DIY Chapstick / Lip Balm

Being a huge fan of DIY cosmetics lately, I went ahead and did some chapsticks!  They don’t have any ingredients that really expire, so you can make a bunch and they stay good forever!

The amounts I used here make a bunch of tubes, about 20-25, so you can shrink the recipe down to make just a few.  (I get the empty tubes here)

As usual, I use a pyrex measuring cup in a boiling water bath to melt all the ingredients as follows:

OR if you’re like me and like to play around with your recipes, here’s a general guideline:

Then just melt it all down and pour into your containers!

Have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment!

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.

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DYI Dishwasher Detergent

This one is pretty straightforward.  It’s cheap to buy the ingredients in bulk, just mix them up, and ta-da!

Here’s what you’ll need.  I’m addicted to Amazon so these are linked to what I used for my recipe, but you can also find most of these ingredients at a store near you (Walmart, Hardware Store, etc.), but I haven’t seen citric acid around except online, so I’d at least order that one.  (It’s all cheap anyway, and will last SOOOOO long)

Ingredients:

People also claim you can add essential oils, and while I’m a HUGE fan of those, I don’t particularly see the appeal of my dishes smelling like lemongrass when I’m trying to eat a steak off of a plate, you know?  Up to you though.  You want your dishes lemony?  Add some freaking lemon essential oils (a few drops at wash time).  I don’t know.  I’m not doing it.  You can.

All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a container (I used an old, cleaned-out candle jar so it’s all pretty) and stick a pretty (or not?) label on it.  Here are the labels I use: link.  I also put a spoon inside for easy access.

Here I used 1/2 c. Borax, 1/2 c. washing soda, 1/4 c. citric acid, and 1/4 c. of salt, since it was my first time trying it out.  But next time I will probably at least double the recipe, as there’s plenty room in my glass jar.

When doing dishes, you should use about 1 tablespoon per load, but I won’t tell you how to live.

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be eating off of.