Welcome to the first edition of ‘My Favorites’ where each week I will post a few of my favorite things, from DIY to vacation spots, clothing stores, discount codes and more! This week I will be sharing with you my favorite DIY home basics. I love DIY projects, they are fun, easy and give me a sense of accomplishment (apart from the accomplishments of wife and mother). A second reason I have a deep appreciation for DIY home basics is that I know what is being put into them! My friend hit me with a statistic that shocked me. It only takes 46 seconds for whatever is on your skin to be absorbed into your body, that includes the chemicals of household cleaners. No thank you.
Recently I have become more conscious of what I use in the home, particularly with a little one who is soon to be crawling. I plan on baby proofing to the gills, but why should I be using toxic products to begin with? With so much conjecture in the science and medical world of cancer causing chemicals I found it best just to avoid them altogether. That being said, here are my list of Favorite DIY Home Basics.
Toothpaste is an essential item and should contain what you need to keep your teeth clean, healthy and smelling fresh! This easy recipe consists of 3 easy to find ingredients: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Peppermint Essential oil.
Using a small, sealed container scoop a tablespoon or two of coconut oil into the container. Slowly add baking soda and mix until you have a pasty consistency. Drop 2 drops of essential oil into your homemade toothpaste. Mix and voila! Homemade toothpaste. Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and baking soda assists with the pH.
Shampoo is great, the lather, rinse and repeat makes me feel like an Herbal Essence commercial. However, cheap shampoo contains sulfate which damages your locks, along with other chemicals that are naturally being absorbed into your body. If you are looking for a very CHEAP way to create shampoo then here it is: Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Baking Soda and Essential oil.
As for the recipe, there is no exact. Various recipes exist and are all totally different. If you want to find a recipe, just search on Pinterest! If you are feeling adventurous try mixing your own. However, be conservative with the essential oil of your choice, adding too much will make your hair greasy.
3. Basic household cleanser
I clean every day and have a schedule for days that I clean the kitchen and bathrooms. On those days I am so grateful for an easy, non abrasive cleaner that I can be assured won’t suffocate me when I am cleaning out the shower. It is a two ingredient cleanser that is safe on your skin and even edible (in small amounts (and not that you’d want to eat it, gross)). Good ol’ ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar as it is more commonly known mixed with Baking Soda! Add both to a spray bottle and use liberally in any space. If you want a fresh scent add lemon essential oil!
4. Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Garbage Disposals are known for creating a stink that permeates throughout the home. Thanks to lemons that is no longer the case! Many people are already knowledgeable of the amazing effects fresh lemon in the garbage disposal has, but are making one giant mistake. Leaving the rind and seeds in the lemon actually harms your disposal and creates clogs. To use properly peel 1 or 2 lemons and de-seed, throw into the garbage disposal with some ice. Turn on the water and flip the switch to the disposal. Let grind until you hear it is all dissolved.
5. Window and mirror cleaner
Vodka. Yep, good ol’ vodka. My mom told me about this one and it works like a charm! No need to buy Grey Goose, a cheap bottle will do the trick just the same. Pour vodka into spray bottle and use on windows and mirrors throughout the house!
I hope this list opened your eyes the amazing effects that natural cleaners can have in your home. Have your own homemade cleanser that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear it!