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DIY Household Products That Save Money Without Chemicals

DIY Household Products That Save Money Without Chemicals

If you are the type of person who prefers to have your household merchandise without the flame retardant or other weird chemical, then you will appreciate this collection of do-it-yourself products. The other good news is that this helps you save money, so perhaps that is even a more compelling reason for you to give these a try! Some of these are not about going chemical-free as much as they are just finding handy hacks for your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.

Body Wash

    Want to know how to create a much cheaper, cleaner version of your favorite body wash? This site has the full scoop. The price differential definitely makes this worth it on cost alone. The ingredients are shown below.

      Mouthwash

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        Looking for a better solution to the mouth rinse you get at your local grocery? Grab these ingredients: 1/2 c. aloe vera juice, 1/4 c. water, 1 tsp witch hazel, 1 tsp baking soda, and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. This site breaks it down for you, but the tricks is to combine the ingredients without letting the reaction overflow.

        Laundry Detergent

          Don’t drop twenty bucks on laundry soap next time you run out of clean clothes. Try making your own and saving that cash for more important investments. It calls for Borax, Fels-Naptha soap, baking soda, Oxy Clean, and softener crystals.

          Glue

            Hopefully this glue isn’t for sniffing. Get your hands on some flour, sugar, water, and white vinegar, then follow these methods (you have a few to choose from).

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            Febreze

              Got roommates? Find yourself spraying lots of fabric freshener all over the place? Go cheap: liquid fabric softener, baking soda, and warm tap water will get the job done.

              Hand Soap

                The magic is in the foam-dispensing pump, not the soap. So next time you run out, put 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in the empty canister and fill the rest with water. Enjoy not spending five bucks at the store!

                Insecticide

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                  If you want a natural alternative to arsenic (one of the active ingredients in insecticides), then try this recipe. It calls for 1 head of garlic, 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap, and 2 cups water. Pretty simple!

                   

                  Wrinkle Remover

                    This might be one of those products you are glad you know how to make next time you need it. The ingredients call for 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, and 3 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener. Just combine in a spray bottle and you’re done.

                    Bug Spray

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                      Nothing is worse than trying to enjoy the great outdoors and constantly having to fight off the mosquitos. Next time, try bringing along your own brand of homemade bug spray. It’s cheaper and will not have DEET. Get your hands on some essential oils of your choosing, natural witch hazel, distilled or boiled water, and vegetable glycerin. Who knows, you may even fend off Dengue Fever!

                      Shaving Cream

                        There’s no doubt that the market has been cornered on shaving cream. Save yourself the money next time and opt for the DIY kind. It calls for 1/3 cup shea butter, 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil, 10 drops rosemary essential oil, and 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil.

                        Get even more DIY Recipes here! [31 Household Products You’ll Never Have To Buy Again | Buzzfeed]

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                        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                        3. Upgrade yourself

                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                        4. Talk to a friend.

                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                        8. Have a quick nap.

                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                        10. Find some competition.

                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                        11. Go exercise.

                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                        12. Take a good break.

                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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