I call it the "Pinterest effect" – the sudden
obsession, no that's not it, let's say, "fascination" to DIY, do-it-yourself. Not so ago, I'd have laughed out loud if someone suggested homemade foot lotion. Isn't that the stuff of companies with chemists and manufacturing facilities? And then it occurred to me. Everything that's made now in factories was first made in kitchens and garages and tinkers' workshops – until it became commercialized.
For me, DIY that is an extension of my kitchen, my food sensibility, my frugal nature, it just makes sense. And besides, you should feel my soft feet.
People newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have so much to learn, at first it’s confounding. There’s the food, the glucose testing, the medication, the weight loss, the carbs, the sugars, the insulin.
One big lesson? The importance of taking extra-good care of your feet. That’s because diabetes restricts blood flow to the feet and this means, ouch! that any blister, any scrape, any cut, can fail to heal and all-too-quickly veer out of control.
But good foot lotion is pricey. I’m not talking the $$$ lotions from cosmetic counters. Even the utilitarian lotions recommended by dermatologist like the very good Cetaphil are pricey.
So do the math.
You can spend about $10 to make 48 ounces of DIY Homemade Foot Lotion, that’s $.22 per ounce.
Or you can buy foot lotion. The best price I can find for Cetaphil is at Walmart.com for $.75 an ounce.
That’s more than THREE TIMES MORE!
But from there, the prices only go up. Cetaphil sells elsewhere online for up to $1.30 an ounce.
That’s almost SIX TIMES MORE!
So take care of your feet without breaking the bank. We’ve been using this lotion since April 2012 and you’ve never seen softer, smoother heels and soles.
Here’s to healthy feet!
DIY HOMEMADE FOOT LOTION
Time to foot: 20 minutes
Makes 48 ounces
- 13 ounces petroleum jelly (you might know this by the brand name Vaseline)
- 27 ounces baby lotion (any scent)
- 12 ounces Vitamin E cream
In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth, about two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Transfer to clean, dry lotion containers. Use lotion daily, rubbing your feet with it before putting on socks and shoes. While applying the lotion, inspect your feet, watching for any changes, any sores, any bruises.
DIY Homemade Foot Lotion:
Just Three Easy-to-Find Ingredients
I’ve adjusted this “recipe” to most efficiently use the generic-size products found at my local Walmart store. They’re not all in one place though. Find the petroleum jelly and baby lotion in the baby section, the Vitamin E cream in the first aid section.
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