Pinterest has started a homemaking revolution: if you use it, you can find a homemade recipe for it.
But what kind of homemade are you really willing to try, in order to save money or green up your home? Here is a look at the top Pinterest trends that may (or may not) be too extreme:
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Instead of $5 to $15 and up for monthly store bought laundry detergent, many Pinterest recipes call for about $5 worth of ingredients that could last you half a year!
Admittedly, you can save tons of money here. But it’s important to factor in that homemade laundry detergent requires time and tools: getting the finest ground soap and other ingredients requires a food processor or high-powered blender.
On the flip side, it’s much more economical and green.
You never know how much things around the home cost until you move or buy a house. Curtains are one of those surprising ones! Getting curtains of the right height in a nice fabric is difficult if you aren’t willing to spend $50 and up on each panel.
Pinterest, however, shows you how to do it for the cost of $5-$15 worth of fabric (or even sheets you might have laying around!). If you have a sewing machine and the inclination, homemade curtains are a great way to save money.
Related: DIY Home Office Decorating
Giving Life to Old Shirts
T shirts have a hundred lives on Pinterest. From fashioning a gorgeous infinity scarf, to replacing the $5-$30 cost of a new pillowcase, t shirts can be cut, tied, and sewed into amazing things. If you use t shirts to replace a new purchase, like a grocery bag or a child’s dress, you can count that as a save!
Greening Up Your Home Cleaning
Pinterest homemade items can also help your bottom line in the kitchen. There are great recipes for making your own reusable cleaning wipes out of a canister, fabric (or paper towels), and vinegar.
And that’s just getting started — using baking soda, vinegar, and coconut oil, you can find an endless array of recipes for cleaning, from bathroom to kitchen to windows. All with cheaper, “more green” ingredients than buying from the grocery store or multipurpose store.
Daisy’s note: I use almost exclusively DIY cleaning products with vinegar, baking soda, lemon, etc. It’s clean without the chemicals, so why not?
But it begs the question: how homemade do you go to save money?