Everything seems to cost a lot these days. And as much as we want to stock our house with everyday items that we need, it may be quite expensive to do so. There is something you can do about it though. There are quite a number of household items that you can make yourself to help you save money and offer you the peace of mind as well, knowing the exact ingredients that go into your product.
- Laundry Detergent
We want clean clothes to wear everyday and using up too much laundry detergents can be expensive. When you add a baby to the family, the laundry pile seems to quadruple! Thankfully, laundry detergent is quite simple (and cheap) to make. Just take a bar of any soap, a cup of borax and another cup of washing soda. Shred the bar of soap using a cheese grater before adding the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Stir it for a few minutes until they are powdery with uniform appearance. Store in a dry covered container.
- Fabric Softener
Who doesn’t love clothes that feel so soft and snuggley that you want to take a nap in them? I know I do! Here’s how to make your own: prepare a cup of baking soda, 6 cups of white vinegar, 8 cups of water and 20 drops of essential oil. Start by putting baking soda and 1 cup of water in a medium-sized container. Slowly add the vinegar to minimize fizzing, and then mix it with the rest of the water plus the essential oil. Stir completely and transfer to a jug or lidded containers, whichever you prefer. Use a cup for each load of laundry you do.
- Body Wash
Making your own body wash only requires a cup of liquid castile soap, half a teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken, and 10-15 drops of your preferred essential oil. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Do not forget to shake before each use.
For cleaning your hair, you can make your own brand of shampoo at home without hassle. Just use 4 ounces of liquid castile soap a quarter cup of distilled water and 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Combine all the ingredients in a capped bottle and then shake it before each use.
- Hand Sanitizer
Making your own hand sanitizer only requires common ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 10 drops of your essential oil and 1/3 cup aloe gel. Stir until it is uniform in consistency and pour it in a bottle for easier access when needed.
- Glass Cleaner
I’m sure that you have plenty of windows to clean at home so why not just make your own cleaner? Use ¼ a cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 quart of warm water. Using an old newspaper, wipe away with your homemade glass cleaner to have sparkling glass surfaces at home.
- Multi-purpose Cleaner
Need something to clean just about anything (besides wood)? You can make your own antibacterial cleaner with simple and safe ingredients. Prepare 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix them up in a spray bottle to use on anything that needs to be cleaned.
- Acne treatment
Tired of your acne problems? Why not make your own treatment and see if it works out for you? Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil with 2 of water and apply directly on acne areas with a cotton ball.
- Sun Screen
Are you planning out at the beach or somewhere sunny? Make your own sunscreen to protect your skin with. The blog “Wabi Sabi Baby” can teach you how in simple steps.
- Mosquito Repellants
Mosquito repellants are a good way to protect your kids and even yourself from bites. The site “DIY Life” features the ingredients and steps for you to make your own.
Want to find out how you can get your kids involved in the fun? Be sure to check out this great article with 10 Awesome Ways to Make Your Kids Enjoy Cleaning.