Things To Make Instead Of Buy


Do you like the idea of driving up to the nearby store every time you run out of laundry detergent? And do you enjoy spending $20 on name-brand dishes that you can make at home for $5? Living a self-sufficient lifestyle is much more inexpensive and rewarding. 

Once you learn how to make your everyday kitchen condiments and your cleaning products, you will save yourself a trip to the store, keep a fair amount of money, reduce your carbon footprint by using less plastic, and eliminate the dance of harmful chemicals from your daily life. 

Listed below still a list of things you should start making instead of purchasing, and get ready to save some extra cash. 

Skin And Beauty Products

Perfume And Cologne

Dear ladies and gentlemen, those 100-dollar fragrance bottles you purchase from the departmental stores are a combination of binders and essential oils. You can make your fragrance bottle at a significantly lower price. 

Wrinkle Cream

Sour cream, eggs, honey… No, we are not preparing a bowl of appetizers; we are preparing wrinkle cream to reduce those laugh lines with organic ingredients.  


Instead of purchasing very expensive deodorants, you can use some organic concoctions to reduce sweating and foul odor. 


You can prepare a mouthwash that can kill all the harmful bacteria and freshen your breath with everyday household ingredients like salt, baking soda, cinnamon, clove oil, etc. 

Body Butter 

These two simple words have allowed many big brands to make lots of money by slapping a hefty price tag on this product. You can create your body butter at a low price by using coconut oil, almond oil, cocoa butter, etc. 

Hair Mask

There are many DIY hair masks that you can use to reduce split ends, provide nourishment to your heat-damaged hair, and improve your hair texture. DIY hair masks are a valuable item you can sleep in or add to your weekly hair wash routine. You can prepare yourself a hair mask by adding simple ingredients like honey, eggs, coconut oil, yogurt, green tea, etc.  


Toothpaste is very simple and easy to make at home. You can quickly formulate a tooth whitening toothpaste by mixing coconut oil, herbs, and breath freshening variations. 

Body Wash

You can make an organic body wash for yourself to wash off all the sweat after a heavy workout and provide essential nurture to your skin in dry cold months.  


When you can make yourself a DIY shampoo at home that provides a fair amount of foams and lathers, why waste your money on branded shampoos? You can replace your shampoo bottle with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda for some fantastic results.  


You can make yourself a tremendous moisturizing lipstick by only using spices from your kitchen to create vibrant and gorgeous colors. 

 Household Necessities And Cleaners 

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can clean all messes by making a homemade all-purpose cleaner with no added chemicals. 

Dish Soap

You can save $10 by making yourself a homemade dish soap using vinegar, jojoba oil, distilled water, and sal suds.  

Carpet Cleaner

You can quickly fix any spills on the carpet by making a DIY carpet cleaner. The recipes depend on the type of spill. Homemade carpet cleaners are typically made with everyday household items for those times you need them. 

Wood Polish 

Making citrus wood polish will not only keep your floors and furniture shiny and smelling all good but will also fend off all the bugs and fungus. 

Window Cleaner

There are many window cleaners available at the market that are merely overrated and quite expensive. You can easily make a spray bottle and start cleaning your windows at a low price. There are many DIY window cleaners available on many online websites. 

Silver Polish 

Using simple DIY silver polish, you will not have to buy new silverware to replace those old photo frames.  

Clothing And Shoes 

Laundry Detergent

You can make cheap laundry detergent at your home by merely mixing OxyClean, few home ingredients, and some essential oils. You will get a long-lasting, practical, fresh, and cheap laundry detergent.  

Dryer Sheets

You can make your very own dryer sheet at a low price by just adding a few drops of essential oil with a few drops of vinegar. 

Stain Remover

Things tend to get quite messy around kids and pets, and you would always require a stain remover. You can easily make a stain remover by mixing white vinegar, liquid dish soap, and water. 

Boot Socks 

You can create a cozy, cute, and yet fashionable outfit at home using old sock material. 

Condiments And Food

Granola Bars 

Granola bars are a healthy snack that is very simple to prepare at home, and most importantly, you will avoid consuming unnecessary sugar and preservatives. 

Ice Cream 

You can make delicious flavored ice cream at home. Once you get the idea of preparing the base of simple ice cream, you can add different flavors according to your preference. 

Mozzarella Cheese 

You can quickly learn how to make mozzarella cheese at home in 30 minutes. With just adding a few ingredients such as milk, citric acid, liquid rennet, and cheese salt, you can prepare delicious and yummy cheese at home.   

Spaghetti Sauce 

It’s high time to utilize your garden and use your skills by preparing various pasta and spaghetti sauces instead of purchasing them. You can also use this homemade spaghetti sauce as a dip and marinara for your pizza.  


By using a few simple tricks, you can prepare smooth and creamy hummus at home. All you need to prepare a homemade hummus is chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, and salt.  


Salsa is an essential item when it comes to organizing a taco night. To prepare yourself a fresh homemade Salsa, you would require fresh Roma tomatoes, canned tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, red onion, garlic, green onion, and chili powder and salt. 

Salad Dressing 

Salad dressing is one of the most simple food items to prepare at home. All you need is cilantro lime, balsamic vinegar, and zesty tahini. 

Hot Sauce 

By preparing hot sauce at home, you can easily save a fair amount of money. For making a homemade hot sauce, you would require pepper, vinegar, salt, and some minced fresh garlic.  

Pets And Animals 

Dogs Treats

Instead of investing a fair amount of money on purchasing treats for your dog, you can make some delicious coconut oil treats for your dog. This treat contains many health benefits and will keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy.  

Cat Toys

You can use old fabric, recycled cardboard, and some loose strings to create some exciting toys for your cat that will keep both your feline and you entertained.  

Pet Sweaters

Suppose you live in a cold climate and require warm clothing to keep your pet nice and warm with some extra insulation during the night. You can make use of your old t-shirts for creating cozy and cute sweaters for your pet. 

Dog Toys

Do you have some old drugs or t-shirts lying around? Give these items a good wash, and then follow a specific DIY tutorial for making some exciting puppy toys that won’t hurt your feelings when your pet eventually rips them.  

Fun Stuff For Play And Home 

Festive Holiday Décor

Instead of purchasing specific decor for Christmas or Easter, you can make some very creative holiday decor using recycled and upcycled materials. 

House Rugs 

You can prepare a carpet for your kitchen floor, a rug for your kid’s bedroom, or a rug for the foyer. When you decide to make hand-made rugs, you can customize them according to your favorite color and size.  

Kid’s Toys

You can make many interesting and creative toys for your child by using certain upcycle materials lying around your house.  


You might have noticed that most of the above-listed products required some of the same staple ingredients such as cardboard, old T-shirts, vinegar, coconut oil, essential oils, and so on. Make sure you purchase these items in bulk and save all the upcycled materials used later. This item will save a fair amount of your money and time shortly. Your biggest problem is figuring out what to do with all the extra money left over.