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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Homemade Olive Oil Hair Masque

Homemade Olive Oil Hair Masque
Find an empty jelly jar with a lid.  Pour into it 6 T olive oil and 2 T honey.  Heat for a minute or so in the microwave until warm.  Stir.  Add as much Bed Head Peppermint Hair Mask and DermOrganic Hair Masque as desired, stirring and heating as you go until the consistency you want.  I'm sure this would work with any brand conditioner you have around the house.  It's the olive oil that's important!  I just got good deals on those at T.J. Maxx.

To use, wash hair, then apply as much of your olive oil hair masque as desired (the more the better), then heat a towel for a few seconds in the microwave and wrap around hair.  Leave in an hour while working around the house.  Then shampoo hair and rise hair.  Brand new hair!

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar heated 2 minutes in the microwave.  Add to empty toilet bowl cleaner container.  Fill container 3/4 the way up with blue Dawn or liquid dish soap of your choice.  Top off with hot water.  Gently shake.  Squirt.  Brush.  Flush.  Works for me!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Homemade Dry Laundry Detergent for front loader or top loader washing machines with DISCLAIMER

Homemade Laundry Detergent - dry powder
Works fine in HE front loaders

I was happy with this for a long time, but now as I'm half way through the 2nd batch I'm noticing all of my clothes looking very faded and getting holes in some of them.  I think it's too hard on the clothes.  They do get clean.  But I will not be using this anymore.  So SAD!

3 bars Fels-Naptha Soap grated and then run through a food processor
1 box Borax
1 box Super Washing Soda
1 4 lb. box baking soda
1 3 lb. container of OxyClean

Combine all ingredients in a 5-gallon bucket.  Use 1-2 T per load.  Picture shows only half of what it made.  Large portions!  I am really happy with this and getting ready to make another batch!  Takes about $20 to buy the ingredients - the OxyClean is the most expensive part.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Homemade Sink and Faucet Cleaner

Sink, Faucet and Bath Cleaner
I can't get over how good this works!  The "normal" products I have left I keep skipping over because I know this will work better!

Heat 12 oz. vinegar in microwave for 2 minutes.  Add to empty spray bottle.  Then add 10 oz. blue Dawn (unconcentrated).  Shake gently to combine.  Spray, rinse.  Works great!
For the tub, I prefer the tub scrub if I've let the tub go too long and have a bad ring.  But if you're keeping up with it pretty well, this works great on a bath tub.

I've discovered if I spray the tub down right after I get out, let it set until time for my next bath the next day, all I have to do is use the detachable shower head and spray it down with hot water and it looks clean and shine!  No scrubbing!

Homemade Room Spray

Room Spray          

Small empty spray bottle (found in travel size section at Target)
Pour vegetable glycerine about 1/4 way up the empty bottle
Add distilled water the rest of the way up
Add as much essential oil as desired.  I used Bergamot and Grapefruit.  

Shake and spray!  You will have to shake each time because it will separate. 

Tub Scrub

Tub Scrub
Make sure to wear gloves.  This will dry out your hands pretty badly.  Strong stuff!

1/2 cup Kosher salt (more if using Dawn)

1 cup super washing soda

1 cup borax
1 cup castile soap or blue Dawn (not concentrated)
2 cups water (use less water than this when using Dawn or it will turn out too liquidy and not scrubby enough)

Mix and whisk together dry ingredients in a big bowl.  Add liquid ingredients and whisk until well combined.  Pour into an empty container to store.  It was too thick to put through a funnel so used large mouth container.

Scoop out small portion into tub and scrub.  Looks great!  Really, really happy with how well this works and how inexpensive it is to make.  I used it on my kids bathrooms tonight and my daughter said, "Why is the bathroom so clean?"  That's the first time she's ever commented on the cleanliness of a bathroom.

Bath Salt Soak - Bergamot and Grapefruit

Bath Salt Soak

Empty jelly jar (holds about 1 cup)
Fill jar with Epsom salt
Add a little bit of sea salt
Add as much essential oil as desired. (I used bergamot and grapefruit)

Stir, put on lid, shake, done!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

8 oz. of bar soap grated
2 T glycerin (you can find it by the band-aids at the store)
16 cups of water

Heat all ingredients on medium heat until dissolved.  Take off heat and let set for 10-12 hours.  Beat with hand-mixer and add more water until desired consistency.  Add desired amount of essential oils for scent.

Funnel into container.

I am making a new batch tonight with this lovely soap I bought at TJ Maxx.  It smells so good!  No need to add any essential oils.  It's a larger bar of soap (12 oz.) so I'm adding 18 cups of water and may need more in the end - we'll see.
 Here's how it looks when melted in a pot on the stove.

It's as hard as a rock this morning:
Time to add water and plug in the electric mixer.  I've added 6 cups of water.

Added two more cups of water and then it was just right!  Can't believe how much hand soap I now have from my $3.99 bar of soap!  And oh it smells so good!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I prefer the dry version but if you really need the liquid here you go

 1/2 bar Fels-Naptha heavy duty laundry soap

3/4 cup super washing soda (Arm and Hammer)

3/4 cup borax (20 Mule Team)

essential oil as desired

2 gallon bucket


Grate soap and put in sauce pan.  Add 6 cups of water and heat until soap melts.  Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups hot water into bucket.  Add soap mixture and stir.  Add four quarts plus 6 cups water and stir.  Let stand 24 hours and will gel.  Stir and pour into empty laundry detergent containers.  Use 1/2 cup per load.  Makes enough for two 3-quart size containers. 

Next time I make this, I think I'll use more soap and also use a hand mixer after it's sat for 24 hours to try to make the consistency better.  (it's kind of gloppy and runny and I would prefer it to be thicker)

This is so easy to make, cheap to make and works great!  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Peppermint Window Cleaner

Find an empty spray bottle.  Fill 1/3 full with rubbing alcohol.  Add as many drops of peppermint oil as desired.  Fill the rest of the way up with water.  Shake and spray and wipe clean!

Peppermint Countertop Spray

Find an empty spray bottle.  Fill bottle 1/3 full of white vinegar, add a few drops of tea tree oil and as many drops of peppermint oil as desired.  Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water.  Shake and spray!