Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Pinterest Made Me Do It – DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, you’ve probably seen more than a few pins touting the benefits of making your own foaming hand soap. It’s cheap! It’s easy! You can control the ingredients!

You know I’m all about cheap and easy, but today, I just needed soap. The soap dispensers were empty, and since the main road has been closed since the floods, the nearest store is over an hour away.

A quick search on Pinterest for “foaming hand soap” yielded approximately 39802938 slightly different recipes for foaming hand soap, so I took a closer look at a few of them.

  • The Moms Who Blog take the straightforward, thrifty approach: 1 part soap to 8 parts water, shake gently, and you’re done!
  • Melissa at Frugal Creativity likes to use body wash, which she says gives great results – and she only uses one tablespoon of soap!
  • But, Glamour Puss cautions to never use “creamy” soap, because it can clog the dispenser.
  • Kim, from What’s That Smell, is concerned about unnecessary chemicals in her family’s life, so she uses castile soap.
  • At More Green For Less Green, Pamm scents her castile soap with essential oils.
  • And Ashley Benson suggests adding “1/2 tsp of Vitamin E oil, Almond oil, or vegetable glycerin” for a little moisture.

There’s a lot of varying advice out there, but I decided to try two different approaches.  Here’s what I did:

Method #1: “Regular” DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

One glaring problem with most of these “recipes” is that they don’t give any actual measurements for soap and water.  “Fill 1/8 full” doesn’t help very much if your container is shaped all weird like mine.  “Use 1 tbsp.” doesn’t help if you don’t say how much water you’re adding.  So, while you can certainly just eyeball it, I’ve included actual measurements.  I like to mix it up in a Mason jar so I can refill my soap dispensers easily.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup soap
  • 1 empty foaming soap dispenser

Combine soap & water; mix gently. Pour into an empty foaming soap dispenser.


Method #2: “Natural” DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Dr. Bronner’s is a brand of castile soap that’s biodegradable, certified fair trade, and action-packed with exclamation points. All-One!  My bottle of Dr. Bronner’s is peppermint-scented, so I used lemon essential oil to create a light and clean fragrance.  You can leave it out completely if you prefer unscented soap.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 15-20 drops essential oil
  • 1 empty foaming soap dispenser

Combine soap, water, and essential oil; mix gently. Pour into an empty foaming soap dispenser.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Just look at that beautiful foam!

Both recipes created foam that’s just as good (if not better!) than the store-bought refills.  It’s always so satisfying when a Pinterest project succeeds, isn’t it?

Thrift Store Score: Food Dehydrator

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I’ve wanted a food dehydrator for a long time…and yesterday, I scored this bad boy at Savers!  It’s old, but seems to be in great condition.  It even came with the original manual taped to the top of it.

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Best of all, it was only $12.99 – plus, I had a coupon for 25% off!  Now that’s a steal.

I found it just in time for spring, when all those fresh fruits and veggies start popping up all over the place.  I know there are veggie chips, dried fruit, and homemade fruit leather in our future!

There are endless recipes and ideas for food dehydrators – here’s a few I want to try:

“Cheesy” Kale Chips

These kale chips use nutritional yeast for their flavoring – yummy and extra healthy!

Chai Granola

Oh, yum.  I love chai anything, and this sounds like it would delicious with some vanilla yogurt.

Applesauce “Cookies”

Use mason jar rings as dehydrator molds – what a great idea!


What else should I make?

Window lattice to scarf rack :: a tutorial

Scarf rack on the wall

Scarf rack 1

When Bruce bought this house, it came with lattice on every single window (to, ya know, complement the shutters and porch balustrade with heart-shaped cut-outs).  He pulled down most of them years ago, and they resurfaced recently during the Great Shed Cleanout of 2011.  With a  little white spray paint and glue, I repurposed two of them into this great scarf rack.

You can do it too!  Here’s how:


DIY Scarf Display Rack



Window lattice
Spray paint
Hooks (for installation)

Locate some old window lattice.  This lattice was made of plastic, so I’m hoping that means less snagging as I pull the scarves on and off the rack.

Scarf rack 2

Spray paint the lattice a color that matches your décor.  We don’t really have a décor, so I went with white.

Let the paint dry overnight.  Just to be sure, I decided to forget about the project for about 10 days.  The paint was really dry.


Stack the pieces together, overlapping them to create a pleasing geometric shape.


Find some industrial strength glue that you opened a couple years ago.  Muck around with it until you manage to extract some still viscous glue.  Ew, I said “viscous.”

Use said glue to glue the pieces together.  Forget about the project for another several days.


We used these long-stemmed hooks to mount the scarf rack on the wall.  This one went in a little crooked but you can’t tell once all the scarves are on there.  I recommend using some wallboard anchors if you can’t find (or don’t feel like looking for) a stud.

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Ta da!  It’s getting cold around here, so this project is finished just in time for scarf season.