Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MamaSuds - Handmade, All Natural Wonderfulness


Let's face it - not all of us are into DIY cleaners. Believe me, I've had more fails than successes when it comes to making my own homemade products. It takes patience, tweaking and several bad loads of laundry or dishes. Sometimes it's just nice to place an order online, have it delivered to your door and be ready to go (and work!). 

Meet Michelle from MamaSuds. She is a mother of three who started her own business after perfecting her DIY homemade soap recipe - she takes the Y out of DIY for us!! Do yourself a favor and bookmark this site: www.mamasuds.com. I love supporting a mama, especially one committed to providing safe, non-toxic products!! Michelle has a great product assortment including skin care products and essential oils - I will definitely be coming back for more! Here are some must-try products that I've had the privilege of reviewing:

Foaming Hand Soap:

I prefer foaming hand soaps for my toddler so she can see the soap as she learns to properly wash her hands - plus the bubbles make it fun. As soon as I tried it I went online and ordered more for my kitchen and for backup. I love the way it makes my hands feel - clean but not dried out. You can chose lemon or cinnamon (scented with essential oils so perfectly safe) or unscented. The dispenser is also very "I wanna do it all by myself" toddler friendly with an easy pump. $6.49 for one or $6 each for two or more.

All-Purpose Cleaner: 



I selected the Germ Away scent which is a "Thieves" blend of essential oils. This powerful combo of clove bud, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary disinfects, purifies the air, improves immune function and fights various forms of infection. I used to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes when I used 409 type cleaners, but breathing in MamaSuds "germ away" actually improves your health - how amazing is that?! I use it in the kitchen, bathroom, random spills and messes throughout my house. It works great! You can also chose your own personalized scent with your own custom blend of essential oils for an additional $0.89- try that at Target! Priced at $8.99 for 22oz. of good stuff.

Laundry Soap:
I love everything about this label!!
Read my recent post about natural laundry routines here. MamaSuds laundry soap makes my clothes fresh and clean without any harmful ingredients. Since its a soap and not a detergent you don't need a fabric softener! I LOVE the safe and natural ingredients that all work hard (and successfully!) at deep cleaning my family's clothes. Michelle originally formulated this gem for cloth diapering and it gets rave reviews - once I restart cloth diapering next month I can't wait to try it! Another big bonus are the delicious smells you can chose - lavender, lemon, peppermint, sweet orange, ylang-ylang, lemongrass, tea tree, eucalyptus or create your own customized blend. This soap works beautifully with High Efficiency laundry machines. They also have a completely unscented version for the hunter in your life! Very reasonably priced at $13.85 for one gallon (128 ounces).

Castile Soap: 
For the DIYer castile soap is a prized ingredient that ranks right up there with white vinegar and baking soda - it is a critical component of most homemade products. It is made from pure olive oil and is gentle enough to use on your babies but powerful enough to tackle your biggest messes. It should be in every family's cupboard! I use it on carpet and upholstery spills, and also on my skin - love how it washes clean without any residue. MamaSuds Castile Soap is a tremendous value starting at $8.39 for 16oz compared to  $11 for Dr. Bonner's. Michelle is always posting great recipes and new ways to use castile soap on their Facebook page - be sure to like them! 

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