Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

Carpet Cleaner

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We have 3 dogs. So far, this is the best thing I have found besides spending big bucks on the store-bought stuff, that makes our carpets smell good and drowns out the smell of the vinegar when I soak the spots where they have accidents. It’s also nice, because you can choose your favorite Febreeze smell, which makes this little gem more customize-able than store-bought cleaners.

 

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 cup oxiclean (The liquid kind)

1 cup febreeze

1 cup distilled white vinegar

 

DIRECTIONS: 

Pour contents into shampooer tub and mix with hot water to fill tub completely. This will not only clean your carpets it will also deodorize. It will smell slightly of vinegar until the carpet is dry. Be sure to test spot with the solution just to be safe, however this should be safe for ALL carpets.

 

 

 

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August 8, 2013 Posted by | CLEANING | Leave a comment

Best Shower/Tub Cleaner

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I have tried so many different store-bought and homemade tub and shower cleaners, and this one is by far the best I’ve come across. Where I live, we have extremely hard water and our tub/shower can get pretty dingy looking really fast. I love this recipe the most because it’s stuff I always have at home, it’s simple and requires absolutely no elbow grease or much effort at all.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup liquid, blue dawn detergent

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Heat vinegar in microwave for 90 seconds

2. Add the Dawn soap. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.

3. Spray on surface. Let sit 1-2 hours and then wipe off and rinse with water

*** The original directions say to spray and then wipe. I really prefer to spray, let it sit, go do other chores, and then rinse off later. What I found works best for our tub/shower is to spray the mixture all over the walls and floor of the tub/shower. I let it sit for about 2 hours and then I rinse it all off with hot water. (We have a removable shower head that makes this part that much easier) Sometimes the water ring, from giving kids baths, still shows a little, but I literally just have to rub my fingers over it and rinse with water. It comes off that easy. The fumes are pretty strong though, depending on how much you spray. (I use a lot) Just a heads up.

August 8, 2013 Posted by | CLEANING | Leave a comment

Fabric Softener Recipe

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I love this recipe and have been using it for months! Below she talks about what she stores her softener in, and I actually cleaned out an old gallon milk jug and use that. Works great!

 

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6 Cups Water

2 Cups Hair Conditioner (You can use any kind, I did have the Suave Rosemary Mint on hand so I used that.)

3 Cups White Vinegar

Essential Oils (optional)

 

Directions:

When you buy the conditioner at the store, keep in mind you’ll be needing 16oz. I noticed my Suave bottle was only 12oz so I had to shorten some of the other ingredients just a bit. Simply stir the ingredients together then pour them in jars or another storage container. I added Lavender essential oil (about 20 drops) to the fabric softener which gives it a much stronger scent especially since you’re likely using a scented hair conditioner too.

You can use this in your fabric softener dispenser or soak a washcloth (and then wring it out well) in it and throw the washcloth in your dryer with your other clothing.

Overall, I really liked this one because I really wanted my clothing to come out with a fresh smell and I seemed to have achieved that with this homemade fabric softener.

 

August 8, 2013 Posted by | CLEANING | Leave a comment

Recipes for 4 Main Cleaners

I’ve tried all kinds of store bought cleaners and in reality, they all kind of suck. Plus they are over priced. When I found this link on Pinterest, I was stoked. I made all four of these and couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s also much cheaper than buying cleaners off the shelf in the stores! Being on one income, we have to save money however we can.

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For the recipes I’m giving in this post, you’ll need the below items. You can find all of these at your local supermarket or health food store or you can grab them from Amazon. I’ve included links to the amazon pages.

– Castile Soap – An all-natural soap that’s surprisingly strong. A few drops go a long way. We like the lavender scent, but they have others available.

– Lavender Oil – A natural anti-bacterial oil that smells wonderful.

– Tea Tree Oil – A natural oil that cleanses and disinfects.

– Washing Soda – Sodium Carbonate which is just a strong base that works great as a laundry detergent. It has a million uses around the house.

Mixing the Solutions. If you’re going to do this, definitely buy new, clean plastic bottles. Don’t use old bottles as the trace chemicals in them might react badly.

Also, I’d recommend getting some labels because while they are all different, these solutions all look a bit similar.

 

Lavender Anti-Bacterial Spray

– 1 Cup water
– 20 drops lavender essential oil

 

All-Purpose Cleaner (Watch out for a reaction! It will bubble a lot.)

– 3 Tablespoons vinegar
– 1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
– 1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
– 2 Cups hot water

 

Grease Cutter 

– 2 Cups water
– 1/4 Cup castile soap
– 10 drops lavender oil

 

Bath, Sink, Tile Cleaner (Again, watch out for some bubbling.)
NOTE: Ideally, mix this one in a SQUIRT bottle, not a SPRAY bottle. It’s pretty thick and almost a paste.

– 2/3 Cup baking soda
– 1/2 Cup castile soap
– 2 Tablespoons vinegar
– 1/2 Cup water
– A few drops of Tea Tree oil

December 5, 2012 Posted by | CLEANING | Leave a comment

Laundry Detergent Recipe

With a Toddler who still has accidents in his pants and a baby who spits up like no other, I feel I have done more laundry in the last 6 months than I have done in my whole life! Laundry detergent is not cheap. We use coupons when we can and although we had a nice stock pile of laundry soap, that went real fast. I found this powder recipe to be a lot cheaper and last a lot longer. In my picture it shows that one batch filled up my plastic container as well as 2 other emptied (and cleaned) laundry soap jugs. I made this recipe mid September. It’s now December and I am just now to the last 5 or so scoops in the clear container. I haven’t even touched the stuff from the soap jugs yet. 🙂

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1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

 

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

 

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

 

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

 

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**

This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.
**Don’t worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. The recipe makes about 2 gallons worth of detergent.

December 5, 2012 Posted by | CLEANING | 2 Comments

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