Do you want to lower your energy bill each month? Or maybe you just want to find ways to save – without doing any major home improvements like installing a solar panel on your roof. Well good news, being green doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it can make a huge difference in your energy usage and pay for itself many times over. Here are some simple changes to not only help the environment, but save you money.
What if you could cut – by as much as 90% – your cost for everyday items like shampoo and laundry detergent? You’d be putting that money right into your pocket. If you can take your daily living expenses down to a few cents a day, the savings you realize might just get you hooked! Adopting a DIY-approach to your home might seem complicated. But before you know it, you’ll be looking for more ways to DIY to save money!
For many people, DIY is a lifestyle. For others, it’s liberating to make just a few things here and there, but paying extra for convenience is still an option. Maybe you feel you’ve been paying for too much and are ready to start cutting some corners. Regardless of where you fall, we’ve collected some of the simplest DIY household items for you to experiment with. Read on!
DIY Kitchen Disinfectant
So simple! Just add 1/4 cup borax, 1/2 gallon hot water, stir or shake until the borax is dissolved. Put into a spray bottle and you’re ready to go make the world a cleaner and wealthier place.
DIY Window Cleaner
Ok, are you ready? Add ½ cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water. Seriously. It works. On mirrors, too.
If you want to spend a little more, try this: 3 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2 cups of plain club soda, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch…shake well. Get your shine on.
Lots of people have recipes for shampoo out there. And really, this choice depends heavily on your hair type and your fussiness (does it have to smell like roses, for instance?). Personally, I find my hair is best if I alternate between commercial shampoo and this effective baking-soda-and-vinegar technique that costs probably about a penny each day.
DIY Laundry Soap
This one is a bit labor intensive, as it involves grating a bar of soap, but I must say I’ve never looked back after making this homemade laundry detergent. If you take the time to make this simple and effective solution, it will literally pay off!
Baking soda. The end.
I don’t use commercial deodorant – not because I am one of those rare people who don’t need it, but because I’ve been carrying around a little bottle of isopropyl alcohol with me for years. In recent years I add a few drops of lavender or other essential oil to give it a nice scent. I’ve shared this secret with countless friends and every single one of them thanked me and also found it effective. The fact, is, the alcohol kills the bacteria that make your personal scent less than desirable. I have even tested this method in New Orleans in July, and that was a true test! Only caveat being you’ll want a little bottle with you for a refresh, depending on how hot and sticky your environment is.
DIY Hand Cream
Making your own hand cream involves buying some all-natural ingredients that may seem like you are not saving money at all, but you can make hand cream over and over again after purchasing the ingredients, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that what you are using is all natural and chemical free. This hand cream recipe can also be sued to make lovely, personal gifts for family and friends, so you’re saving money there, too!
All this DIY-ing might seem like too much trouble for simple, everyday household items you can just pluck off a shelf, but if you’re as serious about saving money as we are, you’ll be happy to take these extra steps to ensure your money goes to more worthy goals. Saving for tuition or a new house? Well, by adapting some or all of these make-your-own techniques, hundreds of dollars a year can go toward these financial goals!
What are your favorite DIY tips for saving money?