My husband and I make our own household cleaning and personal care products. We make them ourselves because of the chemicals/ingredients in store-bought items and also because we love saving money. Mouthwash, dish and clothing detergent, bath salts, face scrub, body butter, sunscreen, solid perfume. You name it, we make it. I want to share a few of our favorites below. Enjoy!
Dishwasher Powder Recipe
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup kosher salt
1/2 cup citric acid
Mix all the ingredients together in a container and shake. This is better than any dishwasher powder I’ve ever used. And super inexpensive if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
We LOVE our fruit and veggie wash. Why buy it when you can make it?
Mix together a 50/50 solution of vinegar/water. Now spray those fruits and veggies!
Deodorant (that actually works!)
I have tried using vegan deodorants from Etsy and Tom’s. For some reason, they just don’t work for me. I always get a little funky by the end of the day. But this deodorant is amazing! Lasts all day and into the next day. No funk, just fresh!
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup potato starch
5-6 Tbsp coconut oil (we buy the giant tub from Costco)
Essential oils (optional – I use 8 drops of peppermint oil)
Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan (or microwave it). Remove from heat. Mix everything together in a bowl or measuring cup. Pour into a small glass container with a lid. (I put the container in the fridge overnight to harden, then store in the bathroom cabinet.) To use, just scoop out a small marble-sized amount with your fingers, rub until it turns into liquid, and apply to your underarms.
This is the BEST toothpaste! We use it and love it – and have great dental health. Check out the recipe!
1/2 cup Coconut Oil (we buy the giant tub from Costco)
2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
15-20 drops of essential oil (peppermint is our favorite)
Melt coconut oil. Add ingredients and mix well. Place in a glass jar. Allow to cool. During the winter, the toothpaste will harden a bit. During the warm months, it will become a bit more squishy and easier to work with.