Last week I talked about my top 5 frugal rules, including knowing when to do it yourself. Today I want to go over a few of the recipes I use around the house that lower my overall costs: laundry detergent, moisturizer, and face wash.
All 3 of these recipes can be made using essential oils, so before I go into further detail I’m to talk about where I get my essential oils (non-affiliate pitch, I promise).
I buy all of my essential oils from Edens Garden. They have quality essential oils, very affordable prices, and have the option to create your own custom sets. I have used them from the beginning I cannot imagine changing. I have used doTerra and Young Living and see no difference in the quality but a significant difference in the price. I highly recommend checking them out!
The recipe that I use most often is for laundry detergent. My absolute favorite thing about this recipe is that it costs about $15 to buy everything and lasts for up to 6 months!
Note: These are all affiliate links but I recommend buying these items at your local supermarket because it’s much cheaper if you’re only making one batch.
What You Need:
- 5 gallon bucket or other large container
- 1 Box of Zote Soap Flakes or 2 bars of Zote Soap
- 1 Box of Borax
- 1 Box of Washing Soda
- Optional: 3lb Box of Oxiclean
- Optional: Scent booster (such as Purex Crystals or Downy Unstoppables) or desired essential oil
If you are using Zote soap bars, you will need to grate them. I have found it’s much easier to cut the bars into about 12 pieces and then pulse in an old blender that I no longer use for food.
After you have gotten your Zote soap grated, mix everything together in your large container. I use an old wooden spoon but you can also mix by hand. If you are using an essential oil for scent, add about 20-25 drops before you mix everything.
You can leave everything in the container you mixed it in or you can put it in another container. I usually refill the scent booster container and the Oxiclean container and then leave the remainder in the large container to use first.
When using your newly made laundry detergent, keep in mind you don’t have to use any more than if you bought it! I use about 1/4 scoop for small loads, 1/2 scoop for medium loads, and 3/4 scoop for large loads.
I created this recipe to help with my dry skin problems at the change of seasons.
What You Need:
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Essential Oil (Tea Tree, Lavender, Cedarwood, or Rosemary)
Make sure your coconut oil is in liquid form when you’re mixing everything.
Mix equal parts coconut oil and almond oil together. I used 1/2 cup of each. Then add 10 drops of desired essential oil. Mix thoroughly. Store in your refrigerator to prevent melting.
I use this to help with my combination skin and frequent breakouts. The essential oils listed have strong antibacterial properties that aid in preventing acne.
What You Need:
- Witch Hazel
- Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils (or substitute: Peppermint, Citronella, Lemongrass, Orange, or Eucalyptus)
- Glass Bottle for storage (such as this one), or use an old essential oil bottle
- Optional: Almond or Coconut Oil
Clean your storage bottle thoroughly before beginning.
Fill your bottle 3/4 of the way with Witch Hazel. If using Almond Oil, add 5 drops. Finally, add 7 drops each of Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils. If you are using a substitute essential oil, feel free to mix and match your essential oils to 14 drops.
Note: If you are using Peppermint or Eucalyptus essential oil, only add 5 drops due to strong scents that may cause eye irritation.
It’s best to wash your face before use but this will work independently if you’re in a hurry. You do not need to rinse it off (and your face will smell amazing!).
Do you have any household recipes you use? Please share in the comments!