DIY Quick & Easy Natural Products

DIY Quick & Easy Natural Products

Here's a fun, creative and easy way to be green, stay natural, and save some bucks!

 

These pure ingredients are often easier to find than specialty personal care products, and are vegan, less expensive, less toxic and have little or no packaging (many can be purchased in bulk at natural shops), making it easy and fun to be zero waste!

 

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Ingredients

Castile Soap

A pure soap with a million uses. Cleans and deodorizes. Great hand, face, body, baby, pet, and produce wash. Castile soap is made from plants, instead of animal fats, so it's safe to use in most anything including grey water systems, septic systems and HE washing machines. I love Dr Bronners because it comes in so many great fragrances like almond, hemp and rose. 

Coconut Oil

A natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, organic coconut oil also be used as a moisturizing lotion, hair conditioner, lip balm, and more. And you get to smell like coconuts! Add to smoothies or use for cooking or baking for an excellent source of heart-healthy essential fatty acids (for pets, too)! Bonus: can be also used to tell the temperature since it's a solid that turns liquid above 76 F (24 C).

Baking Soda

Plain old sodium bicarbonate is a natural ph-neutralizing cleaner and deodorizer that also has a million uses. Baking soda can be taken as an antacid, and also used as a cleanser, exfoliator, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, produce wash, household cleaner, laundry detergent and more.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A natural antimicrobial. Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar can be used both for cleaning and as a diet supplement. Apple Cider Vinegar is thought to have many health benefits, including reducing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and help maintain a healthy weight. Drink 1-2 teaspoons in water as a health tonic.

Jojoba Oil

The liquid from the seed of the jojoba plant, iodine-rich jojoba oil mimics our natural sebum and also stimulates collagen. It has many uses such as as a facial moisturizer, makeup remover, anti-wrinkle treatment, anti-acne treatment, anti-dandruff treatment, hair conditioner, cuticle balm, lip balm, and can also be used to help heal wounds, treat rashes, and fight infections since it's a natural fungicide. 

Essential Oils

Pure Essential Oils have many aromatherapeutic and health benefits. Some of my favorites are:

Lemon: uplifting, detoxifying, anti-depressant, can improve mental clarity.

Orange: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, natural insecticide.

Lavender: mood calming, anti-inflammatory, natural insecticide.

Peppermint and Cinnamon: purifying, can assist digestion and increase mental alertness.

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree: antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.

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Recipes

Shampoo

1 part castile soap

1 part water
+essential oil (lavender, peppermint)
+optional: rinse with vinegar afterwards for shiny hair
+alternative: baking soda + water paste 

Toothpaste

1 part baking soda
1 part coconut oil
+essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon)
+optional: add water to desired consistency
+optional: add natural sweetener to taste
+alternative to essential oil: fresh crushed mint or parsley leaves

Deodorant

1 part baking soda
1 part coconut oil
+essential oil (tea tree, lavender)
+optional: to stay dryer, add arrowroot powder to desired consistency
+optional: for more moisturizing benefits, add shea butter
+alternative: use a fresh lemon. the acid neutralizes odor. (but keep in mind citrus is photosensitive so avoid direct sun exposure.)

Laundry Detergent

1 part castile soap
1 part baking soda
3 parts water
+essential oil (lavender, lemon)
+optional: add vinegar to rinse cycle if using machine
+optional: add salt to soften hard water

Dish Soap

1 part castille soap
4 parts water  
+essential oil (lemon, orange, tea tree)

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 part vinegar OR castile soap
4 parts water
+essential oil (lemon, orange)

These are just some of the recipes I've experimented with, but they're really just ideas and guidelines. Change or adjust them however you want and have fun! I'm no expert, just an eco-conscious traveler who likes to travel ultralight, save some bucks and smell good while doing it!

 

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