10 Nov 2011, 8:50am
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  • MIY: Homemade All-purpose Cleaning Spray

    My mom was the one who introduced me to this.  She used to own a house cleaning business and eventually, my younger sister and I took over, cleaning huge homes in the foothills of northern California.  When we first started using this cleaning spray it was with the regular, unscented alcohol, mixed with ammonia and diluted with water.  It had an incredibly strong smell and if we didn’t dilute the mixture enough we would choke ourselves out with the fumes.  Later, when the wintergreen alcohol came out, we made the switch and it was much more bearable.
    I use this cleaner all over my house and have no need to ever buy commercial cleaning products again.

    This will clean, and quite thoroughly:

    windows (with no streaking)

    kitchen counter tops (granite included)

    bathroom countertops

    outside of the toilet (all the way down to the base)

    linoleum flooring

    tile

    light fixtures

    switchplates

    inside the fridge

    My list could go on and on.  This is an eco-friendly and pocketbook friendly way to clean your house.

    Mix 1/3 bottle of wintergreen alcohol and fill the rest of the spray bottle up with water.  That’s it!  If you choose, you can add about a 1/3 cup of ammonia for a deeper clean. (make sure the ammonia is non-sudsing)

    Enjoy!

    19 Oct 2011, 9:00am
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  • MIY: Homemade Bleach Alternative

    :: Don’t forget to ENTER the Handmade Goodness Giveaway featuring Pieces Of Three! ::

    I think I’m developing an attachment to three ingredient recipes.  Bleach included. 

    As of late, I have been using vinegar (yes vinegar) to help clean out my running clothes.  They can get a little rank after so much usage.  Sorry, but it’s true.  I know I’m not the only one with stinky laundry :)

    So, what Oxy Clean, and I am a die hard Oxy Clean fan, couldn’t get out, vinegar did!  This recipe calls for three ingredients.

    • 1.5 cups 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (just the normal stuff you buy in the store, unless the bottle states otherwise)
    • 1/2 cup white vinegar or lemon juice
    • 10 drops lemon or lemon essential oils.  If using the lemon, then do not use the lemon oils.
    • Pure water (this must be distilled water not tap water, or, in our case we used spring water)

    Combine ingredients.  Add water to fill.

    Please excuse the Sunny D bottle...a salvage, not ours

     

    Use 1 cup for your laundry.  Oh, did I mention it’s color safe, too??  And don’t worry about diluting it.

    If the fact that you just made your own color safe bleach doesn’t amaze, then head on over to your sink and use it to scrub clean…or your toilet and tub, for that matter.  This stuff is that good.  Enjoy!!

    And a huge high-five to Angie, a fellow money saving, coupon clipping, craft making, deal-sniffing mom and faithful reader for this recipe!

    P.S I used this mixture to wash my running clothes in…winning.  Success.

    11 Oct 2011, 12:04pm
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  • MIY: Homemade Oxy Clean

    Handmade Goodness Winner:: Sue!  Please contact me with your address so I can ship it to you.  Thank you.  mommyhobbies[at] gmail [dot] com

     

    I never imagined myself scouring the internet or rustling through books to find recipes on ways to save money by making things myself.  Honestly.  But now that I’ve started, I’m addicted.  Most of these household cleaning supplies are just a simple mixture of two or three other household ingredients.  My first serious attempt was laundry soap.  Never again will we be buying detergent from the store.

    Simple and you can’t beat 640 loads for a mere $5.

    This will be one of many recipes I’ll be sharing.  Total cost approx: $4 or less.  I had a huge box of baking soda in my cupboard already.  The peroxide was only .78.

    One cup of water, in my not so fancy little jar, a 1/2 cup of the peroxide and then a 1/2 cup of the baking soda!  That’s it.  Start to finish 3 minutes.

    I did notice that after sitting for a while, the baking soda separated and settled on the bottom.

    Make sure to shake it before each use.  It’s not gelatinous so when you go to pour it, be careful.  I use a little scoop to measure out how much to put on the clothing or an old dropper from my kids’ medicine. The mixture is grainy; I wonder if I should use warm water next time so the baking soda dissolves.

    They recommend soaking the items individually instead of putting it into the load.

    Fabulous, isn’t it?

    The recipe was found on Pinterest

     

    30 Aug 2011, 4:56pm
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  • MIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

    I am a happy woman.  Today, I made my own laundry soap!  I was supposed to do it over the weekend but got really busy; I now see that I totally could have done this even as busy as my schedule was.

    Start to finish 22 min.  22!  I now have 10 gallons of liquid detergent which yields 180 loads.  The ingredients cost me approx. $5.

    Being crunchy like this is fun.  It’s easy.  And the wallet breathes a sigh of relief.

    I grated the Fel’s bar.  That only took me three minutes.  It looks a little like cheddar cheese, doesn’t it?

    After I melted the Fel’s bar in the four cups of water, I poured it in my five gallon bucket along with the rest of the ingredients.  At this point, I had spent 20 minutes working with the grated laundry bar.  It took a while to melt.

    The last two minutes:

    Took the bucket back to my tub, filled it the rest of the way with hot water and let it set.  It will stay there over night.  Tomorrow I will fill gallon jugs to make storage easier.  Living with five gallons of laundry soap in my tub isn’t going to work.

    When the water has cooled to room temp, I’m going to add some essential oils.  I picked lemon.  We like lemon.  We like citrus-y smells.  The website suggests tea tree oil, rosemary or a couple others.  But choose what works!

    Here is the Duggar Family recipe that I used.

    4  Cups – hot tap water
    1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

    -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

    -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

    -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

    -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

    -Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

    *Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

    NOTE: ™ = Trademark. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. Results may vary. All recipes are valid for non-commercial useotherwise written permission must be obtained from the The Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Family. © Copyright 2011

     
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