There are lots of DIY projects for natural living out there. And each of those projects probably has at least 10 variations that you could try. It can seem a bit … complicated.
And if you’ve been reading the blog long, you know I’m not a fan of complicated.
Many of you have asked for help when it comes to getting started on this natural living journey – where should you start? (And I know there are many of us who are always on the look out for new ideas.) Since I’m not sure what you’ve tried already or are looking to learn, I thought I’d compile my favorite projects in one place.
So, get ready to start pinning, because I think you’re going to love these ideas!
Top 40 DIY projects for natural living
- Sourdough Bread from Scratch | Growing Up Triplets
- DIY Homemade Yogurt | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Chicken Broth | Live Simply
- Make Butter at Home | Happily Ever Crafter
- How to Make Lavender Kombucha from Shalom Mama
- How to Make Kefir from DIY Natural
- Homemade Whipped Cream | Shalom Mama
- Simple Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Live Simply
Bath & Body
- Herbal Homemade Bar Soap | Shalom Mama
- DIY Super Moisturizing & Antibacterial Hand Soap | Scratch Mommy
- Detoxifying Bath Salt | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils | Shalom Mama
- Whipped Lavender Orange Aftershave Balm | Modern Alternative Mama
- Homemade Body Wash | DIY Natural
- Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Toothpaste | Sustainable Baby Steps
- Homemade Laundry Detergent | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Natural Soap for DIY Cleaning Recipes | DIY Natural
- DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Non-Toxic Tub Scrub | The Daily Pea
- Non-Toxic Citrus Dusting Spray | Scratch Mommy
- Non-Toxic Disinfectant Spray | Imperfect Homemaker
- Homemade Liquid Dish Soap Recipe | Mommypotamus
- Sage-Infused Vinegar | Naturally Mindful
- Multi-purpose Healing Ointment | Shalom Mama
- Skin Soother Salve | Smithspiration
- Lavender Mint Healing Lip Balm | Shalom Mama
- How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup | Shalom Mama
- Sleep EZ Tea | Shalom Mama
- Home Remedies for Cramps | DIY Natural
- How to Make a Nettle Tincture | Shalom Mama
- Magnesium Body Butter | Wellness Mama
- DIY Homemade Blush | Live Simply
- Homemade Foundation Powder | Live Simply
- Homemade Hair Spray | Imperfect Homemaker
- Non-Toxic Hair Taming Recipe | Scratch Mommy
- Natural Eye Makeup Remover | Girl Meets Nourishment
- How to Use the Oil Cleansing Method | Shalom Mama
- Homemade Charcoal and Coconut Eyeliner | Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness
- Natural Homemade Mascara | Passionate Homemaking
Got a few picked out that you want to try? Good. Now all you need to do is clear some time, gather your ingredients and get ready to master the art of natural living.
Don’t want to click all over the internet? Here are my favorite ebooks to help with your DIY projects.
- DIY Natural Remedies: Over 25 simple recipes to help you create herbal remedies for your family.
- DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes: My all-time favorite book for natural cleaners. Simple, effective recipes that will save you lots of money.
- DIY Organic Beauty Recipes: Mommypotamus has compiled her best beauty recipes into one ebook. A must-have.
- Real Food Journey: Get all the tips and recipes you need to make the real food switch in your home.
What projects would you add to this list?
Wow, that is an amazing list. So many neat things to try out, and I bet my daughter would be thrilled to whip up a few of these with me. I’m bookmarking this for later…in the middle of potty training right now 😀
What a wonderful blog you have! Even reading makes me feel awesome and more relaxed. Thank you.
I live in Florida, very humid and would like to have a diffuser for essential oils that does not add water into the air. Is there one? I already use rice and diffuser containers with bamboo sticks. I want it stronger so I thought I might have to go electric, but most add water into the air. Not what I want.
Check out luxurious DIY skin care products inspired by ancient beauty secrets and pure herbology! http://www.theancientapothecary.com
Thanks Nina! Your blog is inspiring and informative. I’ve been on the natural living journey since my daughter was born 16 months ago and am constantly learning and looking for more information and ideas! I’ve also decided to blog my journey into this realm at http://www.steponafishbay.com.au
I learned a lot from your site. It is great feeling now I can play my liquid soap making. I use cooking oil and KOH to cook detergent. It is easier than looking around for safe detergent for garden veg irrigation (you have no control what they put in). If you use hard water for washing, you can add mono potassium phosphate as a PH buffer (similar use and amount as borax, used here as a substitute of borax). Add a little bit of milk seems help to emulsify the paste especially when you use some olive oil. To make it a shampoo just adds a bit more milk. There is nothing can be wasted in the game of soap making. The worst scenario is you made the paste water hating wax (I did it by adding way too much mono potassium phosphate); but even that can be rescued by putting a couple of table spoon of KOH in 1 kg of soft water and heat it up then add the wax bit by bit into the solution and mix them up. Add a bit of (1 %) milk seems help it emulsify. Fine tuning the paste (by adding the wax bit by bit) until the PH reaches 8 to 8.5. Done. Good as new. The separated water solution I keep it as fertiliser for garden). I never put anything unnecessary into my detergent. I like washing cloths by stamping in a basin, it is quicker (15 minutes) and cleaner and not hurting the fabric. Also I recommend using sea water for cooking seasoning instead of salt, you need all elements in the ocean (what is the proportion? The element proportion in your body are nearly the same as they are in the environment as scientist found. We are not only made of star dust but also the proportion of the star dust) but not only sodium (don’t call it table salt, call it poison). Make your own drinking water by breaking lava rock and sediment rock and soak them in collected rain water. The main source of minerals you take in is by drinking water but not by food. When your urine stinks, your blood PH is no good, when your body fluid PH is good, your urine will not smelly. Keeping your mouth fresh and odourless by using tooth pick to scrape your teeth, never use tooth paste (it wear out your teeth surface layer and unbalance the microbes that make your mouth stink). Natural and healthy teeth are ivory coloured but not white. Teeth grow layer by layer from outside just like clam grow its shell or pearl). Leave it natural (and do not drink “drinks”), your teeth can heal small damages by itself just like a clam will do to its shells. Never use mouth rinsing water which will cause your mouth smell worse only, bacteria would not make your mouth stink, but unbalanced bacteria make your mouth stink. Naturally secreted oil on your skin and hair are the first line of defence, if just dust and sweat, rinse it with rain water it will be shine and smooth. What ruin your skin and hair is those tap water, shampoo and conditioners. I use 2 natural gas fermenter (imported poly gas fermenter tank for $ 500 each) as septic tank which is a closed system never leak out into environment, when one is filling the other is maturing. Gas for cooking, the matured sediment and liquid for fertiliser in garden. The important thing is never let any unhealthy and unnatural stuff gets into your septic system in the first place. As a general principle, get rid of all your household chemical products. Air deodorant, disinfectant, bleach, hair dye, insecticide, etc. they are all unnecessary waste of natural resources and harmful pollutants to a home and the environment. The so called modern life style makes us sick, makes environment sick, the rat race of making money and getting rich is fundamentally contradictory to sustainability. Use as little as possible natural resources but contribute as much as possible effective information that is my understanding of a good Earth villager. That is the only way to reach future. Green life is good life. It is a real civilised life. Want to hear other’s opinions.
Cooking with fire is a revolution in cooking; eat raw fish is another great revolution in cooking, some nutrients are so delicate and fragile that even room temperature will destroy them (for instance: lipoids, omega 3, vitamin, etc.). After cooking them in heat probably only oxidized products left. Eat sashimi is the best way to get omega 3. Basically, cook food the less the better. Most air fresher itself is an air pollutant source. They are useless and harmful. Just find the sauce of the bad smell and fix it. Natural body deodorants are the best to use. For instance: fine earth dust or some green leave ponded into paste to paint onto arm pits. When you have to wear white shirt, you can use 0.1 % glutaraldehyde water solution to rub onto arm pits and let it dry. It will be effective for a whole week. It can form strong chelating bond with skin protein and having shower will not affect its effectiveness. Use it as less as possible. It is not a natural product. When I find hard to breath after midnight and have cold feet and hands, I know it is time to give myself a starvation therapy: keep enough minerals and vitamins but restrict energy intake while keeping normal activity level. Do it for real not for pretending. Your body will start to scrape energy rich materials to use and reorganise the structure. Your body will do a much better job than the surgeons. This is another example of your rational thinking (human nature) give you future but your natural tendencies, natural instinct (animal nature) bring you to perish. It is handy to keep a dental drill (a most basic one will do) and some teeth filling materials at home. Check yourself or each other‘s teeth From time to time. When found a small eroded dent, drill out a fresh surface. Fill it with dental cement (never use mercury silver alloy or plastic). Put a small piece of plastic film on the filled teeth and bite on it to form a perfect contact surface between the biting teeth. Remove the extra and let it solidify for 24 hours before you start to eat solid food. Never grounding the teeth biting surface, that will only ruin it. If you do not use tooth paste and not drink “drinks”, your teeth can keep good condition for a long time. Haemorrhoids are common disease; half the population will have it. When the pain starts to get severe, it means the circulation is getting so bad that the local tissue is seriously starved of oxygen and nutrition. Use hot water to warm it up and massage it to force circulation. Grind American ginseng to fine powder, mix with equal portion of glucose. When apply, use a tee spoon of mixed powder to mix with one or two drops of water and put to affected part, once a day. It may work. If not, stop right away. From time to time use lava rock, sediment rock, brown coal, coal ash, wood charcoal and ash to enrich your garden soil. All household organic waste is valuable resources to enrich the soil. Never use chemical fertiliser. Never use pesticides, herbicides, germicides, rather share your garden, your farm with the flora and fauna. The flora and fauna will give you the maximum and healthiest biomass productivity in return. Wild veg are more nutritious and tasty. Anything insects can eat, human can too; some insects do not eat, human can after poaching it in boiling water. Take what the nature can give but not forcing it to (intensive farming, chemical fertiliser and insecticides and herbicides, GMO, etc. are forcing the nature that will not produce good result in the long term view). The important thing is never let any unhealthy and unnatural stuff gets into your septic system (or rather say the environment) in the first place. Pollute first, depollute later that does not have thermodynamic sense. As a general principle, get rid of all your household chemical products. Avoid synthetic interior decorations, furniture, paint, carpet. Only use rechargeable batteries and with ingredients safe to dispose. In matters that individuals cannot control, government have to take the responsibility to protect common interests: any product before it gets to the market should already be planned its recycle and safe disposal. Waste disposal means reuse, make them harmless to environment. The commonly used methods of burn, bury and tip should be stopped. The rivers and the sea should not be used as sewage. Waste disposal is not an interest oriented business it is a future oriented commitment. The whole world should summon its scientific, administrative and resources to solve this issue. Environment and future are more important than economy. Cannot let economy lead us, especially when the so called modern economy is so wrong in its principles and practice. It will naturally lead us to extinction. So far, all social-economic solutions (capitalism, socialism, communism ) depend on endless exploitation of natural resources to solve social problems, but that is unsustainable. It is not the case that we only have to work harder to produce more material products we will be better off. The reason is that: no matter how hard we work and no matter how creative we are, human cannot create real value (though we can make money). We are totally and utterly value consumers. Nature is the only one that makes value. The amount of value on the Earth is set. Even the Sun is just a consumer of value. It is a third stage distributor of value. It decides the time and amount of value available to Earth. The Earth is the fourth stage of distributer of value. The central black hole of the Galaxy is the primary producer and distributor of value. The big stars are the secondary distributor of value. They produce elements (star dust) and disperse them (with energy rich gas mass) into space. Value can be measured and represented by energy but they are not the same thing. Value is what makes the world work. The so called modern life style makes us sick, makes environment sick, the rat race of making money and getting rich is fundamentally contradictory to sustainability. Use as little as possible natural resources but contribute as much as possible effective information that is my idea of a good Earth villager. That is the only way to reach future. Green life is good life. It is a real civilised life. We should have full freedom to think and talk but not freely and wantonly using the natural resources and pollute environment which belong to endless of generations after us. The real success is not to have lots of children and make lots of money; it is to make the general gene pool reach unforeseeable far future. Gaming only works within system but it cannot solve system issues. To solve system issues, have to use systematic approaches and work on system level. Want to hear other’s opinions.
I’ll try to make the Homemade Body Wash – looks super simple to make