18. Homemade Dusting Spray
If you’ve seen the homemade wood scratch repair recipe, this is basically the same thing, only you’re adding essential oils for a pleasant smell, and storing it in a convenient spray bottle. You’ll never want to buy Pledge again! I’m telling you, this stuff works wonders on wood furniture. Not only does it hide small imperfections in the wood and give it a nice healthy shine, but it also works as a dust repellent, making your job a little easier.
19. Homemade Weed Killer
Warning, this stuff actually works, so keep it away from your lawn, flowers, and other plants. It will kill them, too! It’s best used for sidewalk cracks or mulchy areas. If you spray it when the sun is out, it has an even better effect. Goodbye, weeds!
20. Homemade Cooking Spray
Over-priced cooking spray is a thing of the past! And have you read the ingredients on those cans? Propellant? That can’t be good. If I had known homemade cooking spray was this easy, I would have done this years ago. It’s so much healthier and cheaper than the store-bought stuff.
Mix together 1 part oil (canola or olive) and 5 parts water in a misting spray bottle, shake before each use, and then spray. You can also label the bottle if you’d like for the finishing touch.
21. Homemade Foot Soak
There’s nothing better than sitting down to relax after a long day, especially if you’ve been on your feet for countless hours, and you might as well soak your feet while you’re at it! I’ve heard many great things about Epsom salt, but the idea behind this foot soak is that it draws impurities and toxins out of your body.
Mix the epsom salt, baking soda, and lavender essential oil together in a container you plan on storing it in, and use about 1/4 of the mixture in as warm of water as you can handle each time you soak. I like to use one of those disposable baking pans (although I reuse it over and over), and fill the bottom with marbles. Now that feels good! If you’re making this as a gift, don’t forget to give it a pretty label!
22. Homemade Spray Shampoo
Wait, I don’t get it! Spray shampoo? I know, I’ve gotten so used to the dry shampoo that I couldn’t wrap my head around the whole spray thing, but now that I understand how this stuff works, I like it so much more!
There are two main problems with my hair when I go even just one day without shampooing: #1 It’s greasy looking, #2 it needs to be restyled (bed head). BUT, I have A LOT of hair! Shampooing it every single day is such a pain– first, there’s the shampoo, then conditioner, then getting the tangles out, then applying the leave-in product, then comes the blow dryer, and finally the curling iron. By the time I get done with all of that, I’m ready for a nap.
Fix Bed Head in an Instant with Homemade Spray Shampoo
Here’s the simplest way to get at least one day in between shampooing: SPRAY shampoo!! Spray it on your roots (for me I just spray around my hair line and where I part my hair), and then use your blowdryer for a minute or two to restyle it. Voila!
The alcohol and corn starch absorbs oil, and the melaleuca oil (basically tea tree oil) is good for your skin and scalp. I have blonde hair (this week) so this recipe works great for me, but if you have darker hair, I’ve heard that adding a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder will do the trick!
Hand sanitizer is an essential part of keeping busy kids’ germ-free. Making your own homemade version of hand sanitizer is a way to customize the ingredients to fit your family perfectly. I love this recipe because it uses my favorite smelling Thieves® Essential oil. Plus, if you use the Benadryl itch stopping gel you are getting the added benefit of cooling relief from bug bites, sunburn, mosquito bites, small cuts, and poison ivy or poison oak. Not to mention the added benefits form the essential oil blend. See the full post on how easy it is to DIY your own essential oil hand sanitizer.
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