I love a good chemical compound, and even more so if it replicates the results of salon-priced products.
Am I overstating the quality of this post, just a bit? No. This mess will change your life. Watch.
Most of these recipes I’ve published in earlier posts but here they are all together. Bookmark it and stuff.
C3H8O aka Isopropyl alcohol aka rubbing alcohol
De-Funks Your Pits
A couple of swipes of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball under your arms after the shower will kill any remaining funk inducing bacteria.
Anti-acne Cell Phone Cleaner
Again with the bacteria. Your cell phone collects a ton of it (you know you text on the toilet) and that bacteria is transferred onto your face every time you answer your phone. Clean your cell with a little alcohol on a cotton ball once a day and do your face a favor.
NaCl aka Salt
Blackhead removal and exfoliation solution
I came across this blackhead removal remedy on Pinterest and gave it a go. My pores weren’t too clogged, but the results were still fantastic. Mix your face wash with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of table salt. Apply with a cotton ball and let it sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off and rinse until mask is completely removed. Boom.
NaHCO3 aka Sodium bicarbonate aka Baking Soda
DIY Fabreeze / odor absorber
Mix the following ingredients into an empty bottle to create your own DIY odor absorber.
- 1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- Hot Tap Water – To Fill the Bottle to the Top
Spray affected area with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) then dust the area with baking soda long enough for the baking soda to absorb the liquid and stain. Launder as usual.
Spaghetti stain remover
Spaghetti is wonderful but the yellow stain the sauce leaves on Tupperware is not. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the dish and add a little water to make a paste. Rub the paste into the dish until the stain is gone.
H2O2 aka Hydrogen Peroxide
Stain remover (see above)
If you bit your lip like I did yesterday rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide to prevent the cut from turning into a painful infection.
Soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide. Let a few drops of the solution drip into your ear if you are having trouble hearing or don’t feel like your ears are getting clean enough with a wash cloth alone. Let the solution sit in your ear for a minute then turn your head over to let the solution drip back out onto a tissue. The hydrogen peroxide breaks down the wax allowing you to remove it easily with a washcloth. It works extremely well. You’ll hear people the people in the apartment three doors down whispering to one another. Just promise you’ll use your new powers for good and not evil.
Do you wear a retainer? No? Well I do. For those who are late-in-life orthodontic patients like me, soaking your retainer in hydrogen peroxide is a great way to remove bacteria and keep it clean.
C3H8O3 aka Glycerin
Homemade Acne Scrub
I’ve been testing this homemade scrub out for a while now to ensure that the DIY acne treatment and exfoliating scrub actually worked. It totally does.
Uncoated aspirin (coating makes it hard to dissolve) makes a great acne fighting mask and scrub. I didn’t have any uncoated aspirin but did have Alka Seltzer. I figured that would work even better since Alka Seltzer contains aspirin and sodium bicarbonate which has antiseptic properties and helps to correct hyperpigmentation and scaring. Here is my recipe.
- 1/2 tab of Alka Seltzer
- Enough water to dissolve tab
- 1/2 teaspoon of Glycerin
Dissolve half a tab of Alka Seltzer in your hand with a little water. Add one drop of honey or vegetable glycerin (all purpose vegetable glycerin can be purchased at most drug stores and beauty supply stores) which will act as a binding agent. Apply to your face and let it sit for a few minutes. When you rise, use the mask as a scrub before rinsing the mixture completely off. Pat dry.
I have been doing this mask/scrub every other day but I think twice a week is plenty. Immediately after the first time I tried it I noticed my complexion was brighter and appeared cleaner. After a week, what breakouts I did have cleared up.
Dry Hair Care
If your hair is a little dry, add one dab (only a dab!) of pure glycerin to your leave in conditioner, mousse, or moisturizing cream to give your hair a boost sheen.
I could really go on for quite some time about this but these are my favorite uses. How do you use the products I’ve mentioned? Let me know!