If you are anything like the people at OrganicsPark, you try your best to avoid chemical-laden products.That is not always an easy thing to do. There are unwanted chemicals in virtually all household products that big box stores sell.
Not every one has the time or means to make their necessities. However, there a few simple recipes that almost anyone can make with very little time, expense, and effort. The following is a list of the top five homemade, chemical-free, household necessities that are cheap and easy to make. The best thing about the list is that the staples used in these recipes can be used in many different products so they go a long way. For example, Castille soap can be used for everything from shampoo to all-purpose bathroom or kitchen cleaner.
These are all products that you are going to buy, so these tips will help you save money and they will be made with natural ingredients and remain chemical-free!
Nearly all households have a bottle of mouthwash in their bathrooms. Most homes have more than one, but have you ever read the label to see what exactly is in there? We use it and give it to our children without a second thought, but most oral rinses contain ingredients that you probably don’t want in your mouth such as benzoates or, at the very least, are unnecessary such as sugar and dye.
This recipe is just as effective in freshening breath, fighting cavities and bacteria that cause gum disease as any mouthwash that you would buy at a store.
- 1/2 cup distilled (or boiled then cooled) water
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of baking soda
- drop of peppermint essential oil
- 1 tsp of coconut oil
- 1 tsp white vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a small jar and shake well before each use.
2. Bleaching agent
The most logical number two spot probably seems to be laundry soap, but there are thousands of laundry soap recipes online. A simple Google search will yield many recipes for that, and they are good recipes. Making your own laundry soap will save several hundred dollars a year, but since there is already a plethora of information about it, the number two spot goes to a homemade bleaching agent.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- dash of baking soda
If you need to make a bigger batch, just use 1/4 cup of white vinegar per one cup of water. The mixture will fizz a bit, but it will settle. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, just add a drop or two of lemon juice. This recipe can be used on whites directly or put through the wash. Surprisingly, this recipe also makes a great window cleaner.
3. All purpose cleaner
This recipe will replace virtually all the cleaners in your house. It is safe to use on all surfaces including your skin, is chemical free, and most importantly, it saves money!
Fill a thirty-two ounce spray bottle three fourths full with distilled water. Gently fill the remaining one fourth with liquid, unscented castile soap. Remember to pour gently to avoid making suds. If you wish, it is fine to add fifteen to twenty drops of your favorite essential oil as long as the oil is safe for topical use. Tea tree oil is popular for this purpose. If you are not in to that, a few drops of lemon juice will work the same way.
Gently shake the mixture to blend ingredients.
4. Exfoliating body wash
Any busy mom or career woman will tell you that this recipe is definitely a necessity!
It is recommended to make the mixture in a large bowl, and after, transfer it to your favorite bathroom containers because while blending the ingredients, you may create suds. For every one cup of distilled water, add 1/4 cup of castile soap, 1/2 cup very finely crushed epsom salt, one drop of lavender essential oil and one drop of chamomile essential oil.
The best way to begin is to measure out each ingredient. You want to start with the full amount of water that you will use for one batch. Very gently stir in the correct amount of castile soap. Then, stir in the epsom salt. After that is blended, add the oils and make sure that the recipe is mixed well.
This recipe can also be used as a bath soak.
5. Dish washing soap
Last, but not least, and an obvious pick to make the list, is dish washing soap. This recipe is extremely cost effective, especially if you run the dishwasher once a week or more. This recipe will make around forty washes.
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup coarse salt
- 5 packets of powdered lemonade, unsweetened
Mix all ingredients together, blend well, and store in a cool, dry place.
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