10 Simple Zero-waste Recipes You Can Try Today!

April 01, 2020

10 Eco-friendly DIY recipes to keep you busy during lockdown!

Many of us are now on lockdown which often means a lot of spare time, many people are adopting new hobbies or revisiting old ones. There’s never been a better time to give some eco-diys a go, many everyday items and toiletries can be made zero-waste at home from a few simple ingredients.

We’ve collated some of our favourite zero-waste recipes from around the web, so you can put your spare time to use and keep yourself occupied and sustainable!

Recipe #1 homemade detergent

Many detergents are full of toxic ingredients that can irritate skin and can pollute water when used and air during production, they also often come packaged in excessive plastic. So, there’s plenty of reasons to make your own at home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 250 ml Washing soda
  2. 250 ml Borax
  3. 1 bar Castille soap

Making the detergent is super easy - simply great your bar of soap and mix together with 250ml of the borax and washing soda. Add 1 tablespoon of your new home made detergent to your washing and enjoy your fresh clothing!

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Recipe #2 homemade toothpaste

Toothpaste is another recipe that’s super simple to make at home with a few toxin-free ingredients, the taste takes some getting used to for the recipe below but it works a treat.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. ½ cup Bicarbonate of soda
  2. 3 tbsp Water
  3. Your favourite mint flavoured essential oil (optional)

Place the baking soda in the jar and slowly add water until it forms a paste, thin enough to coat your toothbrush, thick enough to stick. Add one to two drops of the essential oil and mix thoroughly. You’ll need to stir the paste each time before you use it.

That’s it! You’ve made your own toothpaste!

Recipe #3 vinegar citrus cleaner

The recipe is one of the simplest in the list, it works great for cleaning surfaces, bathrooms and more. It also smells great and uses food scraps giving you the bonus of reducing your food waste.



You’ll need:

  1. 1 cup White vinegar
  2. 1 cup Water
  3. Citrus scraps (any will do)

Simply leave your citrus scraps to infuse the vinegar with their citrus scent for 2 weeks (minimum), then simply create a 50:50 mix of your infused vinegar and water and decant into a spray bottle and clean away!

Any citrus will do so save your peels and scraps and get infusing. For a bonus citrus scent add a few drops of citrus essential oil, don’t be put off by the vinegary smell that will disipate after a few seconds leaving a lovely citrusy smell lingering in the air.

Recipe #4 Reusable dust wipes

These reusable dust wipes are great and can be used to clean all manner of things including counters, walls, fixtures, white goods and more!

You’ll need:

  1. ½ Cup water
  2. ½ Cup vinegar
  3. 6 Drops lavender oil
  4. 4-6 Drops liquid castille soap
  5. Cut up cloth scraps (old tshirts work great)

Into a jug combine ingredients 1-4 give it a mix then place the liquid in a jar that contains your cloth scraps, these cloth scraps should keep you going for 7 days.

Recipe #5 lavender pillow spray

With these strange times upon us increased anxiety and sleepless nights can be expected. Every little helps when it comes to improving sleep quality and helping us nod off, one simple home made remedy to help you sleep comes in the form of this handy natural lavender pillow spray.

You’ll need:

  1. 2 tbsp witch hazel or vodka
  2. Lavender essential oil
  3. 6 tbsp water

Add your ingredients to a jar with a lid, pop the lid on and shake well until the ingredients are fully combined. Decant your pillow spray into a spray bottle then give your pillow a couple of sprays before you hit the hay.

Recipe #6 dry shampoo

Finding a non-toxic, non plastic-wrapped dry shampoo can be a struggle but it doesn’t have to be that way! Mixing together a few absorbent (and deliciously smelling) dry ingredients together and you’ll have your own natural homemade dry shampoo.

You’ll need:

  1. 2 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  2. 2 tbsp additional coloring powders (unsweetened cocoa powder, bentonite clay, activated charcoal, ground cinnamon, or just more arrowroot/cornstarch)
  3. 6 drops essential oil of choice, optional

Simply combine the dry ingredients and oil (if you so choose) in a jar, the additional colouring powders will depend on your hair colour. Lighter shades used lighter powders and darker shades use darker powders.

Once your ingredients are well combined simply apply them to your hair (a makeup brush works great for this) and enjoy all the benefits of dry shampoo minus the toxic ingredients and plus a delicious smell! 

Recipe #7 homemade oat milk

Oatmilk is our favourite plant based milk at Soseas HQ, not only is it delicious but it’s good for you and super simple to make too!

To make your own you’ll need:

  1. Oats
  2. Water
  3. Something to strain - you could use a nut milk bag, fine mesh strainer or even a clean tshirt or towel.

Simply blend your oats and water on a high speed and strain using material of choice above. Your oat milk should stay fresh if refrigerated for about 5 days.

Recipe #8 homemade deodorant

Many deodorants contain toxic ingredients that would have you wincing at the thought of applying them to your skin and yet most of us do every single day! Give this toxin-free deodorant a go and give your skin room to breathe.

This what you’ll need:

  1. 1/2 cup baking soda 
  2. 1/2 cup arrowroot powder/corn starch
  3. 5 table spoons unrefined organic coconut oil
  4. 20 drops of essential oil (check it’s suitable for usage on skin first)

In a microwave melt your coconut oil, add the other ingredients and mix well. Let your deodorant harden and you’re good to go.

Recipe #9 makeup remover

The simplest recipe yet, you can make your own makeup remover that’s kind to your skin with 1 simple ingredient - coconut oil! Coconut oil is great for your skin having a host of beneficial properties including being anti-inflammatory and naturally antimicrobial.

Recipe #10 homemade shampoo

Shampoo is another toiletry that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients, your hair and your bank account will thank you for it when you give this a try.

You’ll need the following:

  1. 1 cup of olive oil
  2. 1 cup of aloe vera gel
  3. 10 drops of your favourite essential oil.

This super simple recipe won’t give you the normal shampoo lather you’re used to but it will clean your hair just as well and the all natural simple ingredients will let your hair retain it’s natural oils whilst keeping it clean and nourished.

There we have it, 10 zero-waste recipes you can try that’ll keep you busy during these strange times. Remember to stay safe but keep yourself occupied and productive to keep yourself sane!


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