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Everyday Products You Could Be Making at Home


If you make it a habit to look at labels, you’ve noticed that the list of ingredients with unpronounceable names makes it seem as though only a professional facility can manufacture them. Wrong—you can, too. With some simple recipes, you can save money with these everyday products you could be making at home. You’ll feel better knowing what’s really in them, too.


DIY toothpaste is less harsh on your teeth than traditional brands, especially whitening formulas. And if you use your favorite essential oil, you may even like the taste better.

5 parts calcium carbonate (or cleaned, powdered eggshells)

2 parts baking soda

3 parts xylitol powder

3-5 parts coconut oil

Essential oils (mint, cinnamon, orange, myrrh, etc.)

Mix the calcium powder, baking soda, and xylitol. Add the coconut oil one part at a time until you like the texture. Add essential oils to taste but no more than a few drops. You can keep this paste in a jar and dip your toothbrush into it or use a small spoon to scoop it out.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

You can use this in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere that needs freshening. It has built-in scrubbing properties and natural disinfectants.

¼ cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon baking soda

4 cups of hot water

½ a lemon

Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a bowl, and drop in the rind, too. Combine it with the other ingredients, stirring to dissolve the baking soda. Allow it to cool, then remove the rind. Store it in a bottle and clean away.

Lip Balm

You probably don’t use all the lip balms you buy—you probably lose them in your purse, between the car seats, or in the worst case, in a load of laundry. Instead of always buying more, make your own.

3 tablespoons beeswax pellets

2 tablespoons shea butter

4 tablespoons carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, or grapeseed)

Essential oils

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the beeswax, shea butter, and oil for 30 seconds, and stir. If it’s not the consistency you want, melt it for another 15 or 30 seconds. When you get it how you like it, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent. With a few tweaks, you can make your own lip gloss or find recipes for other cosmetics. Just make sure the ingredients are safe.

Hand Sanitizer

For the foreseeable future, this is one of the most common everyday products you should be making at home. There’s always the chance there’ll be another shortage in the future or that the costs will just become too high.

2 parts isopropyl alcohol (91 to 99 percent)

1 part aloe vera gel

Essential oil (clove, eucalyptus, or peppermint)

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, mix it all up, and voila! Use it around the house or gift it to your friends.

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