These homemade household product hacks will have you living chemical-free & saving money in no time. They'll definitely make your life a lot easier, too.
Homemade Household Product Hacks You Can Make At Home
Making your own products is an easy way to save money and yourself from harsh chemicals you can find in the store-bought household products. Chemical-free cleaners, toiletries, makeup, and everything else are part of a huge trend towards more natural, organic options. This craze is so popular because of how good it is for your body and bank account. With a little know-how, you'll be making your own household products and saving a ton of money on the essentials. So, read on to learn which of these homemade household product hacks you can make yourself, so you never have to buy them again.
Keep your skin soft and smooth with this all-natural homemade body wash. You only need a little amount of coconut oil, raw honey, liquid castile soap, essential oils, and vitamin E. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir it thoroughly. Finally, pour it into a container for your shower.
This homemade soap recipe combines the benefits of the two wonderful scents – lavender and mint, plus, the rejuvenating effects of charcoal. You can do some experimenting in the oil blends, make different shapes and adjust the color.
Making your own homemade lavender lotion eliminates the risk of all kinds of unknown chemicals in your lotion. It's super easy as it only needs three ingredients and a few supplies. Plus, the calming effect of the lavender oil really makes a difference!
Avoid putting the stuff you thought was safe for your pup and make your own homemade dog shampoo, instead! Start by simply pouring the dishwashing soap, then, the rest of the ingredients into an empty container. Gently shake the bottle to mix the contents. Easy peasy! Now, you can grab your pup and start washing.
5. Homemade Shaving Cream
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Transfer to a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and stir to mix. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until solid. Remove and whip it thoroughly. Then, transfer the mixture to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. You just made yourself an easy homemade spa ready to pamper yourself or for gifting.
6. Homemade Bug Spray
Keep the bugs away with this homemade bug spray. In a small spray bottle, mix distilled water, witch hazel, and essential oil. Shake well before every use and apply as needed (at least every few hours).
7. Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
You only need 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well), 1/2 cup citric acid, and 1/2 cup of kosher salt (as a scrubbing agent), to make your own homemade dishwashing detergent. Simply combine all ingredients and store the mixture in an airtight container. Use vinegar as a rinsing agent, and you will definitely have a naturally clean and shiny dishes.
8. DIY Swiffer Solution
Refills for your Swiffer WetJet can be super expensive. So, why not make your own refill solution? It will definitely save you some money. Simply fill an empty Swiffer solution bottle with a cup of water and a cup of vinegar. Add 3-5 drops of dish soap and mix thoroughly. Now, get yourself ready for mopping!
9. Homemade Bubble Bath
Whip up your own homemade bubble bath with a few household ingredients. The best thing is, you can mix a unique bubble bath according to your body needs. Simply stir ingredients (castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and an egg white – optional) together and add to bath under running water. Now, you can relax and rejuvenate!
10. Homemade Dish Tablets
You only need baking soda, citric acid, and a dish liquid to make these homemade dish tablets. You'll definitely be surprised how clean and sparkly your dishes get. Plus, it will save your pocket and time. Enjoy cleaning!
11. Homemade Cleaning Wipes and Canister
Stop using expensive cleaning wipes and start making your own natural cleaning wipes for less than a dollar. You only need a couple of supplies you most likely have around the house. With just a paper towel roll, vinegar, liquid dish soap, a repurposed coffee canister, and a few drops of essential oil, you'll be cleaning out any mess without the use of harmful chemicals.
12. Homemade Laundry Pods
Create your own laundry pods that are safe for your washing machine in a few simple steps. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, add the mixture to your mold, and allow it to dry. Then, store your laundry pods in an airtight container. They're so easy to make and a lot less expensive! You can use one pod per load of laundry.
13. Homemade Air Freshener Plug In Refill
Want to go chemical free with your plug-in refill? Then, this homemade air freshener plug in refill is perfect for you! Fill your empty plug in bulb with your favorite essential oil and water, give it a little shake, plugin, and you'll enjoy the fresh scents!
14. Homemade Goo Gone
Make your own goo gone and clean all those sticky stuff in your house with two ingredients. To make this, mix together 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons baking soda into a small bowl. Grab a paper towel, dip the edge in the mixture, and wipe away any sticky stuff you want to remove. This homemade cleaner costs you nothing at all and definitely no harmful chemicals included!
15. Homemade Scalp Detox Mask
This is so simple, but very effective scalp detox mask made from ingredients you might already have in your home. All you need are baking soda, olive oil, and cinnamon powder to make your detox mask, and an apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair.
16. Homemade Natural Facial Toner
Some store-bought toners can be too strong for our skin. So, why not make your own facial toner, instead? With a little amount of raw apple cider vinegar, filtered water, and some essential oils, you can make yourself a safe and gentle homemade natural facial toner.
17. Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash
Free yourself from the harsh burn of store-bought mouthwash and set out by making your own antibacterial mouthwash at home. To make this, all you need are some witch hazel, water, aloe vera juice, a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and baking soda. Homemade peppermint mouthwash will help you save money while keeping bad breath at bay!
18. Homemade Zit Zapper
Looking for some easy and homemade solutions to your pimple problems? This homemade zit zapper is for you! The supplies you need are coconut oil, tea tree oil, and a lip balm tube. Combine 1/8 cup of melted coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil. Place the mixture into a lip balm tube and store it in the fridge so it won't melt. Then, apply every time a pimple shows up.
19. Homemade Lip Scrub
Chapped lips? How about treating them to a homemade scrub session? This homemade lip scrub is made with salt, sugar, lip balm, Vaseline, and olive oil. This natural lip exfoliator will definitely restore cracked lips in a simple and inexpensive way.
20. Homemade Laundry Detergent
Making your own homemade laundry detergent is a great way to save money. It's super easy to make, plus, all ingredients can be bought from your local supermarket. Finely grate your laundry soap bar, mix all the ingredients (1 Box of Super Washing Soda, 1 Box of Borax, 1 Box of Pure Baking Soda, 3 bars of Fels-Naptha, 1 container of Oxy-Clean, and Purex Crystals) together, and store in a container. Done! Use 1-2 tablespoons of detergent per load.
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21. Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner
A lot of makeup brush cleaners on the market are often expensive and some have harsh ingredients that will hurt your brushes. Try this natural and gentle homemade makeup brush cleaner solution and help maintain the shape to brushes. Just add coconut oil and castile soap on a plate and mix them thoroughly using your brush. Then, rinse brush until clean.
22. Homemade Natural Lip Balm
Protect your lips from drying up and seal in moisture with this homemade natural lip balm. You only need beeswax, coconut oil, honey, vitamin e capsules, and essential oil. To make this, melt and blend together all ingredients and stir in the contents of vitamin E capsules. Then, pour into a container and let cool.
23. Homemade Plant Insecticide
With some ordinary household ingredients, you'll be able to protect your garden from critters, bugs, and worms effectively. This homemade plant insecticide is super easy to make and won't hurt your pocket. Here's what you need to do, mix together 5 tablespoons soap to 1 gallon of water. Pour into a squirt bottle and spray away!
24. Homemade Teeth Whitener
Making teeth whitener is easier than you might think. You only need two household ingredients. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and 4-5 drops hydrogen peroxide to make a paste and use it as a natural teeth whitener. Your teeth and gums will surely thank you.
25. Homemade Foot Soak
Keep your feet healthy and moisturized with this homemade foot soak. Just combine 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup Listerine, and 1 cup hot water in a bowl and soak your feet for about 15 minutes. You'll surely get those soft summer feet you want!
26. Homemade Jewelry Cleaner
Clean your jewelry with just a few ingredients you should find around your house. You only need 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp dish detergent, and 1 cup hot water. To get started, stir all ingredients into hot water, and soak your jewelry in for 10-15 minutes. Done!
27. Homemade Wrinkle Releaser
Instead of spending a lot of money on name brand wrinkle releaser, make your own at home. You’ll need to combine some vinegar (1/4 cup), water (1/4 cup), and liquid fabric softener (3 tablespoons) to a spray bottle. Thoroughly mix all ingredients, then spray on wrinkles. You're good to go!
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Go ahead and save your pocket from buying those expensive household products. You'll definitely eliminate a bunch of unwanted chemicals from your daily life with these homemade household product hacks. The best part is, you will learn to make everyday items like shaving cream, mouthwash, lip scrub, laundry detergent, makeup brush cleaner, and even insecticide.
Which of these homemade household product hacks will you be making for your home? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.