DIY Essentials

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

I have a confession to make… This is my very first blog ever! I never had any desire to be a blogger but when Brenda asked if I would like to be a DIY contributor on Destination Wellness, but I couldn’t pass it up. I am excited to be sharing my DIY experiences with this community!


I should disclose that I am no DIY expert. I have only been experimenting with DIY household and beauty for the last 6 months, but I love it. Each time I run out of a product, I check Pinterest for natural, DIY alternatives. So many things are fast and easy to make and smell amazing thanks to essential oils (more on that below).


Before I dive straight into any recipe, I thought it would be helpful to start with a list of ingredients I encourage to always have on hand. I found the first four on Amazon where there are plenty of options, and bulk sizes, so I stocked up as much as space will allow.


Distilled vinegar - This goes in many of the household cleaners I make plus it has many other uses around your home. I also use it, along with baking soda, to unclog drains. I bought a 5-gallon container of it off Amazon because it’s a good value and it lasts me about 4 months.


Baking soda - This is another home super product that can be used and baking and much more. I also have a large vat from Amazon, but this is lasting me much longer than the vinegar, mainly because not much is required for it to be effective.


Castile soap - A good, all-natural, all-purpose soap for the body and the home. I use this as body soap and add essential oils to give it a nice scent. It is also used in some of the cleaners I make.


Essential oils - Tea tree oil is good to always have on hand. It is great for all cleaners due to its antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Lavender is also a good around the home to promote calm. I suggest having a few with scents that you enjoy, that way you can create a unique scent you’ll enjoy at home. A few that I have are lemon, peppermint, and rosemary.


Olive oil - Have an inexpensive olive oil on hand for beauty DIY. I love a good quality olive oil BUT for eating. My hair will not appreciate the expensive oil I bought at Borough Market nearly as much as my mouth will!


Honey - Same as above, don’t buy expensive to use for DIY products.


Glass jars - Rather than putting glass jars in the recycle bin, save them for your homemade beauty products.


Spray bottles - I bought a few durable plastic bottles for the household cleaners I make. Many recipes call for distilled or boiled water and these will hold up much better with hot water than a cheapy one you reuse.


Happy shopping!


Kate




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