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Have you ever wondered what exactly your toiletries are made of? With homemade soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and moisturizers you won’t have to wonder any more. Here are tips for natural hair and body care:

Homemade Deodorant

  • One of the best deodorants is plain old baking soda. You can pat it right onto your skin or mix it with a little cornstarch for extra staying power and moisture control. Try 1/2 cornstarch and 1/2 baking soda. Some readers say that mixing in anti-bacterial tea tree oil makes it even more effective.

Homemade Shampoo

  • Old-fashioned castile soap can also be dissolved in warm water to be used as shampoo.
  • After shampooing, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine.
  • If regular shampooing with water is impossible for some reason, try mixing 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 cup cornmeal in a shaker bottle. Sprinkle lightly onto hair, then brush thoroughly to get rid of dirt and oil. A combination of baby powder and cornstarch can also be used the same way.

See our natural health blogger's shampoo recipe which uses only 2 ingredients!

If you like your store-bought shampoo but would like to add to it a little, the essential oils that old-timers relied on for hair care really do work.

  • To nourish and moisturize, pour some shampoo or conditioner into your palm and add a few drops of cedar wood, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, rosemary, thyme, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add thickness and body, use cedar wood or clary sage.
  • To reduce oiliness, try bergamot, cedar wood, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang.
  • To add luster, try sweet basil, Roman chamomile, or lavender.
  • To detangle hair, use chamomile, grapefruit, marigold, passionflower, or sweet clover, and to relieve dandruff, try cedar wood, clary sage, lemon, pine, rosemary, or tea tree.

Homemade Moisturizer

  • For healthy skin, add rosemary oil to the bathwater.
  • Another age-old tradition to prevent wrinkles around the eyes is to apply a drop of castor oil around each eye before going to bed. Castor oil acts as a humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture in the skin. This promotes healthier skin cell rejuvenation. Some plastic surgeons apply castor oil around an incision after surgery for this exact reason.

Eye Make-up Remover (Safe and Gentle)

  • Save on those very expensive eye make-up removers with this recipe. Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil, and 1 tablespoon light olive oil.
  •  For use on your entire body, put some castor oil in a little spray bottle. To maximize absorption, spray it on your skin after showering and gently rub it in while your skin is still warm and your pores are open.

Natural Skin Cleanser

Tales of the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, tell of her beauty and her radiant skin. Her secret? Apparently she used to take frequent baths in fresh milk. Researchers now have found that the lactic acid in milk is the cause of the stunning skin. Alpha hydroxy acids help loosen dead skin and give healthy skin a deep cleansing.

  • As the tub fills, pour in two cups to one quart of fresh milk or butter milk. Fresh milk can be substituted with one cup of powdered milk. A few drops of lavender essential oil may increase the relaxing effects.
  • Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes and gently massage your skin with a wash cloth or a loofah to rub off all the dead skin.
  • After taking your bath, drain the tub and take a quick shower to rinse off all the milk on your body.

If you don’t have time to soak in the bathtub, below is a recipe for oatmeal soap.

Oatmeal Soap Recipe

If you have leftover soap slivers in the bathtub or sink, you can recycle them into this yummy new soap! Oatmeal has proven moisturizing benefits.

  • Gather these ingredients: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup small soap pieces, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 tablespoon water
  • Put the soap slivers in a plastic bag and pound them into small chunks.
  • Put chunks in a blender, add the oatmeal and pulse until grainy.
  • Pour into a bowl and add the oil and water.
  • Mix with your hands, removing any remaining bigger chunks of soap.
  • Shape the mixture into a ball and let sit until hard, about two hours.
  • Be sure to wash the blender thoroughly to remove the soap residue.

Homemade Toothpaste

Washing your hands with toothpaste and water will eliminate fish odor.

Even today, baking soda remains in the lead for tooth-whitening products. Unlike other modern toothpastes, baking soda is gritty enough to remove plaque, but not abrasive enough to remove tooth enamel. A combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide lifts particles caught between teeth and kills bacteria.

Do not add anything to the baking soda to make it more abrasive. You may want to add an artificial sweetener for taste (which is essentially all some of those "natural" toothpastes do), but do not add real sugar which would promote tooth decay.

Note: Check with your dentist before usage. The American Dental Association only accepts toothpastes containing fluoride and recommends fluoridation of community water supplies. This is a debated subject; we refer you to your respective health care provider for their professional recommendation.

Homemade Toothpaste

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide and ½ teaspoon baking soda, scoop the paste up with your toothbrush and proceed as you normally would.

Homemade Minty Toothpaste

  • To make toothpaste with a more traditional toothpaste consistency and a mint-y taste, mix together 6 teaspoons of baking soda, 1/3 teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons glycerin, and 15 drops of peppermint or wintergreen extract. Depending on how much you use at a time, this recipe is good for 15-20 applications and should be stored in any appropriately sized container with a snug lid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any tips for homemade cleaners? Please post below!

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By WadeN on December 20

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What do you suggest for

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Great article. I dont know

By Alex64

Great article. I dont know why people buy cosmetics products when they can make it themselves. Probably they are lazy. I make my products with recipes from this site: www.diybeautyideas.com but i will definitely try your recipes, they seem simple.

Homemade shampoo actually

By Lisa91

Homemade shampoo actually seems like a great idea! I can't wait to try it :)

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I like homemade remedies but

By adeline

I like homemade remedies but do you have other ways to make shampoo if you don't have the Castile soap

Yes, here is a homemade

By Almanac Staff

Yes, here is a homemade shampoo recipe using just two ingredients: baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Click here to see more: http://www.almanac.com/blog/natural-health-home-tips/natural-shampoo-only-two-ingredients

Baking soda is to alkaline

By Alika

Baking soda is to alkaline for hair's natural PH. Using it would be like bleaching your hair 10 times at once. It causes the hair shaft to stay open leading to weakened hair that breaks easily. A better bet would be to use Aloe Vera gel and coconut milk but that may leave your hair too greasy.

Hi Alika, I use either

By Margaret Boyles

Hi Alika,

I use either borax or baking soda as a shampoo (whch indeed opens the hair shaft and rids it of dirt and debris), followed immediately by an acid rinse of cider vinegar in warm water, which closes the shaft and leaves hair smooth and manageable. Give this two-step process a try!

I am a big fan of homemade

By adeline

I am a big fan of homemade remedies and other homemade hair care

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By Anne693

I've been using an all-natural shampoo from a small company called Healthy Skin for a Happy Life. It contains no dangerous chemicals like sulfates or parabens, but it is made entirely of things like honey, coconut oil, jojoba and lemon juice. Soooo good and so much easier than making it myself. Give it a try! www.healthyskinhappylife.com

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By Urban

When I have made dirty greasy job, on car or bicycle - the best way to clean my hands is to take ordinary food oil and a cloth. It solves and cleans and feels good for the skin. Than I wash my hands to clean them from the oil. It works like miracle.

Homemade Liquid Laundry

By Deann

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent:
a bar of fels-Naptha soap
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
(got everything in the laundry aisle at Wal-mart. You can also add 1/2-1 cup Oxyclean & a
few drops of essential oils for fragrance if you like)

You grate the bar of soap & put it in a pot with 4 cups of hot water & heat/ stir on
the stove until all the soap is dissolved. Fill a clean 5 gallon bucket half full of hot water, add the soap, Borax & soda & stir it all up really good, then fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot water & stir again. Put the lid on it & let it sit for 24 hours, then fill whatever container you want to use half full of the detergent & the rest with water. Shake well. Supposed to use 5/8 cup for top loaders & 1/4 cup for HE machines.
(some ppl prefer not to dilute with water & just cut the amount they use by 1/2 instead)

Homemade Fabric Softener:
2 cups of any scented HAIR conditioner
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of warm water
Mix well

I use a 1/1/1 mix. 1 bar of

By Rachael_A

I use a 1/1/1 mix.
1 bar of soap (I don't like the Fels naptha)
1 cup Borax
1 cup baking soda (baked at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes)

I also add Purex crystals to mine for smell.

Laundry soap: grate part of a

By bibeau2009

Laundry soap: grate part of a bar of soap, add baking powder and for softness vinigar

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By Frank Rupp

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By Reba D

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http://fluoridation.com/bones.htm
or, if you don't like to follow links, google the title of the article: What are the long-term effects of ingesting fluoride on our bones?
Good luck to us, because F is added to our water, so, drink it or....what else can we do?

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