How to DIY an Easy Toner for Oily Skin Using Kitchen Ingredients

Luisa Louis
by Luisa Louis
8 Materials
5 Minutes

Today’s DIY is on how to make toner. A face toner is a water solution that cleans the skin and shrinks the appearance of pores.

We all have pores all over our body and these pores release a natural oil called sebum that hydrates our skin and scalp.

I came up with a DIY face toner with only natural products I found in my kitchen and my bathroom that aren’t harmful or harsh.

Tools and materials:

  • Green tea
  • Rice water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Witch hazel
  • Baking soda
  • Tea tree oil
  • Mason jar
  • Spoon


Green tea - Green tea helps reduce inflammation and increases skin elasticity. Green tea toners can clean and reduce the appearance of pores and give your skin a youthful glow. 

Rice water - Rice water minimizes the appearance of pores and thickens the skin. This natural skin toner promotes cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and helps keep your skin smooth and bright.

Apple cider vinegar - Apple cider vinegar helps balance the natural pH of the skin, breaks up the bond between dead skin cells which we need to exfoliate, and keeps the skin pores open.

It can also lighten sun-aging spots and improve acne and acne scars. I decided on apple cider vinegar instead of lemon because I’m scared of the photosensitivity with lemon. It can leave a dark mark on your skin if you go out in the sun.

Preservatives and cleansers - The other products I’ll use are witch hazel for its cleansing abilities and baking soda which calms the skin from irritants such as burns and cuts and can act as an exfoliator.

Finally, tea tree oil has a lot of great properties. These three ingredients will also act as a natural preservative which will give a longer shelf life to your toner. Instead of it lasting just a few days, the toner can last up to two weeks in the fridge.

You’ll also need a mason jar and a spoon. 

Mixing ingredients

1. Mix ACV and baking soda

Mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part baking soda in the mason jar. There will be a chemical reaction.

Mixing ingredients

After the baking soda settles at the bottom, continue filling up ¼ of the mason jar with apple cider vinegar and mix it well. 

Mixing ingredients

2. Add witch hazel

Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel.

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3. Fill the jar with rice water and green tea

Fill up the rest of the jar with one part rice water and one part green tea.

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4. Add tea tree oil

Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil.

DIY face toner

5. Shake

Add the lid on and shake everything together. 

How to use

How to use this DIY toner for your face will depend entirely on you and you should research for yourself. Personally, if I have a heavy breakout on my skin, I will target that toner on the breakout.

Otherwise, I’ll use it as a regular toner once a day, mostly at night. This way the sebum can build up during the day and work as a shell to keep my skin protected.

DIY face toner review

I used this toner for a few days. I applied it with a cotton ball after taking off my makeup and washing my face. My skin was very soft. The dark sun spots and aging spots got brighter, and my overall skin tone was more even.

On the other hand, I found that while it deeply cleanses your pores and gets rid of sebum and impurities, it also dries out your skin. I had to replenish it with a lotion and oil to give my skin the moisture it needs. This is a useful DIY toner for oily skin, but remember to still hydrate. 

DIY scalp toner review

I had similar results using the toner on my scalp. My scalp felt very clean, but my hair felt brittle and dry so I had to use a moisturizing mask immediately after. I would use this one every two weeks to clean my scalp from all the products and treatments.

DIY face toner

I’d love to hear how your skin reacted to this toner. Did you use it for your hair? Did it get rid of your breakouts? Were you able to even out your skin tone? Let me know in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Green tea
  • Rice water
  • Apple cider vinegar
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