Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Natural goo be gone

So a few weeks ago, I was on this kick to try to use more natural personal hygiene products and make as many of them as possible. One of the ones I wanted to try was a recipe for a homemade deodorant. I read online that it worked great for seem people, but for others, their skin was too sensitive and couldn't handle the baking soda. I decided to try it out and see how my skin would do. The stuff really worked great at preventing any smell, but my skin was too sensitive to it and I broke out in a minor rash :(

I hated the idea of throwing it out and decided to give myself a few weeks to see if there was any other use for the concoction. Low and behold, Pinterest had the answer. One day while scrolling through, I saw a pin for a natural goof off. I hate using goof off because I worry about what is in the stuff and was excited to find that this natural recipe was exactly what I had made for the deodorant! Score!

I put the stuff to the test on the bathroom mirror. I had taken the price sticker off two years ago when I bought it, but never quite got around to getting the sticky stuff left behind. This recipe for natural sticky removal worked great! I used it on some pot lids in the kitchen next that had tape residue left on the top, and it worked great there too! I love not having to worry about any nasty chemicals now when I remove sticky, gunky stuff :)

Here is the final recipe I used (since I tweaked the one deodorant recipe I had used)

Natural goof off (or deodorant!)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
About 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted (I melted some, added, and added more as needed to get a good consistency)

combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add more coconut oil if mixture is too dry and thick or add more backing soda if it is too watery. Put mixture in a sealable jar or container and place in fridge to harden. Because this uses coconut oil, the mixture may melt a bit if left out of the fridge. I removed my jar once it hardened up and now keep it in the cleaning cabinet. Remember to label the jar so you remember what it is for!

To use, take a towel (or paper towel) and scoop out a small amount of the mixture. Use a circular motion to lightly cover the area of sticky. Leave on for about a minute, and then use a circular motion to rub the gunk away! I found that letting it soak in a bit, made it way easier to remove the stickiness.

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