Our family loves to make our own green and frugal products. We have been trying to eliminate the need for chemicals in our lives, and honestly many times it can be cheaper to make your own products! Here are a few of the products that we use and enjoy!
For tough surface stains (i.e. you spill something on the stovetop and it burns.)
- Mix vinegar and salt and scrub.
- Also, you can pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge. This cleans and deodorizes kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:
- Go here for my homemade dishwasher detergent.
- Use 1/2 cup vinegar in the washer as laundry softener.
To Clean The Oven:
- Sprinkle salt on stains while the oven is still warm. When the oven has cooled off, scrape off the stains.
- Use baking soda and vinegar on a cool stove.
- Mix one part water and one part vinegar together in a spray bottle. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe off.
- white vinegar
- powdered red chill pepper
- borax (this is poisonous, so use caution)
- dried peppermint
- black pepper
Grease stains on clothing:
- Immediately pour salt on grease spots. This absorbs the grease to help prevent staining. (I am so glad I discovered this! I was forever ruining clothes with grease stains!)
Laundry and cloth starch:
- Get 2 cups of cold water and mix in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a spray bottle. I like to add a couple drops of lavender essential oil since it smells good, but this is just to add a scent. Shake well before each use.
- Check out my post here for homemade laundry detergent
Cheap & Easy DIY shampoos and conditioners:
- You can check out my post here for cheap & easy DIY shampoo and conditioner. I also have a video showing how I make shampoo here.
- witch hazel
- diluted isopropyl alcohol
- We have tried all sorts of deodorants that we have made. You can use baking soda, white clay or make your own with coconut oil and baking soda. But, my favorite is actually deodorant crystals. These are relatively cheap & require no effort at all! The cost was $6.99 at the time of this post, but they last for an entire year.
I have experimented with several different recipes. Here are a couple of my favorite:
Homemade Toothpaste 1:
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 2 drops peppermint oil, or cinnamon oil
Homemade Toothpaste 2:
- 6 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons glycerin
- 15 drops peppermint
Just mix the toothpaste, store in a container with a lid and use. If you use the coconut oil version, make sure to use hot water to rinse what you spit out down the sink.
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Turn off the stove. Add 1 handful of dried thyme. Allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the thyme, and you have your mouthwash! I add a couple of drops of peppermint to help the flavor. Thyme has many antibacterial properties. I store this in the refrigerator, rather than in my bathroom.
- I do make my own soap. However, that will require a really long post someday with instructions, so for now I will just suggest castille soap.
- Use essential oils.
Homemade Face Mask, Homemade Face Scrub, Homemade Hand Softener, Homemade Hair Mask:
- Check out my post for Face Mask, Face Scrub, Toner, Hand Softener & Hair Mask easy DIY’s
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