Finding the perfect containers to store your homemade, natural DIY products can be an obstacle on your non-toxic lifestyle journey. Storing DIY products can be an obstacle at the beginning of your journey, preventing you from even entertaining going non-toxic. It can also be an obstacle when you are further along, preventing you from taking the leap from natural store-bought products to homemade options.
I feel you… this was actually me for a long time! Every now and then, I’d find DIY containers at a natural health store but they were often expensive or it wasn’t exactly what I needed. It seemed way too daunting to start making my own products.
There are many reasons why you might want to consider making your own DIY products. As we all know, you can simply buy pre-made “eco-friendly” products.
But keep in mind:
- There’s still a lot of greenwashing out there. Companies make themselves look more non-toxic and environmentally-friendly than they really are…
- Many natural product companies have been bought out by large corporations (think Burt’s Bees and Tom’s of Maine). Do you really trust these big conglomerates who make tons of toxic, synthetic-chemical filled products?
Over time, I discovered that finding containers for storing DIY products can be easy! Here are a few of my favourite hacks.
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Tip #1: reuse existing containers for storing DIY products
The easiest DIY container hack is to use what you already have around the house. For example, “empties” of the following products:
- Glass food jars
- Lip balm containers
- Glass sparkling water bottles
- Mason jars
- Essential oil roller bottles
- Glass or stainless steel tupperware
Re-using existing containers is also a great way to lower your environmental impact.
Tip #2: store-bought containers for DIY products
If you don’t have any empties ready to use or you need more, you can find many suitable containers at every day stores you might shop at or have nearby.
I’ve found great soap dispensers at a reasonable price at stores like Walmart and Ikea. I’ve also found the perfect dishwasher powder and bath salt containers at the Dollar Store.
If you have something very specific in mind, you might still have to scour the natural products stores in your area.
Tip #3: order low impact storage containers online for DIY products
Nowadays, you can order almost anything online. If you need something specific and don’t want to hunt down natural products stores, it’s likely available on Amazon.
If you just don’t want to leave the house, you can also find a variety of DIY product suppliers online.
Tip #4: reduce your need for DIY storage containers
As you progress along your non-toxic lifestyle journey, you might finding yourself needing to make less and less DIY products. One-ingredient products can be very effective for your skin, as a deodorant and more!
For example, my skin lotion has simply become fractionated coconut oil – no mixing required! I’ll sometime add a drop of essential oil to it straight into my hand.
My face lotion has simply become jojoba oil. I have a pre-made roller bottle of essential oil mixture I’ll often dab in a few key spots on top of the jojoba oil on my face.
For nearly 10 years now, straight baking soda has been my non-toxic deodorant and I haven’t looked back!
Tip #4 is the ultimate in reducing your environmentally impact. If you can find a bulk store to refill your one-ingredient products, even better!
I hope this was super helpful. If you weren’t exploring non-toxic DIY recipes because you didn’t feel set up for it, maybe now you’ll at least think about it.
Because, honestly, one of the best ways to ensure you are using TRULY non-toxic products is to make them yourself.
If you have any other DIY container hacks, please share them with us in the comments below!
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