50+ uses of everyday products that will help you save money and keep you healthy


Finding a product that serves more than one purpose feels really great. Luckily, there are plenty of these common household products sitting in your pantry or your laundry cupboard right now. They don't just serve two or three purposes, though - most of these products can be used in a number of ways around the house, in your beauty routine, and for natural health.
If you understand the ways in which you can use these household products you'll save on money, and you won't need to clutter your cupboards with extra products that you don't need. We've listed below 10 of the best common household items that can do it all!

1. Lemon Juice
This superfood has a number of health and home cleaning uses. It is fabulous on the hair, skin, and nails for starters. You can use it to treat acne and hyper-pigmentation, to unclog your pores, to brighten nails and to treat dandruff. Drinking lemon juice can help to prevent kidney stones, and kill a sinus infection. Also, a cup of warm water with lemon juice every morning helps to control blood pressure and high cholesterol. Not to mention, lemons said to be very helpful around the house, too - try this DIY ant spray. It isn't always easy to have lemons in the house, and you want to buy them when they're in season and less expensive. So what's the solution? Start freezing your lemons.

2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits. You can use it to relieve constipation, boost your metabolism and even treat yeast infections. When consumed in moderation coconut oil is great for heart health and weight loss, so try it as a replacement for coffee creamer and cook with it in place of butter. It is such a magical beauty product as it can replace a number of more expensive items, so try using it as a makeup remover, body scrub, or moisturizer.
Coconut oil is great for using around the house, too. You can try it as a natural wood polish, and even for getting chewing gum out of hair or carpet! Finally, if your pet is suffering from itchiness unrelated to fleas, try massaging a little coconut oil into its skin to alleviate any allergies and dryness causing the discomfort.

3. Apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is widely known for its many health benefits and uses around the house. It's great for gut health: try this colon cleanse, or this fiery tonic thought to kill microbes, treat infections and lower blood pressure. Apple cider vinegar can also work miracles on our skin. That is, it has a pH level close to that of our skin which soothes irritation, and a number of natural acids which gently remove dead skin cells and tighten pores. Even more, you can spritz it on your face as a natural toner, or use it to soothe painful sunburn, and even to treat athlete's foot. Use it as a soak for brittle nails.
Try diluting the vinegar into a spray bottle for a DIY kitchen disinfectant, or use it as a safe and non-toxic weed-killer. See this article for more great tips using apple cider vinegar!

4. Listerine
For good dental health, mouthwash is highly recommended, but you'll be surprised by number of ways you can use Listerine. Listerine as a proven anti-bacterialis is great for a DIY deodorant and as a gargle to prevent coughs and throat infections. It'll kill the bacteria that cause smelly feet, and its anti-fungal properties can fight toenail fungus. Both dandruff and head lice can also be treated by listerine. Try using it as a household cleaner or running it through your washing machine - it is a powerful antiseptic and it smells fresh.

5. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a very versatile product when safely diluted and used with care. You can try this nail soak for whiter nails, or use it to reduce wax build-up in your ears. It can remove wine stains and clean stone counters or glass surfaces. It is also a great way to clean that gunky build-up from your make-up brushes, and to remove mould from shower curtains. See this article for more great uses of hydrogen peroxide.

6. Baking soda
Baking soda is a powerful, yet a cheap product to keep in the kitchen cupboard. Add it to water to soothe an upset tummy, or make a paste to remove splinters and ingrown hairs, and soothe bee stings. It has shown effective results as a natural deodorant and tooth whitener, a compress to soothe puffy eyes, and drinking it before a workout even helps to absorb lactic acid, reducing muscle soreness. Baking soda is a fabulous natural shampoo, and more importantly it can promote healthy kidneys. What's more, you can add it to your laundry as a natural stain remover and fabric softener. Finally, mix it with honey and lemon juice for a hand treatment that combats dryness, cracking and age spots.

7. White vinegar
Get rid of spiders with a diluted vinegar spray, or try this DIY natural ant repellent. You can disinfect your kitchen and clean out the microwave, and disinfect your wooden cutting boards which are known to soak up bacteria. White vinegar is another great solution for cleaning out the scale build-up in your kettle, and for freshening up your coffee maker.

8. Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol (also known as ethyl alcohol or isopropyl) is a relatively cheap product that has been a staple in bathroom cabinets for hundreds of years. Rubbing alcohol is traditionally used as a disinfectant, but it has a number of benefits that you may never have considered. Use it to eliminate ticks and kill bed bugs and fruit flies. It is a powerful deodorant, so you can use it to kill foot odor (regular vodka works for this too, but save that for your cocktails...) and get food smells like garlic off your hands. It can treat sore muscles and heal cold sores, and is even a great way to clean your eyeglasses.

9. Castile soap
Castile soap is different from the soap that has been used for thousands of years, in that it is made using vegetable oils instead of animal fat. It was first created in Castile (modern-day Spain) where there is an abundance of olive oil. It is biodegradable and non-toxic and has excellent grease-grabbing properties. Castile soap has a ton of wonderful uses around the house. You can make your own reusable kitchen wipes to save the planet as well as you can use Castile soap as a floor cleaner, laundry detergent, and toilet scrub. Spray the leaves with a light Castile soap mixture, so that to protect your houseplants from bugs, and use the same spray to deter ants.

10. Borax
Borax is a natural mineral also known as sodium borate, and it is found in a number of laundry products, hand soaps, and toothpastes. This solution is inexpensive to buy from the grocery store (usually in the laundry section) or your local hardware store. Borax is commonly used to deter ants, cockroaches and other critters from your house. Try making this DIY ant trap. Borax is also great at soaking up unwanted smells in your house, and when combined with other natural scents like essential oils, can make a natural air freshener that smells great. Try this DIY cinnamon carpet freshener. To soften your skin and even cure some skin conditions, you can dissolve borax into your bath for a soak.

These products are very cheap and easily accessible from your local grocery store, so why not stock up? You'll be amazed at how versatile they are, and how much time and money you'll save. Most of them are chemical-free, too. What products do you swear by?