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#1 of 5 Old 02-07-2008, 12:03 PM - Thead Starter
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I thought that we could post some recipes for homemade things that will save us money. Things like cleaners, mixes (taco, biscuit), etc. If you have a recipe for a homemade whatever, share it with us so everyone can save!

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Looking for a cheap and natural way to freshen your breath? Then, try this simple mouthwash recipe:

Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle--an instant fix for even the worst case of bad breath.

Why This Works
Baking soda neutralizes the odors in your mouth, rather than just covering them up.

Benefits of Using Baking Soda Mouthwash:
inexpensive
no harsh chemicals
no strong taste
alcohol-free

Tips:
1. Keep some baking soda in your purse or briefcase, and you can even freshen your breath on the go.
2. Add a drop of peppermint oil for a minty taste.
3. If you prefer to make up big batches, boil your water, and add a teaspoon of baking soda for every eight ounces of water.

Store in an airtight container.

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Professional teeth whitening isn't cheap—and even the home whitening kits are a bit of a splurge. The good news is that you can whiten your teeth without using either one.

Just wet your toothbrush, and dip it into a box of baking soda. Then, brush your teeth, and rinse. Repeat regularly, and you'll have whiter teeth at a price that you won't feel guilty about.

Why This Works
When mixed with water, baking soda creates a thick paste that's perfect for scrubbing away the stains on your teeth, and because it's applied with a toothbrush, it even does a good job of reaching and removing the stains that form between your teeth—something most whitening kits can't do.

The Benefits of Baking Soda Whitening
Baking soda is the clear winner among whiteners when it comes to price, but that's not its only benefit.

Baking soda is also:
less abrasive than most whiteners
all-natural
gentle on gums
gentle on enamel
easy to use—no strips or messy trays to fool with

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Aftershave is a must-have for most men, but that doesn't mean it has to be a must-buy. Here's how to make your own aftershave at home:

What You Need:
Apple cider vinegar
Water
An empty bottle

What You Do:
Fill an empty bottle or container with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Shake to blend. Then, splash on your face after shaving just as you would with any other aftershave.

Why This Works:
Store-bought aftershave does four things: it acts as an antiseptic to clean out any cuts; it moisturizes the skin; it closes the pores; and it soothes razor burn. The acetic acid in vinegar is able to perform these same tasks at a fraction of the cost. Score one for vinegar!

Benefits of Using Apple Cider Vinegar Aftershave:
inexpensive
fragrance-free (once it dries)
dye-free
all natural

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Store-bought drain cleaners are expensive and caustic, learn how to make your own homemade drain cleaner using this simple recipe:

Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain.
Pour vinegar over top of the baking soda to create a foaming action.
Allow the foam to settle, and repeat until all of the baking soda is gone.
Enjoy a fresher smelling drain, and more money in your pocket.

Tips:
For maximum effect, allow the drain to sit unused for a while after cleaning.
Run hot water down the drain the first time you use it. This should help to remove any dirt or debris left behind.

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