You can use food items in your storage for non food purposes.
- Cosmetics/ personal care
- Kids Fun
- Stock your shelves with the basic ingredients and you can make just about any cleaner to clean just about anything.
Those items include:
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda
- Dawn Dish Soap
I encourage you look on the internet for each product by itself to find its many uses. Keep these on hand in a note book for later reference.
I have provided a hand out on 60 uses for baking soda and many uses for lemon. There is also info on the uses of peroxide and vinegar.
- The “cost” effective alternative
Making your own items often means cutting the cost of such products, doesn’t decrease their effectiveness, and allows you to control the ingredients. The information that I have provided on laundry and dish soaps were taken from the internet. I looked at many sources, checked into their pros and cons, and researched how many people helped to solve those problems by altering the basic recipes. I have had great success with the recipes I have chosen to use but you may find there is something you would like to change about them, and that’s o.k.
I have tried to be as generous with the information as I could, but I invite you to do a little research on the subjects as well.
- Keep old laundry containers with the spouts to put your home-made soap into. Some people who are creative have even made their own cute labels. I have seen people purchase the water container you put in the fridge, and also used those glass ice tea spigot jugs as dispensers.
- Using the foam soap dispensers, even with your hand dishwashing detergents and all soaps exponentially adds to the life and uses of your soap.
- Cut your dryer sheets in half. It is still effective and you just halved your cost.
- If you must use liquid fabric softener, dilute it 50/50 with vinegar.
- Cascade dish soap, if it is cheaper than the Oxi-clean that you buy can be replaced as the enzyme cleaner. Especially good for whitening socks.
- You are going to need a place to put all your homemade cleaners. I have discovered that the lids to Parmesan cheese containers fit perfectly on the regular mouth jars. Use this when you need to sprinkle something.
- Create 1 gallon of liquid soap with 8 oz bar soap, glycerin, and purified water.
- 1 Tbs. Applesauce
- 1 Tbs. Wheat Germ
To Make: Purée apple in a blender or add applesauce to a small bowl. Mix in the wheat germ to form a paste.
To Use: Apply to washed, scrubbed, and steamed face. Allow mask to set for 10-15 minutes. Tones and moisturizes.
Apples contain Calcium, Iron and Vitamin A. Its properties include antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent and toning.
Summer Ready Foot Scrub: 2 Tbs. olive oil 2 Tbs. kosher salt
Directions: Mix the salt and oil together – this recipe makes enough for two feet, increase the recipe if you’re hosting a spa party! Wash feet gently in water and soak for about 5 minutes. Apply the salt mixture in a circular motion and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and you’ll have super clean and smooth feet!
I found this great idea for another use for powdered milk in an online cookbook. There was no author listed, so I don’t know who to credit. It’s a clever use for powdered milk items should you have a surplus near expiration.
Skin Soothing Milk Bath-
1/2 c. powdered milk
1/2 c. powdered buttermilk
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 T. honey powder (or honey)
1/2 c. rolled oats, ground
2 T. Sweet Almond oil (extra virgin olive oil can be substituted)
1 t. of fragrance oil or essential oil of choice (may be omitted for a clean, milky scented bath, or you may add vanilla extract or other flavored extract instead for scent.)
Blend all the ingredients until well mixed. Store in an air-tight container and use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per bath. Makes the skin silky smooth. You can also add a small amount of essential oil for fragrance.
Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Facial Scrub: from Ladies Blend 2 tbsp ground oatmeal (use your coffee grinder) 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp honey 2 tsp (or more) milk squirt lemon juice
Directions: Blend all the ingredients together in mixing bowl. Apply to clean face and neck and leave on 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry.
Variation: Double the ingredients to make a body scrub.
Gentle Facial Exfoliant – Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles
1/2 cup ground oatmeal 1/4 cup powdered milk whole or nonfat 1 teaspoon cornmeal Purified water
In a small bowl, thoroughly blend all dry ingredients using a spoon or small whisk, or shake them in a sealed plastic bag. Pour the mixture into a storage container. No refrigeration is required for dry ingredients, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within 6 months.
TO MIX THE SCRUB FOR USE: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of scrub mixture with enough water to form a spreadable paste. Allow the mixture to thicken for 1 minute.
APPLICATION TIPS: Using your fingers, massage scrub onto the face and throat. Rinse.
Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe:
1⁄2 ounce beeswax 1 teaspoon honey 4 ounces olive oil Mint extract to taste (about 20 drops), optional
Weigh beeswax and measure remaining ingredients.
In small double boiler, add beeswax and melt. Once melted, add honey and oil, and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add extract and stir well. (Be aware that the honey will not fully mix with the oil because of the water content, but it’s a good healing agent for the skin.)
Pour heated mixture into a small glass container or beaker, then distribute into lip balm tins or tubes.
NOTE: Adding more or less beeswax will make the lip balm harder or softer depending on your preference; the harder it is, the longer it stays on your lips. You also can add vitamin E oil or grapefruit seed oil as a preservative. You also can mix oils, such as almond oil, sunflower seed oil and others, depending on the availability and the product you wish to make. Other oils and butters alter the texture and healing properties of the final product.
Homemade Ice Pack:
Start with a Zip-lock bag (one that will seal very well) and fill it with one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water. The alcohol keeps it from freezing completely, so you end up with a bag of slushy liquid, which is ideal for placing around your joints.
This might get a little cold, so put a towel between the bag and your bare skin when you use it! (That’s one thing that’s awesome about this pack. It stays colder much longer than a typical store-bought ice pack.)
Bonus tip: Put some blue food coloring in there and it will look just like the ice packs you buy at the sporting goods store!
Bonus tip #2: To make this one even easier, skip the water/alcohol mixture. Instead, fill the bag with dish washing soap (such as Dawn or Palmolive) and freeze. The soap won’t freeze, either, so it will conform to your body nicely!
40 Handy Lemon Tips:
- Hair – For extra shine, dilute 1 tsp lemon juice in a cup of water, and use to rinse your hair after shampooing.
- Hands – Remove smells and stains with a rub of lemon juice.
- Nails – Whiten fingernails with a rub from a wedge of lemon.
- Rough elbows – Hold your elbow in half a lemon for a few mins, then rinse.
- Spots – Wet a paper towel with lemon juice and apply to help treat spots and blackheads.
- Hand wash – Make your own liquid handwash
- Exfoliating body scrub – Mix chopped lemon peel, half a cup of sugar and olive oil into a paste. Use to exfoliate rough areas of skin such as feet.
- Minor wounds – Dab with lemon juice to disinfect scratches and scrapes. It might sting a bit!
- Travel sickness – Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.
- Laxative – Mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice and warm water, then drink.
- Sore throat & coughs – Mix 2 tsp of lemon juice with half a tsp of honey and drink. Or mix juice and honey with hot tea.
- Wasp stings – apply lemon juice for relief.
- Dandruff – Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice in 2 cups of water and rinse after shampooing
- Stained plastic – Rub plastic containers or tupperware with lemon juice to help shift food stains.
- Stains – Remove stains from wooden chopping boards and cloths. Mix lemon juice with water, apply and rinse.
- Mirrors – Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice with half a gallon of water for an effective mirror cleaner.
- Grease – Straight lemon juice acts as a general degreaser.
- Stains – Clean copper and brass with salt and lemon juice (three parts salt to one juice).
- Microwave – Add lemon slice to small bowl of water, then microwave for 5 minutes and wipe clean.
- Grater – Remove dried food from your grater by rubbing with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
- Polish – Make furniture polish from 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts cooking oil.
- All-purpose cleaner – mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.
- Taps – Cut lemon into slices and leave on limescale stains around taps for 10 mins (or as long as overnight). Scrub with old toothbrush and rinse.
- Toilet – Use lemon juice to help clean dirty toilets.
- Windows – Make your own eco-friendly window cleaner.
- Dishes – Instead of washing up liquid, try soaking a cloth / sponge in lemon juice, give them a scrub, then rinse in warm water.
- Mildew – Rub stained clothes with a lemon and leave in the sun for 12 hours or more.
- Rust – Remove stains from clothes by applying lemon juice and dry under a hot sun.
- Whiter whites – Mix lemon juice with water to whiten whites.
- Fresh smell – A tsp of lemon juice added to your wash will make clothes smell fresher.
- Firelighters – After cooking, use residual oven heat to bake discarded orange or lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters.
- Potpourri – Dry peels to add to your potpourri.
- Fridge – Cut lemon in half and let it absorb fridge smells.