It’s so easy to buy everything in the store that we sometimes forget how simple it can be to make things ourselves. Not only is it easy to make many household cleaners, kitchen staples, and useful knick-knacks yourself, but it can save you a whole lot of money. Most of what you pay for in the store is the packaging and the brand name, anyway. These 10 DIY home ideas will let you stop spending money on household things and start saving it for something more fun.
1. Dishwasher Detergent Tabs
Using detergent tabs instead of powder or liquid dishwasher detergent is so much more convenient and less messy, but man! Those little guys can be expensive. Blogger Jillee of OneGoodThingByJillee.com has come up with an easy DIY to make your own dishwasher detergent tabs out of ingredients you probably already have. You can also check out some of her other DIY projects to make your own dishwashing soap, window cleaner, and more.
2. Laundry Detergent
While we’re on the topic of cleaning, you can also make your own laundry detergent. Tammy of HousingAForest.com has a recipe that makes 10 gallons, enough for 640 loads if you use ¼ cup per load. That’s 640 loads worth of savings on laundry detergent!
3. Sandwich Bread
Everyone seems to have this idea that making bread is a huge challenge, but it’s really one of the simplest things you could make in the kitchen. Never tried baking bread before? Here’s an easy homemade bread recipe for beginners from TheKitchn.com.
4. Workout Shirts
A comfy and loose tank top is 100x better to work out in than an annoying t-shirt, in my opinion. But in the store, workout tank tops can be pretty pricey, and it seems silly to pay for one when you can so easily turn your old t-shirts into workout tank tops. Follow these graphic instructions to do it yourself.
5. Lip Balm
Move over, Burt’s Bees. We’re not paying high prices for your beeswax lip balm anymore, because we can make it ourselves, at home. All you need to make your own beeswax lip balm is coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and an essential oil of your choice. You’ll also need some containers to put it in – you can either reuse old lip balm containers, or get new ones for cheap at BuyinCoins.com or AliBaba.com. Here are the instructions.
Store bought Play-Dough isn’t that expensive, but it doesn’t last long. Either it dries out, or the kids mix all the colors together and want new colors. Debbie from OneLittleProject.com shows you how to make play dough at home with safe ingredients and food coloring.
7. Eye Makeup Remover
Why is everything involved with makeup so darn expensive? Even those makeup removing wipes seem to be a lot too pricey for what they are. Jillee comes to the rescue again with these instructions for making your own eye makeup remover and reusable makeup removing wipes.
8. Flour Tortillas
I was spoiled by living in Texas, where I could get homemade, still-warm tortillas at HEB (the main Texas grocery store chain) anytime I wanted. Now I live in Santiago, Chile, and good, homemade tortillas are conspicuously absent from the grocery store shelves. Luckily, I found this simple recipe for yummy homemade tortillas – even easier to make than homemade bread.
9. Baby Food
You already spent a small fortune on diapers, a car seat, onesies that will be too small in a week, a fancy baby monitor, and all those other baby goodies. Food for baby is one place where you can pinch some serious pennies – by making it yourself, you can have almost 2 months worth of baby food for just $5. Here’s everything you need to know about homemade baby food from Jamie at HelloLittleScout.com.
10. Oven Mitt
I recently moved, and realized halfway through baking some cookies that I didn’t have an oven mitt! I made do with an old t-shirt, but the next time I went out shopping, I made sure an oven mitt was on my list. For such a simple item, I was surprised at how much they were asking for oven mitts at the store. There are a couple of DIY home projects you can use to avoid spending the money: Use old fabric scraps and some insulated batting to make your own oven mitt, or crochet hot pads if that’s more your style.
The first step is admitting you have a problem: I have a Cheez-Its problem. Once I start with them, I just can’t stop. Unfortunately for me, I can’t seem to find any Cheez-Its in Chile. So here is a recipe I found to make your own Cheez-Its, which will save you money (if you have a problem like I do) and also keep you marginally healthier, since you’ll be skipping all the sketchy ingredients and preservatives.
And if you’re not too tired after all these DIY projects, get out and do something fun with the cash you saved!