Fall is in the air, maybe the kids are back in school and suddenly you find yourself with a bit of extra time to dive into making more of your household cleaning products and toiletries from scratch. Or you may have just decided that now is the time to dive in.
Making cleaning products and toiletries can be fun and save you a lot of money. An added bonus is that you know exactly what is in them.
The skin is your largest organ, making what you put on your body just as important as what you put in it.
Before you dive in and make everything from scratch, remember that not everything needs to be made by you. Made from scratch living is possible with a measure of grace. It’s not an all or nothing deal. There are actually some products not to make from scratch.
Making your own products is like the 80/20 rule. Make some, buy others, and buy the “cleanest” ones your budget allows. It’s all about grace.
You do not have to make all.the.things.
There are actually some things that you don’t want to make, ever, in my opinion.
5 Products Not to Make From Scratch
1. Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent is just that, a detergent. Most recipes you find online are for laundry soap. Soap leaves a film and residue that can build up over time. Not only on your clothes but in your machine as well.
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2. Fabric Softener
Fabric softener has a few strikes against it. For starters, most fabric softeners are full of artificial fragrances. Secondly, they expire, if you keep it around for too long, it separates and can leave grease spots all over your clothes, just ask me how I know… Lastly, it’s not really necessary. Homemade versions can be messy and aren’t worth the effort to make.
There are a few routes you can take:
- Adding 1/4 white vinegar to the rinse cycle
- Wool dryer balls
- 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash
3. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are really not *that* necessary. Their purpose is to break of the static electricity in the dryer so that your clothes don’t cling to each other.
There are homemade versions out there but really all you need is wool dryer balls. If really want a scent, sprinkle an essential oil on them before you throw them in the dryer.
4. Dish Soap
You can make your own dish soap, there are some good recipes out there, but most take quite a bit of time to make. Castile soap, while great for diluting for to wash your hands and body, does not make a good dish soap. Your dishes and skin will be covered in a film, which means you have to wash them all over again.
Just make it easier on yourself and buy a more natural option:
No-poo, Castile soap mixed with an herbal infusion, and eggs are just a few of the more natural made from scratch routes you could take. Yet none of them are really that awesome.
No-poo, while touted for its amazing short term results can often lead to severe damage to your hair. Leaving you with a head of split ends.
Castile soap based recipe sometimes work well for those with dry hair but if your hair is normal to oily, it is a no go. Your hair acts like a sponge, absorbing the oils used to make the soap. It can take several washings to remove it.
Eggs can actually be a good occasional hair treatment to get rid of the filth and grime. Yet generally speaking they aren’t ideal for long term maintenance. Plus if you use them while taking too warm of a shower you may end up with scrambled eggs in your hair.
*Sadly, all three of these examples are from first-hand experience. Well, actually the scrambled eggs in the hair was kind of funny…
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A conditioner is a must for many people, especially for those with dry or curly hair. Many homemade versions leave your hair a mess or might even clog your sink.
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Right now, if you sign up with Grove Collaborative you can try out some of my favourite products that I give myself grace on and buy instead of making them from scratch!
What makes them even better is that they are almost free! If you are a current customer, there is a freebie for you as well!
For new customers, when you place your first order of $20, you’ll get the fall sell in your choice of apple cider or mum scents— you can even mix and match if you want, like I did:
- Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
- Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
- Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s candle
- Free Grove kitchen towel
- Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial
If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll get a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers.
The Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap, and candle come in matching scents so you can fill your entire home with your favorite fall scent. Or you can mix and match like I did. All the products are non-toxic and made with plant- derived ingredients.
The set also includes a lovely Grove Collaborative kitchen towel. I love my set(s), I have a few. They are nice and thick.
This set is a perfect example of why I love Grove: They offer an amazing selection of the best natural household products from both their house brand and favorites like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Caldrea. Plus, they remember what you like and ship it to your doorstep, on your schedule. There’s no fee to join — you only pay for the products you buy (and the prices are almost always lower than my local grocery store).
If you’re on the fence about trying Grove Collaborative, this is your opportunity! When you sign-up using my link, you’ll get the free fall set + free shipping + free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service.
What are you waiting for? Grab your free fall seasonal set now:
- Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the fall seasonal set for free when you sign up!
- To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20 which is easy when you buy that laundry detergent and shampoo that you aren’t going to buy anymore, along with wool dryer balls. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
- You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.