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Monday, 21 November 2011

Homemade Cleaner - dishwasher detergent

The recipe I use for dishwasher detergent is 2 cups borax and 1 cup baking soda mixed together. Recipe calls then to use 1/4 cup per load, but I've used 1/8 cup and my dishes are fine. You can also use white vinegar as your rinse agent. All works well for me! :)

Homemade Cleaner for the bath, shower and sinks

Favorite Homemade Cleaner
It's a creamy scrub that I use to clean the tub, shower and sinks. It got out a stain in the shower that bleach couldn't even remove. And it's so simple and inexpensive to make!

1/2 Cup Baking Soda
Mix in just enough liquid detergent to make the consistency like frosting (usually about 1-2 Tablespoons).

Apply to surface and clean with a damp rag. So simple!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent
I have been making my own laundry detergent for three years. Here is the recipe:

1/3 of a bar of Fels Naptha soap or Zote soap
1/2 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 Cup of Borax
A big bucket (a 2 gallon size works nice)

Grate the soap and mix it with 6 cups of water in a sauce pan. Heat to boiling until the soap melts completely. Add the Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until it has dissolved. Remove from heat. Now pour 4 cups of HOT water into the clean bucket. Add the soap mixture to the bucket. Give it a good stir. Now add 22 cups of HOT water into the bucket and stir.

Let the mixture sit for about a day and it will turn into a funky gel-like substance. It's now ready to use, I use about 1/2 cup per load.

This stuff cleans our clothes just as good as anything I have bought in the store. I've also used it to pre-treat stains and it works great. The thing I like best about it is that it doesn't leave that nasty chemical/fragrance smell on clothes like so many store-bought brands do.

Cost Break-down:

Borax - $3.50 for a 76 oz box at
Washing Soda - $2.76 for a 55 oz box at
Fels Naptha - $1.09 at my local grocery store

One batch lasts my family of 6 a little over a month (and we have TONS of laundry because of a baby and cloth diapers). One batch used to last 2-3 months before baby #4 came along. I can get about 18 batches from the box of Borax and about 14 batches from the box of Washing Soda. That's a huge savings!

Quick Tip
There is very little need to wash your clothes in anything but cold water. I actually thought that most people used cold until someone told me they use warm and hot almost all of the time. With the exception of cloth diapers, I use cold water for every load of laundry. Everything comes out clean and I don't need special detergent, either. I just use my homemade laundry detergent. So, cut down on those monthly utility bills by washing with cold water whenever you can!

Homemade Ways to Clean Carpet

You do not need to buy multiple expensive carpet cleaners to keep your carpet clean. By mixing a few common household ingredients, you can clean your carpets safely and economically. Making your own carpet cleaners takes very little time; in fact, many homemade carpet cleaners require only one or two ingredients to work effectively. To make cleaning your carpet easier, be sure to clean up stains and spills as soon as they occur.

Stain Cleaner
# Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in an empty spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain, and let it sit for five minutes. Use a sponge or scrub brush and warm soapy water to scrub away the stain. Rinse the area with clean water or club soda. The carbonation in club soda helps release stains from carpet fibers.

Grease Stains
# Grease and oil must be drawn out of the carpet. Sprinkle enough cornstarch on the grease spot to cover the stained area, then allow it to soak up the stain for 15 to 30 minutes. Vacuum the cornstarch, and repeat if the stain is not completely lifted.

Deep Cleaner
# Mix together 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax, and 1/4 cup white vinegar in a bowl. Rub the solution into the carpet, and allow the area to dry. You may have to leave the mix on the carpet for several hours or overnight. Vacuum up the cleaning solution, and repeat if necessary.

# Sprinkle baking soda in a light layer across the entire carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit on your carpet for at least 30 minutes, and then vacuum it and the odors away. For stubborn odors, repeat, or allow the baking soda to sit longer on the carpet.

Foaming Cleaner
# Mix 1/4 cup vegetable-based soap with 3 tbsp. water in a bowl. Whip the combination with a hand mixer or whisk. Rub the foam into the soiled areas of the carpet, and rinse with clean water or club soda. Repeat if necessary.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

hello all , im back !!

Ive been taking time out from my pc world for a while as i had other issues that needed dealing with first, but hopefully il get back on track asap.

Il be adding lots of tips and tricks on do it yourself items on all kinds of topics so stay tuned for those and that wonderful time of the year is coming up so il be sharing ideas on that too.

Be patient folks, im hopeing the wait will be worth it for you :) xxx