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I’m sure you will have read a lot about the benefits of trying to become a little more self-sufficient and relying more on homemade items and products. It’s true that making your own things is a great pastime and often works out more environmentally friendly, but is it really worth going to all that extra effort? To try and figure whether shop-bought or homemade is better, here are some of the pros and cons.

Food

Ideally, you should be cooking and baking everything from scratch as it gives you chance to see exactly what is going into your food. Plus, ready-made meals are often packed full of salt and sugar and can be extremely unhealthy. If you have the time, it’s also worth baking bread and biscuits as well, as you can then control how much sugar goes into them. However, when it comes to food items such as hummus, mayonnaise, and other condiments, you might as well buy them from a shop as getting all the individual ingredients can work out expensive.

Clothes

Have you been thinking about making your own clothes? If you are already pretty good with a sewing kit, then you will be able to make some excellent pieces. However, if you haven’t picked up a needle before, and don’t have much time to practice, you might as well just buy your clothes. Finding cheap deals isn’t too difficult now that there are lots of coupon sites like DontPayFull.com, and the shops always seem to have sales on. At the end of the day, if you have enough time on your hands to learn how to sew, then making your own clothes is a great new skill to learn. No time? Don’t feel bad about buying clothing!

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Cleaning Products

One great way to help the environment is by making your own cleaning products. You will find lots of recipes online: eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm. Homemade cleaning products are also non-toxic, so they are a lot safer to use in households with young children and pets. They are also a lot less abrasive on your hands compared to shop-bought ones! I’d highly recommend making your own cleaning products – you’ll soon notice just how gentler they are!

Cosmetics

Did you know that it is also possible to make your own cosmetics? There are now lots of kits you can buy that will guide you through the process, or you can just buy all of the individual ingredients and have a go at coming up with your own products. This is a great option for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin, as you can make each item as gentle as you need it to be. You can also add in any extra ingredients you like to boost the concentration of certain vitamins and minerals. If you have always wanted tailor-made cosmetics, making your own is the best way to go!

As you can see, it’s quite alright to buy your own clothes and some food items. But when it comes to everything else, why not try making your own?!