Here are my crunchy cabinets must-haves! The majority of money saving things I make at home are usually using one or more of these ingredients. The best part about them all is that they are under $20 dollars and last a good while depending on how much you use them. Check em’ out!
1. Baking Soda Average Cost: $3-$10
Not only can you use this in a pinch to brush your teeth if you run out of toothpaste, but you can also make deodorant, scent stones, dissolving shower disks, face scrub and use it for cleaning! The possibilities are endless, just do a quick google search of “baking soda uses” and you’ll see. Plus, it’s dirt cheap at the grocery store. I usually buy a ginormous bag at Costco.
You can use this clay to make great mask, it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. If it makes a great mask that also means it’s great for sucking out impurities, so think about that next time you get an itchy bug bite!
3. Beeswax $10
Beeswax can be used to make lip balms, salves, chest rubs, candles and SO. MUCH. MORE. It hardens any liquid carrier oil you add it to. For my crafty friends you can use it to make those old school letter stamps. I regularly make stuff and give gifts using beeswax and a 16 ounce bag has lasted me at least a year. A little bit goes a long way!
These are both mild liquid carrier oils. They are the closest to the oils that your skin naturally makes called sebum, which means it won’t leave you feeling super oily. Almond oil (because it’s cheaper) is my go to oil to use for rollers. When making things for sensitive skin like a baby oil, beard oil or face cleanser, I use jojoba.
Oh how do I love thee, let me count the ways! I use this to make most of my hardened concoctions like lip balm, chest rub & booty balm. It removes makeup, hydrates skin, keeps your teeth and gums healthy and at least fifty other things I can think of on the top of my head. Google it. I put that ish on everything.
6. Vinegar $2-$8 (depending on the size you buy)
I usually buy the gallon at Costco for super cheap. Other than my Thieves cleaner, I like to use vinegar for crazy grime, soaking up and deodorizing pee stains and unclogging drains. Adding a little to your wash cycle helps take away static cling too!
Vitamin e oil is so nourishing to the skin! It may help your skin maintain a youthful appearance and it hydrates like no other. But be careful it’s a heavy oil and if you’re prone to breakouts use it sparingly.
It can naturally help with temporary coughs and help soothe a sore throat. I also like to use it for my thieves elderberry syrup!
You can make toners out of it and use it for room sprays as an emulsifier. It’s great for soothing skin and dry out oily prone skin.
10. Castile Soap $11
Skip the name brand and you’ll save some dinero. I buy unscented and use my essential oils to scent it! I use castile to make coconut body wash and foaming hand soap. One large bottle lasts me a year if I’m just using it for hand soap. Some folks like to use it for face wash also, but it’s not my personal preference.
11. Epsom Salt $5
It helps sore muscles, soothes skin and volumizes hair! I’m just starting down the rabbit trail that is the wonders of Epsom salt. I use it for my kiddos night time bath with essential oils, they help evenly disperse the oils in the bath water.
Aloe Vera is so beneficial for the skin! You can throw it in the fridge and apply it after a long day out in the sun. I like to use it to make an on the go hand cleanser that is free of all the chemicals. You can even make facemasks by combining it with bentonite clay.
And there you have it! Buy one or two a paycheck if you’re on a tight budget and you’ll be stocked up in no time.