Guest post by Julie Chittock of Domestic Contessa
In my kitchen, I have always enjoyed making as much as possible from scratch using real food ingredients. This includes everything from hummus and salad dressing to coffee creamer and granola bars.
But it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I realized that I should do the same thing in other areas of my home. My closets and cabinets were chock-full of all sorts of dish soaps and detergents, toilet bowl cleaners, shower cleaners, kitchen cleaners, window cleaners, laundry detergent, fabric softener, hand soaps, creams and lotions, facial cleansers, body washes, shampoos, conditioners – I could go on and on and on…. I was amazed to learn that so many of those expensive and unnecessary products could be replaced with mostly basic ingredients that I already had in my pantry!
So with no further ado, here are 4 products that I will never buy again (and what I’m using instead). I’m also including a super quick and effective 2-ingredient recipe for a laundry stain remover that really works!
1) Carpet and Fabric Freshener
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Oh you know, just the first few ingredients in Febreze’s Carpet Odor Eliminator. Yuck. I can’t believe I actually bought this stuff in the first place! But I know I’ll never buy it again.
Now I use a Eucalyptus Carpet Freshener instead that couldn’t be easier to make. You just combine baking soda and cornstarch – then the freshener gets a disinfecting kick from eucalyptus essential oil (which has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties).
2) Laundry Detergent
I used to buy Charlie’s Laundry Soap religiously. I absolutely loved it. But at close to $15 for 80 loads – it was just too expensive. Since my home is full of sensitive skin, soft water, and lots of dirty toddler boys’ clothing – it took a while to come up with the right recipe for my family.
After lots of trial and error – I finally came up with a recipe for an effective and gentle detergent. If you have sensitive skin, you definitely should try my Coconut & Lavender Laundry Detergent or Stacy’s version using Fels Naptha soap.
3) Shaving Cream
After I stopped buying shaving cream, I tried a dozen alternatives over the years from body wash and conditioner to baby oil and body lotion. More recently, I tried a few natural alternatives like coconut oil, olive oil and honey.
My go-to is good, old-fashioned bar soap, but I also was pleased with a more natural alternative I found: equal parts apricot oil and aloe vera gel. Just squeeze a little bit of this mixture into your hands at a time and smooth onto wet skin, and then shave as usual. Rinse off. Then rub in any lingering oil into your skin. That shaving cream alternative didn’t irritate my skin and the oil helped kept my skin moisturized.
4) Eye-makeup remover
Although, most of my days as a stay-at-home mom are spent in workout clothes (never mind that I don’t actually work out…), I always wear a little dark circle concealer, a quick coat of eyeliner and mascara every day. My decision to stop buying eye makeup remover was an easy one because I never actually found a product that didn’t irritate my skin or eyes.
Organic jojoba oil to the rescue! Jojoba oil is known to help prevent the skin from drying out, as well as minimize fine lines and wrinkles. But it also works so so well to remove eye make-up! There’s no recipe here: just a good old-fashioned cotton ball and a little jojoba oil. No more eye make-up remover for me!
2-ingredient Stain Remover
I know Stacy has previously shared with you all about the amazing cleaning powder of Hydrogen Peroxide. And I’m on that bandwagon for sure! It’s the main ingredient in my favorite stain remover.
To make 2-ingredients Stain Remover you will need:
- 1/4 cup dish soap
- 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
- Clean, empty DARK spray bottle (peroxide must be stored in a dark colored bottle)
Here’s what you do:
Squeeze the dish soap into the spray bottle. Then fill the bottle the rest of the way with the 3% hydrogen peroxide. Replace the lid and shake to mix. Now you’re all set to destroy some stains – especially those grease stains I mentioned above!
Spray generously on the stained fabric. Let this sit for 15 or so minutes before throwing it in the wash. Or if you’re like me, spray right when the stain happens and then accidentally wait 3 days before doing the next load of laundry. Either way works. For serious stains, you can add a sprinkle of baking soda and use a toothbrush to scrub the stain, but I didn’t find that necessary to remove most of the stains in my laundry. Wash and dry as usual. Prepared to be amazed – I know I was! 🙂
How about you? Is there anything that you will you’ll never buy again?
Julie’s a stay-at-home mom to three adorable little boys. She’s been married to her brilliant, witty, and patient husband for almost 8 years. Julie loves cooking delicious, real food. She shares her recipes, household tips and more at Domestic Contessa. You can also connect with Julie on Pinterest and Facebook.