Today, makeup and beauty products come with a big price tag that many women simply cannot justify, so they wind up completing their beauty regimen without the needed item.
There is no reason to cut corners, however, since you can utilize many items you already have in your home to make the most of your beauty routine.
Yes, this means you can use baking powder in your hair as a dry shampoo when you don’t have time to shower or add it to your nail polish to get the matte effect that is all the rage. Here are 35 beauty hacks that you’re going to love using in a pinch – and they use the items you already have around the house.
#1 Back Loofah
Everybody loves a beautiful sun-kissed glow all year round, but we all have those hard to reach places, like your back, that make applying sunless tanner difficult. Luckily, if you have a back loofah laying around your house, you can tie your bronzing mitt to it and apply the bronzer that way. You’re also preventing yourself from getting those orange hands that tell everyone your tan isn’t real.
Need to stock up? Find a Loofah Back Scrubber by Vive for $13.99 on Amazon.
#2 Baby Powder
If you’re on the fly in the morning and you do not have the time to wash your hair, but you have baby powder in your bathroom, you are in luck. You can use this as a dry shampoo to soak up the grease in your hair. It will also add a great deal of volume and keep you looking fabulous until you can shampoo your hair later.
Need to stock up? Find Johnson’s Baby Powder, Silky Soft Skin for $4.99 on Amazon.
#3 Dryer Sheets
Nobody wants to have hair that is packed with static or fly-aways. If you have a dryer sheet in your laundry room, you can run one down your hair shaft to smooth things out. Your hair will lay down and smell fresh too!
Need to stock up? Find Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets, Free & Gentle for $8.73 on Amazon.
When your brown hair needs a boost between colorings, don’t waste time with refreshing glazes or settle for dull, drab color. Make a pot of strong coffee and pour it on your hair. The brown color of the coffee will brighten and refresh your java-colored tresses and have you looking fabulous.
Need to stock up? Find Death Wish Ground Coffee for $19.99 on Amazon.
#5 Coconut Oil
White teeth are all the rage these days, but many people do not want to deal with the outrageous cost of having them done professionally. That can be harmful to your teeth anyhow, but coconut oil is all-natural and swishing it around in your mouth, a method known as oil pulling, can leave your teeth both pearly and shades whiter.
Need to stock up? Find Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for $6.82 on Amazon.
#6 Cooking Spray
Waiting for nail polish to dry can be really annoying, especially when you’re in a hurry to get out the door. If you have cooking spray in your pantry, you can skip the wait by spraying it from 6 inches away onto your nails. It will give them a gorgeous shine and the polish will dry in no time flat.
Need to stock up? Find Crisco Professional Oil Spray for $3.79 on Amazon.
#7 A Toothbrush
Baby hairs and fly-aways are annoying and never look good, but if you have a toothbrush on hand, you will never have to deal with them again. Simply spray some hairspray on your hair or the toothbrush and comb the hairs down. They are sure to stay all day, making you look pretty and polished.
Need to stock up? Find Colgate 360° Total Advanced Floss-Tip Bristles Toothbrush for $11.36 on Amazon.
#8 Coffee Filters
Blotting papers can be super expensive, so if you are not wanting to throw money away literally, and you have some coffee filters in the kitchen, you are in luck. Many women double their coffee filters as blotting papers to reduce the shine on their face and increase their money in the bank.
Need to stock up? Find Nicole Home Collection Coffee Filters for $6.89 on Amazon.
Perfume is expensive, and unfortunately, the scent doesn’t always last long. Rather than wasting more spritzes, you can make the scent last longer simply by applying a small amount of Vaseline wherever you spray your perfume.
Need to stock up? Find Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly Skin Protectant for $7.38 on Amazon.
#10 Laundry Pods
If you have jewelry that needs to be cleaned and you do not have any jewelry cleaning solution on hand, you can puncture a laundry pod and use a toothbrush to clean and shine your bling. Patting it dry will prevent scratching, and your jewelry will shimmer and shine like the day you got it.
Need to stock up? Find Gain Flings Laundry Detergent Pacs for $19.97 on Amazon.
#11 Transparent Tape
Transparent tape has so many uses when it comes to your beauty routine. You can use it to master winged eyeliner or to prevent eyeshadow fallout on your cheeks. It is also great to use for nail design as well and is easy to remove, leaving straight lines and no mess behind.
Need to stock up? Find Scotch Transparent Tape for $9.30 on Amazon.
#12 Soy Milk
Anti-aging products are very expensive, and most of them do not provide the results that you want, despite the huge price tag. Soy milk, however, is a great product to use as a toner and can increase the collagen in your skin, preventing it from aging. Soak a cotton ball with this miracle milk and let it sit on your skin for 15 minutes for best results.
Nicking yourself with a razor while shaving is painful and never fun. If you’re looking for a way to relieve the pain after shaving, applying some Chapstick to the nick can really help. It will stop the bleeding, soothe the cut, and help it to heal quickly.
Need to stock up? Find ChapStick 100% Natural Lip Butter for $4.99 on Amazon.
#14 Bobby Pins
Sure, bobby pins can keep loose hairs in place, but they can also do so much more. If you want to add some cute polka dots to your nail design, simply unbend a bobby pin and dip it in polish. They can also be used to master winged eyeliner.
Need to stock up? Find Goody Bobby Pins for $6.12 on Amazon.
#15 Metal Spoons
Metal spoons have so many different uses when it comes to your beauty routine. If you have puffy eyes when you wake up in the morning, a cold spoon can help to reduce that puffiness. Placing a spoon behind your lashes when you’re applying mascara can also prevent it from getting all over your eyelid.
Need to stock up? Find Hiware 12-piece Sterling Quality Stainless Steel Dinner Spoons for $12.99 on Amazon.
#16 Dawn Dish Soap
Getting makeup on your clothes is no fun and can leave hideous stains. Dawn Dish Soap is a great way for you to cut through the grease from the makeup and remove the stain without ever ruining your beautiful garments. It is gentle, and everyone has some in their kitchen.
Need to stock up? Find Dawn Soap for $11.12 on Amazon.
#17 Apple Cider Vinegar
Hair products can build up in your hair fairly quickly, especially if you use them in combination. Apple cider vinegar is a great cleansing agent to get the product buildup out. It will also work as a pH balancer and can strengthen your hair as well.
Need to stock up? Find Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for $8.55 on Amazon.
#18 Sea Salt
Sea salt has many wonderful uses when it comes to your beauty routine. It can be used as a scrub to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells prior to using tanning lotions. Many people also make a sea salt spray for their hair to get that beachy, textured look.
You can find Redmond Real Sea Salt for $4.99 on Amazon.
Whether you suffer from eczema or psoriasis or even plain old dry skin, oatmeal can be your answer. Rather than going out and buying commercial colloidal oatmeal bath products, just use some that you have in your kitchen. Ensure your oatmeal is plain and unflavored and grind it up in a blender. Adding it to your bath for a soak can calm any skin irritation quickly.
You can find LoveSome Old Fashioned Oatmeal for $3.00 on Amazon.
Lemons have so many wonderful uses, but what many people do not know is that they have bleaching properties and can work on both your hair and your skin. If you have an uneven skin tone with dark spots that need lightened, applying some fresh lemon juice can help to even things out. A little lemon juice can also brighten up blonde hair that has become dull without damaging it.
Toothpaste is another one of those household items that boasts many different uses. If you have pimples that you need to shrink quickly, applying some toothpaste overnight can make all the difference in the world. It is also a great way to brighten and whiten nails that have started to turn yellow.
You can find Colgate Optic White Whitening Toothpaste for $13.21 on Amazon.
#22 Peppermint Oil
Plump lips have become very popular in recent years, but lip injections are costly and don’t last long. Fortunately, if you have peppermint oil in your pantry, you can add some to your lip gloss to perk up your pout. It will temporarily make your lips look fuller.
You can find Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil for $5.99 on Amazon.
When your roots are growing out and making your hair look less than fabulous, but you don’t have time to go to the salon to get them dyed, don’t worry! As long as you have an eyeshadow palette, you are in luck. Brushing some eyeshadow close to the color of your hair can hide those roots and make your hair look fuller and thicker as well.
Even though pantyliners aren’t usually a part of a makeup routine, they can be used to prevent eyeshadow fallout from ruining your perfectly highlighted and contoured face. Cutting one in half and placing it under your eye can prevent shadow from making a colorful mess on your cheeks.
You can find Carefree Acti-Fresh Panty Liners for $5.87 on Amazon.
If you have recently painted your nails and ended up with polish on your skin, using a tampon can make the job easier. Sure, it sounds silly, but pushing the tampon slightly out of the applicator and dipping it in polish remover can work wonders. It won’t fall apart like a cotton ball will, and the tampon allows you to clean with more precision.
You can find Playtex Sport Tampons for $8.68 on Amazon.
#26 Castor Oil
People tend to think of castor oil as nothing more than a laxative, but it has many uses when it comes to beauty, as well. In fact, castor oil can help to grow your hair long and strong, while providing it great moisture. It can also be applied nightly to eyelashes with a brush to strengthen, thicken, and lengthen them.
You can find Castor Oil USDA Certified for $9.99 on Amazon.
Curling and straightening hair is something women do each and every day, but if you have ever been in a hurry and burnt yourself on your item, you know the pain that brings. Thankfully, if you have plain yogurt in your refrigerator, it can work much better than cold water or ice to relieve the pain and help to prevent blistering. Applying some to the site of the burn for 10 minutes will restore the barrier of the skin.
You can find Califia Farms Probiotic Drinkable Yogurt for $42.10 on Amazon.
#28 Olive Oil
Blackheads and breakouts can be unpleasant to look at, but olive oil can save the day. Applying some warm olive oil to your face will draw the dirt and oil out of the skin leaving you with a clean and fresh complexion. It also has moisturizing properties, so your skin will be healthy and hydrated as well.
You can find Organic Olive Oil by Sky Organics for $14.95 on Amazon.
#29 Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is one of the most important essential oils and it is very common in most homes. If you have some on hand and you suffer from red, inflamed skin, rubbing some into your skin can take the redness away and provide you with relief. It also has antiseptic properties and can work to prevent infections.
Waking up in the morning with puffy, red eyes is never fun and you certainly won’t want to go out of the house looking like that. If you have green tea bags in your house, you can simply soak them and place them under your eyes. They will eliminate those nasty eye bags and puffiness and tighten the skin under your eyes. Make sure they are applied cold for the best results.
You can find Prince of Peace Organic Green Tea for $6.42 on Amazon.
The weather can take a toll on your hair, but if you also do a lot of coloring, perming, or heat styling, you may find that your locks are dehydrated and damaged. Rather than wasting a lot of money on treatments, go to your fridge and get some mayonnaise. Applying it amply to your hair will repair damage and provide the necessary hydration.
You can find three Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise bottles for $10.12 on Amazon.
Blondes really do have more fun, but they tend to get swampy hair in the summer, especially after swimming in chlorinated water. Paying for salon treatments to neutralize the green is pointless when you have ketchup in your refrigerator. The lycopene in ketchup, along with the red coloring from the tomatoes, is enough to counteract the green tones and return your hair to its normal color once again.
You can find 2 Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup bottles for $6 on Amazon.
Blemishes can really ruin the way your makeup looks, but so can dry skin. To moisturize your skin and get rid of those pesky blemishes, try applying a thin layer of honey to your skin for between 10 and 15 minutes. After you wash it off, you will see that your skin has improved significantly and is no longer dry and flaky. It gives you a perfect canvas for a gorgeous makeup look.
You can find Nature Nate’s Honey for $9.66 on Amazon.
Many people do not know it, but Listerine mouthwash serves more than one purpose. Yes, it can leave you with clean, fresh breath, but it is also helpful in fading bruises on the skin. Soak a rag with the mouthwash and let it sit on the bruised area for 15 minutes. It will be less noticeable in no time at all.
You can find Listerine Freshburst Antiseptic Mouthwash for $3.97 on Amazon.
Dark circles can make you look years older, but sadly, many people who do not get enough sleep wind up with them. If you have black circles and can’t seem to find a remedy for them, try placing slices of raw potato on your eyes for half an hour. It will lighten up the dark circles and reduce the puffiness under your eyes as well.