you are ready to use them, pull wipes from the center.

How to make homemade baby wipes. www.cobornsblog.comTips

  • Cutting the paper towel roll is the hardest part. I usually have my husband do this and he will cut 3 or 4 rolls ahead of time so we have a stock of them ready.
  • Any brand of paper towels will work, whether generic or name brand.  We typically buy a generic brand and they work great.
  • Depending on the size of the container and thickness of the paper towels you use, you may need to add a little more or less water.  This can be done at any time, even after the wipes are ready to use.
  • I always have a pre-made container of wipes on hand for immediate use after the container we are using runs out.
  • Place wipes in a sealed bag to store in the diaper bag.

Even my husband, who has not always been much of an essential oil or all-natural believer, thinks they were a great change for our daughter and an amazing money saver for our family. Enjoy!

Lori
Coborn’s, Inc. Admin. Assistant

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National Bourbon Heritage Month

Septepmber is National Bourbon Heritage Month. www.cobornsblog.com

With the summer coming to an end there is still time for celebration.  September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.  Let me explain what makes a whiskey a bourbon (all bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskeys are bourbons).

Federal Law states that in order to be called a bourbon a few requirements must be met.

  1. Produced in the United States
  2. Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
  3. Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  4. Distilled to no more than 160 proof
  5. Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof
  6. Bottled at 80 proof or higher
  7. Nothing can be added during the bottling other than water

If the product is made meeting these requirements, it can be sold as a bourbon.  However, the exception is straight bourbon, which has to be aged for a minimum of two years.  If a straight bourbon is aged less than four years, it must have the age stated on the bottle.

I would love to give you the origin of bourbon, however, there are many conflicting legends and claims; some more credible than others.

If all bourbons are made this way, do they all taste the same?  The answer to the question is no.  Remember 51% is the minimum amount of corn that can be used.  Distillers may decide to use more than that.  The length of time the bourbon has been aged will affect the taste.  Where the bourbon is placed to age in the Rick House, as well as the addition of other grains such as wheat or rye affect the end result.  These are areas where distillers get to use their creativity.

We will be celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month the entire month of September.  Be sure to stop in and pick up your favorite bottle or maybe try a new selection.

I will leave you with this old Kentucky Proverb – “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Bourbon Closer.”

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Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream

Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream - www.cobornsblog.com

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

At a recent family gathering, my aunt was trying to get rid of her electric ice cream maker that she didn’t use anymore.  I have three boys and thought it would be fun to try and make homemade ice cream with them.  I remember making ice cream as a child and wanted my children to experience making their own ice cream.  Also, it’s summer and who doesn’t love ice cream in the summer!

I found many, many recipes on Pinterest and several in the manual for my ice cream maker.  I decided to try a simple recipe first, vanilla.  It turned out great!  My kids said, “Best ice cream ever!!”  That was enough encouragement to try more recipes.  We tried Blueberry ice cream and Rocky Road ice cream.  Rocky Road ice cream is already one of our new favorites.  I found the Rocky Road recipe in the manual for my ice cream maker.  It is the perfect blend of creamy, chocolate, crunchy, marshmallow, goodness.  I will definitely make this one over and over again!!  Check out the recipe below.

Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 3 squares (1 oz. each) Semisweet Chocolate
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Half and Half
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ Cup Chopped Pecans
Instructions
  1. Combine milk and semisweet chocolate in saucepan
  2. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until chocolate is melted
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add sugar and salt
  5. Stir until dissolved
  6. Stir in remaining ingredients
  7. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  8. Pour ice cream mixture into chilled ice cream canister
  9. Follow instructions as stated in your ice cream maker manual.

 
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