Fabulous and Frugal DIY Glass Cleaner (No Vinegar)

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Princess T…In my quest for frugality I’ve tried to clean my mirrors and glass with vinegar and water, much to my husband’s dismay.  My husband just can’t stand the smell of vinegar.  And quite honestly I was never too keen on it either, even with essential oils.  I have a recipe for vinegar-free glass cleaner and I gave it a try!

Here’s what you will need:

Empty Spray bottle Large container for mixing, you will also need a container to store this or 2 more empty spray bottles because you will have that much left over for future use.

1/2 cup ammonia

1 teaspoon dishsoap

1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol

1 gallon water

Optional – Essential Oil Drops (I used lavender)

I used warm water from the tap.  I feel that warm or hot water mixes the ingredients better, but DO NOT put this mixture on the stove as the alcohol could ignite.   I was channeling very much my inner Elizabeth Montgomery (remember Bewitched?) and twitching my nose during the mixing, but that’s up to you ☺ Do not add more then the 1 teaspoon of dish soap or you are going to get residue (trust me on this one I learned the hard way hehe).

Now, I didn’t like the smell, because it has a strong odor of alcohol, so I added lavender essential oil drops.  This made all the difference in the world!  Now I can clean and it smells wonderful!

Time for the big test.  My two huge gripes are my bathroom mirror and my back patio door.  The results?  This stuff is amazing!  

Windex, thanks for all those years together, but I think we have to see other cleaners now.  It’s not me, it’s you.

 

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There is our new puppy Lady!  The dogs get my door super dirty everyday.  The bathroom mirror also gets cleaned daily.

Now time to crunch numbers.  What are you going to spend? 

You will need alcohol, 99 cents at the Dollar Tree.  Ammonia comes in a 64 ounce container and we need just 4 ounces so one jug is good for 14 batches, which makes each batch 7 cents more or less.  One teaspoon of dish soap, and water.  So out of pocket is $1.07, you will get 160 ounces of the finished product which comes out to less then 1 CENT PER OUNCE, its .006 per ounce!

Like we say in Spanish, BUENO, BONITO Y BARRATO…Good, Cheap and (your glass will look) Pretty!

Until next time, Savers!

 

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25 More Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Rice Krispies Flower Treats
2. Bunny Cookie Bark
3. Orange Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies
4. Carrot Cake Brownies
5. Smores With Peeps
6. Almond Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies
7. Easter Egg Cookies
8. Angel Lush Cake
9. Easter Parfait With Peeps
10. Coconut Lime Curd Bars
11. Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte
12. Spring Chick Cupcakes
13. Butterfly Cupcakes
14. Nesting Baby Blue Birds
15. Peeps in a Nest
16. Easter Nest Cake
17. Mini Bundt Cakes
18. Angel Fluff
19. M & M “Carrots”
20. Cadbury Mini Egg Brownies
21. Peeps Popcorn
22. Easter Bundt Cake
23. Chocolate Birds Nest Eggs
24. Chocolate Funfetti Cookie Sandwiches
25. The Best Cheesecake Ever

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Watching what you eat? 30 Snacks that are 100 Calories or Less

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Delicious and satisfying snacks don’t have to ruin your entire day’s calorie count. Snacking on items that are 100 calories or less is a good way to stay full without gaining weight.

1. 8oz “skinny” latte (fat-free milk)
2. 10 animal crackers
3. 15 almonds
4. 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
5. 3/4 cup Kix or Cheerios
6. 40 goldfish crackers
7. 8 saltine crackers
8. 2 cups broccoli
9. 1oz beef jerky
10. 25 grapes or cherries
11. 1 apple, orange, peach, or pear
12. 1 1/4 cups watermelon
13. 2 tangerines
14. 2 graham cracker squares + 1 teaspoon peanut butter
15. 17 chocolate covered raisins
16. 2″ slice of angel food cake
17. 1 black bean garden burger
18. 1 slice raisin bread + 2 tsp honey
19. 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with cinnamon + 1 teaspoon honey
20. 3/4 cup Wheaties
21. 1 small banana
22. 1 grapefruit + 1 teaspoon sugar
23. 1 cup sugar-free jell-o
24. 1/2 cup chocolate soy milk
25. 1 hard boiled egg
26. 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
27. 3 cups air-popped popcorn
28. 4oz of chocolate pudding
29. 3 squares of dark chocolate
30. Mini Ham Sandwich — 2 slices ham, 2 teaspoons mustard, rolled in romaine lettuce

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

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Make DIY Homemade Weed Killer pesticide free for pennies

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Princess Thanya tackles DIY Homemade Weed Killer that is safe to use around kids and pets and costs mere pennies! Check it out…

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Princess Thanya…Feeling empowered by my previously successful attempts at DIY Homemade Household Items, I decided to try my hand at something else, DIY Homemade Weed Killer.  Not only do I have kids but I also have an older dog and a new puppy to consider when I want to use any type of pesticide.

There are a lot of different concoctions for homemade weed killer, and they all have the same base, Vinegar.  Some people just use Vinegar straight or pour it with hot water.  I think I needed something with a little umph!  Here is what I found that I tried on my weeds.

DIY Homemade Weed Killer Ingredients

You need:

1 Gallon of  White Vinegar

1 tablespoon of Dish soap

1 cup table salt

What do you do?

You mix everything in a pot on the stove over medium heat until the salt dissolves.  There is no need to boil it.  Once the mixture cools completely, pour it in an empty container of your choice.  Use a spray bottle to squirt the weeds dead I say ☺

How did it work?

We got rain here in Phoenix and overnight we now have an abundance of weeds, so I had plenty of little weeds to choose from to use as my guinea pigs.  I sprayed them in the evening, although some recommend you spray the weeds during the hottest part of the day.  It’s winter so I took my chances.  Now, I have desert landscaping which means I have no grass so I sprayed with liberty.  If you have grass or other vegetation you will want to be careful to only spray the weeds at this is suppose to kill any vegetation it comes into contact with, not just weeds.  You will need to spray at least twice, I’ve read its not as quick as the store bought pesticide.

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My Victims

See the wet area?  That’s where I sprayed!

I waited until the next afternoon to check on my victims.  The verdict.  Cue the funeral music because it works!

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RIP Weeds

SO…How much did I spend? 

$1.50 for a gallon of vinegar at Walmart, salt I had (but it is less than 50 cents to buy a whole container) and also the dish soap I had.  But if you have to buy the salt or the dish soap you are looking at out of pocket for those items $2 or so, so in total $3.50 or .03 cents per ounce since you are making a gallon.  If you have everything but a gallon of vinegar then you spent $1.50 and it comes to be .01 an ounce.

That’s pretty darn cheap!   Considering I just checked Walmart.com and 1.25 gallon or 160 ounces of Round Up is $18.82 or .12 cents an ounce… for stuff you probably don’t want your kids or pets around anyhow!

What’s next for me in the DIY realm?  I am not sure…leave me some ideas of things you want to try!

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If you are low income, you could qualify for free pet food through Pet Food Stamps

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In these tough economic times, many families are finding it hard to feed their treasured pets.  This even forces many to surrender their pets to shelters.  That is heartbreaking to think about.  A wonderful (non-government funded!) group based in New York called Pet Food Stamps seeks to help low-income families feed their pets.  You must qualify, but if you do, you will receive all the food necessary to take proper care of your pets for 6-months. ► Apply for Pet Food Stamps, and if you want to help this not-for-profit with needed funds to keep this program going, you can donate to Pet Food Stamps

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DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray: The Dish Soap Version

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This week, Princess Thanya whips up a batch of DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray.  See what happens…

 

Princess Thanya…When I started this project I found a lot of different versions for stain fighters aimed at saving money.  I saw this one enough times to make me think we should try it out.  I like that its made out of stuff I already have or can cheaply obtain.

 

What do you need?

2/3 cups Dish Soap, I used Dawn

2/3 cup Ammonia

6 tbls or 3 oz baking soda

2 cups warm water (warm helps everything mesh better)

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What do you do?

Combine the ingredients in a container.  The mix will suds up so be careful you don’t make a huge mess.

Then wave your spoon over like a magic wand and say COUPONS COUPONS COUPONS!

Nah just kidding!  But that was a fun step I added.

All in all took under 10 minutes.  Pour it into a spray bottle and you are ready to kill those stains!

Each time you use it you will need to shake it because the baking soda will settle.

This is safe on all colors, but do not use on anything you will be washing with bleach as it does contain ammonia and you will have a chemical reaction on your hands!  See the danger of mixing bleach and ammonia.

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How much does it cost? 

Well, if you coupon already the dish soap is usually free or almost free.  Mine was free.  Now this is a small bottle so if you want to buy a larger bottle at the 99 cent store or Dollar Tree then you might be out of pocket 75 to 50 cents and this will be enough for 4 batches or .19 cents a batch (99 cents less .25 cent coupon usually at the Dollar Tree).  I bought a jug of Ammonia at the Dollar Tree and a box of baking soda so out of pocket was $2.  I will have enough to make more, as since I have a small bottle of dish soap I have enough to make this twice.  The Ammonia will make 13 batches so that was .07 cents a batch,  and a box of baking soda is enough to make 6 batches or .17 cents per batch.    After all the calculations you are looking at .43 a batch for this type of stain spray (about 27 oz)! 

Ok so the million dollar question is how did it work? 

Again there are times when I do wonder if these concoctions work.  I sprayed/treated my ketchup/hot sauce stained tshirt that had sat in my hamper for over a week  (I did this on purpose, I don’t get this dirty when I eat LOL).

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TICK TOCK…(I have Ke$sha’s song Tik Tok playing in my mind LOL)…since it had been a very old stain I let it sit 30 min before adding to a load of laudry with my trusty DIY detergent and running in the washer.  Like with all stain fighters I believe that if you spray it when it happens its best.

Out it came!  Clean it IS!

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Will I continue to make this version?  Not necessarily.  I like to have a simple routine so the one that I wrote about last week where I use the undiluted DIY detergent is probably going to be my favorite.  That being said, I have a batch of this so I will use it for the laundry.

 

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DIY Homemade Stain and Spot Treatment

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Continuing her quest for frugality, Princess Thanya now tackles homemade stain and spot treatment.  If you LIKE this post, please share if or Pin this DIY Stain and Spot Remover Recipe on Pinterest.

Princess Thanya…During my research I found that many that make their own detergent use that same detergent found HERE — undiluted — to treat stains on their clothes before the wash.

Seems like a fantastic idea since I already have a 10 gallon bucket filled with my DIY Homemade Detergent.

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I bought a kids size sports bottle at the Dollar Tree and filled it up with my custardy detergent.  Happily (or not) I had discovered just today that my son had a nose bleed “a couple nights ago” he guessed????  lol BOYS!  So we had a set-in, days old blood stain on a white pillow to test.  No time like the present to check this method out.

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I took my sports bottle and applied the mixture directly to the stain.  I bought this type of bottle over a spray bottle because I liked that I could directly apply to the stained area and it would stick, and wanted this method since my detergent was not watered down.  I purposely missed a little spot to see how well the stain remover would work.

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I let it sit for 30 min before throwing it in the washer.

…TICK TOCK…

Now to be perfectly honest with you, sometimes I do have my doubts.  Especially with this stain in particular.  Since it was blood and a couple days old I really thought I had set myself for failure.  BUT I WAS WRONG!  The Pillow came out WHITE!  There IS a small spot where I didn’t apply the stain treatment.  WOW.  Shout has just lost this customer.  I can make my own!   Next week I will post another recipe that I found for DIY Stain Treater and Spot Spray.

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(Can you see the little spot I left?)

The Quest continues, stay tuned ☺

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DIY Homemade Fabric Softener: The Frugal Recipe

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Princess Thanya continues her laundry series with this latest recipe for frugal homemade fabric softener.  I whipped up a batch of this in under 10 minutes, and that included waiting for the water to boil.  This recipe is frugal.  If you prefer a green, natural choice, check out the recipe for DIY Homemade Natural Fabric Softener and also check out the recipe for DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Princess T…This is the year I determined to save more money, that is my main goal.

Well yeah that and weightloss, but I can talk about that in another post ☺

So far I’ve made my own detergent and green natural fabric softener  Now I am making Frugal DIY Fabric Softener.

I discovered that this recipe for DIY fabric softener is made out of ingredients you may already have at home if  you regularly coupon.  Do you stockpile?  That free conditioner that you have snagged will be very useful.  If not, the ingredients are very basic and cheap.  Check the dollar store, or look for some coupons for hair conditioner and vinegar.

What do you need?

1 Bucket or large pot

6 cups of hot water

3 cups of white vinegar

2 cups (16 ounces) of hair conditioner (about 1 bottle of bargain conditioner)

 

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Bring the water in the pot just to a boil, then pour the water into a bucket, add the vinegar, add the hair conditioner and stir until the conditioner is fully combined.  THAT’S IT!

No really, THAT’S IT

Kinda makes you upset that this stuff costs so much, right? 

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Once the mixture cools, pour it into an empty container of fabric softener or another jug. I used a washed out lemonade jug.  Just make sure to mark what is in the jug!

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You only need to use 1/4 cup per load.  Your laundry comes out fresh smelling and soft.

I personally would like more fragrance but it might be the brand of conditioner I bought.  Experimenting with different brands or adding some essential oil would up the fragrance factor.

I went to the Dollar Tree and spent $2 for this recipe.  It makes 88 oz total. You need 1/4 cup or 2 oz per load.  That’s 44 loads of laundry for $2 and about 5 minutes of your time.  About .04 cents a load or even less since for the most part on a good sale week we can get the conditioner for free or 50 cents, so it could be as low as .01-.02 cents a load.

Saving can not get any easier!

What’s next for me?  I’m going to whip up some DIY Stain Spray.  Stay Tuned…

Leave some comments to let us know what other things you want to learn to make yourself, either to be green or to be thrifty.  We will be tackling a new project every week in 2013.  Check out some of the other Tips from Couponista Queen. 

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DIY Homemade Natural Green Fabric Softener Recipe

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Happy from her first foray into DIY homemade laundry detergent,  Princess T’s research has continued with a search for a homemade fabric softener that is natural, green, and environmentally friendly…

DIY Homemade Natural Green Fabric Softener

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Princess T…   I found all sorts of recipes for DIY fabric softener.  Many people just use straight vinegar as fabric softener but I just can’t.  My husband doesn’t like the smell one bit.  But if you want to try this, I’ve read 1/2 a cup per load does the trick.

While researching, I ran into this recipe for homemade, natural, green fabric softener a lot so I decided to give it a shot.

Natural/Green fabric softener:

8 cups of water

1 cup baking soda

6 cups white vinegar

10-15 drops of essential oil or not your choice, I added lavender to this batch, mainly to cover the vinegar smell.

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I went to Dollar Tree and spent $3 on supplies.  You will need 2 bottles of vinegar but only use 1-1/2.

This recipe batch will make enough for 22.5 loads of laundry, you need 1/3 cup per load.  13 cents a load, not breaking the bank but not cheap when you can score that with a coupon and a good sale.  It might not be cheaper but it is more natural.

So what did I do?  I mixed it together in a large bucket, it will FIZZ when you add the baking soda, do it slowly to avoid a big mess!

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I found an empty container and used my trusty funnel and in it went.  I went on a search for the smelliest thing I could wash.  Luckily, Patrick my mom’s dog needed a bath ☺ he was volunteered to get a bath so I could have smelly dog towels!

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This load of smelly towels was washed with the homemade liquid laundry detergent I made the other day, and I added 1/3 cup of the fabric softener to the rinse cycle.  One thing I did notice was that the towels straight out of the washer smelled clean, they didn’t smell like the lavender oil drops I added and it didn’t smell like vinegar (and neither does my jug so that’s a huge plus).  The towels out of the dryer were fresh smelling and soft, so this recipe did what it was supposed to do.  I did not smell any traces of my lavender drops so that may have neutralized the vinegar smell and I need to add more drops.  I do like a clean, neutral smell so I may leave as is for now or add more if I make another batch.

The baking soda will settle so you will need to shake your container at each use.  Will I continue using this?  I’m not sure.  Everything came out smelling good but I still have another recipe to try, for frugal homemade fabric softener, and then I’ll decide.  But if you want to keep a more natural approach to your laundry this might be the way to go.

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DIY Homemade Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri Recipe

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Homemade Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri – Easy to make and makes your house smell wonderful.

 

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I love when my home smells warm and inviting, especially on these cold Winter days and nights.  Potpourri has its origins in times when people and places were not so fresh.   Potpourri was created in the 12th century for the purpose of freshening rooms in castles for the people of that time.  (Read more about the History of Potpourri)

Homemade potpourri can be made from all kinds of things.  I decided to make one today that is a great stovetop simmering potpourri recipe.

To make this Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri, you will need to mix and heat to simmering in a 2-quart pan:

  • 5 cups of water

  • 1 Orange sliced and 1 Apple sliced.  Leave the peel on both but seed the apple.

  • 3 Cinnamon sticks (Substitute 2 Teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon if you don’t have sticks)

  • 1 Tablespoon of All Spice  (Learn ► What is All Spice?)

  • 1 Tablespoon of Whole Cloves (Substitute 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves if you don’t have whole)

  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri

Ingredients for Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri

Here is a tip:  I got a cheap potpourri simmering pot with a lid (it used to be just a sauce pan, lol) at the Goodwill thrift store for less than $1 so I don’t have to use my good ones, just in case I ever burn the pan.  You can also use a small simmering Rival potpourri crock pot.

You can simmer this do-it-yourself potpourri for hours and hours, adding more water as needed.  Be careful to not let the pan go dry. I set the kitchen timer for 2-hours at a time to remind myself to check it.  You can reuse this the next day.  Just put the lid on it and store it in the fridge overnight, or stick it in the garage if it is cold out there.

Check out these other Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipes for even more ideas on how to get your home smelling great!

 

 

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How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part III – Results

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I made the laundry soap mix, and having let the mixture set overnight to ‘gel’,  I found it had turned a nice custard-like consistency.

Now mixing it with the water in the instructions made total sense, you must mix it in a jug 50% soap mixture with 50% water.

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This part was fun!  I took my son’s shirt and I went to my back yard and rubbed in my dirt, then I came in to my kitchen opened a packet of ketchup and spread it about, and finally I took some of the green smoothie we ate for breakfast and smeared it on as well.  I then let it sit and even put it in the microwave for a a few seconds to cook the stains.  Looked pretty dirty, thankfully my son doesn’t normally come home with anything close to this but we do have dirt and the occasional milk or condiment stains.  He is a boy after all.

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I started my washer on a normal load, added 5 oz of my soap mixture, the test tshirt, one of my hoodies with more deodorant smeared in the arm pit area, and some regular clothes to make a full load and ran the cycle.   When it was done it came out smelling neutral/unscented, I didn’t scent with essential oil as the instrcuctions say you can, because with the Zote bar I didn’t want it to become anything overwhelming.  I might add lavender essential oil for my next load just to test it out.  I also did not add my regular fabric softener because I wanted to feel the clothes and smell them without anything interfering.

 

I was pleasantly surprised with the results!!!

 

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My son’s tshirt all stains gone!!  (that is a wet spot cause I was impatient so I yanked it out of the dryer too soon, lol)

The load came out clean, the stains gone, I did a sniff test on my hoodie and didn’t smell any deodorant.  My clothes did not feel rough or coarse and no smells.  Am I sold?  Yes.  What will I do differently?  I will use my go-to softener because I do like a subtle smell.  I have also read that if you live an a hard water area you might want to double up on the borax.  Some ladies add OxyClean, what would I do?  If its my husbands work clothes or a set in stain I’d use what I normally do which is spray and wash on the stain.  This isn’t anything new I normally do that even when I use store bought detergent.  When I want a booster, I buy 1 2 3 powder (that is like OxyClean) at the 99 cent store. 

This homemade detergent isn’t something to replace the detergent and the boosters and the stain sprays, this is a detergent and like any detergent it will sometimes need a helping hand that at least is what my expectations are for this homemade detergent.

All in all this is totally worth the 1 hour I spent grating and mixing it.  I have a nice supply of detergent in my garage and enough to make more when I run out.  Will I buy detergent again?  I don’t know but I really hope not because I want to spend money on more important stuff like my cruise fund ☺

What will I try next?  I’m contemplating homemade fabric softener…not sure yet.

Until next time, Princess T ☺

  

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How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part II

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Today I made the detergent.  See the Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent recipe from Part I.

All in all it took me maybe an hour between grating the two bars of soap and mixing them in a pot on my stove until it melted well.  Not very tedious or hard to do one bit.

Breakdown of my expenses:

3 pounds 7 ounces for washing soda = 55 oz (8 oz needed)  enough for 6 batches  $3.24

4 pounds 12 ounces for borax  =  76 oz (4 oz needed) enough for 19 batches  $3.38

Fels Naptha bar soap 97 cents

Zote bar soap 99 cents (optional)

(optional Bucket with lid (walmart) $3.75 one time purchase)

$7.59

What it produced:

256 loads at 5 oz a load and 10 gallons (5 gallon soap mixed in container with water 50/50)

.0296 or .03 cents a load.

Next batch, no need to buy the washing soda or the borax, total spent out of pocket $1.96 You can make 256 loads of detergent for under $2!

Some people add a bar of Ivory soap for scent instead of the Zote.  I added the Zote to get more bang for my buck as I already use it to pre-treat stains its amazing when you use it on heavily soiled clothing.  I found it today in Walmart but usually buy it when I go to the 99 cent store.

Have I tested it?  No, per the instructions it needs to sit overnight and then I will fill a container half way with the detergent mix and then add water.

So far what do I think?  Looks and smells really good once I do the wash test I may be completely sold on this detergent.  If you usually wash 10 loads of laundry a week, two batches of this laundry detergent would be enough for a year, that would be under $10 spent on laundry detergent.  I’m almost convinced.  Even if you double that amount its still $20 which is what one big jug of Tide costs for a year that’s a lot of savings.

Until tomorrow Princess T☺

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Your supplies: washing soda, Borax and Fels Naptha bar soap.  Optional, add a bar of Zote for extra cleaning power.  The scent/color I used is the pink bar.

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Cooking the grated bars of soap in 4 cups of water until melted.

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The cooked melted and mixed batch, leave over night to set/gel.

See the results!  

How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part III – Results

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How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part I

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Making Liquid Laundry Detergent at Home

Starting a new year means we have an opportunity to start our savings plan all over again.

I like you sometimes struggle, because life gets a little busier and less easy to manage.  This makes it hard to be able to nab all the deals I need. That being said the topic last night was how can we save more money?  A lot of the fans showed interest in DIY laundry soap.

I had researched this in the past and found a recipe that seems to work for a very frugally minded family, the Duggars.  I found this on the Duggar’s website and I’m sharing with you now.  I will attempt to make this myself tomorrow and will post a follow up with pictures of my success or failure.  I will tell you right now that I easily found all the ingredients at my local Walmart and I am adding a bar of the pink  ZOTE bar for an added kick which I have bought at the 99 cent store.   My husband has donated his trusty bucket (he doesn’t know it yet) and I have lavender essential oil already so I am adding that for fragrance, maybe.   This is new territory for me and I invite you to join me and post any suggestions you may have.

Here is the Duggar’s recipe for DIY Liquid Laundry soap:

4  Cups – hot tap water

1  Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

½ Cup Borax

– Grate the bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup (5 ounces) per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Thank you to the Duggars for sharing this useful information.

I will post pictures tomorrow as this is my task for Tuesday!

~ Princess T

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5 Tips for Avoiding a Hangover

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Hangover

If you want to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Day, here are some things that you can do on New Year’s Eve to prevent or lessen the severity of that awful feeling when you wake up in the morning.

1.  Don’t drink.  Believe it or not, you can have a great time without drinking.  Lots of places offer free non-alcoholic options for the designated driver and you can make sure that everyone gets home safe.  And just think how nice it will be to be alert and feeling good on the first day of 2013, when you call all your hungover friends all bright and chipper at 9 AM to wish them a Happy New Year!

But if you are going to drink…

2.  Stay well hydrated.  This means drinking plenty of water before, during, and after you drink alcohol.  In fact, it is a good idea to alternate each alcoholic drink with a water or at least a soft drink.

3.  Eat before you drink.  Alcohol will enter your system slower when you have food in your stomach.  Plus it is important to eat simply to maintain your energy level.  You do want to make it to midnight, right?  And go ahead and have that alcohol-fueled trip to your favorite fast-food spot before you go to bed.  You will sleep better if you eat something.  Just try not to overdo the fat or you may feel worse.

4.  Know your limits and stick to them.  You should know how many drinks you can safely handle and remain in control of yourself.  Do not be that drunk at the party who is talked about until the next party.

5.  Before you go to sleep, try to eat something light and drink a glass of water.  Wash your face and brush your teeth.  Try to get a solid 8-hours of rest.  DO NOT take apsirin or ibuprofen as they could harm your liver, which is already busy metabolizing all that alcohol you just drank.  If you do feel bad the next morning, you can take some otc pain relievers with breakfast.  Eat something with protein and carbs, like toast with peanut butter and some yogurt, and get some light exercise and hydrate.  Some coffee or a caffeinated beverage may help you feel more alert.  Eventually you will feel better.   Vow to never do this again and enjoy the New Year.

Check out ► FREE SOBER RIDES on New Year’s PLEASE Don’t Drive Drunk this New Year’s Eve — Get a Sober Ride or a Tipsy Tow or call Uber.

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Don’t Drive Drunk this New Year’s Eve — Get a Sober Ride or a Tipsy Tow

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There is NO excuse for Drunk Driving.  Even driving tipsy or buzzed is drunk driving!  The best plan is to plan ahead for a designated driver to get everyone home safe.  If you have too much fun this New Year’s Eve, please get a sober ride home.  And note to parents: Teens are more likely to drive intoxicated on New Year’s Eve than on any other night, so please also make sure that your kids know that they can call you at ANY time for a sober ride home.

If you need to keep someone else from driving, do your best to convince them to not drive, and to give you the keys.  Do not get into a physical altercation over the issue, but tell them that you are calling the police if they do not comply…and you MUST follow through.  Lives depend on making that call if need be.

AAA is offering a FREE ride home for you and your car through their Tipsy Tow program.  You do not have to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service.  It is not available in all areas, so please check for Tipsy Tow in your area and put the number in your cell phone now: 1-800-222-5347.  Tipsy Tow is available from 6 PM New Year’s Eve through 6 AM New Year’s Day.  

If AAA is not available in your area, please check for a sober ride program near you, or search Google for “sober ride” and your area.  You can also order a car from Uber.

Couponista Queen and Staff wish you all a Happy New Year.  Please be safe…we want you around in 2017!

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Bored kids? FREE things that will keep them busy for hours!

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Mom I am Bored

If you hear, “Mom, I am SO Booooooored!” one more time or if you have to break up ONE MORE sibling squabble, you just might run away from home yourself?  Then check out this list of FREE things that you can do to keep the kids occupied and yourself sane.

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There are all kinds of Online Games and Activities at PBS.org

Check out these FREE Printable Activities for Kids including Crosswords, Seek ‘n Find, Dot-to-Dot, Mazes, and more

Get out the crayons and markers and paints for these FREE Printable Coloring Pages

Kids and adults alike will have fun making these Origami Designs for Kids

Engage their imaginations and invite the family for the performance!  Free Printable Children’s Theatre Scripts, Skits, and Plays

You can also set them up with a fun Indoor Scavenger Hunt for active entertainment

And if you are in the kitchen anyhow, why not put them to work?  Check out some ideas and recipes for Cooking with Kids

Grab the glitter and glue and make some fun crafts!  This site has Crafts for kids of all ages using things from around the house

How do YOU keep the kids entertained?  Comment with your ideas!

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