Earlier I was little hesitant and lazy to try home made products. Going down to the store and on-line house hold shopping was more of my choice. But after a lot of research, I discovered that most of the popular homemade products are extremely easy to make, require less than 5 ingredients and are a fraction of the cost of commercial products, but most importantly, they’re better for you and your health.
Here are few products that are easy to make and worth the time. The best part is that almost all the ingredients will be easily available in your kitchen, though you will need to buy some spray bottles, jars and essential oils.
Biting and buzzing of mosquitoes can easily spoil your outdoor evening and sleep over. Though my husband always carries bug repellent lotion and spray on our outdoor stay, I personally was never in favor due to its smell and chemical ingredients.
Luckily, there are natural oils that can repel bugs without harming your skin.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 14 drops citronella essential oil
- 14 drops purification oil (lemon grass and rosemary)
Pour the entire ingredient in a small spray bottle and shake well before use.
After going through a lot of article and experiment, I locked on this recipe.
- Shea Butter
- Coconut oil
- Glass Jar
- Baking soda
- Essential Oil
Pour shea butter & coconut oil in the jar and place the jar in a small pot of hot water until it melts. Remove from heat and add baking soda and essential oil. On cooling, do not refrigerate instead store it in an empty deo bottle.
3. Cold Remedy
This bitter yet helpful syrup helps fight sinus infection, cold and sore throat.
- 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Lemon
Mix all three ingredients in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 10-15 minutes
Let the mixture cool in room temperature and consume once a day or as needed
Rinse your mouth after drinking this concoction to save your enamel as it’s very acidic
4. Fix Wooden Scratch
Make your wooden cabinets and doors look brand new like it was just bought yesterday.
- 1/4th cup white vinegar
- 3/4th cup olive oil
Mix both the ingredient in a bowl
Soak a cotton cloth in the mixture and rub on the wooden surface
And HOLLA, there you go… brand new furniture
- 1 Spray bottle
- 1 tbsp Baking soda
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 1 bottle Distilled water
Fill the bottle with water and mix baking soda and lemon juice
Spray and rub over your vegetables & fruits
Rinse with fresh water again
6. Shine Your Jewelry
I like my jewelries look brand new & shiny always. To maintain its luster and shine follow this tested method.
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp dish detergent
- 1 cup hot water
Pour hot water in a bowl
Mix all the ingredient in the bowl and soak your jewelry in it for 10-15 minutes
Scrub your jewels with a soft brush and later rinse off with fresh water
Let it dry completely under the fan and wipe off excess water
7. Detangle Spray
My hair is too thin and gets tangles easily hence, this recipe was perfect for me.
- 1 Spray bottle
- Any cheap conditioner (the cheap conditioners actually work better because they are usually not as concentrated)
- Hot water
Fill about 1/4th of the bottle with the conditioner
Till half, fill the hot water and shake well to get it mixed really well
Fill the remaining space with more hot water
To cure swimmer’s ear or an ear blockage use 4 drops of this portion in each ear after a day in the water. Where alcohol helps in drying your ears, vinegar combats the build-up of the bacteria.
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp alcohol
Please note, do not use this mixture if you already have an ear infection.
Baking soda works amazing in getting rid of nasty smells from carpet, rugs and car upholstery.
- Baking soda
- Empty bottle
- Essential oil (leaves your home smelling fresh)
Pour baking soda as per need in an empty bottle
Drop several drops of essential oil in the box
Sprinkle the powder onto the desired area of the carpet
Let it sit for 10 minutes and later vacuum it
- ½ cup ammonia
- 2 cups rubbing alcohol
- 1 tsp dish detergent
- Spray bottle
- 1 gallon jug
Except water pour all the ingredient in an empty gallon jug
Fill the remaining space with warm water
Shake gently and pour it in a spray bottle
Use for cleaning window glass and mirror
Be it indoor or outdoor, getting stain on clothes is so unpredictable and getting rid of them is like struggling with your clothes. You can make your own stain remover that is not only cheaper than the commercial products but works just as well, if not better.
- Spray bottle
- 2/3 cup dish detergent
- 2/3 cup ammonia
- 2 cup warm water
- 6 tbsp baking soda
Mix everything together in a spray bottle, shake, and spray over the stain. Let the mixture penetrate for 5-10 minutes, and then put a little elbow grease into it if you have a stubborn stain. Once removed, throw in the laundry machine with the rest of your clothes as usual.
It can’t get better with a homemade makeup remover that not only removes makeup but also nourishes your skin.
- Baby shampoo
- Filtered water
- Almond oil (you can also use coconut oil, olive oil, etc)
I prefer almond oil as its rich in vitamin A, B & E that helps fighting anti-aging, non greasy and reduce dark circle.
Mix all the ingredient in a small bottle and shake well
Dab a cotton ball in the mixture to remove makeup
13. Skin Scrub
Most ex-foliating scrubs are made with sugar or salt and some sort of oil to give it the right consistency.
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Baby wash
Crush the sugar granules forming a refine version and not too powdry
Mix olive oil and baby wash
Apply on clean skin and leave it for 5 minutes
Gently scrub with your finger tips and rinse off with cool water
Pat dry and moisturize well
14. Ant Poison
- Warm water
Mix all three in a bowl
Soak a cotton bowl in the mixture
Place it on a piece of wax paper and put it near the ants
Let them devour the bait until there is no more sign of them
15. Weed Killer
This stuff actually works, so keep it away from your lawn, flowers, and other plants. It will kill them too. It’s best used for sidewalk cracks or mulchy areas. If you spray it when the sun is out, it has an even better effect.
- 1 Gallon white vinegar
- 1 cup table salt
- 1 tbsp of Dawn dish soap
Mix all the ingredient in an empty gallon
Pour the content in a spray bottle and spray over the side walk cracks
16. Cooking Spray
If I had known homemade cooking spray was this easy, I would have done this year ago. It’s so much healthier and cheaper than the store-bought stuff.
- 1 cup canola or olive oil
- 5 cup distilled water
- 1 spray bottle
Pour canola or olive oil and water in the spray bottle
Shake well and then spray
17. Foot Soak
The idea behind this foot soak is that it draws impurities and toxins out of your body.
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 container
Mix all the ingredient in the container
Now scoop out as much required in a hot water tub
Fill the bottom of the tub with marbles
Soak your feet and just relax
18. Spray Shampoo
There are two main problems with my hair when I go even just one day without shampooing:
#1 it’s greasy looking, #2 it needs to be restyled (bed head)
Everyday shampoo then conditioner and then untangling the hair, then comes the dryer…. Doing all these everyday is a pain. So I came across this simplest way to fix my hair… Spray Shampoo.
Spray around your hair and then just blow dry for a minute to restyle it.
- 1/4th cup cornstarch
- 1/4th cup rubbing alcohol
- 3/4th cup water
- 6 drops melaleuca oil
- 1 spray bottle
Pour all the ingredient into spray bottle
Shake well and spray
Blow dry for a minute