You won’t believe how much money you can save when you make homemade hygiene products like shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant.
The cost of hygiene products is astronomical. Granted, we all need these products, but when you stop to think about the cost, the extra waste from the plastic bottles, and the chemicals, you begin to think that there must be a better way. Well, there is. Here are some recipes for natural hygiene products you can make yourself.
Making your own toothpaste is simple, natural, and inexpensive. Using the recipe below, you can quickly mix up a batch of toothpaste. For about $7, you can make enough to last a family six months. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing there are no harmful chemicals in your toothpaste.
4 ounces of baking soda – for cleaning
1 ounce of salt – for abrasion
3 teaspoons of glycerin – naturally antibacterial – buy from a pharmacy
10 to 20 drops of flavoring – for taste
Mix the first three ingredients together. Add enough filtered water to make the mixture to the right ‘paste’ consistency. Gradually, add the flavoring until it is the right strength for you.
Put your newly made toothpaste into a squeezable bottle and use.
The most common ingredients in commercial deodorant are baking soda, aluminum, and various other chemicals like paraben. Aluminum is a neurotoxin and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory illnesses, reduced renal function, and DNA damage. Paraben is linked to breast cancer.
Whether your reason for wanting to make your own deodorant involves saving money, going green, or for health reasons, here is a recipe for you to try.
Quick and Simple Deodorant
Mix one part baking soda (not baking powder) with 6 parts cornstarch. Place in a sealable jar and apply with cotton balls, makeup brush, or dry washcloth. Simply dust it on as if you would baby powder on a baby’s bottom.
If you’re looking for a traditional shampoo, one that lathers up, this is not it. But, if you’re looking for an extremely inexpensive shampoo that is non-toxic, you’ll like this. You just have to get used to washing your hair a ‘new’ way.
In a squirt bottle or an old shampoo bottle, mix one part baking soda to 6 parts water. While in the shower, shake the mixture well and squeeze onto your scalp. Massage your homemade ‘shampoo’ onto your scalp really well. It’s not necessary to put it on all your hair unless you have a lot of hairspray or other styling products in it.
Leave the mixture on your scalp for one to three minutes and then rinse completely. Of course, this mixture doesn’t suds and lather like regular shampoo, but it doesn’t have all the chemicals in it either and cleans just as well.
Using another squirt bottle, mix one part organic white vinegar to eight parts water. The vinegar smell evaporates so you don’t have to worry about smelling like vinegar later. However, Melinda at One Green Generation, puts 1 stick of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla in her conditioner to make it smell nice.
Melinda, who concocted these shampoo and conditioner recipes, says they work great and is all she uses. Give it a try!
You probably already have all the ingredients for these recipes in your home now. Why not give them a try? You’ll save money, your body will love you for not slathering chemicals on it anymore, and your ‘new’ hygiene products are good for the environment. So go ahead. Make up your mind you’re going to do things a little differently from now on and give the hygiene products industry a run for its money.