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Hot Dish!

For this edition of “Hot Dish!,” we’re sharing recipes for creating items that aren’t edible, but are commonly used….and really easy to make! Added bonus: creating your own household items like starch, fabric refresher, and hand soap is a cost effective and natural alternative to the store-bought stuff.

Laundry Spray Starch

From PinkyHasABrain.com


1 tbs. cornstarch

¼ c. cold water

3 ¾ c. tap water

2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil
or lemon juice (optional)

1 qt. spray bottle


1. Bring 3 ¾ cups of tap water to a rolling boil.

2. While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into the ¼ cup of cold water. Stir constantly until the cornstarch is completely dissolved.

3. Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.

4. If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.

5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

6. After cooling, add to a one-quart spray bottle.


Fabric/Upholstery Refresher Spray

From LiveSimply.me


½ c. high-proof vodka (yes, you read that correctly…vodka!)

½ c. distilled water

25 drops lavender essential oil

25 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

Note: The essential oils listed above can be substituted with your favorite essential oils or blends, and/or can be increased or decreased according to your preference. Essential oils may stain some fabrics, so always be careful when spraying this solution on delicate fabrics/linens.


1. Pour the vodka into a spray bottle, and then add the essential oils. Shake to combine.

2. Add the water and shake bottle again.

3. To use: can be sprayed on most surfaces, including fabric and linens. Shake the bottle before each use.


Liquid Hand Soap

From WellnessMama.com



1 oz. finely grated bar soap (about ¼ bar of soap); use a natural bar soap to create a natural liquid hand soap

1 qt. distilled or filtered water


Optional: Essential oils of your preference


1. Place the bar soap and water into a small saucepan.

2. Turn on a medium heat and stir constantly until soap has dissolved
into water.

3. Let cool completely, and pour into the container you plan to use.

4. It will take about 24 hours to completely “gel,” but it will not be quite as thick as regular hand soap. You can add more grated bar soap to create a thicker soap, but it will be more difficult to pump and will not get hands any more clean.

5. After 24 hours, shake well to make sure it has gelled completely, and use as normal!

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