Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #57:  Making homemade cleaning supplies is phenomenally cheaper!  (not to mention easier on the 'ole lungs and gives you all rights to calling yourself "green"...if you want)

The fantastic ideas for cleaners below are not mine.
When Wendi posted these over at Every Day Miracles, I was so impressed and intrigued that I begged asked very politely if I could pass them on to all of you.
She said, "Yes!" So here they are!
Be sure to head on over and give her some bloggy thank-you love!
Wendi writes the most amazingly beautiful blog!  She's a talented mom and wife who loves Jesus.
By the way, once you're there, you'll be hooked!

Laundry Detergent

1 bar Fels Naptha - grated
1/2 C Borax
1/2 C Arm and Hammer WASHING Soda

If you have a food processor, you can shave the bar soap in about 15 seconds. Add all the ingredients together in a 16 oz. container. Shake well and use 1 Tablespoon per load. Use extra for super soiled clothes or extra hard water.

Breaks down to $0.07 per load!!

Glass Cleaner

3 TBSP Rubbing Alcohol
1 TBSP vinegar
Purified water

Pour first two ingredients into a 16 oz bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. Shake and spray.

Breaks down to $0.17 per bottle!!


2 TBSP Borax
4 TBSP Vinegar
3 Cups Hot Water

Pour first two ingredients into a small bowl. Take a spoon and make sure that the borax is smooth. Add to spray bottle then add the hot water. Mix well.

Breaks down to $0.09 per bottle!

All Purpose Cleaner

1/4 C Vinegar
1/4 C Baking Soda or 2 tsp Borax
(few drops) Dish Detergent
Purified Water

Pour first two ingredients into small bowl. Take a spoon and make sure that the borax or baking soda is smooth. Add to 16 oz spray bottle. Add a few drops of dish detergent then fill up the rest of the way with water. Shake until dissolved.

Breaks down to $0.19 per bottle!!

Baby Wipes 

1 Roll of Bounty paper towels
2 TBSP Baby Oil
2 TBSP Baby Shampoo
1 good squeeze Baby Lotion
2 C Purified Water
Few drops Essential Oils
2 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
3 Vitamin E capsules - prick with needle and squeeze out

Bring 2 C water to a boil in pot. Add oil, shampoo, and lotion (+ Aloe Vera if preferred). Stir until fully dissolved. Turn off heat. Cut the paper towel roll in half with bread knife. Place halved roll into 4 Qt. round plastic container with lid (Folgers coffee ones work best or Ziploc storage square container). Pour soapy mixture over roll. Place lid on and wait about 5 minutes. Flip container over and wait another 5 minutes. Pour out excess liquid and remove cardboard tube from center of roll. pull wipes from center.

Breaks down to $0.01 per wipe!!

What is your favorite all-natural cleaning product?
Which one of these recipes will you try first?


Mandi said...

Know of any good oven cleaners you can make? Mine needs a deep scrub (from one mess) and I can't use the chemicals while prego. And of course...nothing else has worked that I've tried.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing these! as soon as we run out of our costco sized thing of laundry detergent i plan on making that detergent you posted!

une autre mère said...

My mom made that same laundry detergent for all us girls for Christmas last year and now I'm hooked! Soooo much cheaper and gets clothes really clean! Thanks for sharing these! I'll have to give some more a try!

FilledToTheBrim - Kate said...

Thanks for sharing these!! I'm going to try some out!

Amanda said...

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