How To Save Money On Toiletries
Toiletries are an essential part of life so surely all frugal elves want to know how to save money on toiletries. The frugal key here is to make your own!
We’ll show you how to make some everyday basics that work just as well if not better than storebought items. You don’t have to go out and buy expensive toiletries ever again. The best thing about this is that these hacks are easy to follow, affordable and most importantly, made by yourself so you know what ingredients went into making them.
So let’s learn how to save money on toiletries! Make Your Own Shampoo
A shampoo is a product that should be of good quality. Does this mean you need to buy one which happens to be expensive to be called a ‘good quality’ shampoo? No, it does not. Here I will tell you how to save money on toiletries: the shampoo edition. You can always opt for a homemade shampoo, which you can fashion out of easily available items. There is even a recipe down below, that you can follow and you would have a homemade cheap shampoo.
The ingredients required:
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ cup liquid Castile soap
You can choose between almond oil and olive oil, as they are both good for your hair. When choosing liquid castile soap, you should opt for Dr. Bonner’s pure Castile liquid soap (Baby unscented). Each bottle has either 8 FL OZ, 16 FL OZ or 32 FL OZ. This liquid soap contains organic oils, water, potassium hydroxide, citric acid and tocopherol. The organic oils include coconut oil, palm kennel oil, hemp oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. The National Organic Standards Program has certified all of these oils used as ingredients.
This bottle can last you months as the soap needs to be diluted as it is more concentrated than other liquid Castile soaps. This happens to be a great investment as it can be used multiple times. Castile soap is a great option for your hair as it is known as a vegetable soap containing the following ingredients: water, olive oil and lye. It is bio-degradable, non-toxic and packed in post-consumer plastic bottles that have been recycled. It is free of synthetic preservatives, detergents and foaming agents. This has a positive impact on the environment through the elimination of waste.
This product can also be used for cleaning, doing dishes, laundry, cleaning your car, hands and so many more things. It is perfect for people with sensitive skin and allergies. It can even be used for babies. It is a multi-purpose non-toxic cleaner, making it a great product to purchase.
Make Your Own Teeth Whitener
Everyone likes pearly white teeth, but all these procedures happen to be time-consuming along with expensive. You end up paying so much money that you could have utilized elsewhere. Here I will tell you how to save money on toiletries: the teeth whitener version.
Another important thing to keep in mind when deciding to use a teeth whitener is the ingredients. Your teeth are a really vital part of your body. They are responsible for chewing the food to break it down as much as possible before it can be swallowed and digested. You have to be extremely careful when using a teeth whitening product as some of these teeth whitening tools or kits can contain ingredients that can be harmful to your teeth and gums, causing them damage.
The best product to use for teeth whitening is hydrogen peroxide. Many of these teeth whitening tools and kits use hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient. It is important to remember to use hydrogen peroxide in moderation and occasionally. Hydrogen peroxide can cause damage to your teeth by eroding the enamel of your teeth. This, in turn, can lead to sensitive teeth or bleeding gums. This makes it the main reason why a person needs to make the solution correctly and avoid the over usage of this product.
Since it is a fairly common household item due to its antiseptic properties, it can be found and bought easily. It is a bleaching agent that is effective for teeth whitening. Hydrogen peroxide should always be diluted and not applied directly to your teeth.
It is recommended that when you employ this hack for teeth whitening, you should only do short treatments with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Before trying this at home, you must consult your dentist first, especially if you have a sensitive set of teeth. You don’t want to end up causing damage to your teeth due to a prolonged or incorrect application of hydrogen peroxide.
There are a few ways you use hydrogen peroxide as a teeth whitening tool. It can either be used as a mouth wash, made into a paste form to be applied to your teeth or be used with Q-tips. All three of the methods and ingredients have been listed below to help you decided how to save money on toiletries (teeth whiteners).
- The mouthwash form: For this version of hydrogen peroxide teeth whitener, you need only two ingredients. First you will take half a cup of water and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix both of these ingredients and swish this mixture inside for about thirty to sixty seconds. You have to make sure that this does not cross over a minute and thirty seconds because that could be harmful to your teeth. You have to make sure that you do not swallow any of this mixture either. Once you are done with swishing the mixture in your mouth, you need to spit it out.
- The paste form: A homemade paste form is something many people opt for as it is a quick way to whiten teeth. It is a great way to rid yourself of minor stains. All you need to do is mix baking soda and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide together to make a thick paste. Mix it with a spoon and make sure the texture isn’t gritty. Now you can apply this paste to your teeth using a toothbrush, you have to leave it for a few minutes only. Rinse thoroughly after washing it out as you need to get rid of all the traces.
- The Q-tip form: For this method, all you need to do is to dip the q-tip in the hydrogen peroxide and then apply it to your teeth. After around thirty seconds, you should brush your teeth and rise properly.
We recommend the Amazon brand hydrogen peroxide solution. Because it’s their own brand, Amazon is able to make it super pocket-friendly.
Make Your Own Toothpaste
Toothpaste is an essential item that you need to use every day. It is important to make sure that your toothpaste is safe to be used and doesn’t cause any damage to your teeth. Here I will tell you how to save money on toiletries: the toothpaste version.
The most important ingredient is bentonite clay as it known to extract toxins. It’s a key ingredient in making your own toothpaste. Here’s our favorite and cheapest bentonite clay on Amazon. It is unrefined and pure. It is safe and rich in organic minerals. Here’s the recipe for this all-natural toothpaste:
- Two tablespoons bentonite clay
- Four tablespoon water
- One tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon stevia powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
You can also add essential oils like peppermint or orange. Make sure you use a non-metal spoon and bowl to mix the ingredients otherwise bentonite clay loses some of its effectiveness. Sea salt is a natural cleanser and whitener for your teeth. Stevia is used as it’s a natural sweetener and coconut oil has antibacterial properties. Just store this in a container for future use. It can be stored for a month, giving you a great way to use an all-natural toothpaste. Essential oils are optional as they are usually added to add a scent to the toothpaste but they also have antibacterial properties and help fight against plaque.
To sum it all, oftentimes we wonder how to save money on toiletries. Here are a few ways that provide you with the option of making homemade toiletries that are safe and affordable. These are easy, cheap and a better option for you as you can avoid store-bought products. Give these recipes a try and learn how to save money on toiletries that are of everyday use. You can share these with your friends and family and help them save money on toiletries as well.
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