Kat Cosley, the host of the LiveWell Network's program "Deals" was with us today to show us how easy it can be saving money by making many useful products at home.
Try your hand at some of the "recipes" below and let the savings begin! You can get more great tips from Kat every weekday on "Deals": http://livewellnetwork.com/Deals/8194764
DIY soap: Chocolate cupcake
8 oz of clear melt and pour soap
1/2 tsp of chocolate fragrance oil
1 drop Dark brown liquid soap dye
2 oz of white melt and pour soap
1/2 tsp of butter cream fragrance oil
1/2 drop of Dark brown liquid soap dye
Melt clear melt and pour soap in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add chocolate fragrance and brown dye and stir. Pour into mold.
Melt the white melt and pour soap in microwave for about 1 minute or until melted. Add butter cream fragrance oil and stir. Pour into mold. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until hard.
You can find cupcake soap molds at www.goplanetearth.com.
DIY honey lip balm What you'll need:
3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba or coconut oil)
6 or 7 drops essential oil peppermint or 1 teaspoon honey
Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler or microwave stirring to combine. Remove from heat, add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.
To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
DIY lip gloss What you'll need:
1/2 oz of light to color free oil
1 pinch of beeswax
Bella terra or any cosmetic pigment powder
Heat beeswax and oil for one minute in microwave in safe container or until beeswax is melted. Cool for 5 minutes before adding pigment powders. Stir gently until color is mixed throughout. Transfer to suitable lip gloss container. New glass roll on fragrance bottles can be used, only if it has never been used for fragrance oil.
DIY dog treats: Carrot bones
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup shredded carrots (see note below)
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/8 cup water (you may need to add an additional 1/8 cup water)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mash the ripe banana in a small bowl.
3. Grate the carrots, and mix with the banana.
4. Then pour in the applesauce and water.
5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and oats.
6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the carrot mixture.
7. Stir until thoroughly combined.
8. Knead the dough in the bowl with your hands.
9. Fold out onto a floured surface and continue to knead until a dough has formed.
10. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
11. Cut out into 3 inch pieces (I used a carrot shaped cookie cutter).
12. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
13. Place the cut-outs on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
14. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.
Storing - These treats will be fresh in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Yield - Using a 3 inch cookie cutter, you'll get 24 biscuits.
DIY household cleaners:
All you need are five ingredients: a bar of soap, salt, borax, baking soda and washing soda -- which is usually found in the laundry detergent aisle.
Mix together 3 cups of grated soap (laundry soap or just a bar of soap you already have), 3 cups of borax and 3 cups of washing soda. Use a 1/2 cup of the laundry soap per load.
Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of borax ? mix well to sift out any lumps. Two tablespoons per load and you are done!
Mix one cup each of salt, baking soda and borax ? use as needed