Remember the days when wearing thrift clothing was so not cool? Well, it seems as if those days are behind us. The rise of millennials has introduced a culture with an admiration for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) hacks. This DIY mentality has allowed people to save money on a number of things, specifically household items. Continue reading to find out some quick DIY projects, so you can share in the wealth, too!
Homemade Air Freshener
As someone who always strives for a clean-smelling house, I’ve become a big fan of plugin air fresheners and candles- unfortunately they aren’t cheap. I’ve spent nearly $4-$6 on a plugin air freshener, and that’s not even including the plugin. (Not to mention they have to be replaced quite often)
So in an effort to save a few bucks here and there, I’ve discovered an inexpensive alternative that will keep my house smelling great.
You will need:
- ¾ cup of tap water
- 2 tablespoons of real vanilla extract
- 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, etc.)
- 1 plastic 8oz spray bottle (You can find this at almost any grocery store)
Combine these 3 ingredients in the spray bottle, shake well, and spray as needed. I often spray this on my curtains and furniture, with the scent lasting even longer than most plugin air fresheners. It’s not only cheap, but it’s all natural!
(Tip: If you’re expecting company, combine these ingredients in a crockpot and set it on low-heat. Within 30 minutes, you’ll notice the fragrance throughout your house!)
DIY Flavored Water
A case of water at the grocery store goes for nearly $4-$6, and assuming that you and your family drink the recommended dosage of water per day (8 glasses/1.9 liters) it can really add up! So Instead of buying bottled water, pricy bottled drinks like soda or artisanal water, you can add a hint of flavor to tap or filtered water by infusing it with slices of lime, lemon, cucumber, mint, or other flavors you enjoy.
Homemade Window Cleaner
It’s really simple- Just add ½ cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water. (It really works!)
If you don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, try this: 3 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 2 cups of regular club soda, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Shake well and enjoy the shininess of your windows.
Baking soda. The end.
No, really. If you have ever read the warning label on toothpaste, you will notice a warning which states that if you swallow the toothpaste, you should call poison control. The reason for this is toothpaste contains numerous potentially dangerous chemicals, and one of these is called fluoride.
Baking soda has proven to be a healthier, more favorable alternative to toothpaste- not only because it is fluoride-free, but also because it is less abrasive than all toothpastes.
- Take a pinch of baking soda and put it into a small glass or small bowl.
2. Add a small amount of pure water (ideally not tap water) to the bowl and mix it into the baking soda. The solution should be slightly runny as you don’t want too many of the granules present. Dip your toothbrush in to get some of the solution on the brush.
3. Brush starting with your molars and then moving to the facings and backs of your teeth.
4. (Optional) Once done, you can add some more water to the glass or bowl and swish it around your mouth. This will help keep your mouth alkaline.
5. Rinse out your mouth with pure water as you normally would after brushing.
DIY Nontoxic Floor Cleaner
For an inexpensive, all-natural, all-purpose cleaner, all you need is:
- Leftover citrus peels (or 10 drops of your preferred essential oil)
- Equal parts boiling water & white vinegar
Combine these 3 ingredients and let it sit for a week before straining it into spray bottles. This blend replaces any all-purpose cleaners, which can typically cost you $16-$40!