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Things You Should Stop Buying And Start Making. Here's How.

APRIL 1, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Natural deodorant

Try this super-strength recipe for spray-on deodorant if you're prone to bad odors. However, if your needs are more mild, try brushing your underarms with an equal portion of aluminum-free baking soda and pure coconut oil--that's my secret.

2. Make your own custom spice blends

Simply follow these recipes for perfect blends every time.

3. Candles

Making your own is way easier than you think. Here is a full tutorial to get you going.

4. Scented salts

There is a massive mark-up on salt mixes made for your bathtime enjoyment. Save yourself the money and make exactly what you want with this recipe for DIY lavender salts.

5. Better-for-you "butter"

This vegan butter recipe saves everything from money to lives. Plus, it tastes amazing. Why wouldn't you want to try it? Get different versions of vegan butter recipes here.

6. Natural mouthwash

Clean your whole mouth naturally with these awesome DIY recipes.

7. Laundry detergent

This powdered detergent works wonders on tough dirt for a fraction of the cost of store-bought varieties. Plus, it is quick and easy to make. Learn how to do it yourself here.

8. Natural sunscreen

Did you know many leaves and seeds contain natural levels of SPF? Combining these products together makes for one superior skin-protecting lotion. Check out the recipe from Wellness Mama here.

9. Peanut butter

So easy, you'll wonder why you've been paying those elevated prices for so long.

10. Surface disinfectant

Did you know lemons and vinegar are both natural disinfectants? Put them to good use in this recipe for surface disinfecting spray.

11. Room scents

Skip the sprays, powders and potions alike. All you need to safely scent your home are these beautiful homemade scent jars. Learn how to make the lemon, rosemary and vanilla scent jar featured below here.

12. Un-paper towels

I know I don't need to tell you how wasteful paper towels are, right? So we'll skip that and you can check out this easy tutorial for making your own un-paper towels.

13. Natural toothpaste

You can already find a lot of great alternative options for toothpastes without triclosan, sodium laurel sulphate and even flouride, but they'll definitely cost you a pretty penny or two. Why not just learn to make your own?

14. Hair de-tangler

Knots don't stand a chance against this homemade de-tangler. Give it a try by following the recipe here.

15. Homemade Ketchup

This ketchup is a fraction of the cost of brand-name ketchup, has no added sugar or salt and can be made entirely organic if desired. Get the recipe here.

16. Salad dressing

Salad dressings are easy to make and so much healthier than supermarket varieties: no additives, preservatives, dyes or questionable ingredients. Here are a host of salad dressing recipes, including Vegan Ranch and No-Honey Mustard, to get you started here.