DIY-My Favorite Acronym

Posted on January 9th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

If you are addicted to Pinterest and HGTV raise your hand!

How much do I love do it yourself projects, let me count the ways. If you are a Thrifty Diva, you know that doing things yourself instead of buying them is going to save you money. There are so many projects from homemade laundry soap to tiling your own floors that will save you mucho dinero in the long run.

Here are a few easy DIY projects to start with. If you are new to trying things on your own, these are easy and cheap!

1. Homemade laundry soap. We actually covered this easy project a couple of months ago, but you can check out the post HERE. It’s fast, it’s easy and best of all, it’s thrifty!

2. Homemade and natural deodorant.

I have not personally made this, but a good friend has and says it’s wonderful. And better yet, this is completely natural!
What you need:
Empty solid deodorant container
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)

Directions:
1. Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder
2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
3. You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

Recipe from Passionate Homemaking and picture courtesy of my friend Amanda who loves this stuff!

3. Liquid hand soap.

This is INCREDIBLY easy and Thrifty because bar soap is always cheap and it’s the main ingredient. Go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls and check out all their beauty section and there is more bars of soap than you can count and they are cheap. What’s even better for me is that I have so many bars of soap and I don’t know what to do with it! Now I know.

What you need: (and it’s so simple)
1 c soap flakes
10 c water
1 Tbs glycerin

Directions:
1. Grate your soap. I used a food processor with the grater attachment and it was quick and easy.
2. In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. Turn on medium-low heat and stir until the soap dissolves. This happens fast, about a minute or two.
3. Let the soap cool completely, then pour into the containers using the funnel.

How simple is that!?
And the possibilities are endless with scents and even colors.

4. Homemade scrubs.

Have you priced a good scrub lately? They are pretty spendy and in my opinion, unnecessarily. Don’t spend the money, make your own instead. It’s super simple.

What you need:
1. First you need to determine if you want a sugar or salt scrub. Sugar is generally more gentle than salt ones.
2. Choose an oil. You can use baby oil, organic extra virgin coconut oil, almond oil, safflower, or vegetable.

Directions:
1. The ratios are very simple it’s 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt. Just mix it around and it will separate because of the materials involved here.
2. For an extra special add on, drip in some essential oils.

Then just use your scrub as you normally would. I bet you can’t tell the difference between store bought and homemade.

What are some things you’ve made at home?



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