5 things you didn’t know you could make from scratch at home
Some people like to cook and make things from scratch as they prefer the organic, preservative-free approach. Others like to save money. No matter your motivation for going natural, knowing how to make certain household products from scratch can come in handy should you ever find yourself in desperate need with empty cupboards. At Clements, we like doing right by our environment, and where possible, it’s both eco-friendly, economical and fun to make stuff from scratch. See below for five things you may not know you can make at home.
A simple recipe courtesy of www.stayathomemum.com.au:
- 1 box of Lux flakes or 700 grams of grated soap
- 1 cup of bicarb soda
- A few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil
Place the above ingredients in a blender and mix until they are super fine. Store powder in an air tight container until ready for use. To prepare for wash, dissolve one teaspoon of powder mix in half a cup of boiling water and add to the washing machine. Can be used for both top and front loaders.
In recent years, deodorant has been one of those products constantly accused of containing carcinogenic nasties. Recipe from www.thisoriginalorganiclife.com/2013/05/07/diy-natural-deodorant/
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 5 drops of essential oil of choice (suggestions; lavender, tea tree oil, lemongrass, thyme, rosemary, lemon, geranium etc.)
- Measure and prepare all ingredients
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter by placing them in a glass jar, then placing the jar in boiling water with a lid on until dissolved.
- Remove from heat once melted and give the liquid a stir
- Add baking soda and arrowroot powder by mixing thoroughly using a spoon or small whisk.
- Add your essential oils of choice
- Allow to cool then place in a glass jar in refrigerator or re-purpose an old plastic roll on deodorant container and add your home made solution
Shampoo is both pricey and chemical laden. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, here’s a nice coconut scented one.
- ¼ cup coconut milk (canned or fresh is fine)
- 1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap
- 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (recommended; peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange)
- For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
- Shake well to mix.
- May be kept in shower for up to a month.
- Shake before each use.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
- If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!
For more information, see www.wellnessmama.com/3701/homemade-shampoo/
Dishwashing tablets and liquid can add up in the cost department, not to mention they too, are said to have some chemical nasties in their composition. A natural alternative made from lemons is described below:
- 2 cups diced lemon (Use both the rind and fruit with seeds removed, about 4 medium lemons)
- 3 1/2 cups water (Divided into 1 ½ cups and 2 cups)
- 125 ml white vinegar
- 1 cup kosher salt
- Cut lemons into small chunks, and remove all seeds
- Place the lemons into a small sauce pan with 1 ½ cup of water.
- Heat the lemons and water to a slow boil. Simmer for 20 minutes until water is reduced and syrupy and lemons are very tender. Make sure to stir frequently, add water if needed.
- Add the cooked lemon and syrup mixture to blender with 2 cups of water, blend on high until very smooth.
- Strain lemon mixture back into your saucepan using a small colander to remove any leftover pulp and rind.
- Add vinegar and salt to saucepan and stir until well combined.
- Bring mixture to a slow boil and cook for 10-15 allowing it to thicken slightly. It will be the consistency of runny applesauce when done.
- Cool completely in sauce pan, stirring occasionally to incorporate salty crust that may form on the top. Store in a glass container and attach a free printable label.
- To use for washing dishes: Fill your dishwasher detergent dispenser with the fresh lemon gel. Suggested amount is 3 tablespoons of detergent per wash.
For more information on this recipe, visit www.brendid.com/fresh-lemon-homemade-dishwasher-detergent/
Homemade cooking spray
An easy one to finish, if you’re going through too many cans of overpriced olive oil cooking spray, good news, you can make your own!
All you need is your preferred oil (olive, canola, vegetable, peanut or sunflower- any will work), water and a spray bottle you can put the mix in. Simply combine one part oil, to five parts water in your bottle and shake. Spray-away to avoid sticking to cooking pots, pans and utensils.