11 of the Best DIY Recipes

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I have become addicted to making DIY recipes. Cleaners, personal care and beauty products especially.

This obsession started out slowly. But overtime, I have been consistently weeding out the toxic, expensive and unnecessary products from our home and replacing them with these homemade DIY recipes.

I am constantly looking for new and different recipes and will update this page as more favourites are discovered. So, be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!

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Cleaning DIY Recipes

DIY Recipes for all natural Cleaning solutionsI only use 4-5 cleaning products to clean my entire house. The recipes for these cleaners are found below and they are all as (or more) effective than the store-bought products I have used. I save money and greatly reduce the amount of chemical exposure for our family by using these simple DIY Recipes.

Infused Vinegar

Infused Vinegar can be substituted in any of the cleaning recipes that use vinegar. I typically use a mixture of lemon and orange peels for a fresh clean scent while adding grease cutting properties. You also can add things like apple, cinnamon sticks or cloves to make a more festive scent. Be creative and test out scents for different seasons!

You will need:

  • Glass Jar
  • Vinegar
  • Orange and Lemon Peels

I put enough peels in the jar to fill it without packing them down, pour vinegar into the jar to cover the peels and screw on the lid. Finally, store the jar in a cool dark place for about 2 weeks (longer for stronger scent), strain and use!

Window and Glass Cleaner

This one is simple and out-shines (literally) any commercial brand that I have used. This natural cleaner leaves all my windows and mirrors clear and streak free.

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 8-10 drops of essential oil (I use Lemon or Orange essential oils – bought here)

Mix all these ingredients into a spray bottle (preferably a glass bottle) and you are all set! I use this cleaner daily on our mirrors as Baby E LOVES to kiss her reflection.

All Purpose Cleaner

This is the cleaner that I use for almost everything – from wiping down the counters to dusting to washing the floors. It is truly versatile and definitely my go-to cleaner for everything!

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1.5 TBSP Castile Soap (you can substitute a store-bought dish soap like Dawn or Sunlight)
  • 10 Drops Lemon or Orange essential oils
  • 5 Drops Tea Tree essential oils – I buy this package as I use all 3 very often.

Place all the ingredients into a spray bottle and away you go! (Don’t forget – glass bottles are preferred for any recipe using essential oils)

Soft Scrub

This recipe is great for the heavy jobs that your all-purpose cleaner just might not be cut out for and also whitens ceramic and porcelain sinks like a charm – without bleach! My favourite place to use it is the white fridge handle. You know, the textured handle that everyone touches. Our fridge handle used to be stained brown and I could not get it clean for the life of me, but this stuff did the trick in seconds!

You will need:

  • 1/3 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Castile soap
  • 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
    • (I used to use Lemon oil for its grease cutting properties but have since learned it may be reducing the effectiveness of the cleaner. Acids and Castile soap essentially cancel each other out – read more about it here)

I combine these ingredients in a glass mixing bowl before storing them in an airtight container. A glass baby food jar is what I am using at the moment.

Put a small amount of the paste onto a cloth and scrub away!

*Note – due to the abrasive nature of this cleaner, I recommend a test spot on any surface you haven’t cleaned with it before.

Bathroom Mildew Cleaner

I spray the bathroom down with this cleaner weekly to remove and prevent mildew and hard water build up.

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Peroxide
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1 Cup Water

Spray this on your shower, sink, toilet base, even windows where condensation forms. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes and then wipe away.

Floor Cleaner

This is my go-to cleaner when I want to do a deep clean of my floors. It takes a bit of time to make the infused vinegar, but so worth it to have wonderful clean and fresh smelling floors. I also change the vinegar scents to go with the seasons!

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cup Infused Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol

Add these items to your mop bucket and then fill with very warm water. Many recipes add soap but in the end, this will clean your floors better and not leave any streaky residue left over.

*Note* The first time or two, you may notice streaks – this is left over residue from your previous cleaners and should go away after using this a couple of times.

 

Personal Care DIY Recipes

Use all natural DIY Recipes to make your own products at home without using harsh chemicals

I feel I need to preface this section by saying that there is varying opinions on the use of essential oils in DIY Recipes with babies and young children. I feel perfectly comfortable using tea tree and lavender oils on E, but I encourage you to research and make your own decision. As with all things, use your discretion and if a rash or irritation occurs, stop immediately.

Baby Wipes

When Baby E was born, I knew that I didn’t want to be slathering chemicals on her skin – DIY Recipes were going to be our solution. We don’t use store-bough baby wash, baby lotion, baby wipes, or disposable diapers. E is just over a year old, and she has never had a diaper rash and I am certain it is mostly due to the cloth diapers and homemade wipes.

You will need:

  • 2 TBSP Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 1 Drop Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1.5 cups Water

Mix these together in a glass jar, shake well and pour over your cloth wipes. It is necessary to use fractionated coconut oil for this recipe as it will stay liquified and not harden in cooler temperatures. The oil is moisturizing and cleans just as well as any soap, while the tea tree essential oil is anti-microbial and helps prevent rashes, lastly, lavender is also very soothing.

Baby Bottom Oil Barrier

This is our go to replacement for store-bought diaper cream.

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1-2 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1-2 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • (Optional) 1-2 Drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

I mix all these ingredients in a glass bowl and then put it into a glass jar (another baby food jar). Apply liberally after each diaper change and as needed.

Beauty DIY Recipes

DIY Recipes for all natural beauty and skin care products

 

Best Shaving “Cream” Scrub

Homemade scrubs are absolutely, hands-down my favourite DIY Recipes that I use on myself. I think it is because my skin is dry but regardless I think everyone will love the silky smooth feeling these scrubs help you achieve.

That being said, it had never crossed my mind to use a sugar scrub as shaving cream. The results? – absolutely AMAZING! I always suffered from burning, itching and irritated legs after shaving; complete with ugly red bumps that didn’t fade till the stubble was growing in. In other words, my legs never looked nice until I switched up my shaving routine.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of Coconut oil
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential oil
  • 10 drops of Frankincense Essential oil
  • 5-8 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil
  • Splash of lemon juice

Add the ingredients into a glass bowl and mix well. I sometimes need to add more oil or sugar to get the consistency I like. With a bit of trial and error, you will find the right texture for you but you don’t want it so dry that it is crumbly or so oily that you don’t get the “scrub” effect.

To use: Apply while in the shower or tub, scoop a small amount on your fingertips and rub in circles all over where you plan to shave. I give it a good scrub until you start to feel the sugar has somewhat dissolved. DON’T RINSE – leave the mixture on your leg and shave. STILL DON’T RINSE – apply more sugar scrub mix and scrub in circles over the freshly shaved area. Rinse and pat dry, now enjoy the softest smoothest legs you may have ever felt!

Face Scrubs

I have two favourite DIY Recipes for face scrubs and I switch back and forth between the two. Maybe it’s because my skin likes a change up, or perhaps I just think it does, but I tend to use one for a while and then stop and use the other.

Honey Face Scrub

Between the two, I probably use this one slightly less. It is a little more messy, but easy to throw together and leaves my skin feeling so soft.

You will need:

  • 1 TBSP Oats (I run them through my Bullet Blender quickly because I like to make them a little more fine)
  • 1/2 TBSP Raw Un-Pasteurized Honey
  • 1/2 TBSP Sweet Almond Oil (or Coconut oil but because that’s what I use in my other scrub, I switch this one up – it’s your call)

I mix these in a small single use batches so the oats don’t go soft. I like to slightly warm the honey in a bowl of hot water first to make it easier to mix, but make sure you don’t get burnt! – or to be safe you can add the ingredients into the bowl and add more oil or a little water to make mixing easier.

Mix them in a small bowl or container, apply liberally to your face and rub in small circles for several minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat to dry. Lastly, if you find your face is still sticky, I sometimes follow up with Raw Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner.

Baking Soda and Bentonite Clay Face Scrub

This is my all-time favourite face scrub! If I ever find one I like better, it would have to be blow-your-mind amazing!

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Cup Liquid Bentonite Clay
  • 10 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5-8 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

* Note * You want this to be a fairly thick paste, adjust measurements as needed. Due to the nature of coconut oil, I find in hotter temperatures I need less than when the house is cool.

Mix ingredients into a bowl and store in a glass jar. Use a small amount and rub in small circles over your face. However, I personally don’t scrub very much as I find that the baking soda is very effective and over-scrubbing can leave your face feeling tender. Then, I allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and wash off with warm water, pat dry.

A complete list of my favourite DIY recipes

The End!

Finally! This concludes the list of my favourite DIY Recipes; however, I will update as I find more – I am always looking, experimenting and trying to reduce the amount of store-bought products we bring into our home.

If you have a favourite recipe I can try please comment below!

 

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2 thoughts on “11 of the Best DIY Recipes

  1. I LOVE home made products and use several in my home. I use the home-made bathroom scrub cleaner, a vinegar based kitchen cleaner, a floor cleaner and home-made liquid hand soap and body wash.

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