Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, make these potions on the double

Over the past year or two, I've transitioned to making a lot of my own household products. I attribute this to Pinterest, seeing things and going OH I could totally make that.

1. Granite/kitchen cleaner: 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of water, 6-8 drops of Dawn dish liquid, and essential oil of your choice (optional). I add a few drops of Eucalpytus oil. I use this on my granite counter tops and all appliances. Add everything to a spray bottle (I reuse a cleaned out Simple Green bottle) and clean that counter, bitch.

2. Shower cleanser: Get one of those dish wands and fill it half full with white vinegar and half full with Dawn dish liquid. Simple, right? It's the best thing I've ever used to clean my shower. If I need a scrubbing agent, I sprinkle some baking soda in the shower and then use this.


3. Fabric softener: 6 cups water, 3 cups white vinegar, 2 cups conditioner. My favorite is Suave Rosemary Mint, but I've used White Rain from the Dollar Store too. Find a scent that speaks to you. Add it to a container and swirl it around. I give it a good shake before I add it to the wash. I love saving one zillion dollars on fabric softener. I reuse my trusty Downey bottle to house my homemade voodoo juice.

4. Faux Febreze: 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener (I've used the same bottle of Downey for about a year), 2 TBS baking soda, and hot water until you reach the top of the bottle. The only thing I dislike about this is that if you don't shake it up, it will leave the baking soda residue on things. Sometimes I omit the baking soda altogether. How ya like me now! How ya like me now! I like saving eleventy billion dollars a year on this - Febreze is freaking pricey.

5. Anti-spider juice: 25-30 drops of peppermint essential oil, water to the top of the bottle. I spray this every weekend to eradicate spiders. I spray the doorways, windows, tracks to both, and anywhere where spiders may enter the house. Oh and the shed because Sweet Brown ain't got no time for getting attacked by webs when entering the shed.

6. Glass cleaner: 1/2 cup white vinegar, 16 oz rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish liquid. Fill a gallon jug half full with water. Add the ingredients, Dawn last, then top off with water. Shake it like a Polaroid picture, then pour it into a spray bottle. And make sure you label what's leftover in the gallon jug as glass cleaner so you don't try to serve it to your husband as a drink and realize your mistake right before he drinks it. This may or may not have happened here.

7. Toilet bowl cleaner: I add 1/2 cup baking soda to the bowl, then 1/2 cup vinegar. I shake some tea tree oil in there too. Let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom, then scrub it with a toilet bowl brush. I've also used just a 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in the ol' bowl and that works well too.

I've done a lot of research into DIY dishwashing liquid. I'm not pleased with wide reports of it leaving a film on the dishes, so I don't think I'm going there. Next up for me: DIY laundry detergent, attempting to replicate the scent of my beloved Gain by incorporating the new Gain scent booster.

I like creating my own products like a mad scientist. It's the only time in my life I've succeeded in science. Belated apologies to all of my lab partners in school.

What types of successful potions do you concoct? Teach me your ways, Sensei.








p.s. Tuesday strikes again: 10 minutes to get out of my neighborhood, heated words with an arrogant crossing guard, no makeup. Suck it, Tuesday.

Linking up with Lisette for Just Because.

27 comments:

  1. Do your homemade products leave a vinegar smell? A womankind my school cleans her room with a vinegar cleaner and it doesn't smell clean to me after. It just smells like stink. It's made me afraid to try homemade cleaners

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  2. Do your homemade products leave a vinegar smell? A womankind my school cleans her room with a vinegar cleaner and it doesn't smell clean to me after. It just smells like stink. It's made me afraid to try homemade cleaners

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  3. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are all great ideas... for someone who cleans often enough to save money on them. I, however, do not! :-(

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  5. since i found the universal stone cleaner, i don't use anything else except for vinegar/baking soda to sanitize my kitchen sink drain and microwave.

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  6. I keep seeing the dish scrubber as a shower cleaner on Pinterest and I was skeptical at how good it could possibly be, but now that someone has tried it, I might give it a shot.

    And I forgot to mention yesterday that I think your mom's comment from yesterday's post was the best one I have read yet.

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  7. First & foremost, your nails always look perfect in your pics. Kudos - I'm lucky if mine look that good when I leave the nail salon.

    Second, I started cleaning my stainless steel sink with 1/2 c baking soda, 1/4 c vinegar and a few drops of lemon or lime EO. No more Toxic Comet for me!

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  8. i have never tried, so i am no help. but i am however, saving this post so i can maybe attempt this on my own!

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  9. Excellent tips! I, of course, have none. LOL

    Question: for the Faux Febreze, do you use actual Downey or the homemade fabric softener?

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  10. SusieQ - I feel homeless when my nails look like le crap. I love your sink cleanser concoction. I have a Mrs. Meyers sink cleanser right now. When I'm out of that, I'm going to try your method!

    To answer Casey & Gwen's questions so everyone can see:

    1. MFD complains about the smell of vinegar, but I mask it with essential oils (choose your favorite) except in glass cleaner.

    2. For the Faux Febreze, I use actual Downey, not my homemade fabric softener.

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  11. I really like the dollar store stuff.
    Shower spray especially. Bleach diluted & sprayed after shower in trouble spots, too.
    I surround myself & my home and loved ones with the white light and refuse to accept any toxins & when I use sweet n low, too. Makes me feel better! I do use baking soda & vinegar to clean somethings. Vinegar in my foot baths, for sure. You are a spectacular cleaner & organizer. Have a happy day, everyone! Love your MOMMA

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  12. Will you please come and clean my apartment w/ all your homemade products!? :)

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  13. I applaud you, if I tried to make my own things I think I'd destroy everything I own.

    Hope your Tuesday gets better!

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  14. I, like many who have already commented, have no recommendations of my own. However, I may start using that homemade concoction for granite cleaner. I just hate the vinegar smell, so I'd definitely need to get some essential oils!

    Fabulous post per usual! An inspiration to us Undomestic Divas!

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  15. Impressive. I could never do all this.

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  16. Next time, I require a picture of you in a science coat with goggle on, maniacally mixing things.

    ELEVENTY BILLION DOLLARS.

    I'd like to say I will do these things, but it was a big enough job to put vinegar in my dishwasher. So, MAYBE.

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  17. I make a lot of my own too, but not all these. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Thanks for sharing... esp the part referring to the proper way of shaking... should I wear gold chains to make it more efficient?

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  19. Full Disclosure: The only concotion I create is coffee. That said, I am intrigued by this shower spray, Obi-Wan. Can you use it on an acrylic tub? 'Cause ours is acrylic, which is stupid and annoying because you can't clean it with the good crap that smells like chemical death.

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  20. I have GOT to get some spider spray made STAT! Little miss muffet was taking a shower yesterday morning when a spider dropped in with me. I squealed so loud, Hubs came running. I got him with the shower sprayer but holy moly! I about had a heart attack!
    Great tips!!

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  21. Girl, I am not only SUPER impressed that you make these, but that you took the time to type them all out for us! Susie Homemaker of the year!! I aspire to be like you, friend!

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  22. I clean my shower the same way! And I make my own laundry detergent

    http://www.goteambowen.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-laundry-detergent.html

    Use Kirks castille soap though. That's all I use now. I also make my own deodorant (if you're into that type of thing...)

    I'm going to try that toilet bowl cleaner. Have you heard of Norwex? Those clothes are my favorite thing to clean with now- does wonders on my windows and mirrors with just water

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  23. I do the shower cleaner, because of you :), and laundry soap. But I'm saving this post for future use. I want all of this!

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  24. I've been meaning to try the shower scrubber! I even bought the scrubber part already!

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  25. I keep forgetting to tell you...my husband wears hats all the time and they get stinky and washing them a lot ruins them and sometimes doesn't help SO I found a solution....I mix baking soda ans hydrogen peroxide into a paste and apply liberally, let sit for a few minutes and rinse. Could not smell fresher. You can also use on seat cushions and just let it dry and then brush off the baking soda. Other than that, my potions are really similar to yours. You can also use a ball of aluminum foi over and over in the dryer for static cling.

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  26. There's recipes for homemade laundry detergent all over Pintrest. I've made some and love it. I just gotta figure out where to buy done of those natural oils everyone talks about. The recipe I used made 5 gallons, too much for 2 people, so I quartered it and save that way.

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