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household products recipes

1. DIY Dishwashing Detergent

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

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. Use vinegar as your rinsing agent.

2. DIY Shaving Cream

DIY Shaving Cream

Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil are the ingredients you’ll need to make this natural shaving cream. Get the full directions here.

3. DIY Bug Spray

DIY Bug Spray

Add distilled water, witch hazel, and citronella oil to a spray bottle. Get the full directions here.

4. DIY Swiffer WetJet Solution

DIY Swiffer WetJet Solution

5. DIY Foaming Hand Wash

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

The secret is in the pump, not the soap, so never throw out an empty foam soap dispenser. Refill it with 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or dish washing liquid and fill the rest with water.

6. DIY Makeup Removing Wipes

DIY Makeup Removing Wipes

Make a much cheaper version with coconut oil and paper towels. Get the directions here. Be sure to add a couple drops of tea tree oil to prevent mold from growing on them.

7. DIY Plant Insecticide

DIY Plant Insecticide

It’s completely earth-friendly and chemical-free. Get the directions here using garlic and red pepper flakes.

8. DIY Polymer Clay

DIY Polymer Clay

Get the directions here. All the ingredients are common household items.

9. DIY Mod Podge

DIY Mod Podge

All you need is Elmer’s glue and water. Get the full directions here.

10. DIY Chalkboard Paint

DIY Chalkboard Paint

Mix 1 cup of latex house paint or acrylic craft paint with 1 tablespoon of non-sanded tile grout. Mix together until there are no lumps.

11. DIY Lotion Bars

DIY Lotion Bars

You’ll need beeswax, almond oil, and coconut oil. Get the full directions here.

12. DIY Body Wash

DIY Body Wash

Get the full directions here.

13. DIY Bath Salts

DIY Bath Salts

You’ll need epsom salts, which are awesome for detoxifying baths. Get the full directions here.

14. DIY Mouthwash

DIY Mouthwash

You’ll need aloe vera juice, water, witch hazel, baking soda, and peppermint essential oil. It should last for up to 2 weeks. Full directions here.

15. DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is SO expensive these days. Save money with this easy recipe.

16. DIY Wrinkle Remover

DIY Wrinkle Remover

Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, and 3 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener into a spray bottle. Spray and smooth out wrinkles.

17. DIY Stain Remover

DIY Stain Remover

In a spray bottle, add 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 2 parts water.

18. DIY Hairspray

DIY Hairspray

You’ll need hot water, sugar, and essential oils. Get the directions here.

19. DIY Windex

DIY Windex

In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

20. DIY Hair Conditioner

DIY Hair Conditioner

Mix together 1 can of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

21. DIY Spray Fabric Starch

DIY Spray Fabric Starch

In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch.

22. DIY Eye Makeup Remover

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

Mix together 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp tear-free baby shampoo, and water.

23. DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Squeaky clean DIY brush cleaner: 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 dishwasher soap. Mix it together and voila!

24. DIY Dog Shampoo

DIY Dog Shampoo

Get the full directions and ingredients list here.

25. DIY Deodorant

DIY Deodorant

This supposedly works better (but applies differently because it creates a cream you have to rub onto your armpits) than heavy-duty store-bought deodorant. Get the directions here.

26. DIY Glue

DIY Glue

All you need is flour, sugar, water, and white vinegar. Get the full directions here.

27. DIY Bare Minerals

DIY Bare Minerals

Forget Sephora. Get the directions here.

28. DIY Bubble Bath

DIY Bubble Bath

Mix together 1 cup of clear, unscented dish soap or castile soap, 2/3 cup liquid glycerin, 1/4 cup water, and 2–3 drops essential oil.

29. DIY Febreze

DIY Febreze

You’ll need liquid fabric softener, baking soda, and warm tap water. Get the directions here.

30. DIY Drano

DIY Drano

Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar. Measure about a quarter cup of the mixed powder and pour into your clogged drain. Pour two cups of boiling water into the drain, and let stand for about an hour, then run fresh water from the tap.

31. DIY Wood Polish

DIY Wood Polish

Mix 2 parts oil (preferably linseed oil or olive oil) with one part lemon juice. Apply and polish with a soft cloth. Buff with beeswax and a microfiber cloth for added shine.