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I find it funny how much we have in our homes without actually knowing it. If you’ve ever moved you understand that you probably have a lot more stuff in your home than you actually need or use. Most people have quite a bit in their homes that goes unused and just collects dust. It’s nice to go through your home every 3 months or so and do a “stuff detox” and get rid of things you no longer use or plan on using so that you have more room and more mental clarity.

Oddly enough, some of the things in our home which most people may only view as a laxative or a cooking oil for food can actually be used for health and beauty purposes in multiple ways. The latest natural skin cream may work very well but if you’re doing your best to save money or are on a budget here are 5 extremely cost effective common household items that you can use for both health and beauty purposes.

5 Common Household Beauty+Health Items

1. Epsom Salts:

Epsom salts can be used for health and beauty purposes. We all know that it can be used as a laxative but it can also be used for a bath. The magensium sulfate (epsom salt) is beneficial for cleansing and removing impurities from your pores leaving your skin healthier and more beautiful. There are many other uses for epsom salts also, such as in your bathroom, kitchen and garden, see a full list of 20+ epsom salt uses here.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple Cider Vinegar is often talked about in it’s detoxification ability. It’s rich in enzymes and acids that help the liver and help to detoxify digestive organs but it’s also an incredibly effective facial toner. You can dilute Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar into a small spray bottle (half water, half ACV) and then spray it on your skin to tighten your pores and to help fight unwanted spots, acne and blemishes.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide is used to orally ingest and give your body more hydrogen and oxygen (H202) but it is also a great skincare agent as well. I recommend food grade hydrogen peroxide only and to dilute it (otherwise it will burn your skin) you’ll have to dilute it with water. Using hydrogen peroxide on your skin uses the power of oxygen to eat away at bacteria, blemishes or spots that cause your skin to be uneven or look unhealthy. It’s a great agent but it’s not recommended to use this daily as it is quite strong! It can also be used to brush your teeth to eat away at bad bacteria in the mouth and to whiten teeth.

4. Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is an oil that is often used for cooking or as a butter alternative on breads and foods. It’s got tremendous health benefits and a great range of healthy fats and MCT’s that give your brain and energy a boost. It’s also a great anti-bacterial agent. It works well as a hair and skin moisturizer and can be applied to any area of the body on the skin or in the hair to moisturize and give your skin (or hair) healthy fats to stay healthy and hydrated. I recommend organic coconut oil. This can also be used to brush teeth with as a polishing agent that removes stains and whitens teeth leaving them polished and smooth. Coconut oil can also be used as a nail cream to whiten nails and improve nail strength, health and growth.

5. Olive Oil:

Olive oil is used by many middle eastern cultures as a food to add with hummus and many other dishes. It’s rich in healthy fats and nutrients that benefit your beauty internally as well as your cholesterol levels but it’s also a great beauty agent to have on hand. Olive oil can be used as a hair mask to hydrate and moisturize the hair. It’s great for the roots of your hair and when mixed with mashed up avocado and left in your hair overnight (wear a hat or cap or wrap a t-shirt around your head) your hair will feel amazingly silky smooth in the morning with these two. I recommend organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil for best results.

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