One of my favorite things about being a DIY-er is that I can teach what I learn to others, and I’m especially fond of sharing ideas with DIY beginners unsure of where to start. These people are eager to make changes and get to see quick results that encourage them to continue pursuing this lifestyle.
However, some challenges DIY beginners face is that this lifestyle is either:
- too expensive
- too complicated – it takes too long, or
- it’s too… different.
And it’s true, you can run into all of these challenges when you’re making the switch to a DIY lifestyle. But you don’t have to. Simply look around your home at what you’re already using and try to replace that before moving onto something you’ve never tried. It can be food, cleaners, body care products – you name it.
You can keep it simple and make the switch a lot easier by simply opting for better versions of the things you already use in your own home. Here are my favorite simple switches for DIY beginners:
Try switching to homemade bread with a few simple ingredients. This was one of the first switches I made because it was so simple. I worked at a pizza parlor in high school that made all dough from scratch and they gave me their recipe.
I’ve used it for years now to bake delicious bread, rolls and pizza. And the bonus? It’s so cheap. Especially when you compare it to the additive-free store-bought alternatives. Here’s a great recipe.
2. Chicken stock
Try switching to your own homemade chicken stock that’s free of MSG and preservatives. Homemade chicken stock is an excellent source of nutrients and great to use for soups, sauces or as a warming, nutrient-dense beverage.
And it’s just one more way to get your money’s worth out of a whole chicken (the cheapest way to buy chicken). Here’s our tutorial.
3. Cleaning Spray
Try switching to a homemade, all-natural cleaning spray to replace the commercial cleaners in your home that are full of toxic ingredients. Chances are, you have all the ingredients you need to make your own cleaning spray – vinegar, liquid castile soap, borax and a few pure essential oils. Here’s a good recipe to follow.
4. Laundry Detergent
Try switching to homemade laundry detergent that is scented with natural essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances that can harm your health.
This is one of the easiest switches you can make and, if your budget is limited, you can offer to sell half to a friend or family member who loves natural stuff but doesn’t want to make it. Find our recipe and instructions for natural laundry detergent here.
5. Dish Soap
Try switching to a dish soap that is free of artificial foaming agents and synthetic fragrances. It might take a little while to get used to if you’re accustomed to seeing lots of suds in your dish water, but this homemade dish soap will get your dishes nice and clean. Add citrus essential oils like lemon or a combination of orange and lime for extra degreasing power. Here’s our dish soap recipe.
6. Body Wash
Try switching to a homemade body wash using raw honey, liquid castile soap, oil and essential oils. Commercial body washes contain harmful ingredients, like endocrine disrupting phthalates. Find our luxurious recipe here.
Try switching to a tooth cleaning agent that doesn’t contain additives, like glycerine, that can actually break down your enamel over time. Our whitening tooth powder contains safe ingredients like baking soda, sea salt, and bentonite clay, that clean your teeth naturally. Here’s our simple recipe.
8. Face Wash
Try switching to the oil cleansing method. Cleansing your skin with oil may seem counter-intuitive, but it really isn’t. The oil cleans and moisturizes without stripping away your skin’s natural oils (which causes your skin to over-produce oil). Give it a shot – it’s super easy. Here’s a tutorial.
Try switching to a simpler way to wash your hair. Commercial options contain artificial foaming agents and hormone-disrupting additives that soak right into your body. Our homemade shampoo is natural, easy and only takes two ingredients. Find our recipe here.
Share with us! What simple switches have you made?
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