Body Lotion - Save a little money by making your own body moisturizing
lotion. The main ingredient in lotion is Aloe Vera. Buy a big bottle when it
goes on sale. To make it special, add a few drops of your favorite scent.
Deodorant Substitute - Here is another great use for baking soda. Use it
in place of deodorant. It is very effective, and is good for people who are
sensitive to certain chemicals and fragrances.
Use every bit of your store bought roll on deodorant by turning it upside
down when it is almost empty. Keep an decorative jar or vase handy in your
bathroom for this purpose. You can also use baking soda as deodorant.
Dry Air - To moisturize the dry skin we get in the
winter from the stuffy house air, take a bath and soak in the tub with a couple
of squirts of baby oil. This does a a good job of moisturizing your skin. You
can also run a humidifier in your bedroom, but be sure to keep it clean. If you
don't have young children, you can fill the bathtub with water, and that will
put some moisture in the air.
Elbows and Feet - Here is a homemade solution to dry, hardened skin on
your elbows and feet. Rub vegetable oil on them. Another option for your feet:
Mash up a banana and add 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Rub this mixture on your
feet. Then put your feet in a plastic bags, with a rubber band around your
ankles to seal shut. Leave on for 20 minutes.
Facial Scrub and Exfoliate - There are many ingredients you can mix from
your kitchen for a homemade facial. However, the most popular and economical
continues to be plain oatmeal mixed with water. Wipe it on wet, and wash off
after it hardens. Or you can use corn starch. Just sprinkle a
little in your hands, and add it to the soap when you wash your face.
Facial Masks - There are many facial masks
you can make with the ingredients from you cupboard. You can use oatmeal
and honey, or banana and honey. Mix them together at a ratio of 1:1, apply
to your face, let sit 15 minutes, and then rinse.
Hands - Here a an inexpensive treatment to
keep your hands soft in the winter.
Mix 1 Tbsp each of olive oil, salt and sugar and spread on your
hands. Wrap your hands in a towel for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.
Cream - You can use hemorrhoid cream to tighten
up your face. Apply it to your face, let dry, and then wipe off. You can also
use it under your eyes to reduce puffiness.
Shaving Cream - Here is a substitute that may come in handy. If you use
shaving cream, and run out, try using hair shampoo. Use an inexpensive brand. If
you use the same product on your hair and for shaving, you will save space if
that is an issue in your bathroom.
Shower Gels - "If you are a "bath person",
and need to find something to do with shower gels that have been given to you,
here is an alternative use for them. Use them as soft soap. Dilute
them by half with water, and just add the liquid to a soap dispensing pump.
Soap - Make your own liquid hand soap by
mixing some shampoo diluted with water. This also makes a great gift. I got some
last Christmas. It was a beautiful shade of aquamarine, and in a glass jar.
Soft Skin - Put a little powdered milk in
your bath, and the lactic acid from the milk will remove dead skin. This
will result in softer skin.
Toner - Here's a homespun substitute for
facial toner to use after you wash your face. Use water and cider vinegar,
mixed together in equal parts.