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3/23/11 8:31 P

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I love making my own cleaning, and also bath and beauty products. I have always been a crafter, and since becoming disabled and not able to work I kind of make it my job to be as frugal as possible since I have the time, and I always have been one for saving money any way possible. The bath products also make great gifts for family and friends. They are trying to convince me to make it a business for myself.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart,and my portion for ever.
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I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
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"If you always do what you've always done,
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3/23/11 8:30 P

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I love making my own cleaning, and also bath and beauty products. I have always been a crafter, and since becoming disabled and not able to work I kind of make it my job to be as frugal as possible since I have the time, and I always have been one for saving money any way possible. The bath products also make great gifts for family and friends. They are trying to convince me to make it a business for myself.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart,and my portion for ever.
Psalms 73:26


But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13




"If you always do what you've always done,
You're Always Going To Get What You've Always Gotten."



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ANITA012's Photo ANITA012 Posts: 725
3/19/11 12:53 P

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Thanks Sherry! I will be making a copy of this for myself and will give it a try.
Whoo Hoo! Isn't it great to be frugal and healthy? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY822's Photo SHERRY822 Posts: 3,737
3/18/11 7:41 A

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Here are a couple of cleaning recipes that I use.

All purpose cleaning spray

1 pint of rubbing alcohol 70%
1 tablespoon dish soap ( I find that the plain old original Dawn works best)
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1 gallon jug

In the gallon jug mix all three ingredients, then add as much water as it takes to fill the jug. Transfer to a spray bottle, and use on everything from kitchen counters to glass, mirrors, and even your floors.

Fabric softener

2 quarts white vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine ( you can get this at your local pharmacy)
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil (for fragrance, this is optional or use your favorite essential oil)
Mix ingredients together until well combined. Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry in the rinse cycle.

You can also use the fabric softener recipe, 1 cup of the mixture, mixed with 1 cup of distilled water and put it in a spray bottle for use as a Fabreeze-type fabric freshener.

Laundry soap

1/4 bar of bath soap grated (whatever you use is fine)
1/4 cup washing soda(not baking soda, you can get this on the laundry aisle or find it labeled as soda ash or sodium carbonate at pool supply stores or at some Wal-mart stores in the pool supply department)
2 tablespoons borax(also on the laundry aisle, sold under the 20 mule team brand)

In a pan on the stove heat 1 cup of hot water to almost boiling. add the soap flakes and stir until dissolved and mixed together. In a one gallon container(I use an old tea pitcher), put 3 quarts of hot water. Add the soap and water mixture to the water, and stir until well mixed. Stir in the washing soda, and stir until well combined. Now add the borax and stir until well combined. Let it sit overnight. It will turn to a gelatinous "goo" by morning. If it doesn't, give the mixture a try anyway, it will still work. Use 1 cup per load of laundry. This recipe works out to about .03 cents a load, and works as well as Tide for me.

These and more recipes are available at:
www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/h
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-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-R>and-save-big-money/


I use them and save alot of money. The grand-kids love to "help" make our laundry "goop", so it's great fun too.

Edited by: SHERRY822 at: 3/18/2011 (07:42)
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart,and my portion for ever.
Psalms 73:26


But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13




"If you always do what you've always done,
You're Always Going To Get What You've Always Gotten."



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2/2/11 12:56 P

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Thanks Joygon...I will give it a try and see what happens. emoticon

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JOYGON Posts: 11
2/2/11 9:05 A

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Yes, it does eliminate the static cling, using vinegar for softner. And it doesn't smell at all, plus besides saving money, you use less of the chemicals that the softners are full of. And it removes any detergent left in the clothes. You could give it a try and see if you like it.

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2/2/11 9:00 A

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Yes...I like to recycle tooth brushes too. My husband especially likes using them for cleaning automotive things, etc.
Now I have a question for the person using white vinegar instead of fabric softener.
Does it eliminate the static cling in clothes and what do the clothes smell like afterwards?
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1/28/11 7:49 P

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I didn't know that about the dryer lint filter. I always clean the lint off, but never thought about washing the filter. I will do it tomorrow.

Something else I do is recycle old toothbrushes. I keep one at the laundry area to scrub prewash into the fabric, another at the kitchen sink to use in nicks and crannies, and one at the "slop sink" where all kinds of things get washed or rinsed (buckets, paint brushes, etc.)

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1/28/11 12:34 P

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I use white vinegar in the final rinse instead of fabric softener. I also use white vinegar in the dishwasher instead of a spotting rinse remover. Vinegar works in many areas of the house. I also use it when I wash produce.

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1/27/11 9:19 P

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I like your idea about tearing the dryer sheets in half. I use to do that before I got my new dryer. A half a sheet works just as well as a full sheet. I now use fabric softener in my wash which has eliminated the need for dryer sheets. But the reason I switched is because of the sensors in the dryer. The owners manual indicated that sheets can be bad for the sensors. If you do use dryer sheets, I strongly recommend that you take the lint screen out every so often and wash it with soap and water.
The reason being...When you use dryer sheets, there is a film that will build up on your lint screen. It is invisible to the eye. A test you can do is to take your lint screen over to the sink...run some water over it. The water will either go through the holes, or it wont...it will just pool up in the screen. Use some mild soap and a brush and the water will begin to run through the holes again...which means you've done your job of cleaning it properly.
I learned that by not cleaning your lint screen with soap and water, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through and it can cause your dryer to work harder, longer and sometimes even run hotter. So if you want to get more use out of your dryer...Clean those screens! emoticon

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1/27/11 8:08 P

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This is a great thread!

When I do major window washing in the spring, I buy a gallon of cleaning ammonia and dilute it with warm water in a bucket according to the instructions on the bottle. I wash my windows with this solution using an old rag. Because it is harsh on the skin, I wear rubber gloves. I dry the windows with newspaper. It is MUCH cheaper than using Windex.

Also, when I do laundry, I tear the dryer sheets in half and use just a half at a time.





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1/27/11 10:50 A

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There are a number of wonderful cleaning products on the market, but they can add up in cost. With Spring around the corner, I know it wont be long and it will be time to start our Spring Cleaning. Do you have a favorite home-made cleaning product that you like to use? What is it? How do you save when it comes to those kinds of items? emoticon

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