If you are like me, you want your home to be clean and smelling good all the time. Roam around the grocery store or sit in front of the TV watching those alluring commercials on TV, and you will have a variety of products to choose from to do the most basic things at home. But do you think you really need to buy all those products to have a cleaner home? Or do you think you need all those so called essential nutrients and vitamins to keep your hair healthy & your skin glowing? Well, not necessarily.
At a time where saving that extra dollar and managing credit card debt is more critical than ever, it is always a good idea to see what you can get done cheaper while yielding similar results. Check out some of these easy and inexpensive solutions that you can try at home. Don’t forget to comment and share your ideas with us as well.
DIY Housekeeping Tips
1. Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand available at most stores – $3.97)
- Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available at most grocery stores – $4.99)
- Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or other natural, unscented bar soap – $2.99)
Natural laundry detergent recipe:
- Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice
- In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
- Store in closed container
- Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
To make liquid laundry detergent:
- Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
- Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
- Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
- Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
- Cover and leave overnight.
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
2. Homemade Glass Cleaner
- 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 10 drops essential oil of choice- I use lemon (optional- but it helps cut the vinegar smell)
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and use as needed to clean window.
- A microfiber cloth helps wipe windows clean with this recipe.
3. Homemade Dish Detergent
- 2 parts borax
- 2 parts washing soda
- 1 part citric acid
- 1 part salt
- essential oils for scent (completely optional)
- Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container.
- Use 1 tablespoon per load as needed.
- For an extra boost, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (only a few!!!) to the powder before closing the soap container in the dishwasher.
- You can also add white vinegar as the rinse agent.
More DIY Tips
1. Homemade Shampoo
- This recipe is so simple you may not believe it until you try it. Did you know that you can make your own using one, dirt cheap ingredient? Baking soda
- Simply use between 2 and 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 3 times as much water (depending on length and thickness of your hair)
- Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then rinse it all out.
2. Homemade Conditioner
- The only ingredient you need is Apple Cider Vinegar
- Simply put 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water into a squeeze bottle and apply all over hair and again wait for a minute or two before you thoroughly rinse off with cool water
3. Homemade Body Wash
- Using a cheese grater, finely grate your favorite bar of soap.
- Add 2-3 cups water to the grated soap, and stir over medium heat until the soap completely dissolves and the water looks “milky.”
- Allow the mixture to cool for around two hours. At this point, it will start resembling a body-wash type gel.
- Transfer body wash into a squeeze container, and use!
This is only a few of the things you can do to keep your house clean and also look and feel beautiful while putting away an extra buck into your savings and managing credit card debt. There are many more things that you can do & it only needs a little bit of your time and effort! So let’s start a bit of DIY today and start saving!