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One of my best friends, Amy, has a blog called A Blossoming Life. She’s a super crafty gal who can make home remedies like nobody’s business. Well, today is a special day because she is my guest blogger! Show her some love by not only giving feedback below but also visiting her blog. Today she is giving us some tips on…Saving Money and Being Green with Cleaning.
Something about creating your own products is so satisfying. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t have to buy them in the store or I know I am helping the environment. Probably most of all I am saving money and who doesn’t like to save money?
There are so many great reasons to make homemade products.
- So much cheaper
- Eco friendly- you use less packaging and usually doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
- Great if your allergic to everything under the sun (like me)
- Chemicals like Windex and many more, can cause asthma
- Fragrance added to cleaners are not good for you or your pets (especially birds)
Try not to use paper towels! One, they cost a ton of money over a period of time. We keep paper towels around for emergencies. I think we bought (or someone gave us) some rolls before we got married and we still have them. Two, think about all the unnecessary trash created by paper towel waste.
- Instead use rags, towels, microfiber clothes, and old t-shirts (just cut them up). Once they’re dirty just throw them in the wash.
All Purpose Cleaner
- Mix one part water with one part vinegar. You can add a few drops of essential oil. Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and an antiseptic.
- Mix baking soda with Dawn or another brand. This works great for cleaning the tub or tough spots on the countertops.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 1 cup borax
- 1 washing soda
- 1 bar of soap (ivory, anything cheap, or they also make a laundry soap called ZOTE or fels-naptha)
Grate bar of soap with fine cheese grater. Mix in borax and washing soda. That’s it!
To use: add 1-2 tbs of detergent to each load before putting in clothes to make sure it dissolves
Side note: if you want a finer texture you can run through the food processor or blender.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- 2 cups Borax
- 2 cups Washing soda
- 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid)
Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine 🙂 or just an empty detergent box you have.
To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup). I found it to work better with one small squirt of Dawn or some other brand in the main wash
These are just some of the ways my husband and I save money by using homemade products! It is so simple and fun!
-Amy Knight, author of A Blossoming Life.