Category Archives: DIY

Easy Laundry Soap

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With prices continuously going up and paychecks not keeping up we’ve started cutting costs in as many ways as possible.  A HUGE way to save money is to make your own cleaning and beauty supplies (so far we have only done the cleaning supplies, but beauty aka body wash and shampoo are soon to follow).  The best and cheapest cleaning supplies come from nature…seriously, it is amazing what vinegar and orange peels can do!  After months of reading different recipes online for different household products I finally got my butt in gear and made some laundry soap, needless to say I am now kicking myself in said butt for not doing this sooner (as in YEARS ago!).

Easy Laundry Soap Recipe

1 part grated bar soap of your choice

2 parts washing soda

2 parts Borax

 

We chose to use Dr. Bronner’s bar soap in the tea tree and peppermint scents.  I grated both soaps together and then gently mixed them.  In our 64 ounce airtight containers I put one cup of grated soap, 2 cups of washing soda, 2 cups of Borax, put the lid on, shook and was done.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

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Grated Dr. Bonner's soap, we used peppermint & tea tree.  Make sure that if you are mixing scents like we did that you do actually mix the scents together by stirring...gently, because if you are too tough your finely grated soap will stick together in not-so-fine clumps.

Grated Dr. Bonner’s soap, we used peppermint & tea tree. Make sure that if you are mixing scents like we did that you do actually mix the scents together by stirring…gently, because if you are too tough your finely grated soap will stick together in not-so-fine clumps.

Washing Soda and Borax can be found in most laundry sections at your local grocery store.

Washing Soda and Borax can be found in most laundry sections at your local grocery store.

I added one cup of my mixed scent grated soap to my container.

I added one cup of my mixed scent grated soap to my container.

2 cups Borax.

2 cups Borax.

2 cups washing soda.

2 cups washing soda.

Secure the lid to your airtight container.

Secure the lid to your airtight container.

Shake, shake, shake.

Shake, shake, shake.

Wah-lah...homemade laundry soap!  I typically use 1/8 of a cup, but for more soiled loads will use about 1/4 of a cup...a heck of a lot less than the store bought stuff!

Wah-lah…homemade laundry soap! I typically use 1/8 of a cup, but for more soiled loads will use about 1/4 of a cup…a heck of a lot less than the store bought stuff!

My 2 bars of grated soap, one box of washing soda and one box of Borax was enough to make 3 containers of laundry soap and still have a little Borax and grated soap left over.

My 2 bars of grated soap, one box of washing soda and one box of Borax was enough to make 3 containers of laundry soap and still have a little Borax and grated soap left over.

Each of my containers is 64 ounces, and ended up being half full…so 32 ounces x 3=96 ounces…so using 1/8 of a cup per load (often times you don’t even need that much) that equals 96 loads of laundry.  The washing soda was around $3, the Borax was just under $4, and the two bars of soap on sale were $6..so right around $13 which equals LESS than $0.14 per load.  You could also save money by purchasing a cheaper bar soap and buying your washing soda & Borax in bulk.

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Easy Shower Curtain & Shower Hook Fixes

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A couple of years ago my husband had to go out of town for work (yes, spending a week in Las Vegas was work) and while he was gone I decided to give our dark dingy bathroom a little face lift.  I painted the walls, added a new light fixture, a couple of new towel hooks, a large mirror, original art and purchased a new shower curtain & hooks (along with a few other little upgrades).  Our bathroom went from dark browns with eggshell walls to a wonderful bright white with silver and touches of blue.

I bought the shower hooks because they were not only the style that I wanted, but silver, little did I know the headache they would cause me for the first couple of weeks of use.

Headache Hooks

Not only do these shower hooks make a horrible metal squeaking/squealing sound when you open and close the shower curtain (we have learned to live with this), but the inside vinyl shower curtain kept falling off the hook.  Yes, I spent two weeks putting the vinyl shower curtain back on the hooks after each shower (thankfully, it would only fall off a few at a time…but was still frustrating).  So, I put on my thinking cap and tried to come up with a creative way to keep the vinyl shower curtain on the hooks.

Ding! Ding! DING!  Beads…that is my answer!

In my spare time I run a tiny etsy shop where  I sell homemade craft that happen to include some jewelry.  Looking at the size of the hook I knew that I must have a bead with a large enough hole to fit, and that I did.  These plastic beads were purchased from one of my local big box craft stores for less than $2…easy, quick and cheap fix, you can’t beat that.

Now that major headache part of my new shower hooks was gone, no more struggling to keep the curtain on the hook 🙂

 

My next easy fix:  Cleaning your vinyl shower curtain.  As with most people cleaning is not my favorite task, especially the shower curtain.  Any time we need to clean our vinyl shower curtain I take it and our outer fabric shower curtain and put them in our wash machine on hot with some laundry soap and bleach and wash them in the whites cycle.  Yes, your curtain will be very wrinkled when it gets done being washed, but just pull it apart and hang it back up and you will be good to go.  No more wiping down the shower curtain when your washer can do the work for you.

 

Easy 3 Minute Lighting Fix

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