The 10 Best Homemade Products to Save You Money!

Published: February 22, 2015

If you are anything like me, browsing the cleaning and laundry aisles at your favorite store can be somewhat daunting. Either the good stuff is too expensive and while the not so good stuff is reasonably priced...well, its not so good.

The laundry aisle is not the only one inundated with high priced products. Have you shopped for dusting spray lately? Or even cleaners? How about a reed diffuser to make your house smell good? All of these things can cost way more than they should.

But what can you do instead? Suck it in and buy the expensive brand or take your chances with something more reasonably priced? I say neither!

 

Simply make your own products! It is not as hard as you may think. And when you see the difference in cost, you are going to be very happy you did it!

Read on to see the Best 10 Home Made Products to Save You Money!

  1. Homemade Laundry Detergent

    Here is what you need to make your own laundry soap. 

     

    1. 1 Cup of Borax

    2. 1 Cup of Washing Powder (Arm and Hammer is one)

    3. 1 bar or 4.5 ounces of shaved bar soap. (Fels-Neptha, ZOTE, Ivory are all great choices)

    Instructions: Thoroughly mix for 5 minutes and voila--thats all there is too it! 

    Usage: 1Tbsp per load 

    Each batch yields 32 ounces of powder which is anywhere from 32-64 loads depending on usage. Its also safe for HE washers!

    Another great thing is you don't have to stick to this recipe. Jazz it up if you want. Add some fabric softener crystals. Basically make it the way you want it to be! 

     

     

  2. Homemade Dusting Oil

    This is one of my favorite home made products. Not only is it so simple to make but it works just as well as Murphys Wood Oil Soap. I could not believe the results I got the first time I used it. I will never go back to store bought wood products.

    Ingredients:

    1 Cup of vegetable oil

    1/3 Cup of fresh squeezed juice (lemon, lime or orange)

    Combine both ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake! Thats its! You are ready to tackle dust and leave behind a shine you will love!

     

  3. Homemade Dish Washing Soap

    This recipe is very close to the one for homemade laundry detergent. The ingredients are the same but the preparation is different. 

    You will need: 1 3/4 cup of boiling water

    1 Tbsp Borax

    1 Tbsp grated soap (ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)

    Combine Borax and grated soap in a medium size bowl. Pour boiling water over the mixture and stir until the shaved soap has melted.

    Let it cool on the counter for the next 6-8 hours stirring occasionally. This will allow the soap to gel.

    After it has gelled, transfer to a squirt bottle and if you like add some essential oils for a nice aroma. Shake well to mix ingredients.

    Simple and easy on your wallet!

  4. Homemade Fabric Softener Liquid

    There are many recipes for this but this is the one I like the best. Its cheap, easy to make, customizable and works!

    You will need: 1 cup of cheap hair conditioner

    1 1/2 cups of white vinegar

    Tsp Essential Oil

    3 cups of water

    Mix the water, vinegar and essential oils in a bowl. Add in the hair conditioner and whisk until it is all mixed well. You can customize this with your favorite scented essential oils so your laundry comes out smelling wonderful!

    Worried about chemicals? No problem! Leave the conditioner out and you still have a great fabric softener!

     

  5. Homemade Wrinkle Releaser

    This one is made from the softener listed above. Isnt it great that you can make multi-functional products at home?

    You will need: 1 cup distilled or filtered water

    1 cup homemade fabric softener

    Mix together in a spray bottle and shake! Couldnt be easier!

  6. Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

    No sense in buying expensive cleaners when you can make this simple one at home!

    You will need: 9 parts water

    1 part white vinegar

    Mix together in a spray bottle and you are ready to go!

  7. Homemade Tile Scrubber

    Another simple yet effective cleaner without the harsh chemicals!

    You will need: 1/2 cup of baking soda

    Liquid Castile Soap

    5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

    Place baking soda in a bowl. Add liquid soap and mix until it looks like frosting.  Add the essential oils if you like.

    Place mixture on sponge, scrub and rinse! Thats all there is to it!

  8. Homemade Oven Cleaner

    The oven is one chore I hate to do. Not only is this recipe cheaper and safer, it made cleaning the oven a lot less stressful.

    You will need: 2 cups hot water

    1 tsp Borax

    1 Tbsp Natural dish liquid 

    Mix above ingredients, spray onto spill. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes and wipe clean! 

    For greasier spills, use a newspaper first to wipe up as much as you can then use the spray.

  9. Homemade Window Cleaner

    Here is another simple recipe to save you money.

    You will need: 1/4 cup of vinegar

    2 cups water

    Spray bottle

    1/2 teaspoon Natural dish liquid (optional)

     

    Mix ingredients into the spray bottle. Shake to blend. That's it!

  10. Homemade Reed Diffuser

    I saved my favorite for last. I love nothing more than walking into a room and smelling goodness. What is goodness? Whatever you want it to be. May it be sandalwood, lemon, lavendar or whatever your heart desires.

    This recipe is not only easy but you make it the way you want it.

    You will need:

    A glass container with a narrow opening (this keeps the aroma from escaping all at once)

    4-5 reed diffuser sticks or bamboo skewers

    1/4 cup carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil or safflower oil)

    20-25 drops of essential oil

    Mix the carrier oil and the essential oil into container. Add diffusers. Feel free to flip the diffusers to help the oils travel faster.

    Flip every few days to refreshen the scent.

There you have it my friends! Ten easy products that you can make on your own to save you some precious moolah! If you are looking for a more natural way to clean, these are for you as well. Less chemicals, less cost! Its a win-win!