We love the convenience of running to the store to pick up the things we need. But do you know that it is just as easy to make the products you need with these simple recipes? And you can save lots of money too!
6 Products To Stop Buying And Start Making
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We live in an increasingly disposable society. We love the convenience of running to the store and picking up what we need. Often times we don’t think of the impact these choices make on the environment and our health for that matter. We all strive to be a little more environmentally friendly with our choices to create a better world for our children to grow up in. So, what if I told you that we could do this and save money all at the same time by making your own products rather than buying them at the store?
Check out below 6 products to stop buying and making yourself!
Convenience culture: Breaking the habit
We have an abundance of, well, pretty much everything. As a result, we’ve grown accustomed to single-use products. As a society more often than not we are replacing products before they have outlived their usefulness! The old saying reuse, repair, repurpose no longer fit our busy lives. More often than not we just throw out and replace. This, of course, is making more trash in the landfills. So, with that being said it is important that we start recycling everything we can!
Did you know that there are so many things we can do in our home to help the environment and save money?
As busy moms, we often don’t think of making our own products because we feel as though it will take too much time. Time that we don’t have! But did you know that many of the products we buy at the store can quickly be made at home and cost a fraction of the price?
Here are 6 easy to make products that we should stop buying and start making to save money!
We all want a home that’s neat, tidy and sparkling clean as well as being child and pet-friendly. Many of the cleaning products we use contain harmful chemicals. We store these under the sink which our children can easily get. If these products came into contact with our children or pets they can really harm them.
So, what are we to do if we don’t want to use these products? You can check out the environmentally friendly cleaning products over at www.cleanhappens.com. Their multipurpose cleaner (because you really don’t need a different product for every room) costs less than $10 a bottle and is completely free of sodium, parabens, ethers, and sulfates.
Of course, you can also make your own at very little cost, time or effort. A paste made of bicarbonate of soda and water is great for everything from scrubbing your oven to cleaning out the grout between tiles. A solution of water and white vinegar is great for cleaning windows. And if you are looking for a great dish cleaner use a combination of distilled water, lemon juice, and essential oils.
You can also make your own homemade laundry Soap!
This is a simple way to make your own laundry soap and works great too! Just combine 4 cups of borax and 4 cups of arm and hammer super washing soda. Break up the clumps. Then grate 1 bar of Fels-Naptha or Zote mix all together and store in a container to use! You will want to get a small scoop (1/8 cup) or use 2 Tablespoons to measure into your load. This inexpensive detergent washes between 75-100 loads!
Have you noticed how many things are added to the bread we buy at the store these days? Making bread is a great choice and it tastes so good! Our kids love it when I make homemade bread! The great thing about making bread is that you don’t need anything fancy to be able to do it! These are great healthy bread recipes.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? It is a great plant-based protein full of healthy fats! The natural peanut butter in the store is quite pricey and the other peanut butter is full of things such as high fructose corn syrup or unsustainable products like palm oil (see this article if you’re unsure of why palm oil should be avoided).
Making your own peanut butter is cheap and easy. All it takes is shelled peanuts, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a little brown sugar if you’re feeling particularly decadent. This Youtube video has a great peanut butter tutorial on how to make your own peanut butter. Making healthy lunches for the kids just got a whole lot easier!
Makeup and skincare products
Looking good can be expensive, and cause us to rely on companies that use environmentally harmful chemicals. Did you know that you can make your own cosmetic products? Author of Zero Waste Home Bea Johnson has some great recipes for making her own makeup.
Using a humble mix of ingredients such as Kohl and burnt almond she can create a wide range of looks. Moreover, you don’t have to pay top dollar for those fancy skincare treatments that use all natural ingredients… A little cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and vanilla essence makes for the most luxurious moisturizing cream. And a recipe like this is perfect for making your own coconut shampoo!
Dental hygiene is an important part of health, there’s no question about it. But most mass manufactured toothpaste is not great. Not only are they chock full of harmful chemicals like propylene glycol and triclosan and a whole lot of sulfates. It is possible to make your own toothpaste for next to no cost using a base of coconut oil, some bicarbonate of soda and peppermint essence. How much money do you think you can save making your own toothpaste?
And finally… Deodorant
Deodorant is another product that we can make for a very low cost. Just use a natural antibacterial agent to eliminate the odor combined with a naturally pleasant scent for freshness without damaging your skin or the planet. The Wellness Mama is a great source of natural deodorant recipes!
Buy less, make more and it won’t take long for you to see the benefits!
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!