natural living for normal people

A few favorite DIY natural products

I realized the other day that it’s been 10 years since I started taking a hard look at home, health, and beauty products and their ingredients. It’s definitely one of those “such an ongoing journey” things, and I know I’m in pretty deeply because I am making my own products these days.
 
Not all of them–let’s not be crazy–but here are three that are working wonders for me right now.

Eye Makeup Remover
 
I used Cetaphil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover for years, but it’s got a lot of stuff in it I’ve never heard of and is kind of pricey, especially for how quickly I go through it (plus it isn’t on the EWG Skin Deep website, which is where I usually go for information). I only had to read baby shampoo + oil + water online 50,000 times before I decided to try it myself.

Not to worry, an in-depth How She Does It post about my quick baseboard cleaning and rigorous background houseplant selection process is in the works.

The caveat here is that not all baby shampoos are created equal, of course, but this one is our household favorite and scores a 1 on Skin Deep. I also add Aveda Beautifying Composition Oil, which I get for free on my birthday through Aveda Pure Privilege, and filtered water. Quick, easy, and approximately 5 cents a bottle. Done.
 
Kitchen Countertop Cleaner
 
I remain devoted to vinegar for many, many things, but it isn’t good for granite countertops. I’ve attempted to link to the recipe I found online, but the site has a million pop-ups and I’m going to spare you the headache. It’s basically a tablespoon liquid soap + a quarter cup rubbing alcohol + essential oils + 2 cups of water. Shake gently before using.
That bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap has been with me for a while (ahem, clearly). It does everything and a little goes a long way. That’s the soap I used for the countertop cleaner. Since it’s got such a lovely lavender scent already, I added lemon essential oil because lavender and lemon smell great together, plus lemon keeps this more kitchen-y smelling to me rather than flowery. I added a few drops of tea tree oil, too, because why wouldn’t I?
 
Fabric Refresher
 
This one is so easy and smells so good it’s a little ridiculous. Witch hazel + whatever oils you love. Bam.
Because of the oils, I skip using this on the priceless heirloom silks and ancient Japanese screens I have all over this home I share with a man and a toddler (sarcasm, but do be careful). It needs a little shake since the oils separate out pretty quickly, but I spray it lightly on our curtains, sofa, and bedding pretty often, running the fans after and enjoying the mystery-chemical-free freshness.

Any favorite DIY products out there? I’d love to share links to stuff you’re making.

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