6 Household Products You Can Make to Save Money
Don’t you hate going to the store for some basic necessities and spending $100+ dollars on things that only last a month? Did you know you can actually make almost every single household product that you buy at the store (and it can save you tons of money)? It is also much healthier!
Why Should You Make Your Own Household Products?
1.) It saves time and money
It may seem like all the materials cost a lot when you first buy everything you need to make your own products. But when you think about it a $15 jug of organic coconut oil will make you probably about a year’s work of shampoo, plus you can use it in toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, and hundreds of other recipes!
I have found that homemade stuff also lasts longer. Maybe it’s because I usually make things in bulk, but I make it and then I don’t have to worry about making any more for months!
2.) They are free of toxic chemicals that can harm your family
If you have read any of my other articles, you know that I hate chemicals of any kind. They are super toxic!!
Normal household products are loaded with tons of harmful chemicals that can hurt our bodies. So why not get rid of those chemicals and make your own, healthier products?
When you make your own products, you control what goes into them and you know where your ingredients are coming from. Do you really know what Methylchloroisothiazolinone is? I think not. But do you know what clay is? Sure you do!
3.) It’s fun!
I love spending some time in the kitchen making my own stuff. It gives me time to relax and be creative. When I am finished making a product it is so rewarding! I know that I am making healthy products for my family and that I am saving money in the process.
What Should You Make?
I have made this shampoo bar many times! I love it because it has simple ingredients, my hair loves it (it’s grown a ton), and best of all, it’s made in a crock pot! You can even use this recipe as a body wash. 2-in-1!
As a conditioner with this shampoo I use apple cider vinegar. To do this add a few tablespoons of vinegar to a spray bottle and fill up the rest with water. Spray it on your hair after you shampoo and let it sit for a few minutes then wash it out. Don’t worry! The smell goes away after your hair dries.
Make sure you read through Heather’s post before making this shampoo. She explains how it works and why it is great for your hair.
If you are concerned about the lye in this product, see her comments about it and also do some of your own research. It may not be best for your family!
Need a dry shampoo recipe? This one is my favorite!
Homemade toothpaste takes some getting used to especially if you are used to the foamy, minty stuff. Your toothpaste is full of harmful toxins that you should not be putting in your mouth, or anywhere near your body for that matter. I see it as a must to make your own (or buy some natural toothpaste if you don’t want to make your own – we like this brand).
This recipe is a little different than the one I made, but this one looks like it would work! If you need a cheaper alternative you can probably take out the cocoa nibs and trace mineral drops, but if you can afford it, they are very beneficial. I also like this article a lot because it outlines some of the toxins found in toothpaste.
It can take a while to find the perfect deodorant that works best for you. I know I like this kind but it doesn’t work well for my husband. Look around and find different recipes to try!
Be careful when buying baking soda for your homemade deodorant because it can have aluminum in it. This is a harmful heavy metal that you don’t want in your body! This is what I use.
If you are like me, you like the good smelling, pretty hand soap that you get at bath and body works. Unfortunately though, their prices are sky high and their ingredients are atrocious. What about body wash? This can also get very expensive and… you guessed it. The ingredients… Yuck!
This is actually one thing I have not tried to make yet, but I know it can be a HUGE money saver. Makeup is expensive, ladies! Especially if you are switching to natural makeup. $30 for a tube of mascara? I don’t think so.
I am amazed at all of the cosmetics you can actually make. We’re talking mascara, blush, eyeshadow, bronzer you name it. It’s possible to make it all!
Here are some that I think look cool to try out:
6.) Cleaning Supplies
Don’t even get me started on how harmful cleaning supplies can be. This is one of the first things I got rid of in my home when I decided to ditch chemicals. I wasn’t prepared for the money saving part so that was a plus!
You need to be really careful when making your own cleaning supplies as some things cannot mix with others (like vinegar and Castile soap). Make sure you do some research first!
Here are some recipes!
I am also going to throw in laundry detergent and dish washer detergent in with cleaning supplies. This is probably one of my biggest money savers! These are probably also the easiest things to make… like ever.
I hope this long list of toxin free, money saving, homemade products will help you get started with your frugal living adventures! I know you will enjoy it as much as I do (and the extra cash in your pocket doesn’t hurt either).
What recipes have you tried? Have you noticed that it helps you save money? Comment below!