Sourcing Ingredients

Everyone beginning their journey in removing harsh chemicals and toxins from their home by making their own cleaning and body products needs somewhere to start. Here you will find a guide to what ingredients you will need to have on hand to start making everything you will need to replace those commercial products in your home.


You are just starting out. You are thinking of making your own laundry detergent, some liquid hand soap, maybe some ‘no-poo’ shampoo, perhaps some toothpaste and deodorant, some all purpose cleaner, some bathtub / toilet bowl cleaner…..Getting the idea? Here is a good list of the basics you should have on hand (contains affiliate links):

1. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
2. White vinegar
3. Washing soda (A great one HERE by Eco-Pioneer)
4. Soap flakes (I recommend an unscented product like this one) – this is basically just ground up, simple, non-scented soap! And this can usually be substituted for it if you so desire, but make sure the soap you are using is ONLY soap, and nothing else! (Ingredients should read “saponified [insert fat or oil here]”, and possibly salt).
5. Coconut oil (make sure it is extra virgin and organic, I source THIS one from Costco).
6. Tea tree essential oil
7. Borax (if you so choose – this is the least benign on my ingredients list. There are substitutions or alterations of recipe to remove it if you desire!)
8. Apple cider vinegar (I love Bragg’s!)
9. Liquid castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s comes highly recommended!)
10. Corn starch (a reasonably priced GMO free alternative HERE) or arrowroot powder
11. A liquid carrier oil like olive, grapeseed, avocado (check out Orphee oils)
12. Vegetable glycerin (NOW Foods makes an excellent food grade glycerin HERE)
13. Peppermint essential oil (for toothpaste!)


Okay, so you’ve mastered some easier DIY recipes and have replaced a lot of the products in your home. Consider adding the following ingredients to your stash if you are looking to expand to things like dishwasher detergent, lotions and creams, sunscreen, balms, and homemade scents.

1. Beeswax pellets
2. Cocoa butter (organic product HERE)
3. Various essential oils of your choice – my next ups besides tea tree and peppermint are Lavender, Citronella (homemade mosquito repellent, anyone?), eucalyptus, lemon, borage.
4. Zinc oxide powder (a good non-nano alternative here). This is mainly for sunscreen, but can be used for diaper rash creams as well.
5. Witch hazel ( or in bulk online HERE)
6. Aloe vera gel
7. Xanthan gum or another thickening agent.
8. Citric acid (you can order it online here or buy local from The Soap Dispensary).

Keep those cupboards stocked and you will never need to buy another home or beauty product again!

Other than the links provided about on each individual product, here are some personal recommendations of where to buy your DIY Products:

In store:

The Soap Dispensary
Homesteaders Emporium

New Directions Aromatics
Organic Matters

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