Along with discovering eco- and budget-friendly ways to make your life easier, I spend countless hours testing each and every DIY. Some I only use once, while others are made over and over — and over again. Here are seven that I simply can't live without.
Garbage Disposal Refreshers
I keep a stash of garbage disposal refreshers under my sink and use them all the time. OK, I use them every day. And you can mix things up and use orange or lime instead of lemon.
Once I experimented with this smart trick, I couldn't stop. Now every box of tissues in my home is wonderfully scented. And you can use essential oils other than eucalyptus. I love orange, lavender, and rosemary for a nice, uplifting smell. And, I'll be honest: I usually use at least 10 drops of essential oil for a strong scent.
Square Canvas Prints
Yes, this isn't an essential DIY, but I make these square canvas prints all the time. I use personal pictures and display them around the home or give them as gifts to friends and family. They're so easy to make, and you can use basic printer paper with great results.
I'm a busy girl, and sometimes I, um, am not the freshest. This DIY spray deodorant is my go-to when I need a little refreshing. I have a small spray bottle in the bathroom, one in all my bags, and a bottle in the kitchen (really).
This easy air freshener makes your space smell amazing in seconds. And you can personalize the scent with your favorite essential oil.
I love how cute this hand sanitizer looks in an upcycled perfume bottle, but this spray is a winner, because it cleans my hands in a pinch. And it's made with natural ingredients that do a great job of cleaning without drying my skin.
These dryer sheets come together with only a few ingredients and leave my clothes so soft — without any lingering vinegar scent. I find myself refreshing the jar every couple of weeks and often experiment with different essential oils. So far, tea tree and lavender are my favorites.
Coffee filters aren't just for making coffee — and they can even be pretty! If you don't have room for a big holiday tree or if you just want a lovely decoration to celebrate the season, this DIY coffee-filter tree is supereasy and costs pennies to make. Instead of using a messy foam base, give new life to a cereal box for a decoration that sparkles year after year. Read on for the directions.
If you enjoy making cups of coffee for yourself at home, then you'll find yourself with an endless supply of old coffee grounds. It's best to not let them all go to waste. Here are a couple things you can do to recycle used coffee grounds:
Since coffee is a good deodorizer, it makes sense to have it as an ingredient in soap — particularly if you're fond of the scent. Make your own coffee soap with this recipe.
2. Beauty scrub
Mix honey with coffee grounds to create a scrub that you can use for your face or body to keep your skin feeling smooth and to help it glow. The scrub is also said to reduce cellulite on your body.
3. Hair mask
Rub the grounds into your hair before shampooing and conditioning. Leave them in for a while before washing them out, and your hair will be glossy and shiny. You might want to avoid using this mask on light-colored hair.
Add the coffee grounds to soil, and they will act as fertilizer. You can also mix warm water with the grounds then use the mixture as a fertilizing spray or feed for some of your house plants. Coffee grounds will be a good addition to compost, as well, since they are very rich in nutrients.
Put coffee grounds in a bowl, and place it in a room in your house or your refrigerator when there's a lingering odor you want to get rid of. You can even rub your hands with the grounds to get rid of any smell on your skin, or you can dump some in your trash can to minimize the smell of the garbage.