Making your own shampoo is a fantastic way to save money! Read on to see how to make your own shampoo, laundry detergent, and doggy shampoo.
Hello again my money savvy friends!
Today we’re gonna talk about some of those little things that suck up our budget without us even noticing. Surely you’ve all heard that you could save like $100 a month if you make you coffee at home instead of buying it or that you can save money switching to a cheaper tv or internet server. And that is true! But today I want to talk about some ways I’ve found to save money by making rather than buying everyday household goods.
In the last few months I have made my own shampoo and conditioner, dog shampoo, laundry detergent and deodorant and have saved heaps of money doing it with the added bonus of all of the products being more eco friendly than the more expensive store bought version. So today I’m going to share with you the recipies that I have found work best for me.
How To Make Your Own Shampoo
This has worked so much better for my hubby than his usual anti-dandruff shampoo and it costs about $1 per month instead of $12.
- Baking Soda
- Rosemary essential oil
Mix baking soda with enough water to form a slightly runny paste and add a few drops of rosemary essential oil (or if like me you have a rosemary plant, boil the rosemary in water and then use that water to add to the baking soda!)
This one has been great for my hair since I bleach and colour it it’s always thirsty. Again I have found this recipe to be better than most traditional shampoos and at a fraction of the cost!
- Liquid castile Soap
- Coconut milk
- Essential Oil *optional
Mix equal parts water, liquid castile soap (like Dr Bronners) and coconut milk (not out of a can). Add a few drops of whatever essential oil you like the scent of or just enjoy the coconut scent from the milk. This recipe keeps in the shower for about 10 days, but twice as long if you keep it in the fridge. I usually just make up small batches as I run out. Deep-Conditioning Mask Sometimes our hair just needs a little extra TLC and as a hairdresser I am always looking for great recipies to give my hair a little extra umph and this one does the trick! Whisk one egg yolk in a bowl (save the white to add into an ommlet for tomorrow’s brekky! ) till it’s a bit airy add in a few drops of coconut oil that’s warmed up to liquid smash in half a banana and add two teaspoons of water. That should make enough to do one thick medium length mask. Work it into damp hair and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing well and enjoy your soft shiny hair!
*Note: I prefer the coconut milk that comes out of a carton as opposed to a can. I find canned coconut milk can separate leaving you with a sort of coconut cream on top and coconut water on the bottom and remixing it can wind up with lumpy results. In addition, you should look for brands without emulsifiers, thickening agents, sugar and a host of other additives.
This recipe is one I find works just as well as any commercial detergent but costs about 80 cents a month to do laundry for two, rather than the $8 we would normally spend on the cheaper store brands. That’s a savings of 90%!
- Washing soda (or baking soda)
- Liquid castile soap
- Essential oil *optional
In a big pot warm 6 cups of water to hot but not boiling (like a hot shower) add 1 cup Borax, 1 Cup Washing soda (you can buy it or even make your own by baking baking soda in the oven!), 1 cup liquid castile soap (I use the unscented baby version of Dr Bronners), once all is mixed well add another 10 cups of tepid water. If you want you can add a few drops of essential oil for scent or leave it unscented. Transfer it to whatever container you want to keep it in and let it cool uncovered. I use ¼ cup per load and a little extra for spot treating if needed. It should set up like a gel but mine tends to separate a little and I just mix it before using. This has been fantastic!
Our dog usually gets a bath once a week because he’s a non-shedding dog and he likes to get filthy at the park and that translates to quite a lot of fairly expensive dog shampoo! This last time I was at the pet shop I started reading the labels of the expensive organic doggy shampoos and realized I could save about $10 a month if I just made my own!
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
- Liquid castile soap
Warm 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the microwave till it is liquid, add ½ cup coconut milk (not from a can), ½ cup unscented liquid castile soap (Dr Bronners is what I use, see a trend!) add 1 cup water. This much is enough to last us about 4 baths and costs about $1.
Well there you have it folks! A few of the ways I’ve been saving money for my family by making rather than buying the essentials! I’ll hit you up with even more money savers I’ve found over the last few months next time! Till then, keep budgeting baby! Xoxox – Lex
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