We all want beautiful hair, clear skin, white teeth, and the list goes on. Better yet, we all want those things without spending an arm and a leg to get it. Well, I did some digging and there are tons of homemade or household products you can use without burning your wallet.
There is nothing better than "two for one", like using that olive oil for your salad, and as a hair moisturizer. Take a look at 10 beauty hacks using household products:
- Olive Oil - This is one of the healthiest oils to use for cooking, eating salad, and moisturizing your hair or skin. The emollients in this oil lock in moisture and keeps hair shiny and soft. I tend to use this oil on my ends because they are the driest part of my hair, and it can be a little too heavy for my scalp.
- Starch (for Ironing) - Now I have never tried this one, however, I have read some articles online about hairstylists running out of dry shampoo and using this instead. I would assume it could be used as a holding spray too, but there is only one way to find out. Let me know how this works for you!
- Dryer Sheets - Not only does it take the static out of clothes, and make them smell good, but it can also be used to remove static from hair. Just run a sheet over your dry hair to eliminate static electricity.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - This is the all-purpose miracle healer for a lot of people. It can be used in food, as a cold/sinus medicine, for digestive cleansing, or as a toner to clear oily blemish-prone skin.
- Baking Soda - The one-stop solution to clean up the tough stains while cleaning, and to remove surface stains off of your teeth. Just sprinkle some baking soda on top of your toothpaste to give your teeth a deeper cleaning. I leave a ziplock bag of baking soda in my medicine cabinet and dip my damp toothbrush into it, then apply my toothpaste on top. This helps me keep it off my hands, and there is no mess or toothpaste residue in my ziplock bag.
- Brown Sugar - Sprinkle some brown sugar into a dime size amount of vaseline to create the best lip scrub. Use a damp wash cloth to remove from lips. While in the bathtub, sprinkle some brown sugar into a palm-size amount of body wash and scrub your skin/knees/elbows/feet to exfoliate your skin.
- Lotion - Use a milky white fragrance-free lotion to remove makeup. The oils in the lotion lift makeup from your face so it is easy to wipe off with a washcloth or tissue. This is the best alternative to soap or cleansers because it does not strip the moisture from your skin. As you get older your skin loses moisture, so don't speed up the process of wrinkles by washing your face with soap every day.
- Coconut Oil - This oil is full of fatty acids, so it smooths and softens the skin. You can also use it in food, in your haircare regimen, or as a hydrating moisturizer. Store in the fridge if you do not like the mess of dipping your hands in melted coconut oil.
- Clear Nail Polish - Use this to keep your inexpensive jewelry from tarnishing. Just paint your jewelry on both sides and lay them out on foil to dry. It keeps the fake golds from turning colors, and the silvers from tarnishing.
- Caffeine - Besides giving you a huge pick-me-up when you are drained, it also helps to temporarily tighten any areas of the skin. You can use cold caffeine bags for 5 mins under your eyes to de-puff tired eyes and tighten skin. You can also mix one tablespoon of olive oil with a palm-size amount of warm coffee grounds and apply this to your stomach or any areas you wish to tighten. Then wrap the area with cling wrap for about 15-30 mins. Rinse off in shower. This keeps my stomach extra tight.
I hope these D-I-Y beauty hacks help you figure out ways to use household items to solve your everyday beauty needs. Let me know some ideas that you come up with! Happy saving!