DIY: Recipes For Everyday Products

I ran out to the store this morning because I needed some deodorant and cleaning supplies.  Given that I have three kids, I normally never have the luxury of taking my time to study the prices of products at the store, but this morning I did. It was $3-4 for deodorant and $4-5 for soap. Why is it so expensive for these items?

Instead of spending exorbitant amounts of money for brand name items, try making them yourself – using products found in your pantry. I found a few recipes that I thought I would share.  Using five main ingredients: baking soda, cornstarch, vinegar, ammonia, and alcohol, you can make your own cleaning products! So, run out to the store and add to your prepping supplies.

Quick Deodorant

  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. corn starch (If you have especially sensitive skin, increase the amount of cornstarch to 6T and decrease the baking soda to 2T)
  • 10 drops of essential oil (these are some of my favorites)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  1. Put 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and add 10+ drops of scented oil (you can add more if you would like).
  2. Stir 2+ tbsp of coconut oil until it is the consistency you like.
  3. Smash the mixture into an empty deodorant container.
  4. Let it set a few days and enjoy.

Note: This deodorant should be applied lightly.  It is invisible, but works.


  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart of water
  • squeeze bottle
  1. Wash hair with soap and rinse.
  2. Squeeze vinegar and water solution onto your hair and rise.

Furniture Polish

  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  1. Shake well and apply a small amount to a cleaning rag or cloth.
  2. Spread evenly over furniture surface.  Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

Glass Cleaner

  1. Shake well and apply.

 Homemade Spray Cleaner

  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 c. water
  1.  Shake well and apply.  Use on kitchen counter tops, toilets, bathrooms, bathtubs.

Pre-Wash Mix for Laundry

  • 1 tsp. liquid detergent
  • 2 tblsp. household ammonia
  • 1 pint warm water
  1. Shake well in spray bottle and apply to stains.
  2. Allow to stand 15 minutes before laundering.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published October 28th, 2009
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