1: Shampoo - 1 tbsp baking soda to 1 cup water and a squirt of honey in a squirt bottle. Squirt it in your hair at the scalp and rub it in well with fingertips. Rinse.
2. Conditioner - 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 1 cup water and a few drops of essential oil of your choice (I use lemongrass. It not only gives it a nice smell, but also helps balance the hair when you have straw like mine. The different oils can do different things for the hair). Same as shampoo - squirt it in at the scalp, rub it in and rinse well.
3. Deodorant - 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1-2 tbsp baking soda and a few drops of essential oils (I use "Valor" and "Thieves" by Young Living. Valor because I like the smell and Thieves for the antimicrobial).
4. Dishwasher detergent - 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax, 1/3 cup tang (it's supposed to be citric acid, but I'm not fussy, Tang's cheaper and mostly citric acid, and cheaper, and available in the grocery store). Mix up well and use 1 tbsp per load of dishes. vinegar as a rinse aid.
5. Hand soap - I didn't really make this from scratch, I used Dr. Bronner's baby gentle soap (castille soap, nothing added) and put 1/4 cup soap to 3/4 cup water in a foaming dispenser, and added a few drops of lemon essential oil (lemon can help cut grease).
6. Laundry detergent - grate a bar of ivory (or other non-lotion soap). Add 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda. Drop in essential oils (I used 4 drops lemongrass for the smell and 3 drops "Purification" for, well, purification :) by Young Living oils.
I am sure there is more to come! I want to make lotion, soap (which I have done, but not in a while), ginger ale, and a bunch of other things on my Pinterest!
Oh, and I also have been making "vitamin water" by putting a few slices of fruit in a blender with water and stevia. strain it out after blending it. You can use the fruit pulp in smoothies (I freeze what's left until I have enough for a frozen smoothie - no waste). Both the vitamin water and the smoothies are so good!
I recently became a distributor of Young Living, mainly because the starter kit is cheaper than buying the essential oils separate, but let me know and I can get you started, too!
Why essential oils instead of fragrances? Well, fragrances are a big source of allergens in our world today, not to mention they're basically just another chemical concoction. Essential oils are natural, and they can affect the body in positive ways. I don't only use them in my homemade recipes, I use them on/in my body and diffused in the air for healing purposes, as well.
One Christian Mom