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2X4: Four Unexpected DIY Projects

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Jessica
09.18.13

Have you been around the DIY block a few times? Gotten crafty when it counts? That’s great, but it doesn’t mean you’ve done it all! Here are four functional home items you didn’t know you could DIY: 

Air Freshener. Did you know that store-bought air fresheners – even the “green” variety – may contain formaldehyde? If you want to breathe easier (and safer), mix your own homemade, sweet-smelling freshener, instead. In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp. baking soda with about 40 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add the scented baking soda to a spray bottle, fill the bottle with water, and then shake. You’re good to go! Fun Fact: The baking soda serves two purposes: neutralizing odors and “carrying” the oil through the air when you spritz. 

Laundry Detergent. If you’re interested in DIYing to save a little cash, laundry detergent is the way to go! By mixing your own brand, you can save over $300 a year on laundry duty. Plus, it’s really easy to make. All you need are three ingredients (washing soda, borax and a bar of soap), a large container and about 15 minutes of spare time. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients (don’t be afraid to get little crazy with the soap scent), mix them together and store in a sealable jar. For a more details, read: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent!

Toothpaste. Oral hygiene is important, but a store-bought tube of toothpaste isn’t your only option. If you’re already thinking “baking soda, duh,” just hear us out! While baking soda and water will work, it’s going to taste about as good as a gym sock. We suggest trying this recipe from The Old School, instead. Gather 5 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. Stevia powder, 3 tbsp. coconut oil and 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix it up until it looks like toothpaste, and then brush up! Tip: Not a fan of peppermint? Orange or spearmint work great, too! 

Stainless Steel Polish. Between your sink, pots and other cooking tools, your kitchen can pack a lot of stainless steel. And nothing says “envy-worthy kitchen" like perfectly polished appliances! Rather than burning through store-bought polish like lightning, make your own version out of vinegar and water. Simply fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar. Then spray your stainless steel to remove handprints, drips and streaks. Tip: For some extra shine, follow up the vinegar spray by buffing with baby oil. 

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