I canNOT believe that January is already at a close. Sheesh 2014, slow down a little whydoncha? It’s already time to racap my goal for this month, which was to experiment with making my own household and beauty products.
I feel as though I did really well with this resolution. It began with a lot of research into the kinds of products that I could make at home. I soon realised that there is a huge range of beauty and household products that are really simple to whip up yourself. Once I had a list of recipes going, I couldn’t wait to get started.
I’m a fairly frugal person, and I don’t like throwing out things that are still good to use. For this reason I didn’t make as many beauty products as I would have liked this month. I have a bathroom cupboard that’s full of lotions and potions, and I didn’t see much point in making items that I already had. So I’m planning on making fresh products to replace the ones I’ve got as I use them up.
So, what did I make?
– Cold cream face cleanser (using this recipe)
– Tub tea using a pair of ripped tights, oats, powdered milk, Epsoms salts and bergamot oil.
– Multi-purpose cleaning spray (1 cup white vinegar, 3 tablespoons lemon juice)
– Yoga mat cleaner
– Laundry powder
I also experimented with substituting simple household products for commercial cleaners, which was interesting.
My yoga mat cleaner is so easy to make. Just mix 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil with a cup of distilled water and pop into a jar or bottle. Use it to wipe down your yoga mat to keep it clean and smelling fresh.
I had a great time experimenting with more natural cleaning products. Not only was it MUCH cheaper than buying commercial products, the natural versions worked just as well. It didn’t take much extra effort and I no longer get a headache from using loads of strong-smelling cleaners.
If you’re interested in making the switch to all-natural cleaning, here are a few products that I recommend buying. Most of these can be used for a number of purposes, or act as the base ingredients in many of the recipes I used.
– White vinegar (is anti-bacterial and can be used for wiping surfaces, cleaning stovetops and kitchen appliances, cleaning the bathroom and toilet. Also, a capful in your wash will make your linens super soft and fluffy.
– Bi-carb soda: is a natural deodorant. You can use it to absorb odors from carpets, microwaves, refrigerators, pet beds and stinky shoes. It also makes a bitching dry shampoo.
– Lemon juice: another anti-bacterial agent that can be used to clean and deodorize.
– Borax: Can be used in laundry detergent. You can mix it with vinegar to clean your toilet. It’s brilliant for scrubbing showers, tubs and sinks and lifts baked-on grease off your stove like a dream.
– Washing soda: mainly used for laundry detergent but you can also use it as a dish washing agent.
-Essential oils (particularly eucalyptus and tea tree) to deodorize and disinfect. A few drops of each in a bucket of water will leave your floors gleaming and smelling gorgeous.
I feel like I did a pretty good job with this month’s resolution. I am looking forward to trying out some more recipes as the year continues.