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Published November 01, 2012, 11:35 PM

Five Things Friday: 5 homemade home and beauty products

Why buy when you can DIY?

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs on – you guessed it – Fridays. It focuses on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

Laundry soap

A quick Web search will provide you with lots of variations for homemade laundry soap. Most, however, combine Borax powder, washing soda and bar soap, such as Fels Naptha, Zote or Ivory. Other possible ingredients include baking soda, oxygen cleaners, fabric softener crystals or essential oil. Some recipes call for melting the soap in boiling water and heating it on the stove to create a liquid. This basic recipe creates a powder detergent.

3 cups Borax powder

3 cups washing soda (common brand is Arm & Hammer)

3 bars Fels Naptha soap

Shred the Fels Naptha using a cheese grater or food processor. Mix all ingredients in a large plastic bucket. Use just a few tablespoons per load.

Source: http://kellieanne.wordpress.com

Sugar body scrub

Many skin care products can be made in your kitchen. Coffee, salt, sugar, ground nuts or oatmeal can all provide the gritty texture to a body scrub. My friend Jolien makes this homemade sugar body scrub, a concoction she created after comparing different recipes on Pinterest. She had used store-bought scrubs, though sparingly because they were so expensive. Now she banishes dry feet and elbows with this scrub almost daily, as it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

1 cup sugar (white, brown or half-cup of each)

½ cup oil (such as mineral, baby, coconut or almond oil)

1 tablespoon honey

Essential oil or massage oil, to fragrance (optional)

Combine ingredients. Rub onto skin in shower to exfoliate. Ingredients may separate.

Baking mix

You don’t need to buy premade Jiffy or Bisquick baking mix. Stir up your own with this recipe.

To make six biscuits, combine 1 cup of the mix with Zc cup milk, drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. For pancakes, mix 2 cups of mix with 1 cup milk and 2 eggs, and cook on hot griddle.

5 cups flour

¼ cup baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter or margarine

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.

Store in an airtight container for up to six weeks or in the freezer longer. Makes approximately 6 cups.

Source: http://kitchensimplicity.com

Chalkboard paint

Chalkboard paint has been all the decorating rage for a while now. This recipe allows you to make a small batch in any color you’d like. Think about painting a small square in your kitchen for grocery lists or to use as a message center, or create an erasable art center in a kid’s room.

½ cup acrylic paint (some craft recipes call for flat latex paint)

1 tablespoon unsanded grout

Using paint stirrer, stir grout into paint until no lumps remain. Paint surface with mixture using brush or roller. The paint will begin to harden once mixed, so mix only what you need at one time.

Once the chalkboard has fully dried, condition the surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface. Wipe away residue.

Source: www.abeautifulmess.com and www.marthastewart.com

Dry shampoo

Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll shared this recipe for homemade dry shampoo in a guest post on The ModCloth Blog. She suggests adding 2 tablespoons cocoa powder for dark hair.

6 to 10 drops essential oil (lavender or lemon)

2 tablespoons corn starch

2 tablespoons rice flour

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

Mix ingredients together, stirring vigorously for about 3 to 4 minutes. Crush any lumps with a pestle or the back of a spoon. Shake directly on roots or place in hands and rub into the root area. Brush to blend, distributing it evenly.

Source http://blog.modcloth.com