Homemade Bathroom Items to Help You Save
Here at Thrifty Sue I’m all about helping you save money, and one of those ways happens to be with homemade recipes that you can make for everyday items around your home. It does take a little bit of work in making them versus buying these products at the store, but trust me, it’s worth it in the end with the savings. Not to mention you are not bringing harsh chemicals into your home as well. Today’s post is about Bathroom items around your home that you can make up yourself.
Everyday Bathroom Items You Can Use
We all have a ton of different items we use on a daily basis, and let’s face it, especially as women it can get expensive. Here is a great list of many typical bathroom products we use daily that you can make right at home to help you save money!
Over at Natures Nuture Blog they came up with a wonderful homemade mouthwash recipe.
What You Need:
- 1 cup or 240 mL of water
- 1/2 cup or 120 mL of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 7-10 drops Spearmint essential oil (or your choice)
- A jar with a small spout (preferably glass – I used an old glass milk bottle)
What To Do:
- Pour the water and peroxide into the jar.
- Add the essential oil.
- Shake gently before each use.
I can’t tell you how much I love this mouthwash – it’s mild, it tastes minty-fresh, and it actually works! It leaves your mouth feeling so fresh, but without the overpowering in-your-face artificial mint taste/smell.
Just remember to shake it up a little (really, just swish it around a bit in the jar) before each use, and to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to remove the peroxide from your mouth.
Also, as a reader helped remind me, with regards to shelf life, make sure you keep your bottle in a dark place (I keep ours under the sink) or use a dark bottle to store the mouthwash to help filter out the light (the original peroxide bottle works well too!).
That’s it! Hope that helps, because it sure helped me
Homemade Hair Detangler
I don’t know about you all, but I go through this like crazy especially with little girls. I have tried this one many times over and absolutely love it! Over at Zim on a Whim they show you how to make this one easy at home.
It’s amazing all the stuff they put into beauty and hair care products. Unless you’re a scientist, you probably don’t even know what half of the ingredients are, let alone be able pronounce them. But a few of these products are a necessity and we can’t do without them. For me, one of those products is a spray hair detangler. Combing out my thick, wavy, wet hair is a chore unless I use a detangler. Some of them can be pricey, but even the reasonably priced one I use can add up using it every day. I was intrigued when I saw this post about how to make your own for a lot less.
- You’ll save a bunch of money.
- You are being green by reusing the same spray bottle rather than buying a new one all the time!
- Because you only need water and your conditioner to make it, you’ll never run out.
(Unless you run out of conditioner, of course)
- You have to spend less than 5 minutes to make it rather than go to the store, pay for it, come home, and put it away. Wait, that should be with the other “pros” too, huh?
I’m kind of embarrassed to tell you how easy it is, but I wanted to pass along this money saving idea. All you do is get a spray bottle and your conditioner. For the spray bottle, I just use the one that my purchased detangler came in, but you can get one for $1-$2 almost anywhere. As for the conditioner, it doesn’t have to be an expensive conditioner, but you should be happy with the results. I use Pantene Conditioner. Open the spray bottle and squeeze a big dollop down in there — about 1 tablespoon. The amount will depend on the size spray bottle you use. (See photo for reference on how much I use but keep in mind my bottle is larger than most generic spray bottles).
Now add regular tap water to the spray bottle, but don’t fill it all the way to the top. You need a little room to be able to shake it up and mix it well. Replace trigger and shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake…shake your bottle…shake your bottle! (Channeling a little K.C. and the Sunshine Band there.) And now it’s ready to use!
If you find that it’s too thick for your type of spray bottle and trigger, just use less conditioner for the next time. To remedy this the first time you make it, just pour a little out and add more water, shake again, and test it. Some spray bottles can easily clog up, so find one that has a good quality trigger. I also use a big detangling comb as well which you can see in the photo. Maybe I should just cut my hair?!?
DIY Homemade Shaving Lotion
Shaving Gel can end up costing you a ton of money, and even the cheaper ones don’t always work that great. Here’s a great solution from Pin and Tried it to help save you money. I have included the metric conversion recipe at the bottom as well.
Do it yourself Shaving Lotion was always a pin that I wanted to try, but my dear old Mother beat me to it. (So I stole her pictures, don’t judge me) She was kind enough to not stop me from stealing some of her shaving lotion to try for myself! I wanted to put this to a true test, so I shaved one of my legs with my (mother’s) shaving lotion and the other leg with my normal shaving cream. (I normally use Skintimate)
The Pros and Cons Of DIY Shaving Lotion:
- The DIY leg is much softer and has noticeably less stubble (Closer shave)
- You can choose your own scent
- Good for sensitive skin (More control of what is in it)
- Easy to use
- Easy to make
- Basic household ingredients
- It was a little watery
- Not having a dispenser on hand
- Dishes (I hate doing the dishes)
Metric Conversion Recipe
- 240 mL of Conditioner
- 240 mL of Shampoo
- 75 mL of baby oil and lotion