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    31 Household Products You'll Never Have To Buy Again

    Save money and keep your home chemical free with these DIY recipes.

    1. DIY Dishwashing Detergent

    1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well), 1/2 cup citric acid, and 1/2 cup of kosher salt as a scrubbing agent. Use vinegar as your rinsing agent.

    2. DIY Shaving Cream

    Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil are the ingredients you'll need to make this natural shaving cream. Get the full directions here.

    3. DIY Bug Spray

    Add distilled water, witch hazel, and citronella oil to a spray bottle. Get the full directions here.

    4. DIY Swiffer WetJet Solution

    5. DIY Foaming Hand Wash

    The secret is in the pump, not the soap, so never throw out an empty foam soap dispenser. Refill it with 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or dish washing liquid and fill the rest with water.

    6. DIY Makeup Removing Wipes

    Make a much cheaper version with coconut oil and paper towels. Get the directions here. Be sure to add a couple drops of tea tree oil to prevent mold from growing on them.

    7. DIY Plant Insecticide

    It's completely earth-friendly and chemical-free. Get the directions here using garlic and red pepper flakes.

    8. DIY Polymer Clay

    Get the directions here. All the ingredients are common household items.

    9. DIY Mod Podge

    All you need is Elmer's glue and water. Get the full directions here.

    10. DIY Chalkboard Paint

    Mix 1 cup of latex house paint or acrylic craft paint with 1 tablespoon of non-sanded tile grout. Mix together until there are no lumps.

    11. DIY Lotion Bars

    You'll need beeswax, almond oil, and coconut oil. Get the full directions here.

    12. DIY Body Wash

    Get the full directions here.

    13. DIY Bath Salts

    You'll need epsom salts, which are awesome for detoxifying baths. Get the full directions here.

    14. DIY Mouthwash

    You'll need aloe vera juice, water, witch hazel, baking soda, and peppermint essential oil. It should last for up to 2 weeks. Full directions here.

    15. DIY Laundry Detergent

    Laundry detergent is SO expensive these days. Save money with this easy recipe.

    16. DIY Wrinkle Remover

    Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, and 3 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener into a spray bottle. Spray and smooth out wrinkles.

    17. DIY Stain Remover

    In a spray bottle, add 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 2 parts water.

    18. DIY Hairspray

    You'll need hot water, sugar, and essential oils. Get the directions here.

    19. DIY Windex

    In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

    20. DIY Hair Conditioner

    Mix together 1 can of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

    21. DIY Spray Fabric Starch

    In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch.

    22. DIY Eye Makeup Remover

    Mix together 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp tear-free baby shampoo, and water.

    23. DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

    Squeaky clean DIY brush cleaner: 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 dishwasher soap. Mix it together and voila!

    24. DIY Dog Shampoo

    Get the full directions and ingredients list here.

    25. DIY Deodorant

    This supposedly works better (but applies differently because it creates a cream you have to rub onto your armpits) than heavy-duty store-bought deodorant. Get the directions here.

    26. DIY Glue

    All you need is flour, sugar, water, and white vinegar. Get the full directions here.

    27. DIY Bare Minerals

    Forget Sephora. Get the directions here.

    28. DIY Bubble Bath

    Mix together 1 cup of clear, unscented dish soap or castile soap, 2/3 cup liquid glycerin, 1/4 cup water, and 2–3 drops essential oil.

    29. DIY Febreze

    You'll need liquid fabric softener, baking soda, and warm tap water. Get the directions here.

    30. DIY Drano

    Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar. Measure about a quarter cup of the mixed powder and pour into your clogged drain. Pour two cups of boiling water into the drain, and let stand for about an hour, then run fresh water from the tap.

    31. DIY Wood Polish

    Mix 2 parts oil (preferably linseed oil or olive oil) with one part lemon juice. Apply and polish with a soft cloth. Buff with beeswax and a microfiber cloth for added shine.

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