Beauty from the Pantry

If I could magically recover all the money I’ve wasted on skin care products in my life, I’d be a wealthy woman. Who knew that one of the best moisturizers is likely sitting on the shelf in my pantry? That’s just one of the great tips you’re about to read—all submitted by Everyday Cheapskate readers.

OLIVE OIL RELIEF. No matter what moisturizer you use or the skin type you have, the basic goal is the same: To effectively hold moisture close to the skin, without clogging your pores. All you really need is a small bottle of good extra-virgin olive oil, preferably organic. The best olive oil is still cheaper than most mid-range retail products. Wash your face and neck as normal, blot dry leaving your face with a sheen of moisture, and then put a drop or two of olive oil into your palm. Rub your palms together, and pat over your clean skin. Olive oil is naturally humectant, meaning that it draws moisture from the air, and it is quite breathable on the skin. M.T., Tennessee

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DISHWASHER BAGS. When you need to wash small items in the dishwasher, place them in a zippered mesh laundry bag designed to wash lingerie. Tiny items like lids, washable appliance parts and small utensils won’t get “lost” or find their way into the bottom of the dishwasher when they’re safely tucked inside these bags. After the bag is filled and zipped, lay it on the top shelf and run through a regular cycle with the other dishes. Kay, Indiana

VEGGIE OIL CUTS GREASE. If you have that sticky, greasy film on your range hood—or anywhere else—that only seems to get worse when you try to clean it with conventional products, try this: Take a paper towel and wet it with vegetable oil. Wipe the area with the oil-soaked paper towel and the sticky, greasy film will come right off. After you remove the stuck-on grease you can clean the surface with a regular kitchen cleaner and the area will come out sparkling clean. Sherri, Indiana

CHRISTMAS ACCOUNT, PLUS MORE. Our bank pays the same interest on Christmas club accounts as on a savings account. The Christmas club pays out in October and that is the month we have taxes due. We use our Christmas club account to also save for our tax bill. This makes tax time and Christmas shopping a whole lot easier. Joan, EC Blog

APPLE CORN-ON-THE-COB HOLDERS. My children enjoy peeled apples but have trouble handling them without making a sticky mess. After I peel the apple I insert corn-on-the-cob holders on each end of the apple. They eat them up, and with no mess. Jennifer, Michigan

MICRO-BAKED POTATOES. I “bake” my potatoes in the microwave oven until almost fork-tender, and then move them to the toaster oven set at 400 F for the last 7 to 10 minutes. I get crisp-skinned baked potatoes in one quarter of the time it takes to bake them in the oven. Judiee, email

Question: Are any of your favorite beauty or skin care treatments currently stored in your pantry? Share your secrets here

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9 replies
  1. Bethany (23 yrs)
    Bethany (23 yrs) says:

    I don’t use mascara… It hardens and harms your eyelashes in the long run. Instead I use a clean mascara applicator brush and some Vaseline.. Your eyelashes look darker, shinier, and more noticeable. But be careful not to overdo it: Use to much in one go and it will get into your eyes.

  2. Kathy D
    Kathy D says:

    Olive oil is also a good, gentle makeup remover. Even stubborn mascara is easy to remove with this oil. I simply pour a few drops in one palm, rub my hands together, and rub each over my face, eyes, chin, and neck. I then rinse with a washrag soaked in warm water. Most nights, there’s enough residue left that I don’t have to add more oil after the wash. I don’t even have to put a moisturizer on my lips.

  3. Rejena
    Rejena says:

    I love coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer. It is a solid at 76 degrees, but literally melts on your skin. Also, it’s awesome for mixing essential oils. I used it with some eucalyptus and lavender EO’s with my last poison ivy outbreak, and it really helped!!

      • Folkhearts
        Folkhearts says:

        You can buy it in the natural food section of a grocery store. It is solid and looks white. It is great to cook with too. In researching coconut oil I found that it is also a natural antibiotic! It was great on a burn recently. I like it better than olive oil personally. Look it up. Also can buy at trader joe, Costco, and health food stores.

  4. Q
    Q says:

    Epson salts in a hottish bath for muscle aches is heaven during and after the bath… get in warm clothing immediately after; good tip for flu season. Be careful getting out because you will be very relaxed esp. w/ a fever and don’t drink anything alcoholic before, i.e. wine or ‘hot toddy’ or drowsy cold medicine, please…

  5. Beck
    Beck says:

    Apply honey or buttermilk to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse your skin will be so soft. The same for using either one of them on your hands/feet. The honey facial will leave your face red but it goes away in just a few minutes. Buttermilk has natural alpha-hydroxy which helps break the bond of the old skin cell to slough off.
    Aloe juice or gel kept in the fridge relieves occational finger burns one gets from the oven or iron. It also relieves poison ivy. Oatmeal put in a washcloth with a knot around it is a great sachet to put in bath water to relieve poison ivy or sun poisoning. Lastly salt put in the bathwater will dry up poison ivy.


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