Buying Guide For Home Remedies And Do-it-yourself Ingredients

On we present many home remedies and numerous do-it-yourself recipes. We are often asked which ingredients are best and where to get them. That is why we have summarized the most important information for you on this page.

Baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most widely used home remedies. The scientific name of this sodium salt is sodium hydrogen carbonate. It is very versatile, for example as a cleaner in the household , as an ingredient for homemade washing powder , in homemade care products such as deodorant or even against heartburn .


Soda, also known as washing soda, crystal soda or sodium carbonate, is very similar to baking soda. However, for your own safety, you should not confuse the two . Soda is ideal for cleaning heavy soiling in the household and for washing clothes .

Citric acid

Citric acid (also citric acid) occurs naturally in many organisms. It is named after the lemon from which it was first extracted over 200 years ago. The 5-8% concentration in citrus fruits is often enough for the cleansing and limescale-removing effect of citric acid. For example, for the all-purpose cleaner made from citrus peel or the homemade limescale remover . Citric acid is sold in small bags in the baking department, in larger quantities from household cleaners or online . Here you can find out what to consider when buying and ordering citric acid .

Curd soap

We also like to use curd soap for things like homemade washing powder . The difference to normal soap is that curd soap is not overly greasy and therefore cleans very well without being greasy. Most curd soaps are made from either palm oil or animal fats . We used to use Sonett’s organic curd soap and were very happy with the results. Even if the palm oil contained comes from controlled cultivation, we continued to look for a palm oil-free alternative. The Patounis olive kernel oil soap is made by a family business in Corfu and is ideal for our recipes. If you want to save yourself chopping up the soap, it is also available in the form of curd soap flakes .


Vinegar is a versatile helper in the household, and fruit vinegar can be of great help in skin care . For household applications, simple, white table vinegar is sufficient. This is available in every supermarket, usually with a concentration of five percent. If you want to buy larger packages, there are many options, for example this 10 liter canister with 10 percent or 25 percent vinegar essence . For most applications, a five percent concentration is sufficient, so you can dilute higher percent solutions with water. For internal applications or skin care, the use of organic apple cider vinegar or another fruit vinegar is recommended . With a little patience, you can make vinegar yourself from leftover fruit .

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a versatile home remedy for cleaning, disinfecting and personal hygiene. Diluted three percent hydrogen peroxide is very inexpensive at pharmacies or available online . You can save some money by buying higher percentage solutions that you dilute with water yourself before use.

Essential oils

We use essential oils for many recipes. Sometimes they are only used for the good smell, but every now and then also to achieve a certain effect, such as with homemade mosquito spray . There are a few things to consider when buying and using essential oils. That’s why Renate has written a short guide to buying and using essential oils .

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