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amygda7a in Pittsburgh is doing 41 things including…

make my own

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amygda7a has written 7 entries about this goal

Cleaning products

laundry detergent

Want to make:
soap (to use for homemade laundry detergent)
dish soap:
body soap


I’m making my own shampoo, deodorant, and household cleaning products…

Time to make my own beer, wine, butter, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and bread.

Yoga mat spray

Made my own yoga mat spray to use after Bikram Yoga classes using this recipe.


I made simple deodorant/ anti-perspirant by mixing equal parts baking soda and some scented powder I had around. I apply with the powder puff. I think it’s awesome; my partner thinks it’s messy. Any advice for non-messy DIY deodorant, or a possible adaptation for this deodorant? Think it would work in a spray bottle if I mixed in some water?

  • Laundry detergent here and here.
  • Shower spray
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Microwave cleaner recipe: Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
  • Mopping: For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
  • Beginning of a DIY laundry detergent: Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and mildew.


Ok, so greener, cheaper, better all around alternatives to some things:

  • Instead of tampons, reusable and biodegradable keeper cup
  • Instead of deodorant, mix about 1/3 baking soda with cornstarch or powder you already have, apply with a powder puff or makeup brush
  • Kitty litter, or here, and add some baking soda to the box to eliminate odor
  • Shampoo
  • and some ideas for conditioner

Basically, baking soda, vinegar, oil, and lemon juice can get you pretty far.

DIY versions?

Ok, so there are probably lots of things I can make that would be cheaper and greener than buying already made. A few things I’ve thought about:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • soap
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • gentle/ facial cleanser
  • toner
  • lip gloss
  • deodorant
  • household cleaner
  • dish-washing soap
  • cat litter
  • laundry detergent
  • fabric softener

If you know some recipes or useful links, please post!

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