"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Can it be so easy?

Can it be so easy to make a product at home that is like what you buy at the store? Will the homemade product work? Is it hard to make? Is it really cost effective to make at home? The questions I have written go through my mind every time I research making something at home. In addition I have been researching making things that have limited preservatives or chemicals as I am unsure exactly what side effects they may cause me. I have been amazed at what things are in items that we use on a daily basis, and although I am neither a doctor nor scientist, wonder if the rise in cancer is the result of chemical overload.

I make my own toothpaste, hairspray, shampoo (not sold on its ease so still working on) hair gel, facial cleanser, soap, and as of today deodorant! Yes, I made my own deodorant today. I will confess that not wishing to smell has been the reason I have delayed making deodorant. I ran out of deodorant the other day, so I decided to get over my worries and just make it-pass or fail.

Wow, making deodorant has to be one of the easiest items I have ever made. The process took around 8 minutes, and 4 minutes was spent washing out my old deodorant container.

Empty deodorant container

The ingredients:
1/4cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 TBSP coconut oil

Mix the dry ingredients first and slowly add the coconut oil mixing with your hands. The coconut oil is the bonding agent and you do not need too much to make the deodorant the same consistency as store bought. Then fill the empty deodorant container.

Here is the finished product! It has no smell and works wonderfully.
The total cost to make this:
coconut oil= around 10 cents
baking soda= around 5 cents
corn starch= around 10 cents
empty deodorant container=free
total= 25 cents! Amazing

And for the record the baking soda is the odor fighter, the corn starch keeping dry, coconut oil bonding agent-3 ingredients safe and simple.



Pam said...

You've got to be kidding me? It's really simple!

Happy New Year to all on the Double Nickel Farm!

RightKlik said...

interesting...may have to try this.

Penless Thoughts said...

Yet another winner for you.

Anonymous said...

Here is a sight with a recipe for laundry soap. Easy and very cost effective.


Momma Roar said...

That's great!!!

Thanks for your visit! It was a crazy month getting all my gifts made - but I hope to get a jump on it next year. I've always been one that loves giving gifts made by my hands - and I really needed that challenge to hold me accountable! It was so much fun! And now I have so many new patterns I got in return to try out!! I can't wait!

May God bless you and yours more than you can even imagine in 2009!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer
Thanks so much for this recipe. I would love to learn more about your shampoo and toothpaste. I struggle with sore scalp all the time so would love to learn how to make homemade shamopo/conditioner.

mycowardice said...

Do you plan to do a "Cool Wave" scent too :)?

Humble wife said...

Sandra- I will write a post on toothpaste and shampoo. I am struggling with the shampoo as it takes much of my time to make and is not perfected. But my failures may be what brings another to suggest a solution!

My Cowardice-lol!

Perhaps a farm scent(oops we make that on our own- therefore the need for the deodorant!

Milehimama said...

Thanks for your long comment on my blog. A lot of those things I am planning to blog about! I've been making my own DW soap for years, and last month made up a batch of laundry soap with Zote, borax, and washing soda. And we've added a soup night and a few meatless meals, too...

Thanks for all the tips!

Ace said...

Ok, this...is...BRILLIANT! I cannot get The General to try anything I make (he acts like anything organic or homemade is poison..hey, just one of his quirks :) ...So I just maybe able to slip this one by him..:)

BTW, coconut oil is antibacterial too!

Many Blessings :)

motherofmany said...

You can also add a few drops of essential oils if you really want it scented. It wouldn't save you any money to go out and buy it just for deodorant, but if you do soap and have it already, it can yield a very pleasant result!