This morning in the shower I picked up the bathroom cleaner spray that was in there, unscrewed the sprayer and rinsed my hair with the contents.

Don’t be shocked. The ingredients are the same as my hair conditioner.

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If there happens to be a trail of tiny ants on my bathroom window sill, to get rid of them I can sprinkle my tooth cleaner.

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I can take a scoop of my deodorant and add it to a batch of cookies. (Though I probably wouldn’t.)


I might mix up a little jar of wood conditioner/polish and pour the leftovers on a salad.


I can even use my bug repellant as an effective mouthwash.

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I can crack open a jar of my facial moisturizer and cook it up with some fresh squash from the farmers market.

I do get a kick out of multipurposing my toiletry and cooking products (or at least knowing I could). 🙂

Do you have any cross-use items in your repertoire?

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14 Responses to Multipurpose

  1. Is there a book you can recommend for someone wanting to start dabbling in home-made cleaning and toiletry products?

  2. Bekah says:

    Sarah, this is so awesome!

  3. Lori says:

    hahahaha! i love it!

  4. Love it! Sounds like my house!

  5. Thank you so much for the link, Sarah! I’m looking forward to trying some of these recipes soon! 🙂

  6. sarah mosley says:

    I think it’s more interesting that you have a good enough memory to remember what ingredients are in each product. I would make each one and then put them in bottles and label them and refuse to use them for anything else, for fear of doing something stupid and ruining everything.

    I’m so tired.

  7. Rachel says:

    I love using baking soda and vinegar in cleaning (and obviously they have their place in cooking, too). I like to use vinegar as fabric softener, too. I’m impressed by all the recipes you make for your own toothpaste, conditioner and deodorant!

  8. Christine says:

    I just posted about my no poo shampooing adventure today at

    Modest Mama saw it and sent me your link. I swear I have never read about diatomaceous earth being used as toothpaste. We had to buy that last year to get rid of the carpenter bees that were drilling into my daughter’s playhouse. I see it says food grade though so that makes me feel better…lol!

    I’m glad she posted it b/c now I can read some more posts and get ideas. 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      It gives a really really nice smooth clean! Teeth almost feel polished! I saw a recipe on one of the “real food” blogs that talked about a fremineralizing toothpaste that included food grade DE, Baking soda and calcium carbonite (white chalk) mixed with coconut oil to form an actual paste. But, in the meantime I just added DE to our powder version and it works great. Welcome, and I’m off to check your no poo post!

  9. Katherine Lauer says:

    That’s cool.

  10. Claire says:

    I had a book at one point (think it got loaned out) called Clean House, Clean Planet. That was another good one!

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