It’s so easy to get into the habit of buying everything that you need from the local superstore. However, before buying anything the first question that should enter your mind is whether you could make it at home. Not only could you save a huge amount of money, but you could also avoid all the toxic chemicals in commercially available mass produced products. Here are some products that you should always think about making at home. I’ll be telling you a bit more about many of these in future posts. In the mean time here’s a taster. You can also find loads of great recipes on the net that will help you get started.
One of my favourites. It’s so simple and easy to make soap. It amazes me that more people don’t do it. If you’re starting the simplest method is called “melt and pour.” All you need to do is buy pre-made blocks of soap, melt them and add your own fragrance. But an experienced soap maker would consider this to be cheating! To make soap from scratch you react a solution of lye with an oil and then add your fragrances. It’s great fun and if you make a large batch it should last your household for months. And if you want see some of the amazing soaps you can make check out this great resource for inspiration.
OK, so it’s up to you believe all the magical claims that we see on the television about new super special magical formulas that make your teeth look paler than polar bear in mid winter. The truth is that toothpaste just isn’t that complicated. In its simplest form toothpaste can be made from a mixture of baking soda, water, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. It doesn’t come much easier than that. Why aren’t you making it? You can find 6 great recipes HERE.
(3) Laundry Soap
Will very little effort whatsoever you can make a batch of highly potent laundry soap that will last you a whole year for as little as $10. This recipe is now very famous and I’d urge you to try it. You can find the full recipe right HERE.
(4) Hand Sanitiser
Have you ever bought a little bottle of alcoholic hand sanitiser from a shop? Didn’t you nearly fall over when you found out the price? Well, you can make huge quantities of your own for a fraction of the price. All you’ll need is some rubbing alcohol, some aloe vera gel and optionally some essential oil to make it smell nice. You can find a great recipe HERE.
(5) Dishwasher Tablets
Dishwasher tablets are UBER expensive. Pretty crazy when you actually realise how easy they are to make. All you’ll need is some washing soda. some baking soda, some kosher salt, some citric acid and some water. Leave them to set in an ice-cube maker. See the full recipe and process HERE.
(6) All Purpose Cleaner
Make all purpose cleaner for pennies and cleaning will never be expensive again. Don’t throw money at the supermarkets to buy all purpose cleaner. You can make it yourself with water, cider vinegar and 20 drops of essential oil (lemongrass, grapefruit and rosemary are amongst my favourites but the choice is yours). See the full recipe HERE.
(7) Non-toxic Weedkiller
This works absolutely great and it’s completely safe for gardens with children and pets. It can be made in minutes by mixing citrus cleaner concentrate (made by soaking citrus peels in white vinegar) with citric acid and liquid dish soap. Find out more about this great recipe HERE.
(8) Herbal Deodorant
No irritating chemicals and this will keep you as fresh as a daisy all day long. The formula is so simple consisting of baking soda, arrowroot powder, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E oil and organic essential oil. It’s so gentle and soothing and you’ll be free of those annoying itches. You can find the full recipe HERE.
(9) Bug Repellant
Something else that will cost you a small fortune to buy in the shops. So you should be making it yourself! So what do you need? Beeswax pellets, coconut oil, baking soda, water, a vitamin E capsule and eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. It’s smells great and it’s moisturising on your skin too. You can find a complete recipe HERE.
Supermarket shampoo contains a false promise in a bottle. Don’t believe all the claims, there’s very little difference between them other than the colour and the scent. And you can make your own far healthier version at home for pennies. A very simple recipe would include coconut milk, liquid castille soap, vitamin E oil, essential oil and (for dry hair only) olive or almond oil. You can find a great shampoo recipe HERE.
Just a little aloe vera, some olive oil, some coconut oil, some shea butter and essential oil makes one of the powerful, soothing and moisturising aftersun creams that I know of. And it’s very easy to make. You can find a great recipe HERE.