11 Surprisingly Zero Waste Items You Can Make Yourself

Homemade Products that are Easy on Your Wallet and the Environment

1. Shaving Cream

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Here’s a shaving cream sure to please men and women alike! It has:

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Shea Butter
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 tbs Liquid Castile Soap

2. Whipped Coconut Body Butter

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It’s really as simple as it sounds! Just whip Coconut Oil for about six minutes, and there you have it — a fast and easy moisturizer!

3. Deodorant

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Don’t let its simplistic appearance fool you! This deodorant is deceptively strong and effective. All you’ll need is:

  • 5–6 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda

4. Hair Spray

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Ever get concerned over all the unpronounceable ingredients in your hairspray? If so, here’s a cheap, non-toxic alternative:

  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1 1/2 tbs Sugar
  • 10 drops Citrus Essential Oil (optional)

**The more sugar you add, the stronger the hold is

5. Soap Bar

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This quick beginner’s soap is so simple and fun to make. You’ll only need:

  • 10 oz. Olive Oil
  • 6 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 3–4 oz. Distilled Water
  • 2.23 oz. Lye
  • 1 tsp Essential Oil (optional)

6. Dish Detergent

Everything you’ll need to make detergent as effective as a commercial brand is:

  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1 cup Water
  • A few Essential Oil drops (optional)

7. Laundry Soap

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Here’s a natural, laundry soap that’s easy on your wallet and the environment:

  • 1 Soap Bar, shaved (4.5 - 5 oz)
  • 2 cups Washing Soda

**Use 1/2 cup of Peroxide instead of Bleach for white loads

8. Fabric Softener

For softening your clothes, all you’ll need are a couple ingredients:

  • 2 cups Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Baking Soda
  • 5 drops Essential Oil

**The combo of Vinegar and Baking Soda is smell-free, so you don’t need to worry about a Vinegar odor

9. Stain Remover

Remove spots and stains naturally with this recipe:

  • 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 part Baking Soda
  • 2 parts Water.

10. Glass Cleaner

Who needs Windex when making your own takes only a few ingredients? You’ll need:

  • 1 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbs White Vinegar

11. Plant Insecticide

Here’s an easy way to protect your plants from pests without harming them:

Blend the following ingredients

  • 1 Head of Garlic
  • 1 tbs Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 cup Water

**Add 2 tbs of this mixture to 1/2 tsp Castile Liquid Soap and 2 cups Water