Whether you're trying to save money, reduce waste, or find clean products that support your health, DIY options are usually the best options for your home.
When you first get started, some of the recipes you see will contain ingredients that a typical western home doesn't keep in stock, but just like your essential oils, you'll find that most of the ingredients are super flexible and can be used for all kinds of purposes.
One ingredient I believe every home should be buying in bulk is epsom salts
and here are 15 reasons why:
Make relaxing bath salts
This is the most obvious option.
It's super easy too.
Just add 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oils to 2 cups of Epsom salts
. You may need to add a little more for softer oils like roman chamomile, but it's a good starting point.
Great blends include:Eucalyptus
Lavender and Frankincense
Adaptiv and Serenity
Make this a part of your regular evening routine and soak for 15-20 minutes for a great nights sleep.
It's great to settle little ones who are wound up before bedtime too.
Make a body scrub
We don't tend to keep sugar in the house because we don't eat it, but we always have Epsom salts
around and they make a fantastic exfoliant.
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup jojoba oil
5-10 drops of your favourite oil (I love grapefruit
) and you have the most beautiful body scrub you will ever use.
Boost Magnesium in the Garden
aren't really salt at all - they're a magnesium sulphate compound, which is great for giving your plants a boost!
Sprinkle around a couple of times a year to keep plants healthy and grow the best tomatoes you've ever tasted!
Green up the lawn
Want a lush green lawn without chemical fertilisers? Sprinkle those salts over it before it's due to rain.
Speed up seed germination
add 1 tbsp per quart of water to improve seed germination and give your little plants a strong nutrient foundation to start their lives with.
Give house plants a boost
Add a tbsp per gallon of water once a month or so to act as a fertiliser for house plants.
Remove a splinter
Soak the finger or wherever the splinter is in a bowl of warm water with as much Epsom salt
as you can dissolve in it until the splinter is easily removed.
Use a glob of honey on the sting to draw it out initially. Next, make a solution of 2 tbsp Epsom salt
and 1 cup of cool water and soak a small piece of cloth to wrap around the affected area once the sting has been removed.
Soak a washcloth in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salt
with boiled water and apply to relieve itching. You can also add a little lavender
for their soothing properties too.
Ease Discomfort of Gout
Soak your feet in a hot water bath with Epsom salts
whenever you're suffering a flare-up.
Try adding some deep blue, wintergreen
oil for additional soothing effects
Mix castile soap
and Epsom salt
to create a paste. It's perfect for scrubbing grout and keeping your tiles looking fresh.
Freshen up your cutting board
If, like me, you have wooden chopping boards, sprinkle them with some Epsom salt
and a few drops of citrus oils and use a damp sponge to scrub them clean.
Clean stubborn grime from pots and pans
Sprinkle some salt (approx 1 tbsp) and a little water into your burnt pots and pans then scrub with a damp sponge. Add a few drops of lemon
for extra grease shifting boost
Hard Water Cleaner
Bedford has SUPER hard water, which leads to mineral staining on EVERYTHING. Luckily a combo of 1 cup Epsom salts
, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup castile soap
and 5 drops of lemon oil
is fantastic for removing hard water stains from your taps, baths, sinks and toilet bowel!
Can you think of anything I've missed?