Most people just write me off as nuts. I prefer to think of myself as a home-based scientist. Growing up, I had my first chemistry set probably by the age of 5. I remember locking myself in the back room, experimenting with all sorts of chemicals while planning to find the cure for HIV/AIDS and Cancer. I had notebooks full of experiments!
And, then I moved onto food. Those were the days I’d lock myself in the bathroom attempting to mix sodas or liquids and then taste them. Usually, someone was banging on the door asking what I what I was up to, “Nothing, mom!”.
It’s amazing, how do I not have a superpower by now??
My greatest regret is going to college for communications/anthropology and not biology or chemistry. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow… My parents swore I’d be a chemist and it’s definitely going to be my “next career” when I grow up.
Being a home-based scientist, I love to explore the internet for ideas in creating my own natural products. You should know by now we love experimenting with food (i.e. black bean brownies) or with anything else around the house (i.e. homemade laundry detergent).
Though… not every frugal attempt has been a success around here, even though I know you thought we were perfect frugalistas. Here are a few attempts that just didn’t satisfy my mainstream loves:
1. Homemade Dish Detergent
I’m not sure I ever blogged about this, but I may have mentioned it one time or another. We tried last spring and summer to make our own dish detergent. Since everything went swimmingly with our homemade laundry detergent (and frugally!) we opted to attempt this DIY project.
While the dishes were clean, they had a slight cloudiness to them. We tried the vinegar rinse, as well as incorporating just a normal rinse, but it didn’t work. While I didn’t mind the cloudy glasses, Chris was embarrassed to share with guests. So, we switched back.
What did we learn? We don’t need to fill the dispenser with dish detergent for a good wash. Instead, 1 tablespoon per load is all we need. Our detergent goes A LOT farther now, so we’re saving in the end 🙂
2. Homemade Shampoo
This is a recent attempt. I bought all of the natural-fun-sounding goodies to make my own shampoo. Even though I switched to using a cleansing conditioner and not washing every.single.day, I thought my own shampoo would be a nice try.
While it doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t lather up as wonderful as the other shampoos we’ve had so it’s a bit strange to use. I’m not giving up on it just yet, I do consider it a failure because some days I’d rather grab the bubbly stuff.
3. Homemade Deodorant
Ah, yes. This lasted for a few days last summer and then I went back to my organic-something-or-other-natural Toms deodorant. I think it had more to do with the smell of my homemade deodorant than anything.
Maybe it’s the tea tree oil that over powers the lavender? I did’t throw it out, and I will try it once more, but for now, I’d like to smell fresh when I go to work!
4. Homemade Bagels
Chris tried to make bagels twice! Both resulted in less than stellar bagels. We believe it was because he wasn’t home all day to work with them. They needed more coddling than he could offer. Instead, we spent the days out by the pool and the bagels rose and fell too much.
So, while he is the master of pizza dough and bread, his bagel making skills might need some work. Or, we’re just happy to skip bagels since we don’t really eat them much anyway!
We all know what a struggle this can be. It’s taken me time to admit, I was a breastfeeding failure. Oh, how I tried, how I tried. It started out mostly to save money, as well as be “best” for baby.
In the end, it just caused me a LOT of heartache and personal judgement. Now, I’m prepared for the next go around. If it doesn’t feel right, formula it is, no qualms about it. So, it was a failure, but also a superior lesson in disguise.
So, those are our latest frugal failures. What frugal attempts went awry for you?
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