14 DIY Beauty and Household Products for an Au Naturel Summer

Perhaps the only thing you should spend money on this summer is sunscreen. Everything else? Make it yourself.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
via Mind Body Green

Did you know apple cider vinegar can make your face glow? It’s apparently Scarlett Johansson’s best beauty secret, since vinegar naturally restores the skin’s pH balance. Mind Body Green has 14 other uses for the stuff, too.

Four Natural, Affordable Exfoliating Scrubs
via SheKnows

SheKnows outdoes herself with four homemade face scrub recipes: basic baking soda scrub, nourishing sugar scrub, invigorating coffee scrub, and soothing oatmeal scrub. Go get ‘em.

Homemade Body Butter
via She Wears Many Hats

Suffering from dry skin during the summer? Look no further. This stuff is also apparently good for shaving your legs (who knew?).

After-Swimming Eardrops
via Instructables

A super simple way to get all of the water out of your ears after swimming and avoid any chance for infection because, ugh. Infections, ugh.

Homemade Natural Insect Repellent Spray
via DIYNatural

I hate bugs, and I bet you do, too. Get rid of them the natural way!

Five DIY Mosquito Repellents
via The Secret Yumiverse

Yes, yes, I hate bugs (see above), but I detest mosquitos. This illustration, by Yumi Sakugawa, identifies five fresh and innovative ways to keep those pesky buggers away this summer.

Honey-Milk Bath for Sunburn
via POPSUGAR Beauty

Um, yes. One thousand times yes. I’m going to intentionally give myself a bit of sunburn just so I can enjoy a honey-milk bath. (Just kidding.)

DIY Cure for Stained Nails
via Birchbox Blog

UV light stains painted nails, so I can only imagine what happens to you ladies when you go to the beach or pool. Here’s a DIY fix, courtesy of Birchbox.

Lip Balm
via Michelle Phan

Lip balm: quick, easy, effective. Plus, ways to get fancy (by adding a bit of color) and fancier (by labeling special lip balm containers).

Herbal Raw Honey Ointment
via Frugally Sustainable

A should-be staple in everyone’s first-aid kit, raw honey heals hurting skin like no other. Learn its secret here.

Alpha Lipoic Acid Skin Lotion
via eHow

The name sounds scary, but the homemade antioxidant lotion can revitalize skin and ward off wrinkles.

Natural Home Deodorizers and Air Fresheners
via Clean My Space

This seriously cool article should be your go-to guide to change your home’s signature scent, naturally and for next-to-nothing.

Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray
via Frugally Sustainable

The secret ingredient: marshmallow root. Weird, right? But apparently, it’s a god-send—and not just for untangling hair.

Ice Packs
via The Krazy Coupon Lady

A quick and easy way to make your own cold pack, and for cheap. Because, if you’re anything like me, things can get a little (or a lot) rowdy under the sun.

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