Friday, April 27, 2012

Simple and Cheap Cleaning DIY's

I know I know, It has been a while since I have posted. Sorry, there comes times where our daily lives get so busy that we just get caught up. I did take the time to build the new website which you can check out by visiting Here. Now on to today's post.

I recently have been trying to cut costs for me family and outside of the normal coupon here and there and having a garden I was stuck not sure what else I could do. Until, I did some research I realized I could make my own house hold cleaner for pennies. Yes, that's right pennies, all natural household cleaner and great smelling at the same time.

Orange Cleaner: If you like the smell of oranges you will love this. The cleaner is about as easy to make as it is to breathe. Take a 1qt. canning car, fill it with orange peels. Next fill the jar, covering the peels with vinegar and let sit for two weeks. After the time is up, strain the liquid off and there you have it a GREAT smelling all purpose cleaner. Pretty easy huh?

This next one takes a bit more involvement but the cost savings far outweighs the time it takes (about an hour of actual prep) to do it.

Laundry Soap:
Making this the first time, I thought to myself there is no way it is going to work the the store bought stuff....boy, was I wrong. There is a whole 3 ingredients to this, yup thats it. It costs, depending on the store and where you are from about .30-.40 cents per gallon to make. Pretty nuts isn't it?
What you need:
1 Bar of  Fels-Naptha bar soap.
1 Box Borax
1 Box Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
Thats all you need, oh and a bit of water....
Large bucket or plastic tub.
Large Spoon

Cut the Fels-Naptha soap into 1/4's (set the other 3 chunks aside for another batch later. Grate or shred the bar soap into small pieces. (any grater will do) Put the shredded soap into a small pot with 1 cup of water on the stove on medium heat. You will have to stir this almost constantly until it is completely melted. It may end up with some suds but that is normal.

Once it is all melted transfer it to your bucket and 20 cups OR 5 Quarts of water, 2 table spoons of Borax powder and a 1/4 cup of the washing soda.

Stir the batch again you may notice some suds which is fine. Place a lid on your batch and let it sit over night. In the morning you wil notice a big change, it will look like soft jello.

 Stir it up and divide it into (2) 1.1 gallon laundry bottles. Once you have it divided into the bottles finish filling them with water give them a good shake and as simple as that you are ready to wash clothes.

Usage: If you have a HE (high efficiency) washer use about 1/3 if a cup and a regular top load washer use about 3/4 cup.

Happy Washing!!

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