Posts Tagged ‘DIY cleaners’

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2016 | 24 comments

Last week I shared 8 tips to simplify my weekly cleaning routine — and as a follow-up, I thought it might be fitting to share several of MY favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2015 | 22 comments

If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 11 comments

Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.

Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!

DIY Homemade Hair-Detangling Spray

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2015 | 26 comments

Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!

Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!

My Baking Soda Beauty Routine

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2015 | 9 comments

This time of year, I always rekindle my friendship with my box of baking soda. Not for baking, or cleaning, or freshening — although those are all excellent uses for baking soda.

I use baking soda to soften my skin, to soothe my hands, to scrub my face, and, in general, to simplify my beauty routine!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014 | 19 comments

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 101 comments

Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 15 comments

Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?

Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!

4 DIY Stainless Steel Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2013 | 13 comments

Before I had stainless steel appliances, I was ALWAYS told how difficult they were to keep clean — and how expensive the cleaning products were. I was unsure if I’d be able to find a more frugal cleaning alternative… but I had to at least try.

After a little research, I found 4 different DIY stainless steel cleaners you most likely already have in your home!

I Cleaned My Shower Fixtures… with Lemons!

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2013 | 14 comments

As I searched the internet for ideas to quickly and easily clean the hard water spots on our chrome shower fixtures, I stumbled upon a genius idea that will save me hours and hours of cleaning in the future — LEMONS!

Lemons are a frugal way to naturally clean and disinfect so many areas of your home — and today, I’m sharing how I clean my shower fixtures (and a few other things) with lemons.

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2012 | 25 comments

When our granite counters were installed, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). So, I went searching for a DIY granite cleaner that I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

101 MORE Uses for Vinegar

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2012 | 73 comments

I’ve been going crazy with vinegar lately… so I’ve been buying 2 or 3 of the huge 128 oz. containers at a time!

I’ve saved SO much money by using vinegar instead of more expensive store-bought items… and I feel like I’m also improving our home environment by not “polluting” it with so many harsh chemicals!

It took me awhile to put this list together… but here it is: 101 more uses for vinegar!

Homemade Shower Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2012 | 216 comments

A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our showers clean in about 10 minutes a month. I mentioned that although I try to use mostly homemade cleaners in and around our house, I still hadn’t found a great homemade cleaner for the shower.

Well, after that, I got a bunch of emails with different “recipes” for homemade shower cleaner; and although I was skeptical, I decided to try a few of them out. After experimenting these past 2 weeks (yes, our shower is now extremely clean) I’ve picked my favorite… and it’s REALLY simple!!

Cleaning With Lemons

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2011 | 4 comments

I’ve always loved lemons…always! I love baking with lemons, I love decorating with lemons, I love the bright cheery color of lemons, I love the smell of lemons, I love lemonade, AND I love cleaning with lemons! No, I’m not just talking about lemon Pledge — although that is a delicious smell that remind me of dusting my parent’s house every weekend! I’m talking about real, whole, lemon fruits. Recently, I’ve added lemons to my weekly grocery list and am using them […]

Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2011 | 52 comments

It’s almost Spring, which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning — and that involves cleaning the windows! I’m actually not even dreading this task now that we have new windows that conveniently pop out for easy cleaning.  However I did want to try to find a more natural — or homemade window-cleaning solution this year. I was told to try vinegar and water, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied — it was too streaky. So I did some more research and found about 48 […]

Homemade Facewash — The Oil Cleansing Method

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2011 | 164 comments

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to try homemade cleaning and beauty products. I started small, by replacing a few of my cleaning products with vinegar {I’ll talk more about this later}. Then I started using vinegar and safety pins as an alternative to fabric softener. However, the one homemade product I’m most excited about is my homemade face wash. The Oil Cleansing Method Yup, we’re washing our face with oil — which I know sounds absolutely ridiculous. But believe it […]

Ten Surprising Uses for Vinegar

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2011 | 37 comments

I’m all about simple, inexpensive, easy-to-find products that multi-task. And vinegar is one of those products I always seem to have around…and I’m always discovering more and more ways to use it around the house, in the kitchen, in the garden and even in the workshop! Here are just a few… 1. Meat Tenderizer: If you always end up with dry or tough meat, try pouring a little vinegar into your marinade or into the roasting pan. The acid in […]

T-shirt Rags

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2010 | 19 comments

The other day, in the middle of one of my speed-cleaning sessions, I pulled a rag from our “rag basket” and realized we could probably use a few new ones. We had lots of “holey” rags, stained rags, dirty and grimy rags — it wan’t pretty! I guess I just figure, they are rags…and I should use them until I can’t use them anymore, right?  At least I’m not using rolls and rolls of papertowel {see, I’m “going green”!!} However, while many […]

Simple Silver-Shining Solutions

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2010 | 6 comments

Do you have tarnished, grubby-looking silver pieces hiding in drawers, closets, ceder chests, and other areas of your home? If you’re like most people, you rarely ever use your good silver because of all the work involved in polishing it, right? I have a few pieces of silver but I always felt the like the time and cost involved in polishing them wasn’t worth it {plus I actually like the look of a little tarnished silver in the mix of my creamy white […]

Clear A Clogged Drain

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2010 | 9 comments

Are you tired of using expensive, toxic chemicals to clean your clogged drains? Make your own with ingredients right from your kitchen pantry! This method might not be the fanciest…but it works for me and it’s a lot more environmentally {and budget} friendly. Supplies: Baking Soda Salt Vinegar Boiling Watter Directions: Pour equal amounts of DRY baking soda and salt into the drain. (I use about 1/2 cup of each) Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain (it will […]