Recipes for a Zero Waste Lifestyle

Check out these five easy natural DIY recipes to replace common household products.

Lauren Singer is a Wanderlust presenter and sustainability expert. Want more Zero Waste tips? Click here for more information. 

DIY Household Cleaner

Ingredients: 32 oz organic white vinegar packaged in glass Organic essential oils of lemongrass or grapefruit Spray bottle, ppreferably a glass bottle with a spray top so you can see what is going into it Metal funnel Water Combine vinegar and essential oils into jar. Mix well. You can add this to a spray bottle for easier cleaning. 

Lip Balm

Ingredients: Metal tins to put it in Double boiler Spatula 3 tbsp of beeswax 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp shea butter 20–30 drops organic essential oil of peppermint, lemon Organic beet root powder (if you can find it) Metal spoon Melt ingredients together in double boiler. Add essential oil and coloring, put into container, let cool.

Organic Vegan Deodorant

Ingredients: 1 tbsp shea butter 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsps arrowroot powder 1 tbsp baking soda Double boiler Spatula 4 oz mason jar to put finished product in Bowls to put each of the ingredients in

Melt ingredients over a double boiler. Add in any desired essential oils if you want to add fragrance to the deodorant. Pour mixture into a four ounce mason jar, and apply directly to armpits using clean fingers.

Body Lotion

Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa butter 1/4 cup shea butter 1/4 cup coconut oil Sweet almond oil Double boiler Bowl for each of the ingredients Spatula Large jar or bowl to put finished product in Hand mixer Refrigeration

Combine shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter (you can use mango butter if you don’t like cocoa butter’s chocolatey scent, or double-up on your shea butter). Melt over a double boiler. Let slightly harden in the refrigerator. Add about 20 drops of an essential oil for scent. Whip with hand mixer to reach a whipped cream like-consistency. Place in a mason jar and keep in a cool, dry place. If it starts to settle, place in the refrigerator and then re-whip it.

Massage Oil

Ingredients: Sweet almond oil Jojoba oil Grapeseed oil Organic essential oil of lemon, peppermint, rose Glass bottle to put it in Funnel Combine ingredients in a jar, add oils as desired.  lauren singerLauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company The Simply Co. An Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz mason jar. Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, Vogue, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC, and NPR among others.