Homemade Liquid Handsoap

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this easy peasy recipe!!

My hair loves it too. I use henna on my hair and this gentle soap does not strip it.  When I first saw this recipe on Home and Family it actually was for shampoo! I tried it and liked it. I noticed when I used it my hands were soft. So…

I now use it in our liquid handsoap dispenser! Dr. Bronner’s alone in a dispenser tends to clog the pump. But this recipe doesn’t clog. Yay. However, it is much thinner than store-bought chemical laden liquid handsoaps. It shoots out the end of the pump. I tell my first-time users to cup their hands and “catch” it while pumping.

Homemade Handsoap~ BackToFamily.net

Here is the simple recipe:

Equal parts: Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut Milk, and Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap.

I generally will use ½ cup each. I store any extra in the refrigerator.

Dr. Bronner’s comes in a variety of scents made with essential oils. We prefer the Almond. I enjoy the Lavender myself but it’s kind of strong scented.  You can also add a few drops of your own essential oils.

I purchase the Aloe Vera Juice and Dr. Bronner’s either from Amazon or a local health food store. And the Coconut Milk in the Amazon link below comes in a 6 pack.  That is too much for our empty nest. Unless you drink alot of it or have a large family, that would last you a long time. I purchase mine one box at a time at Walmart.


Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Have you ever wanted to make your own sundae syrup?

Or perhaps a syrup to mix into milk? Try this recipe!

It tastes delicious. No preservatives or chemical additives.

HOWEVER, it does contain sugar. Sadness.

We use it as an occasional treat around here.

Princess made a batch to drizzle over the Creamy Hot Chocolate Mix she recently mixed together.

You know… it would taste great drizzled over Liquid Christmas too.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup ~ BackToFamily.net


Mix in a 2 quart or larger saucepot:

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • dash salt

Bring to a boil and stir constantly. Cook for 3-5 minutes while stirring.

Remove from heat. Add:

  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla

Pour into a container and cool. Cover. Refrigerate.

So easy. So good!



Simple Laundry Booster

Filth. Dirt. Sweat.


I love my hardworking husband.

But that man knows how to get dirty!

My homemade laundry soap  just wasn’t doing the job.

I tried soaking his work clothes first in homemade Oxy Clean. That worked well!

But…most days I don’t have the time to mix up a batch and let it soak.

What I did today worked even better!

Here’s how I washed his work clothes today.

To the washing machine I added:

  • 1 cup homemade laundry detergent
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

In the center fabric dispenser, I added as usual:

  • White Vinegar

I was going to stop the machine and let his work jeans soak a bit.

But then, I got sidetracked…surprise, surprise.

I was impressed how clean the jeans and whites/lights came out!


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Whitetail Café

A post written for older children:

Have you ever admired deer frolicking in a nearby field and wished you get a closer look? Maybe even get close enough to snap a picture or two? There are several ways you can do just that.

Enlist the help of your favorite grown-up and make your own Whitetail Café. It might take deer a little time to find your delicious treats, but soon they will be visiting your Whitetail Café regularly. (It is important to note here for parents: be careful where you place your café as deer love landscape plants, hostas, ivy, roses, and of course your veggies.)

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