If you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love to make my own cleaning and personal care products. Getting started can be a little overwhelming, though. What are the basic products you need for natural DIY? How do you know you’re getting a quality product? Is it expensive to get started? These are all questions that were swirling in my brain. I did a lot of reading and collected recipes for DIY products, but ultimately I had to just dive in to really figure out what was going to work for us. So if you’re looking to get started on the natural DIY path, I’d like to help you sort out the confusion.
When I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them.
The more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!
Peppermint oil is truly one of the most versatile essential oils. It’s a must-have for your natural supply list. I use peppermint in my toothpaste and mouthwash, for headaches, in my DIY air freshener and cleaners, and in so many other ways! How is peppermint oil extracted, why is it so beneficial, and what are some of the ways you can use it?
My husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more.
I’m seriously lacking in motivation today. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, which makes it difficult to find some get-up-and-go. I also need to do about a million and one things. Not knowing where to start makes it hard to find a desire to get started, too. I’m so unmotivated that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to write about today. This eventually led me to today’s topic. Today I’m sharing some reasons why lack of motivation happens, and what you can do about it.
Dry cleaning is almost a necessary evil. We need it to keep our business, formal, and delicate clothes looking nice and sharp. The average household spends about $500 per year on dry cleaning. So it’s expensive. And dry cleaning usually involves potentially harmful chemicals. Those are both good reasons to reduce how much you dry clean or even eliminate it if possible. Can you do it? Keep reading!
I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life.
Beeswax is a versatile natural DIY item. I use it in salves, lotion bars, and more. I’ve been looking around for other uses for it, and was amazed at what I found. I try to buy only organic beeswax for the best quality. Keep reading to learn more about beeswax and how you can use it around the house. Also download this handy cheat sheet for quick reference.
Let’s talk about hairspray. For many of us, it’s a vital part of our beauty routine. We need it to keep our hair from going wild. Especially on a windy day, I need it to keep my short hair from becoming full of static and fly away.