14 Things You Didn’t Know EBT Could Pay For


First off: No shame. We all go through difficult times and need help once in a while. This post is not to debate the effectiveness, use, or misuse of government help, but rather to help those who are on government assistance better use what they are given.

That being said, ready to get sneaky with your Obama Bucks? Then take a look at how you can get EBT to pay for some basic toiletries, and even cleaning supplies, without breaking the rules. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to be a little bit of a hippy!


All you need is 2 Tbsp. of baking soda and 1 cup of water to get those locks clean. This is called the “no-poo” method and is explained in further detail here.


Diluting 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of water creates one of the most incredible conditioners and is a must if following the “no-poo” method.

2 Tbsp. of honey in 1 cup of water also makes a great conditioner or hair mask.


Mix together ¼ cup of baking soda, ¾ cup of coconut oil, and ½ cup of cornstarch.


Mix together 1 Tbsp. of each: baking soda, coconut oil, and stevia powder.

Face wash:

Mix together 2 Tbsp. of honey, ¼ cup of brown sugar, and the juice from ¼ of a lemon. Or, you can use ½ Tbsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of baking soda.

Face and body moisturizers:

Good old coconut oil or avocado oil is all you need for uber soft and healthy skin.

Shaving cream:

Coconut oil is perfect for a close, soft shave.


Over medium heat, dissolve ¼ cup of sugar into 1 cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Seriously, it works and I use it.

Window cleaner:

Mix one part white vinegar with one part distilled water.

All-purpose cleaner:

Fill any size container with citrus peels (oranges, lemons, etc.) and cover with white vinegar. Let it sit for 2 weeks, toss the peels, and then clean away!

Oven and stovetop cleaner:

Baking soda. Sprinkle it on, let it sit, and wipe it down. It works brilliantly and is gentle enough for glass tops.

Rust remover:

Squeeze some lemon juice on the spot, let it sit, and wipe it off. For really tough rust spots, mix ¼ cup of salt with 2 Tbsp. white vinegar and scrub.

Floor cleaner:

Add 1 cup of white vinegar to a sink full of hot water and go at those floors Cinderella style!

Tub cleaner:

If you get that ring around the tub, wet the tub and sprinkle on some baking soda. Let it sit, and scrub with either white vinegar or lemon juice.

Whether or not you are on EBT, have a small budget, or just want more ways to save, these are great, natural recipes that really work! Thrifty can be fun!


Kristin Bishop
Kristin lives in a little town in Washington with her husband (Kyle), and dog (Nimbus). Her passion is to bring her readers the art of clean-living, self-acceptance, and the natural path to longevity in a basic, attainable manner. You can learn more about her at www.KristinBish.com