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Here are 5 tips and tricks that I have grown up using to help save your bank account and make your own house cleaners from scratch.
Why do I make my own house cleaners?
Growing up, I always thought my mom was crazy. Thinking to myself, why is she taking the time to make her own house cleaners when she could easily buy them when she bought the groceries. Which by the way, I hated going shopping with her, because she was the coupon queen back then. Little did I know, I would take her couponing and DIY home cleaners to the next level. I remember my 3rd-grade science project. It was which works best, store bought cleaners or homemade cleaners.
I remember my 3rd-grade science project. It was: Which works best, store bought cleaners or homemade cleaners? Even as young as I was, I was simply amazed that the homemade cleaners worked quicker and better then the store bought cleaners. Although they did not have the fresh clean chemical scent. See back then, essential oils were not a big thing like they are today. With the essential oils like lavender or citrus you can easily make your house cleaners smell even better than the store bought cleaners.
So here are my 5 DIY tips and tricks for house cleaners
For my laundry, I make my own laundry soap. I have researched and scoured the internet until I eventually came up with my own recipe, that I will share with you.
You will need:
1 box Washing Soda
1 box Borax
2 bars Fels Napa bar soap
1 box baking soda
You can make your laundry soap into a liquid or powder form following these simple directions.
For the dry powder– I grate up the Fels Napa Bar soap using the fine side of a cheese grater. Then mix into the washing soda, borax, and baking soda. I typically mix in a big Tupperware, then I simply put into a smaller container like a mason jar. It is safe to use about 2 tbsp per load in my front loader washing machine. I also usually add right to the clothes when I add them.
For the liquid laundry soap– I start with about 2 gallons of water bring to a rolling boil and add the Fels Napa bar soap that I grated just like I would for the dry laundry powder. I cook the Fels Napa until it has broken down into a liquid state. Once it is all liquid, remove from heat and add in your powdered ingredients. DO NOT ADD THESE WHILE THE WATER IS BOILING. It will boil over and create a huge mess, yes I learned the hard way. After adding the dry ingredients and mix well, I will carefully pour the mixture into 2- 5 gallon buckets. Top off with water mix again, and Kabam you now have 10 gallons of laundry soap. I use 1/4 cup of this recipe per load.
** With both recipes you can add your favorite essential oils for added scents, but I love the smell of Fels Napa Bar soap, so I do not do this.
My DIY fabric softener is super I use 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar in place of the fabric softener. I just add it to the department on the washer where the softener would go. I gave up store brand fabric softener when I read that it can actually damage your clothing and that the softener sheets were linked to Alzheimer’s. While I do understand that most everything we used can be linked to some kind of cancer or illness, according to the internet, why take the risk if I do not have too.
I hate washing window and mirrors. It is probably the household chore that I like the least. Using store brand window cleaner, I always ended up with streaks, and could not handle to ammonia smell. So I reverted back to one of my mom’s old methods. I simply keep a spray bottle with 1/3 white distilled vinegar, and 2/3 water around the house at all times. It works phenomenally for windows and mirrors, plus smells better than ammonia-based cleaners. I read on the internet now, you can also add essential oils to the mixture for even better scents.
I have mostly tile floors in my house, and I really dislike cleaning them but between the kids and animals, it is almost a daily necessity. For my floors, I use a mixture of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar per gallon of water. Not only does it smell amazing and clean, it neutralizes any unpleasant odors from the dog. Occasionally she will have an accident and the vinegar will neutralize the odor completely. If the floors have really been neglected, I will also add in about 1/2 cup of baking soda for an added boost on cleaning.
To keep my drains clear of gunk, grime and my hair I use a simple mixture of baking soda and white distilled vinegar. Once a month, I will add a few tbsp of baking soda to each drain, then I pour about 1 cup of the vinegar down the drain. Let this sit and fizz for about 5 minutes. This works to break down all the yuck, then I will pour some boiling water down the drains. Since doing this, I have never had a drain backup or get that nasty stinky smell.
So now, I have told you some of my secrets for my house cleaners, for my laundry, counters, drains, and windows, What are your favorite DIY house cleaners? Tell me your secrets so I can add them to my arsenal of tips to pass down to my kids.
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