29 - 2014

Top 10 Household Goods You Can Make at Home

homemadesoapWhy Buy when you can Make Your Own?

There are three great reasons for making your own household goods at home:

  1. You know what is in the products you make
  2. You save money
  3. It’s fun!

Here are ten common household goods you can make yourself at home. You’ll have fun making them and rest easy knowing there are no harmful chemicals in the products you and your family use every day. You can even get the kids involved!

  1. Let’s begin with liquid hand soap. “Anti-bacterial” is the current buzzword here, but there is a growing body of evidence that you may be better off with good old-fashioned soap without anti-bacterial properties.

In this video, April, aka Primitive Mommy, shows you how to make a gallon of liquid soap from just one bar of regular soap.

And on her blog she explains why you may not want to have that anti-bacterial chemical (Triclosan) in your life.

  1. Another way to get grubby hands (children’s or gardeners’) clean is to put together this very simple hand scrub.  The lady in the video is Jill Nystul and she has some awesome tips on her site, like…
  2. How to make your own coconut milk shampoo! It looks really easy and you can add whichever essential oil you prefer for fragrance.
  3. And while we’re in the bathroom, what about a home-made bath bomb? Then you can relax and luxuriate as you pamper yourself, knowing you are having a completely non-toxic experience! Rebecca of the soap delicatessen has a wealth of ideas. Here is one for Halloween.
  4. Or if you know someone who has succumbed to a cold or flu, why not make them some of these Bless You! Bath Bombs with Olbas Oil brought to you by Liz Burton, a blogger from the UK. Sticking with the cold and flu theme, here’s an unusual “Frugal Flu Remedy” from Amrita the Frugalista
  5. And a home-made vapour rub to ensure a good night’s sleep. This is from Stephanie “at” Garden Therapy and is made from all natural ingredients.
  6. The Frugal Girls have all sorts of great ideas for household goods, stylish crafts and fun DIY projects; try this peppermint foot scrub for starters!
  7. Here is their quick and easy way to make your own version of febreze spray. What could be simpler?
  8. To finish, here are two other ways of making your home smell fresh and inviting, in a completely natural way. Reed diffusers are a very elegant way of doing this, but they can be very pricey. Jillee of onegoodthingbyjillee.com shows you how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.
  9. And in this video Ayesha shows you how to make a homemade orange candle which will fill your kitchen with a wonderful fragrance. Just be sure you put it somewhere safe where it can’t be knocked or reached by small children.

So there you have ten easy-to-make household goods – saving you money and giving you a chance to explore your creativity.

Which one do you like best? Which one are you going to try this week? Leave your favourite in the comments below.

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