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Jenni Beltz

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Begin a Home Detox With These Easy Recipes

Over the past 3 years, I have slowly moved away from using a lot of common, store-bought cleaning and cosmetic products. Three years ago, I was living in a college dorm doing my best to combat the germs and grossness of living in a dorm with a caddy full of cleaning supplies under my sink. After getting a very bad case of bronchitis my first semester of college, I remember spraying disinfectant cleaners over everything every time someone left my room. I may have been going overboard but I was tired of being sick! After 4 months of a perpetual, killer cough, I was getting desperate. I had several kinds of medicine and an inhaler and nothing was making it go away completely. At the time, my older sister had been doing research on natural substitutes for cosmetics and cleaning supplies to use in everyday living. She suggested that I try making a few of my own things for cleaning and recommended some natural cosmetic replacements as well. It turned out that the products I was using were preventing me from healing. My cough began going away almost immediately after cutting hairspray from my daily ritual. It was such a relief! I believe some of the unexplained health conditions we often have to deal with today are partly due to the toxic chemicals we use in everyday living.

I want to share a few of my favorite recipes for the home with you. I am learning the importance of taking care of my body and making sure that I am using the safest ingredients. Researching all of the ingredients in the products you’re using could take forever. Companies are not required to share the ingredients in their products, so it may not even be possible to find out what toxins are in them. What I have learned is that the fewer ingredients the better. I like to keep things simple, so I have started making some of my own product replacements.

What I found:

  • It can be a big money saver
  • It is actually quick and easy
  • It is better for the environment
  • It is better for YOU

All Natural Laundry Detergent

This recipe is definitely one of my favorites because it is so easy and cheap! Store bought laundry detergent is often filled with harmful chemicals. They often have fragrances, sulfates, and things like petroleum distillates which have been linked to cancer and lung disease. Making your own laundry detergent is well worth it.

Ingredients

4

Time to Make

10 Minutes

Price Per Large Batch

$10

Loads

60

Ingredients

  • All Natural Bar Soap (There are a lot of good options for natural soap. I like to use Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap or some of the soap my sister makes Moyne Naturals).
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Borax
  • (Optional) Lavender Essential Oil

* High Efficiency Washing machine safe

Instructions

  1. Cut bar soap into small pieces with a knife and grind in food processor. If the bar soap is not completely cured or dry, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to prevent your food processor from becoming gummy.
  2. Add ground bar soap, borax, baking Soda, and washing soda in a large canning jar and shake until ingredients are mixed together.
  3. Optional: you may add 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice for scent. I added lavender because it is one of the safest essential oils for all skin types.

All Purpose Cleaner

This spray is great for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. I like to keep mine in a glass spray bottle because they are better to store essential oils in.

Ingredients

4

Time to Make

5 Minutes or less

Price Per Large Batch

Less than $1

Yields

16 oz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10 drops natural dish liquid (I really like to use Seventh Generation Dish Liquid)
  • (Optional) 10 drops of lavender essential oil or 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  • (Optional) 10 drops of tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to 16 oz spray bottle and shake to combine

TIP: If you want a cleaning wipe instead of a spray, you can remove the middle of a paper towel roll and cut the roll in half. Then simply wet roll with mixture and store in an air tight container. Make sure your paper towels are the thick, extra strong kind so that they won’t tear easily when damp.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 2:2

Watercolor photo from: Dancing Strokes

Relationships

3 Encouraging Ways To Keep Praying For Family

A few months ago I was visiting a church where a testimony was shared that changed my perspective on prayer. An older couple was getting baptized that morning. The woman, named Evelyn, began explaining that she actually grew up Seventh-Day Adventist. In fact, her father was a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor. She said that she never experienced a personal relationship with Jesus though she grew up in a very religious household. When she was 18 years old she married a man who was not religious at all and she decided to leave the church. Her parents were heartbroken by her decision but they accepted it. However, they spent the next 30 years praying that their daughter would return to the church and come to know Jesus for herself. Eventually, Evelyn’s parents passed away never knowing what their diligent prayer would result in. Finally, at the age of 71, Evelyn was driving down the road and a thought came to her mind that she had not considered in 53 years. “You should go to church, Evelyn.” Evelyn asked her husband to take her to church and he easily complied. The next Sabbath Evelyn and her husband walked through the doors of the church and the greeter immediately spotted them and made friends, she even signed them up for Bible studies. Six months later I got to witness Evelyn and her husband be baptized. Evelyn said that she truly believed that it was her parents’ faithful intercession that opened the door for the Holy Spirit to speak to her.

This testimony really touched me because most of my family are not in the church or religious at all. Often times, family can feel like the hardest to reach; you can’t always give your extended family Bible studies or pray with them. However, you can always pray for your family. I have seen God do miraculous things in my family because He loves to answer prayer.

Here are a few things I have found to be helpful when praying for family:

  1. Patience

Be patient with God’s timing, He knows what He’s doing. Sometimes we won’t see the answers to the prayers that we pray, but God hears them and He does answer. I like to keep a list of prayer requests and then put a check mark on each of the requests as they are answered. The key with this is writing down specific requests, it helps you see how much God is really doing in your family’s life as you’re praying for them. This way, you will not overlook the progress and your patience will be increased.

  1. Consistency

Have consistency in your prayer. In the past, I have been inconsistent about praying for my relatives usually stopping at busier times. One way I have tried to combat that is by giving myself visual prompts to pray for them. Write down the people you want to pray for on a note card/sticky note or set it as a reminder on your phone. I have also hung pictures around my house as a reminder of who I am wanting to pray for.

  1. Claim some promises

I think one of the most encouraging things is to see the promises God has for us when we ask for His help. Here are a few of my favorite promises to claim when I am praying for family:

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. – Mark 11:24

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26