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Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • Lee
  • October 27, 2015

homemade laundry detergent

Are you tired of spending your hard-earned money on expensive laundry detergent? Are you frustrated that your detergent doesn’t always do a great job of getting your clothes clean or removing stains? Look no further, I have compiled a list of homemade laundry detergent that will save you some money and maybe get those stains out a little better. I have been making my homemade laundry soap since 2010 when I decided that I needed to pinch a few extra pennies. Making your own laundry soap is super easy and doesn’t take up as much time as you might think.

The first recipe is my absolute favorite. I found this recipe on Pinterest a long time ago and I still see all kinds of bloggers recreate it and post it time after time. Also this is recipe is cloth diaper safe and they come out smelly amazing!

The ingredients for dry laundry detergent:
1 ½ cup of Borax
1 ½ cup of washing soda
½ cup of Epsom salt
10 drops of Lemon Essential oil (optional)
10 drops of Purification Essential oil (optional)
Airtight container
I combine all of these products in my food processor and blend until finely grated. I then pour my detergent into an airtight container to keep moisture out. I use 2 tablespoons per load.

The liquid version. (This one is not cloth diaper safe because of the Fels Naptha bar.)
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1 Fels Naptha Bar
10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
10 drops of Purification Essential Oil (optional)
2 5 gallon bucket with lids
A large pot

First you need to grate the whole Fels Naptha bar and put it into a pan you do not mind melting soap in. This soap will stick so you do have to stand and stir it because it will also boil over very easily. After it has melted add the Borax and Soda to the mixture. Pour the mixture into one 5 gallon bucket. Now add the essential oils and fill it the rest of the way up with cold water. Let it sit overnight or at least 12 hours. After it has set pour half of the mixture into the other five gallon bucket and then fill them both back up with water. This makes you a lot of laundry soap for very little money and it is great at cleaning your clothes. The essential oils also make your laundry smell amazing!

This is another favorite homemade detergent recipe of mine. Let me just say that while the Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap is an expensive invest to start it really does save you more money than just purchasing regular detergent. You can also make many other products with Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap.
¾ cup of Castile Soap (you can purchase lavender scented)
½ cup Washing Soda
½ cup of borax
A small pot
2 gallon bucket

Put a small amount of warm water in your pot and add your dry ingredients. If needed add more water until the dry ingredients are completely covered. Stir until there is no more clumps or until most of the clumps are gone. Pour into your bucket and add the Castile soup. Stir the soap in with the rest of the mixture and finish filling up the rest of the way with water. Put your lid on the mixture and it is ready for use. I like to swish my container around a tad before each use. I pour 1/3 cup into each load.

For more recipes on household cleaners, check out this post.

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Cleaning Your Mattress

  • Lee
  • October 24, 2015

Cleaning your Mattress

Mattresses are just like anything else they get dirty and grimy. Over time they were down, get stains, and maybe even smell. Did you know that you mattress actually gets heavier every year due to dead skin and bugs!

However if you clean your mattress on a regular basis you can keep your mattress looking and smelling nicely. You should and your family should not be sleeping on a dirty mattress when you can take steps to keep it clean.

The thing that you need to do it let it air out. Every few months your mattress need to be picked up off the bed and stood against the wall. This allows air to get to both sides of the mattress. Let your mattress breathe for several hours. After you have let your mattress breath, flip your mattress around the opposite way that you had it before. This keeps the mattress rotated and helps to keep it from sagging.

After you have laid your mattress back on the box springs, sprinkle some baking soda on it and let it set about 30 minutes. Then come back and use your attachments on your vacuum to clean the mattress. This is another way to help the mattress to continue to smell fresh.

You can also mix lavender essential oil or orange with some water and lightly spray it on your mattress to get it an even fresher smell and you aren’t using harsh chemicals on something that you sleep on every night. Preferably you would want to use lavender on it because lavender is a natural relaxer were as orange is a natural energizer.

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Cleaning Up Before Travel

  • Lee
  • October 21, 2015

Cleaning up before Travel

When you are getting ready to go on a trip the last thing you want to worry about is the house when you return. There is nothing worse than coming home late from vacation to see a whole house that needs cleaned, it adds extra stress to an already stressful time. If you have a spare key, you can let us in and we'll do the cleaning for you!

Make sure to write a list of chores to do before heading out.

  1. The first thing you need to do is clean out the fridge. Make sure all the leftovers are gone and maybe give the in-laws your milk or something that will expire before you return.
  2. Try to have all the laundry completed before leaving, because when you return home you are usually bringing back a good bit of dirty laundry.
  3. Make sure the cat has a fresh change of cat litter.
  4. Make sure that you unplug all your electrical devices that will not be in use.
  5. Turn the air conditioner up or the heater down so that it isn’t wasting power while no one is there.
  6. Also do not forget to take out all of the trash or you will come home to a stinky house.
  7. It might be a good idea to mow the lawn depending on what season you are in.

Cleaning before vacation can be a very hectic job, but with a chore list and making the time to take care of it, you should knock it out in no time!

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20 Uses for Baking Soda

  • Lee
  • October 18, 2015

20 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is miracle cleaner that is very cheap and highly effective. You can use it to clean almost anything or combine it into cleaning mixes to get the most out of it! Another great property of baking soda is its ability to absorb smells. Check out the rest of this post for some more great ideas on how to use baking soda.

  1. Sprinkle a little soda on your fruits and vegetables while you are cleaning them. Don’t forget to rinse it off and let them dry.
  2. If you have stuck on food, add a little soda to the water and let it soak. It will scrub right off.
  3. Tired of that dirty grout in between your tile. Mix soda and water together to make a cleaning solution and then scrub away. It will make it look very nice and clean.
  4. Mix water and baking soda together and spay inside your oven. Let it set overnight, when you go to clean it the next day all the grime should wipe right out.
  5. You can also mop dirty floors with baking soda and water, but you might need to scrub a little extra hard if you have bad scuff marks. 
  6. Grease and oil stains come right up when you scrub baking soda on it.
  7. You can also whiten your teeth with a little water and baking soda.
  8. Some people brush their teeth with baking soda.
  9. Keep your diaper pail and trash cans smelling fresh buy pouring half a cup in the bottom of the can.
  10. Baking soda is great for scrubbing your refrigerator out. It makes the glass shine and keeps the fridge smelling great.
  11. You can also put a whole box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb bad odors.
  12. Deodorize your carpet, by sprinkling it on top and letting it sit about 30 minutes. After it sits vacuum it up and your carpet will smell fresh.
  13. You can also rinse your hair with it to clean it from buildup.
  14. You can make a paste from it for bug bites. 
  15. Sprinkle some in your gym shoes that are extra smelly.
  16. If you have a small fire dump baking soda on it.
  17. You can put it in the wash as an extra whitening boost.
  18. You can set a box in the laundry room to absorb foul odors.
  19. You can use it as soap. Just use three parts soda, one part water and then rinse it off.
  20. It is also great to scrub your sinks with.

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