5 MORE Things You Should Make (Not Buy)

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“Why make something when you can buy it?” My husband asks every time I start another “wacky project” in the kitchen.

There are lots of good reasons! Making my own stuff helps us avoid harmful chemicals, saves time and money, plus I like experimenting to see what I can do.

Read the original list of 5 Things You Should Be Making (Not Buying) here.

Vanilla Extract
We go through lots of vanilla since we make our own granola bars–and homemade vanilla is one-fourth the price of store-bought. Score!

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Odor Eliminator Spray
I keep a bottle in Little Peanut’s room and one in the bathroom. No dangers from hazardous chemicals, and you can mix your own scents or leave it unscented.

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Soft Pretzels
Don’t panic! If you can make cookies, you can make these. Add some shredded cheddar cheese to the dough for extra yum.

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Hand Sanitizer
Reduce your family’s sniffling, sneezing, coughing and aching with a simple, natural hand sanitizer that doesn’t contain alcohol.

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Insect Repellant
If you’re worried about spraying DEET or other chemicals on your kids, mix up a batch of this natural bug spray. A friend told me it kept the rabid Seattle mosquitos away from her son at Scout camp!

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What do you make (and not buy)? Share with us in the comments!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop.

    These are some great ideas! I like making things from scratch, too. This post has given me some good ideas for new things to try!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you ever get a chance, stop over to my blog to say hi! Have a great day…

  2. says

    I LOVE IT! I have recently began making all of my own cleaning supplies and bread! This weekend…It maybe whole wheat pretzels!!! Thank you for the recipe! I found you through the Small Footprint Friday blog hop! I am hosting one today and Monday at my site http://www.frugalfitfamily.com – hop over and link in if you get a chance! i can’t wait to spend more time on your site!

  3. says

    I love to make things instead of buying them, so take heart, you are not alone. I make almost everything from scratch, but I like to focus on not wasting anything and repurposing things. I like to make convenience foods from scratch, like graham crackers, granola bars, cereal ~ things like that. I found you through Small Footprint Friday. Now I’m off to check out the rest of your blog ~April@ 5kidsonanacre.blogspot.com

  4. says

    I make soft pretzels but they come out looking like awareness ribbons because I can make the pretzel shape. I make “paper towels” by cutting and hemming old bath towels to paper towel size.

  5. says

    I home brew my own kombucha. It was insanely easy to grow my own SCOBY from scratch. Now I can make a gallon of kombucha for the cost of 6 teabags and a cup of sugar; store-bought runs about $4/16 oz. here. I have arthritis and go through kombucha like crazy, so this is a huge savings for me!

  6. says

    I make my own Laundry soap. Saves TONS of money and works just as well as the store-bought stuff. 1 bar of soap (WITHOUT lotion!!), 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda. Grate the soap and mix well. I use 4 TBSP per load, but I have an extra-capacity washer. The recipe actually says to use 1-3 Tablespoons. You can also add 1 cup each Baking Soda and/or Oxyclean. And it’s safe for ALL washers! (No suds!)

  7. says

    I make bread(gluten freefor my oldest & gluten filled for my hubby) so much cheaper! I also refuse to buy cookie dough, cake mix or biscuits. I like knowing what’s in the food my family eats!

  8. cat. says

    i make my own mayonnaise! some salad dressings ans seasonings.
    im slowly but surely making my way to making all our condiments.

  9. P J Kielberg-McClenahan says

    Instead of using vodka, why not use Rum? I like Sailor Jerry’s. It is made from sugar cane, and tastes one whole lot better than nasty vodka. I also use a high-end Bourbon for my home-made vanilla. Tastes like pure ambrosia. I promise.

  10. rcatheron says

    I no longer use any type of glass cleaner. I just use microfiber towels and hot water- dunk it, wring it out, and clean even the dirtiest outside windows!
    I do make my own powdered laundry detergent, but I don’t add the Fels Naptha to it. I use that to pre-treat stains.
    I love this blog!

  11. Vicky says

    I make spray cleaners. One amonia based, one bleach based. Fill 1/4 of tge container with amonia or bleach, squirt in som dish soap, fill with water. Much less spent the if you bought Fantastic or some other spray cleaner!

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