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Making your everyday essentials is a lot more satisfying than buying products from the store. This is mainly because you have a feeling of productivity after you have made them and there is no secret ingredient that you don’t know of mixed in the product, so you know it is 100% safe and organic. There is will be no unethical use of labour behind your product and this will get you enough points to get into A Good Place. You will also not be buying chemicals and thus will contribute towards reducing wastage and pollution. Making your own essentials will also reduce your spending so you might get to save on a few bucks by the end of the month. What other reasons does one want to switch to using homemade products when they are more environment-friendly and affordable and have similar or less healthy results. Here are some make your own essentials that we have put together to make your lives easier, cleaner and cooler.

1. Cleaning liquids

Deciding what to add to your natural cleaning liquid might be a big task but we have got you covered. Start by taking a bucket full of water. Then add a few drops of rubbing alcohol with more than 70% of alcohol concentration or vodka (whichever is available) and squeeze in half a lemon. You can also add rose oil for a great smell. Mix this mixture well and use it to mop your house. The alcohol acts as a disinfectant, killing all the germs and lemon not only has a pleasant smell but is also a natural bleaching agent. You can use this mixture on your tiles. You can use the same mixture for wooden floors as well but just add white vinegar to the solution instead of alcohol. If you want to clean your kitchen slab and sink, then you can add half a spoon of baking soda to a bottle spray of water. And your kitchen spills will disappear like magic. To clear glasses at home you can use a tablespoon of cornstarch and white vinegar to a bottle spray of water and spray it on a soft cloth and use it clean the glasses.

2. Hand wash and sanitizer

Take a bowl of water with neem leaves in it. Boil the water with a lid on top. Take the leaves out and let it cool. Then add a few drops of rose or any essential oil of choice and rubbing alcohol to the water and pour it into an old hand wash bottle. Shake the bottle well and let it mix. You can also use a type of turmeric called ‘Kasturi Mangal’ instead of rubbing alcohol. It might make your hands appear yellow but it eventually go in sometime. Turmeric is a natural disinfectant and kills germs.

3. Toiletries

You can always mix chickpea powder with water as a substitute for soap. Shikakai and Albizia Amara powder, otherwise known as Arapu act as good shampoos that get rid of dandruff. There is almost no or very little hair-fall as they do not have any chemicals that damage the hair thus keeping it naturally strong and shiny. You can use mayonnaise from your kitchen as a natural conditioner. To exfoliate your skin, mix coffee powder with coconut oil and gently scrub as you would do with an exfoliator. The coffee removes tan and dead skin and the oil acts as a great moisturiser, leaving your skin fresh and soft.

You can always make an effort to be ecologically conscious however small it might be. Let’s take small steps in reducing wastage and also protect us from harmful chemicals by using things that nature has to offer.

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