Recipe Index

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the Recipe Index here at The Make Your Own Zone.

The Make Your Own Zone was established in July, 2010 and since that time the selection of available recipes published here continues to grow. This page has been set up as a quick reference for the variety of ideas that I’ve shared over the years for making your own food items, cleaning items, laundry items, and personal care items. Have fun looking through the list and I hope you discover some fun and frugal ideas that will inspire you to Make Your Own!

(You can also check out my directory page for craft ideas including ideas for holiday, knitting, kids, and more, by clicking here – – > Craft Index)

Homemade Cleaners

Homemade Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaner #1
All Purpose Cleaner #2
All Purpose Cleaner made with Sal Suds
Baking Soda Sink Scrub
Cheat Sheet of Cleaning Recipes (printable pdf)
Cheap way to buy Magic Erasers
Cinnamon Sink Scrub
Cloths – How to sew homemade cleaning cloths
Comb and Hairbrush Cleaning
Cutting Board Conditioning Cream
Daily Shower Cleaning Spray
Dishwasher Detergent
Disinfecting Duo
Disposable Cleaning Wipes
Disposable Cleaning Wipes – Version 2
Electronic Devices and Homemade Cleaners
Eyeglass Cleaner
Floor Cleaner – No Vinegar for Hardwood Floors
Furniture Dusting Spray
Foaming Dish Soap Refill
Glass Shower Door Cleaner
Goo Gone
Magic Erasers
Microwave Cleaning
Peppermint Soap Spray Cleaner
Poo Spray (Spray Before You Go Toilet Spray)
Produce Wash
Restore Dry Wood
Restore Dry Wood – Project #2
Restore Dry Wood – Project #3
Showerhead Cleaning
Smooth Stovetop Cleaning
Soft Scrub
Soft Scrub – Lemon
Soft Scrub – Made with Oil Soap to Shine Sinks
Spray Bottles – How to make color coded
Sprays – 6 Easy DIY Cleaning Sprays
Stainless Steel – Cleaning Refrigerator with Coconut Oil
Swiffers – 5 ways to make homemade covers
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Fizzy Cleaning Tablets
Vanilla Air Freshener Spray
Wallpaper Remover
Wet Jet DIY Mop Pads & Solution Refills
Window Cleaner
Window Cleaner #2
Window Cleaner – Unexpected DIY Solution

Homemade Laundry Products

Homemade Laundry Ideas

Dryer Softener Sheets
Dryer Anti-Static Spray
Fabric Softener
Felted Wool Dryer Balls
Laundry Soap – Liquid made with Dawn
Laundry Soap – Liquid made with Grated Ivory
Laundry Soap – Powdered Big Batch (Updated Version)
Laundry Soap – Powdered Big Batch (Original Version)
Laundry Soap – Powdered, No-Grate made with OxiClean
Laundry Soap – Powdered, No Borax version (Copycat Molly Suds)
Laundry Soap – Trial Sizes
Stain Remover made with Dawn & Peroxide
Stains that went through the dryer
Whitening Solution
Wrinkle Release Spray

Homemade beauty products

DIY Personal Care

After Sun Spray
Bath Bombs
Body Butter
Body Scrub – Brown Sugar
Body Scrub – Cinnamon Spice
Body Scrub – Citrus
Body Scrub – Coconut Lime
Body Scrub – Peppermint
Body Wash – From Dove Bar Soap
Body Wash – Natural
Bubbling Bath Salts
Chapstick – Small batch recipe
Coconut Oil Hand Scrub, Lotion Bars, and Body Cream
Elderberry Syrup to boost immunity
Eye Makeup Remover
Glycerin Moisturizing Spray #1
Glycerin Moisturizing Spray #2 (with Rosewater)
Hair Detangler
Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer – A Bit Thicker
Hand Scrub – DIY Satin Hands
Hand Wipes – Sanitizing
Heating Pads
Hot Oil Hand Treatment
Ice Packs
Lotion Bars
Natural Foaming Hand Soap
Olive Oil & Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Semi-Homemade Hand and Body Cream
Thieves Oil Foaming Hand Soap


Homemade Spice Blends

Spice Blends

All Purpose 10-Spice Blend
Bread Dipping Oil Spices
Cajun Seasoning
Ceaser Salad Dressing Mix
Chicken Seasoning
Chili Seasoning
Emeril Essence Spice Blend
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Fajita Seasoning
Garlic Salt
How to Dry Your Own Herbs in the Microwave
Italian Seasoning Spice Blend
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Pumpkin Pie Spice – 1 Tbl Size
Pumpkin Pie Spice – Larger Batch
Shake & Bake
Southwestern Dip Mix – Large Batch
Southwestern Dip Mix – Smaller Batch
Taco Seasoning – For one pound of ground beef
Taco Seasoning – Larger Size
Vegetable Spice Blend

DIY Baking Hacks

Baking Powder – DIY
Bisquick – DIY Mix
Brown Sugar DIY
Cream Cheese made from yogurt
Evaporated Milk DIY
Flax Seed Egg Replacement for Regular Egg
Flour – Bread
Flour – Cake
Flour – Oat
Flour – Self Rising from All Purpose
Measurement Conversion Chart
Sweetened Condensed Milk DIY
Vanilla Extract DIY
Vanilla Extract DIY in the Instant Pot
Whipped Cream DIY
Whipped Cream (Stabilized Version) DIY

Recipes for layered jar mixes

Mixes and Layered Jar Recipes

Baking Mixes – How to make from your own recipes
Banana Bread Mix In A Jar
Bisquick Mix
Cappuccino French Vanilla Coffee Mix
Corn Muffin Mix
Energy Bites Mix
Hot Chocolate Mix
Layered Jar Mix – Blondies
Layered Jar Mix – Curried Rice
Layered Jar Mix – Healthy Snack Bites
Layered Jar Mix – Mini Size Hot Cocoa
Layered Jar Mix – Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Pancake Mix
Pancake Mix – Whole Grain, Plant Based
Potato Soup Mix
Pudding Mix
Southwestern Dip Mix

Sauces and Condiments

BBQ Sauce for Meatballs
Butter – Homemade in the Food Processor
Butter Spread
Cheese Sauce
Dill Pickles
Pea Guacamole
Peanut Butter
Pizza Sauce
Poppyseed Dressing
Seafood Cocktail Sauce
Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (Crockpot Red Sauce)
Spaghetti Sauce from can of Crushed Tomatoes
Sweet & Sour Sauce
Taco Sauce
Tartar Sauce
Teriyaki Stir Fry Sauce
Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

Homemade Liqueurs

Homemade Beverages and Liqueurs

Agave Lemonade
Almond Milk – DIY
Amaretto – DIY
Baileys Irish Cream – DIY
Cappuccino French Vanilla Coffee Mix
Chai Tea Creamer
Coconut Milk
Creme De Menthe Liqueur – DIY
Hot Chocolate Mix
Hot Chocolate Mix – Mini Layered Jars
Hot Chocoalte – Layered Peppermint Mix
Iced Tea
Infused Water
Kahlua – DIY
Kahlua Cocktails
LaCroix Copycat
Limoncello – DIY
Mudslide Cocktail
Mulled Wine in Crockpot
Orange Julius
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Punch – Large recipe for a Brunch Shower
Punch  – Sparkling Punch for a Crowd
Shamrock Shake
Smoothie Strategy for any flavor smoothie
Smoothie – Black Forest
Smoothie – Green
Smoothie – Turmeric for Inflammation
Tea Bags – DIY

Plant Based Recipes

Healthier Plant Based Options

Apple Slices – How to keep from turning brown
Applesauce (no Sugar) in the Crockpot
Bean Burgers for Two
Beans – No Salt version in the crockpot
Beans & Rice For Two
Blueberry Pancake Topping
Breaded Cauliflower Bites
Cole Slaw Dressing
Cookies – Made with Molasses and Date Sugar
Cookies – Healthier Chocolate No Bake
Crockpot Chili (with faux meat crumbles)
Energy Bites – Pumpkin Spice
Flax Seed Egg Replacement
Larabar Bites
Mexican Quinoa Skillet Meal
“Nice Cream” made with Yonanas Treat Maker
Oat Flour DIY
Pancake Mix – Whole Grain
Pea Guacamole
Raisin Quick Bread
Rice – Best Way to Cook Brown Rice
Smoothie “system”
Tofu Scramble
Vegetable Broth – Homemade
Veggie Chili

Snacks and Dips

Apps, Snacks, & Dips

Cheez-It Crackers
Cream Cheese & Salsa Dip
Dill Dip for Chips and Veggies
M&M Pretzel Treats
Microwave Chex Mix
Microwave Popcorn
Microwave Popcorn – DIY Packets
Microwave Potato Chips
Parmesan Bites Appetizer
Pea Guacamole
Salsa – Cherry
Salsa from Canned Tomatoes
Spicy Pecans
Spinach Dip
White Chocolate Munchie Mix
Zesty Cheese Wafers

Quick Breads, Desserts, & Sweet Treats

Almond Brownie Bars
Almond Glazed Bars
Apple Pie Filling
Banana Bread
Bark – Dark Chocolate
Bark – Peppermint
Beer Bread
Bisquick Blueberry Muffins
Bisquick Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Blueberry Pie Filling
Brown Bread
Brown Bread – Updated No oil, No eggs
Brownies with Creme De Menthe
Cake – Chocolate Cake From Scratch
Cake – One Year Old Smash Cake
Chocolates {No Sugar}
Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Chocolate No Bake Cookies – Healthier Update
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Pudding Dessert
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Cut-Out Cookies
Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Lime Pie
Limoncello Cookies
Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping
Popsicles – Milk, Honey & Berries
Popsicles – Fudgsicles
Pretzel M&M Treats
Pretzel Rolo Candies
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Magic Bars
Oatmeal Chip Cookies
Pie – Pick-Your-Flavor Freezer Pie
Pie Crust – Mix in the Pan
Pumpkin Nut Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Snickers Cookies
Topsy Turvy Cupcakes
Vanilla Wafers

side dish recipes

Side Dishes

Applesauce – Microwave Small Batch
Bread Dipping Oil and Spices
Coleslaw – KFC Copycat
Coleslaw – updated healthier version
Cranberry Jello Salad
Freezer Garlic Toast
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Red Lobster Biscuit Copycat
Rice – Cilantro Lime
Rice – Best Way to Cook Brown Rice
Rice – Mexican Style
Rice – 3 Ways to Jazz Up Plain Rice
Rice – Uncle Ben Copycat

Soup and main dish recipes

Soups & Main Dishes

BBQ Sloppy Joes
Beans & Rice For Two
Black Bean Burgers
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Nuggets with Dipping Sauces
Chicken – Rotisserie Copycat
Chicken – Salsa 
Chicken Sauce Ideas
Chicken Stir Fry
Chili – Veggie
Crockpot Beef Teriyaki
Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Crockpot Chili
Fish –  Crumb Coating
Fish – Herb Butter
Fish – Salmon with Lemon & Dill
Mac & Cheese – Stovetop
Mexican Quinoa Skillet Meal {WFPB}
Pizza Crust and Pizza Sauce
Pizza – Veggie
Sausage Penne Alfredo
Seven Can Taco Soup
Summer Corn Chowder {Panera Copycat}
Tomato Soup from Tomato Paste
Tuna Chowder Soup 
Vegetable Broth (Stock) – DIY