50 Things You Should Stop Buying And Start Making


Better empty your shopping trolley of this list of 50 ready to use items at least, and live the healthy way. By treading this path, not only are you saving a great deal, but also discouraging the artificial use of preservatives and lots of harmful chemicals to promote the positive cause of a better world.

You might be expecting some food and gift items which are surely on the list, but did you know that your expensive chemical-based cosmetics and artificial home keeping products can also be bid adieu? Here is the least expensive and easiest way to make these:

1. Dishwasher Soaps: Market soaps can be dangerous on food serving plates. Try this dish-washing hack instead. Mix one cup Borax, 1 cup of washing soda, ¼ cup of Epsom salt, and add lemon juice till it reaches a thick gluey consistency. Set it in ice trays or other molders and let it dry.

2. Hand Wash: Bye-bye to sodium lauryl sulfate, take any old hand wash pump. Fill1/3 of it with Castile soap and some essential tree tea oils (10 drops) and some distilled water. Shake before you pump nice foamy soap on to your palms.

3. Glass Cleaners: Mix ¼ cups of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol each into 2 cups of distilled water powered by 1 tbsp. of corn starch and shake vigorously. Pour it into a pump, ready to be used on any dusty glass surface.

4. Disinfectants: Mix 20 drops of eucalyptus oil, 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and 10 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water. Your powerful disinfectant is ready to be sprayed on dry surfaces.

5. Potpourri: Mix 1 tbsp. of powdered dried oak moss, 1tbsp. clove oil, 1 tbsp. lavender, 1 tbsp. cassia buds, and 1 oz. of rose perfume and store it in a beautiful glass pot, covered.

6. Aromatherapy Candles: Just mix the essential oils of your favorite fragrance into beeswax as it is melted to make the candles of your choice.

7. Herbal Incense: Smoke some myrrh and herbs. Not only will it spread a smoothening smell in your home but keep the bugs and mosquitoes away too.

8. Air Freshener: Just make a gel using gelatin and add your fragrance- 10 drops of essential oil- rosemary, orange, or lemon. Your air freshener is ready.

9. Plug-In: Put an end to cancer-causing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and try this instead! Use an empty bulb and fill it one third with any essential oil of your choice and the remaining with distilled water. Replace the wick and your plug-in is ready.

10. Paper Towel: Replace your paper towels with reusable eco-friendly flannel or cotton.

11. Cleansing Wipes: Just dip your paper towels into a bowl of water mixed with 2 tbsps. of coconut oil and 1 tbsp. organic baby wash. Remove the paper towel (cardboard) roll from the center, to use this as and when needed from a proper container.

12. Sunscreens: Use the double boiling method to melt 1/2 cups almond oil, 1/4 cups coconut oil and beeswax pastilles, 1 tbsp. red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, vitamin E oil, each and 2 tbsps. of shea butter. Don’t forget to add essential oils for the extra fragrance.

13. Eyeshadow: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder with a coloring agent of your choice (cocoa, turmeric or dried beet powder) in a bowl. Add a little shea butter to the mixture and blend until you obtain a soft and creamy texture. You can store this in an airtight container.

14. Mascara: Heat coconut oil (2 tbsps.), aloe vera gel (4 tbsps.) and beeswax (tbsps.) over low heat till the wax is melted and add 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal. Your natural mascara is ready!

15. Homemade Blush: Mix 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder with 1 tbsp. of hibiscus powder and ¼ tbsp. of cinnamon powder.

16. Bronzer: Mix 1 tbsp silk powder, 2 tbsp French red clay, ¼ tbsp jojoba oil, 5 drops vitamin E oil and sieve it repeatedly, while gradually adding 6 tbsp zinc oxide, 1.5 tbsp sericite mica, 1.5 tbsp magnesium stearate and your bronzer is ready to go to mason jar!

17. Lipstick: Use the double boiling method to melt the beeswax pastilles (1 tbsp), shea/cocoa butter (1 tbsp), preferably in a glass jar. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to it and add your choice of colors, flavors and fragrances. You may try any combis between beetroot powder, natural food colors, turmeric, organic cocoa, cinnamon, essential oils etc. Use a dropper to pour the liquid into the lip chap container and allow it to cool.

18. Deodorant: Worried whether deos would burn and darken your underarms? Melt 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of shea butter in a double boiler over medium heat. Remove the container from heat and add 2 tablespoons arrowroot and 3 tablespoons baking soda to it. Stir well. Add essential oils of your choice for a heady fragrance. Store it in an airtight container.

19. Mouthwash: Just mix 1 cup of distilled water with 2-3 drops of essential peppermint oil and your mouthwash is ready!

20. Mod Podge: Just mix one cup of glue with ¾ cups of water and add some drops of varnish for the glossy feel.

21. Glue: Make a watery mixture of all-purpose flour, and water and heat it over the pan till it becomes thick and sticky. Your glue is ready.

22. Pen Holder: You can take a coke tin or any bottle for that matter and just cut the top. Decorate it according to your creativity.

21. Glue: Make a watery mixture of all-purpose flour, and water and heat it over the pan till it becomes thick and sticky. Your glue is ready.

22. Pen Holder: You can take a coke tin or any bottle for that matter and just cut the top. Decorate it according to your creativity.