Curious about DIY Beauty and Homemade Cleaners? Here are three reasons why you should make your own skincare and cleaning products, plus a FREE eBook complete with quick, easy and affordable recipes!
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For those of you who have been following along for a while now, you know that I’m all about DIY’ing my own products to save money, reduce my exposure to toxic chemicals and safely clean my face, body and home.
But if you’re new here, or maybe you haven’t taken a crack at DIY’ing your own products just yet, then this post is for you.
Today we are talking about why you should DIY your own cleaning and skincare products. But before you run away thinking “I’m not crafty” or “That sounds complicated and time-consuming”, let me stop you right there.
DIY products couldn’t be easier to make, and this is coming from the girl who is the antithesis of Etsy, the anti-crafter, the “can’t I just pay someone to do that for me?” gal, who learned from my mother early on that there’s a price you pay for convenience and that price is often worth it.
But not in this case. It’s just way too easy to make your own cleaning products. If you can measure liquid into a tablespoon or a cup, you can make your own cleaning and skincare products! Pour it and forget it. That’s the DIY Cleaning mantra. Take a look:
It’s really that simple. Almost all of the recipes I use take less than two minutes to make, and they last for months! Not to mention, it’s pretty fun to experiment and test out different ingredients. Once you start DIYing your own cleaning products, you’ll quickly become a convert.
Beyond being easy, there are a ton of other reasons you’ll want to make your own cleaning and skincare products. Perhaps the best reason is to save money.
Save Money When You DIY Beauty and Homemade Cleaners
Want to save a boatload of cash? Then you should stop buying store-bought products ASAP and starting making your own.
And even my DIY Dust + Furniture Polish Spray (shown in the video) costs just $3.14 per bottle, compared to Pledge which can cost upwards of twice that for the same amount.
Likewise, making your own skincare products is super cheap, too—the homemade toner (shown in the video) costs just $2.73 per bottle, and the DIY Charcoal mask (also shown in video) is just $0.25 per use! Compare that to $10-$100 that store-bought beauty products can run, and who can afford not to make their own?
Even better: most of the recipes I share on R+R require just a handful of safe and natural ingredients you likely already have on hand, like vinegar, olive or coconut oil, castile soap, baking soda, and essential oils. Stock up on a few of these basics and you’ll be able to make dozens of product variations.
Save Your Health When You DIY Beauty and Homemade Cleaners
And now for the bad news…please take it with this disclaimer: I don’t tell you these scary stats to frighten you. Rather to enlighten you. I want you to be an informed consumer, a consumer who votes with their dollars and cares about, not only what’s in the products they use, but how those products affect both our families and the planet.
Ok, so with that out of the way, let’s talk about toxic chemicals. While there are some safe store-bought brands out there, tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors (think birth defects and infertility), respiratory toxins (ever wonder why you cough when you inhale bleach?), skin irritants and asthmagens make up the ingredient lists of most store-bought products on the market today.
Think about it–we’re spraying these cleaners all over our homes, inhaling whatever’s in the mixture as we spray it and long after it’s been applied to every surface. And then we’re touching those surfaces and doing things like eating, touching our skin (and if you’ve got kids, you can bet they’re putting those contaminated hands in their mouths!). Or, in the case of skincare, we’re putting the product directly on our skin, where it’s absorbed into our bloodstream.
Why put you and your loved ones at risk? Some common toxic chemicals to watch out for include fragrance, ammonium, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, artificial colors/dyes and bleach. And guess what? None of the DIY recipes contain anything more than safe, food-grade ingredients, and I swear to you, they are just as effective!
Save the Environment When You DIY Beauty and Homemade Cleaners
Yep, the damage of conventional products doesn’t stop with humans—the environment is also harmed by the toxic chemicals, which are only partly removed by wastewater treatment plants, according to the Environmental Working Group. Meaning sea life is most affected.
Not only that, but many of the commonly used chemicals don’t readily break down and stick with us (think harmful coatings from dryer sheets that stick to your clothes) or vent out into the air (that fresh laundry scent doesn’t sound so good anymore, does it?) further polluting it.
So, make the switch. OK? Your wallet, your body and your world will thank you!
Be sure to download our FREE DIY Cleaning eBook below to help you get started.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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