DIY Frugal Homemade Hand Sanitizer!

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DIY Homemade Frugal Hand Sanitizer

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Summer is coming to a close, and if you are like me you are looking  at the expiration dates on the sunblock and lotions to decide to keep them or not.  I had a less then half bottle of Aloe Vera Gel sitting under my bathroom sink.  What to do?  Well I decided to figure out a frugal way to use it and what I found was awesome!  There are plenty of ways to make your own Hand Sanitizer.  So I picked a Frugal one and ran with it (not really more like a light jog, I don’t run☺).

OK so what will you need?

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel

2/3  cup rubbing Alcohol

Essential oil drops to make it scented if you like

DIRECTIONS

Mix in a bowl until well blended, fill container of your choice.

That’s IT.  REALLY!

Really stop staring, you are making me nervous.

You will need to adjust the essential oil to your liking, at least 8 drops but I did more like 12.  If you want to buy some cheap Aloe Vera gel, I’ve seen it at the Dollar Tree.  Each tube has 6oz so you’d make two batches from one tube for $1.  You’d be out $2 for the supplies if you don’t have the alcohol.  I did have it on hand which was the purpose of my experiment, to re-purpose leftovers.   Some people go green and make this with Vodka and distilled water but I didn’t want my hubby to think I was making a cocktail.

I refilled the Aloe Vera Gel bottle and slapped some duct tape on there to label it.  I rubbed some on my hand, it is watery and you don’t need much.   Just splash a little on and rub until gone.  When you do this it smells like alcohol but once it dries I had a great lavender scent on my hands that even the hubby liked.

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How much did it make?  Well, it refilled my 12 oz bottle from the Aloe Vera Gel and I had about 4-5 oz left to put in a small bottle for my purse, so you are looking at making about 18 oz more or less.  Again, the frugality comes in the fact we are using what we might throw away at the end of Summer not actually making it to replace something we already buy.

Now I’m off to re-purpose my leftover roasted chicken to chicken salad for tomorrows lunch!

#frugalmomsrock

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DIY Homemade Sugar and Lemon Scrub, Frugal $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

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Sugar Scrub DIY Homemade

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Beauty on a Budget!

DIY Lemon and Sugar Scrub, $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

Some people think that in order to save you have to sacrifice on your beauty regimen.  NOT TRUE!  We can use ingredients found at home or at the dollar stores to whip up some awesome stuff to keep us looking our best!  Since it is summer and we all have exposed skin, this time around I’ve been concentrating on scrubs to keep our skin soft and touchable.  I tried a salt scrub and now I’ve moved on to sugar.

Again, you might already have this at home so you won’t have to spend anything but if you don’t you can go to your local Dollar Tree store and pick up sugar and baby oil.  We use the 2:1 ratio and we are ready to mix this up!

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What will you need?

1 box sugar, 16 oz

1 bottle baby oil (comes in 10 oz you will use just 8 oz)

One lemon ( you will use the zest from the whole lemon and the juice)

Jar to hold it (I picked up one at the Dollar Tree with lid )

Now you can use any oil.  I wanted to try baby oil because a lot of us are moms and have this usually in our homes.  I also wanted to try it because of its already light texture and fresh scent.   I took one large lemon and grated to get all the zest and then I squeezed the juice.  Depending on how strong you like the smell of lemon you might want to add more zest or more juice.  I stayed with one as my lemon was very potent.

You mix your sugar and oil first, and then gradually fold in the zest and add the lemon juice.  Mix until well blended.

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I scrubbed my elbow as a test.  Aside from my feet this is my driest and roughest part of my little old body.  My elbows are happy campers tonight!  This did a great job at helping the roughness.  As with the Sea Salt scrub, I only spent $2 on ingredients as I had a lemon on hand.  If you do not have a lemon, how about an orange or a grapefruit?  I can’t wait to try out other citrus blends.  You will have a nice scrub to use or gift for 13 cents an ounce as opposed to 63 cents an ounce if you buy a 16 oz jar at $10.   You can also use any container to put it in, so save a nice jar or two.  If you are keep it  for yourself a Tupperware works, an old mason jar, the possibilities are what is in your cupboard. Just make sure that the container is not porous or the oil will seep out.

I love making these so much I’m going to make some for gifts soon.  Next up on my DIY list??  I’m not sure, so please leave us some comments for what you’d like us to whip up for our Beauty on a Budget posts.

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DIY Sea Salt & Olive Oil Exfoliating Scrub, the 99 Cent Store Version! Beauty on a Budget

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Olive Oil Sea Salt Scrub

DIY Sea Salt & Olive Oil Exfoliating Scrub, the 99 Cent Store Version!

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 Beauty on a Budget 

Ever since I moved to Phoenix my skin has been so dry, my feet especially since indoors I’m mostly barefoot and outdoors I’m usually in flip flops.  During the summer months I get pedicures regularly and I hear those magic words, ‘Scrub $5 Extra’.  I end up indulging because my feet are a dry mess.  Every so often I splurge and buy a scrub that I find on sale at Marshall’s or Ross only to discover my daughter gets into it when she’s taking a bath, she’s a 7 year old with silky smooth skin.

I started researching DIY scrubs.  You just basically need a salt (or sugar, but that’s an upcoming post) and an oil  using the ratio of 2:1 and then you are ready to go!

I decided to use ingredients I could easily find at the Dollar Tree or the 99 Cent Store or even have at home already.  This week I hit the 99 Cent Store and picked up a bottle of olive, canola oil blend and a container of sea salt.  I am growing mint in my garden so I cut some from my stash to add for scent.  I also bought a nice glass jar but that’s optional.  Out of pocket it was $2 for my scrub that will yield a little more the 16oz of exfoliating scrubbing goodness.  That comes out to 13 cents an oz as opposed to somewhere around 63 cents an ounce if you buy a 16oz scrub on sale for about $10

16 oz of sea salt

8 oz of olive oil

mint leaves

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First I took 2 cups of the sea salt and mixed in 1 cup of the oil blend. Once this was mixed well, I took my little food processor to chop up the mint.  I folded it in and mixed well.  AND THAT WAS IT!   It took under 10 minutes.

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The fresh mint gave it a wonderful smell and I did not smell the oil one bit (that was a main concern for me).  I did the Madge test on my hand (remember Madge from the old Palmolive commercials?  Did I just date myself?  LOL) and I was amazed at the results!  I didn’t smell of olive oil, I had a nice fresh scent to the area I used the scrub on, and my hand is super soft.  Even my husband came over to feel my hand and do a smell test and was really surprised at the results!

I can’t wait to scrub up my dry feet tonight and show them some TLC.

What’t next for me?  Dollar Tree Sugar Scrub, Stay tuned!

Princess T ☺

 

 

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Craft Ideas for Kids to Stay Busy During Spring Break

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1. Dollar Store Nest Wreath
2. Tissue Paper Mosaic
3. Fabric Covered CD Covers
4. Bunny Boxwood Wreath
5. Bumble Bee Light Bulbs
6. Pastel Spring Vase
7. Mini Herb Garden
8. Fairy Dust Necklace
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10. Heart Printed Jeans
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13. Fun Paper Flowers
14. Sock Bunnies
15. Color Block Pockets
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17. Rubberband Wrapped Cuff
18. Easy STriped Neon Shirt
19. No Sew Hair Clips
20. Life Savers Flower Pops
21. Fun Easter Egg Dominoes
22. Spring Butterfly Wreath
23. Origami Bouquet
24. Fabric Spray Paint Dresses
25. Milk Jug Flower Pot

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Free Printable Valentines!

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Free Printable Valentines!

Elephants never forget so why should you?

These are cute and perfect for you to stash in your kids lunches, your loved ones purse/ briefcase or

for your kids to cut out and personalize for their friends.

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FREE Holiday Stories and Fun Activities for Kids

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Keep the kids busy with these free Holiday activities.  More than two dozen original, creative stories are found throughout Santa’s Secret Village.   Many stories convey a theme or cheerfully teach a lesson—while entertaining and improving reading skills.  Many can be colored in.

 

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5 Easy DIY Ornaments

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1. Easy Snowman Ornaments
2. DIY Glitter Ornaments
3. Newspaper Ornaments
4. Monogram Ornaments {pictured}
5. Coffee Bean Ornaments

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5 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

1. Recycled Business Card Ornaments
2. Cardboard Stars from Toilet Paper Rolls
3. Candy Cane Reindeer
4. Puzzle Piece Candy Cane Ornaments
5. Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

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5 FREE Mind-Blowing Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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If you are like me and are pumpkin-carving challenged, stencils are your BEST friend.  Even I, with my serious lack of jack o’lantern carving talent, can manage to produce some awesome looking pumpkins for the big night.  Take a look at these FREE mind-blowing pumpkin carving stencils.  

Mr. Mummy Pumpkin (pictured above)

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Pumpkin Carving With a Drill

Dr. Who Pumpkin Carving Stencil

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