3 Costly Items You Can Make for Pennies

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DIY Household Products

I don’t mind buying commercial products, I just hate all the chemicals they have in them.  Usually when I am making some household products, I take an hour or two and make a variety of them.

Saving money, time and chemicals is always a plus for me and worth any effort there is.  However with these 3 different projects, it is easy and they work just as well as the commercial brands, save you money and only take minutes to make and store.


Label Remover

jars with labels

Everyone has had to remove a sticky price tag or manufacture label at least once in their life.  It is messy and still often leaves some residue and you have to soak it in hot water and dish washing detergent.  Here is one that is natural, faster and leaves nothing behind!


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops citrus or orange essential oil. This is not for the scent (although it will smell great) but the oil has a degreaser that makes the last bit of sticker dissolve.


  • Peel off the label as best you can
  • Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, it will be a thick paste
  • Smooth the paste over the label and rub until sticker is gone
  • Wash the bottle/vase/whatever in hot sudsy water to remove oil residue

Keep left over remover in container with tight lid.

Natural Leather Cleaner

leather sofa and loveseat

Usually I can keep my leather jacket clean, but my sofa is another thing.  Here is a natural cleaner that will keep that couch looking like new.


  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 drops citrus essential oil


  • Wipe down your sofa with a damp soft cloth and/or vacuum your sofa to remove any dust, pet hair, etc.
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Dip a clean, soft cloth into the mixture and gently rub on the back of the couch or under a cushion to check that it will be colorfast.
  • Let dry for 30 minutes and check if there is any discoloration
  • Now you can start rubbing on the cleaner over the entire couch, always in a circular motion. You want to actually rub the mixture into the leather.
  • Use a clean, dry cloth to then wipe down the furniture to remove any excess oil.

Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

garbage disposal


  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 2 Tablespoons real lemon juice
  • Sheet pan with sides
  • Parchment paper
  • teaspoon
  • Sealable glass jar


  • Mix baking soda and salt to combine and eliminate clumps – set aside
  • Mix dish soap and lemon juice
  • Combine soap mix with baking soda mix and stir to make cover soda mixture.  It should remain granular, like wet sand.
  • Cut parchment paper to fit sheet pan
  • Scoop the mixture using a teaspoon and form small rounds on the parchment
  • Continue to do this until all mixture is used.
  • Let dry overnight
  • Put dried scoops into a sealed container.

How to use:

  • Run a slow stream of warm water down your disposal for 15 seconds
  • Put two scoops down the disposal, while it runs for 15 seconds.
  • Turn off disposal and water.  That’s it!

Great Job! These 3 DIY projects can save you $30 or more. Most of the ingredients are already in your home. The cost is 1/3 what each commercial item would cost you.

Is there anything you make yourself to save money and eliminate chemicals in your home?

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