Making your own Eco-Friendly Products is a great way to save money and help the environment. In fact, there are many different Eco-Friendly Recipes that you can make right at home with very little effort.
The sustainable products industry is growing day by day. You will be surprised to find out that most of these products are not only eco-friendly but also come at a very low cost or are even free!
From homemade laundry detergent to natural pesticides, we’ve covered you with some of the best eco-friendly recipes. So why not give them a try? You may be surprised at just how easy they are to make!
Here is a list of 11 Eco-Friendly Products you can make at home:
1. Homemade paper towels
The trash from paper towel waste every day is 0.7 million tons globally. This equates to almost 51,000 trees! To make 1 ton of paper towels, approximately 17 trees are used up and 20,000 gallons of water are polluted.
Bringing down your paper towel usage fully or even partially can help the environment. All you need is a sewing machine and some craft skills to make these eco-friendly products. Craft Gemini will teach you how to repurpose a terry cloth towel and some fabric into a machine-washable paper towel here. You can watch the same on YouTube as well.
2. Glass jar for storage
A wide range of containers is available in the market for storage in the kitchen. From mason jars to plastic containers, they all look appealing and convenient. Is there an alternative? Can you avoid buying them at all?
Most of you buy jams, pickles, and other food items that come in attractive containers. Instead of buying new containers, you can just clean these up and reuse them for other needs.
If you are finding it difficult to clean the greasy contents, use soap and warm water. You can also soak the bottle in warm water to remove the sticky labels. In case of persistent labels, you can rub them with peanut butter.
3. DIY cleaning supplies
Our water bodies are getting polluted by chemical cleaners in wastewater. Besides the toxic cleaners themselves, their packaging is another cause of environmental pollution. Not to mention the exorbitant price tag.
Do you know that you can make your own environmentally friendly cleaning supplies using some basic ingredients easily available at home – vinegar, baking soda, lemon, cinnamon, and water? This means no animal-based ingredients and no toxic effluents.
You may go through this link for more details on these cleaning products. You will find instructions about how to make cleaners, air fresheners, and more.
4. Homemade detergent
Another major source of pollution of water bodies, chemical-based laundry detergents are harmful to us as well as our clothes. If you are searching for an environmentally friendly alternative, you can try Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Detergent being sold on Amazon.
This green product includes soap berries and a cloth bag. The berry needs to be put inside the bag and tossed inside the washing machine. The soapberry releases soap as it comes in contact with water. Its most attractive feature is that these berries are reusable up to 10-11 times.
5. All-natural disinfectant
With the advent of COVID-19, the role of disinfectants in our daily lives has risen manifold. We have been buying up surface disinfectants such as Lysol in gallons nowadays. There is no doubt that they do an excellent job of disinfecting the surface. But are we considering the amount of harmful chemicals we are exposing ourselves to?
Why not substitute it with chemical-free homemade eco-friendly products? This website teaches you how to make an equally-good disinfectant at home in just 5 minutes using commonly available ingredients. Combining vinegar, tea tree oil, and distilled water, your DIY disinfectant is ready in no time. Moreover, this disinfectant is completely safe for children and pets.
6. DIY hair-care green products
Lemon, white vinegar, and baking soda can make your hair as soft, silky, and shiny as any of those expensive ones available on the market. Combine white vinegar with baking soda for a shampoo and moisturizer for your hair. Blend cucumber with lemon and apply it to dry scalp to get over this common problem.
7. Reusable towels made from bamboo
Pandas love bamboo. We too should take a cue from these adorable animals.
One of the most used articles at home is paper towels. Though convenient to use, it would break your heart if you are aware of the resulting deforestation. How about switching to renewable products that are also reusable?
Bambooee Thicks is the answer. Because these are superabsorbent, you will need less of them. And the best part – they are reusable and machine washable.
8. Compostable pet-waste bags
Law-abiding pet owners understand how important these are. Every time you pick up after your pet and toss it into the waste, are you aware that it will take a few centuries for it to decompose?
Pet waste bags from BioBag allows you to be a responsible citizen without causing harm to the environment. Made from plant-based resin, vegetable oils, and compostable materials, these green products are convenient to use and easy on the environment.
9. Solar-powered night light
Night lights are convenient if you are in the habit of waking up often in-between sleep. Illuminating the path to the washroom or kitchen can be immensely helpful. If you can do this without an extra burden on your energy bills, won’t that be great? It would be ideal if you can make it look attractive.
Solar nightlight in a mason jar is a popular choice. There are also many DIY solar night light kits available on the market. Casagami House does the job and looks cute. Or if you want to make one on your own, you may try this YouTube video.
10. Food containers
Can you believe that some types of plastic can take up to 100 years to break down?
That means the plastic products used to pack takeaways from today could still hang around in the environment long after you’re gone.
You can eliminate them altogether with reusable products. You may use these eco-friendly products to pack leftovers from a restaurant or to carry lunch to your workplace or school.
ECO Lunchbox offers a wide range of stainless steel leak-proof containers for various purposes. Lunch sets are available together with reusable stainless steel or bamboo cutlery. You will also find reusable lunch bags here.
LunchSkins is another option you can try. This website offers reusable food storage bags for various food items along with biodegradable and long-lasting paper straws.
11. Homemade insecticide
If you are a gardening enthusiast, nothing can break your heart more than aphids and mealy bugs invading your plants. Using store-bought chemical insecticides often ends up killing the plants. Instead, you can try these DIY remedies. These natural insecticides are as effective as the commercial ones but milder on plants.
By purchasing recycled plastic products, you are helping to reduce pollution, conserve energy, and reduce greenhouse gases. These products are often cheaper than their virgin counterparts and just as durable. So the next time you need something new, think recycled!
You can also help the environment by making your own Eco-Friendly Products at home. Many of these recipes use common household ingredients and are very easy to make.
So why not give them a try? You may be surprised to find out that they are not as hard to make as you think.
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