It’s amazing how much money can be saved when switching from traditional household products full of chemicals to simple all-natural products.
Don’t believe me? Give it a try.
Most of the products on the list below contain inexpensive ingredients such as baking soda, borax, vinegar and lemon juice. The slightly more expensive ingredients like virgin coconut oil and essential oils are used in very small amounts.
All these products are easy to make within minutes, so let’s get started.
You will need:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Regular bar soap
- Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- Virgin coconut oil
- Herb teas of choice
- Essential oil of choice (lavender or tea tree recommended)
1. Dish soap
Mix 1 part borax, 1 part baking soda, 1 part lemon juice, and 2 parts hot water. Option: Add a few drops of an essential oil to make a stronger scent than the mild lemon smell.
Put into an old dish soap bottle and shake before each use. Does not make suds but cuts grease, and scrubs and sterilizes. It’s best to squirt directly onto a cloth or sponge to scrub dishes. Also, it’s safe to clean fruits and vegetables with this mixture.
2. Glass cleaner
Mix 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle.
3. Floor cleaner
Mix 1 part borax, 1 part baking soda, 3 parts white vinegar, 7 parts hot water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. It’s best to use it while still hot, and it’s safe on linoleum and most floors. It scrubs, sterilizes and deodorizes.
4. Bathroom cleaner
Mix 1 part borax, 1 part baking soda, 1 part liquid hand soap (I usually grate bar soap into hot water to make liquid soap), and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). It scrubs off soap scum, mildew and hard water deposits without scratching surfaces. Sterilizes and deodorizes. Stir or shake before each use.
5. Mold remover
Spray straight white vinegar directly on moldy surface. Let dry. Repeat about three times to kill the mold. Then spray on the vinegar and wipe dead mold off while still wet.
6. Laundry soap
Mix 1 part borax, 1 part baking soda, 2 parts liquid hand soap (I usually grate bar soap into hot water to make liquid soap), and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). It sterilizes and deodorizes while removing dirt and grime. Stir or shake before each use.
Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts warm water. Pour into hair, rub into scalp and rinse. You can add lemon juice, herb teas or essential oils for scent or special care for certain hair types. For my dry hair I find it best to just do the baking soda water and wash only once a week. Gets hair and scalp squeaky clean without stripping or drying out hair.
Virgin coconut oil is great as a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner. Depending on hair type, it can be used throughout the hair or just on the ends. For dry hair it is best to work it throughout the hair while still damp and leave it in. Extra virgin olive oil also works well, and you can change the scent by mixing a few drops of an essential oil into it.
There are a few different options for healthy inexpensive toothpaste. They all work well but different people prefer different tastes. Straight baking soda or baking soda with a little salt is a timeless option. It gently removes plaque and kills germs. For a different flavor, a soothing texture, and even more germ-killing power, mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part virgin coconut oil, a little stevia or other natural sweetener, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. The properties in the oils would also help heal the mouth from sores or gum disease.
The perfect mouthwash is straight lemon juice. It kills bacteria and is very healing to the mouth. Swish for just a minute and then swallow, as it is good for the stomach as well. If concerned about the acidity, add water. If your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, there should not be much concern about tooth decay.
Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part virgin coconut oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can keep it in a jar and rub on with your fingers, or put into an old deodorant tube and place in the fridge to make it a solid deodorant stick.
12. Facial scrub
Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part virgin coconut oil and 1 part lemon juice. Rub on with fingers and rinse off. This is exfoliating, cleansing, pore tightening, and moisturizing.
Add essential oils of your choice to virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Can steep herb teas as well, such as peppermint tea which naturally tightens pores and makes a great aftershave.
The best lotion and moisturizer is virgin coconut oil. If desired, essential oils can be added. Can also use extra virgin olive oil.
Virgin coconut oil is antibiotic, antiviral, and just as moisturizing as over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. It is the perfect inexpensive natural substitute for putting on cuts and scrapes to prevent infection and promote healing.
16. Facial astringent
Lemon juice is wonderfully pore-tightening and refreshing. It kills bacteria and makes a perfect astringent. Another good natural option: witch hazel.
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