DIY Makeup Wipes and Cleanser
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (liquid form)
- 2 tbsp witch hazel
- 5 drops frankincense oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 1 Mason jar
- Old T-shirt to cut up into rounds
Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar. Mix thoroughly. Cut up squares or circles from an old, cotton t-shirt. Soak the cotton t-shirt in the cleanser and wipe off make-up residue. Wash the cotton t-shirt squares/rounds and reuse multiple times!
This is beneficial to both your skin and the environment! The natural oils are healthier for your skin compared to the unknown chemicals in store bought makeup wipes. These wipes are made up of non-biodegradable products, so using reusing wipes will help eliminate the single use wipes that get thrown away on a daily basis after removing makeup.
DIY Glass cleaner
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil
An old jar or spray bottle
This is a superior substitute for Windex because it doesn't contain the harmful chemicals the leading commercial glass cleaners have. Using this will ensure the same results as any alternatives but will leave you feeling confident about not using products that contribute to harming the environment.
DIY aLL pURPOSE cLEANER
2 cups of water
2 cups of white vinegar
1 tsp of natural dish soap (NOT castile soap)
30 drops of lemon essential oil
20 drops of tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil
Old spray bottle
By using a homemade all purpose cleaner such as this one, rather than a commercial brand named one, you’re helping decrease the pollutants in water that contribute to smog. Ingredients such as ammonia in cleaners are one of the leading causes of smog, so why not use one that works just the same and helps keep your water clean.
reuse of single-use packaging
Reusing old containers around the house
Use an old coffee/cookie container to store plastic bags. This will keep your bags much neater and more compact for when you store them.
Glass jars from cosmetics or condiments can be used to grow cuttings from different plants. Instead of purchasing a vase or using a drinking glass, use something that might be thrown away instead. Once the cutting has grown roots, you could transfer it to a strawberry container planter, or a pot of your choice.
Use old strawberry container as a planter. These containers have a decent depth for planting seeds, and they come with drainage holes in the bottom. I used the lid from a sushi container as a tray for any water that drains out. Grow your own cilantro, basil, etc. to prevent a purchase at the store that might be wrapped in plastic.
Old plastic bottles can be used as drip irrigation systems. All you need to do for this is poke holes in the lid using a push pin. Start with fewer than you might think you need, you don’t want to drown your plant. This works best in big pots, as it will need space to be slightly buried into the soil and sit upright in the pot. This method provides water right to the roots instead of sitting on top or landing on the leaves.
DIY soap brow gel
Soap Brow Gel:Bar of soap
Spooly brush or old toothbrush
If you’d like to keep this product in its own container, you can cut a piece off and pop it in. If you want to go above and beyond, you can also melt the soap on a spoon over a heat source and pour it into a container.
DIY Laundry Detergent
Serving =50 loads
· 1 cup Baking Soda
· ½ cup natural bar soap (grated up)
· 1 cup Borax
· 10-20 drops of essential oils
Pour all ingredients into a bag/bowl and mix thoroughly!
Making your own laundry detergent will decrease your individual carbon footprint. An average American family will do 300 loads of laundry every year, with a carbon footprint of 480 pounds per year. This comes from producing, shipping, and using the products. The chemicals within laundry detergents are toxic, such as dioxane, surfactants, bleach, etc. They can cause human health issues, as well as problems in aquatic animals. They can cause water pollution, where the detergent filled water eventually ends up in bigger bodies of water. Detergents in waer bodies can cause eutrophication, which has negative impacts on all living organisms within that water.
These ingredients used in this DIY detergent don’t have nearly as many negative impacts on the environment. The EPA claims that baking soda is “generally recognized as safe”. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, but could be fatal if ingested, so don’t try eating this product and keep it out of the reach of small children. Overall, it is a sustainable product because you aren’t using toxic ingredients, you are decreasing your family’s carbon footprint, and you can make enough for the whole year with one box of each ingredient! This is also a cheaper alternative and takes very little time! Plus, fewer trip to the store when you run out!