Keeping a home clean and organized is a top priority for a lot of people, but many of us simply don’t have the time to keep everything spick and span. What if someone told you that there is a way to streamline all of the products in your house - be it cleaning supplies, beauty products, skincare, pesticides, and more?
When people think DIY (Do-It-Yourself), many imagine an old-fashioned homestead where people knit their own socks, make their own soaps, and wake up early to tend to their vegetable garden . While going back to your roots certainly has its own benefits, there are ways of adding DIY into your life without having to feel like you need to start taking knitting courses.
What’s Wrong with Store-Bought?
A lot of times, we purchase things that we later realize don’t work for us. Then we go back to the store, only to purchase another bottle of something that still isn’t quite right. This creates a lot of waste and makes you feel as though you’re just throwing away money for nothing.
There is no shame in going to the store to quickly pick up another tube of toothpaste, but making your own products ensures that you’re avoiding harmful chemicals, reducing waste, and saving money at the same time!
Take a look under your kitchen sink. Chances are you have many different plastic bottles of cleaning products that are seldom used. Do you really need all of these products? Now take a look in your bathroom cabinets. How many abandoned bottles of foundation, moisturizer, and toothpaste are just laying around?
Avoid Harmful Chemicals
In the United States, the average person is exposed to over 100 harmful chemicals in the morning alone. All of these harmful chemicals are present in cleaning products, soaps, cosmetics, and others that we don’t think twice about. This frequent exposure is linked to a rise in rates of reproductive problems, breast cancer, and other health problems. 1
The FDA hardly regulates the ingredients in personal care products, and even a simple bar of soap can house many harmful chemicals. A lot of these are often listed under the unassuming ingredient “fragrance”. When you make your own products, you ensure that you are only using health-friendly ingredients and avoiding all of those unnecessary chemicals.
Pollution and climate change are two big issues in the world today. By crafting your own products, you are doing your part to help reduce waste. Many of the ingredients you use to create your own products can be purchased in bulk. They'll often come in aluminum, glass, or recyclable plastic bottles.
When you begin to delve into the world of DIY, you’ll learn how many ingredients are multi-purpose. Baking soda, white vinegar, coconut oil, essential oils, and castille soap can be used to make a huge variety of personal care products. Different combinations of these ingredients can be used to make toothpaste, moisturizer, an all-purpose disinfecting spray, and more! You can store these homemade products in recyclable containers, and even reuse old packaging from store-bought items. This translates into less waste, less money spent, and more earth-friendly products.
Many skincare products, beauty products, and cleaning products are all filled with difficult-to-pronounce filler ingredients. When you learn to make your own products, you understand that none of these ingredients are really necessary. Yet when you go to the store and attempt to purchase an “organic” brand with fewer ingredients, it costs more. It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between a healthy choice and a financially smart choice.
With women adding more and more skincare products into their daily routine, a recent survey has found that on average, US-based women between the ages of 16 and 75 spend an average of $8 per day on their skincare! This is an average of $240 per month. 2 A 2011 study found that the average American spends $42 on cleaning products every month. 3 By streamlining your products and making them yourself with safe, healthy ingredients, you can save a lot of money in the long run.
Personalize Your Products to Your Family
Are you always reading ingredient labels because of an allergy in the family? Perhaps you or your children have sensitive skin, and find that store-bought products are always too irritating. Everyone’s skin is different, and making all of your own products means that you can easily tailor them to your personal needs.
A lot of products on the market these days tout the benefits of ingredients such as argan oil, marula oil, or others. Yet, the actual percentage of these ingredients in the product is minimal. When you make your own products, you can control the amount of each ingredient. This way you ensure that you’re really benefiting from their healing properties.
Learn a New Skill
It may seem intimidating to start making your own products, especially if you haven’t done much DIY in the past. Thinking about a complete overhaul of your home is too much to jump straight into. Try to start by making a simple disinfecting spray. Mix up 50/50 white vinegar and water in a glass spray bottle, and add 10-15 drops of an antibacterial essential oil such as lemon or tea tree .
Voila! You’ve just made a cleaning spray that can replace at least a few of the chemical-filled bottles under your sink. By starting with simple swaps, you can gain the confidence you need to move into more complicated DIY projects. Gaining new skills can continue to save you money far into the future when you use your skills to barter and exchange with other individuals who have other skills. And at the end of the day, homemade products make really lovely, thoughtful gifts!
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