This is inspired from a “pin” I saw on Pinterest for DIY Laundry Soap. Actually, if you search Pinterest you will see a lot of recipes for DIY laundry soap. After checking out a few, the soap I created is similar to this one with a few changes:

http://beingcreativetokeepmysanity.blogspot.com/2010/11/homemade-laundry-soap.html

Be sure to check out her blog post because she has a FAQ section on this post!

 

What I used:

  • a box of Gain powder laundry soap
  • box of baking soda
  • Felsnaptha soap (found in laundry aisle at WM for around $1)
  • Zote soap (found in laundry aisle at WM for around $1)
  • Purex crystals (to make it smell perty)
  • Biz stain fighting powder (similar to oxyclean)
  • Borax

How I did it:

I didn’t measure, I just got a large bowl and mixed it all together. I used a hand cheese grater to shred the soap then added it into the powder. I then put it in a container I found at the dollar store.

What’s great about making your own soap:

  • It’s not time consuming, this only took me about 10 minutes to make.
  • It lasts forever! I use a teaspoon and that’s it for every load in my HE washer and it works great.
  • It’s cheap! Obviously since it’s going to last me a long time (I’m thinking at least 9 months to a year) it’s really less than $2 a month for laundry soap!

 

Have you ever made your own laundry soap?

 

(Sure not the most glamorous pic of me but it’s me about to tackle cleaning in the empty house)

One of my last posts talked about our moving adventures. Well, I am happy to say we are all moved out of the old house. Of course that doesn’t mean we are all moved in and in fact the house seems to be a chaos of never ending boxes but it’s coming a long! I wanted to do a few moving posts since that is been the realm of my existence for the last few weeks.

One thing I don’t think I thought about while planning this move would be about how much an empty house would need cleaning once we got all of our items out of it. Well, it needed quite a bit. It was those 10 years of dust bunnies that were hiding in the oddest places, the crayon marks on the wall where we put the couch to ensure no one would see those crayon marks and the mystery items where I wondered what on earth the kids had spilled in that spot. I rarely buy commercial cleaners, I usually make them myself and wanted to share a few of those with you here along with the ones I do buy.

  • Citric Acid
    Citric Acid, 32oz
    You can find this in the spice section of your store, just take the citric acid and add a few teaspoons to a spray bottle of warm water. If you have some shower scum built up what I do is take a cut lemon, pour a little bit of this on top of the cut lemon to make a coarse cleaning surface and then scrub the shower/tub/tiles with the lemon and citric acid. It’s super citric scrubbing power! 
  • Dishsoap in Spray Bottle
    I read this somewhere in a magazine and it really works. Just take about a teaspoon of dish soap and fill a spray bottle with that and warm water and it cleans anything, even windows and mirrors!
  • Dishwasher Detergent Powder
    I actually learned this from watching that show How Clean is Your House on the BBC. Take a tablespoon of powder dishwasher detergent (generic is fine) and add it to a large bowl of warm water. Use this to clean screens, fingerprints off of walls and other tough spots to clean.
  • Vinegar
    It’s nature’s wonder cleaner, I mean you could really use it for anything! Built up soap scum, tarnish, mirrors etc. Keep a spray bottle of this around, it will conquer a lot! I found a great list of what it could do made by the New Home Maker here http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/vinegar
  •  Green Works Natural and Dilutable Cleaner in a spray bottle
    Clorox Green Works Natural Dilutable Cleaner

So about a year ago, Smart and Final had clearanced my favorite dilutable cleaner out and I thought they were just discontinuing it at their store so I bought like 10 bottles because they were under a buck. Well I went to go find it again and went to the website and am having trouble finding it. Hopefully I can find it again because I really love this. I use it on my floors and pour capful into a spray bottle with warm water. It is the perfect cleaner because it doesn’t have fumes (like that nasty ammonia smell) or harsh chemicals. A bottle of this will last a long time!

  • Mr Clean Magic Eraser (AKA the miracle worker) Mr.Clean® Magic Eraser® Original

You will never go wrong with these. If you have used them, then you know how much they help when kids are around. From finger prints to crayons, this thing cleans like no body’s business! I love these when there are tricky spots that normal cleaners and sponges can’t get! It also saves your muscles because something that would normally be a tough job is easy peasy with these! I’ll be honest, I have bought the generic versions to save a couple bucks and those work just as well! I think my favorite is the Target Up and Up brand!

 

  • Steam Cleaner

    I love having a steam cleaner where I can steam tough sticky spots like when I am cleaning the fridge or grout. I used to have a Shark hand held cleaner and loved it but it stopped working. So I went a more frugal route and bought the Dirt Devil on Amazon.com  and do love it so far! My only complaint is that if you have a large job, it does take a break to re-heat up of about 30 seconds steam, 30 seconds heat up. It does come with a nozzle for hard to reach jobs.

    What do you use to clean your house?

May 182010

My son has done great this spring in his Soccer League and it is now coming to an end. Tonight was his last practice and the kids were really excited to see these! Even more, excited to eat them.

I did a basic vanilla batter for the cake. For the frosting I used a #233 tip and a vanilla frosting. I love adding slight flavor to vanilla so I put a creme de mint and a green food coloring inside the frosting. The candies on top are from Wilton.

Cupcake Tuesday 3
I’ve linked up at HoosierHomemade.com for Cupcake Tuesday, make sure you check out Liz’s site for some yummy cupcake ideas! This week she did chocolate covered cherry cupcakes (((Drooooool)))


I decided to get creative for the bake sale we held this weekend for the Epilepsy Foundation. My favorite item I baked were the Carrot Cake Easter Cupcakes (pictured above). I made the tops look like Easter baskets with eggs. I took 1 cup of coconut and a few drops of green food coloring and mixed them in a bowl for 30 seconds, giving me my grass. I placed the “grass” on the wet frosting, then I placed large jelly beans and used them for my eggs. These were quick and make an awesome centerpiece @ Easter.


Another idea for a centerpiece @ Easter is Marshmallow Kabobs. I took white marshmallows and dipped them in melted chocolate. It was actually an almond bark coating found in all grocery stores. I melted the chocolate in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I then took the marshmallows, put it on the kabob and poured chocolate over it carefully with a spoon over the chocolate bowl. I put on a strawberry marshmallow then repeated one more time. So each kabob had 2 chocolate and 2 strawberry marshmallows.

One more thing I made (not shown) are raspberry brownies. I used a mix that I bought with a coupon from Betty Crocker and Safeway for Fudge Brownies Supreme. I gave them a tasty creative flare in just a few seconds. I took my Raspberry extract and poured about 1/2 tsp in to the mix. This just made this brownies so much more delicious! These were quick, chewy and were one of the first things to sell out!

Looking for a great deal on Brownie and Cake mixes from Betty Crocker? Check out my giveaway from BC and Safeway here: http://www.supersavingsense.com/2010/03/safeway-and-betty-crocker-spring-sweet.html to learn more!

Are you looking for more Easter Cupcake Ideas? Check out Cupcake Tuesday @ Hoosier Homemade!


There are many people out there who love schedules and their lives revolve around them. I am one of those people who hears the word schedule and cringe! Sticking to a schedule just seems like too much pressure. Little did I know that creating a schedule would do so much more good then pressure!

When I first heard about cleaning schedules, I thought there was no way I was going to put things on a calendar to make the dreaded seem even more well, dreaded! What I didn’t consider was the time I would put on to not clean. The best benefit of the cleaning schedule are simple: You don’t have to be a slave to your cleaning. As a mom of 2 (and soon to be bonus mom to 2 more), I know it’s IMPOSSIBLE to always have a clean house. As much as a dream that would be, it’s not going to happen. It’s easy to think that if we have our house clean all the time, just for that unexpected guest we’ll be so happy. But does the chaos of struggling with keeping up with a clean house really equal happiness? We should remember at the end of the day, our kids still love us, as with our spouses and family and when it comes time to meet our maker, he is not going to be pulling out a tally of when our house was clean! With letting the mentality go of focusing on a perfect house, it’s easy to see the benefit of the cleaning schedule.

When creating a cleaning schedule:

  • Focus on the reality ~ Don’t expect to clean the house in one day and expect it to stay clean the rest of the week.
  • You are in charge ~ Remember that you control the chores and the amount of time to spend on each of them.
  • It’s okay to divert ~ if you have something on your schedule and don’t get to it that day, don’t fret! Save it for another day.
  • Split it up ~ Break up the chores and the amount of times you do it throughout the week.
  • Do what works best for your family! Plan around cleaning when it’s not family time.
  • Even God rested on the 7th day! Let go of cleaning everyday and instead focus on a day (or more) off!

Here is my schedule:
Monday: Laundry, clean living room (vacuum), spot clean bathroom and kitchen (dishes, sweeping)
Tuesday: Quick Pick ups through out the house
Wednesday: Dishes
Thursday: This is hefty cleaning day! Laundry, clean living room (pick up and dust), bathroom, kitchen(wipe appliances, change table cloth etc), hall, bedroom. My day to vacuum and mop all rooms.
Friday: Spot check house, dishes and any left over laundry.
Sat and Sunday ~ I have a STRICT no clean policy on the weekend. No matter how tempted I am to pick up or do a load of laundry, I know family time is MOST important on the weekends!

Now I do only have 1300 square feet to clean so this schedule is easy for me, it may not be this easy for most. My biggest thing as said before is letting go of having to clean ALL the time. By only focusing on the chores a few days a week, it is easy to focus on more in my life. Best part is, my house doesn’t look bad on my days off!

Remember to create a monthly schedule (such as washing windows, blinds, curtains ~ remember those shower curtains etc)

You don’t need write down a schedule to stick to but it helps to make it realistic.

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