DIY Easy Natural Products

DIY Easy Natural Products

A fun, creative and easy way to be green and save some bucks is to make your own products with just a few simple ingredients. 

You can easily make your own personal care products with pure ingredients, which are are often easier to find than specialty products, are vegan and cruelty-free, less expensive, less toxic and have little or no packaging. Many can even be purchased in bulk at natural shops worldwide.

 

Making your own products with a just few simple ingredients makes it easy and fun to be zero waste while at home or on the road. 

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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. Castile soap can also be a great zero waste gift since it's multipurpose and great for traveling.

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 or 24° C. 

Baking Soda

Plain old sodium bicarbonate is a natural ph-neutralizing cleaner and deodorizer that has so many 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 much 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 helping 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. Because of their potency, usually only 5-10 drops are needed per mixture. Use sparingly at first until desired scent is reached. These are some of my favorites because they're so versatile. 

 

  • 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, assist digestion, increase mental alertness.
  • Eucalyptus and Tea Tree: antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.
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Shampoo

  • 1 part castile soap
  • 1 part water
     + few drops of 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
  • few drops of 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
  • few drops of 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 cut lemon. the acid neutralizes odor.

Laundry Detergent

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

Dish Soap

  • 1 part castile soap
  • 4 parts water  
  • few drops of essential oil (lemon, orange, tea tree)

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 part vinegar OR castile soap
  • 4 parts water
  • few drops of essential oil (lemon, orange)