DIY Carpet Cleaner Spray

Photo courtesy of Business Shed
Photo courtesy of Business Shed

When we bought our current home, it was a HUD foreclosure at a great price. The carpets were far from stain-free, but, not terrible. Now that we have a toddler…well, let’s just say I’m pretty sure there is a spot on the carpet from every meal she has ever eaten. Add a pooch into the mix and our carpet is less than stellar nowadays.

I’m super excited to have our carpets cleaned before we move, but, sometimes you can’t wait for that and you need a great spot cleaner! 

This carpet cleaner is from DIY Natural and it’s a pretty basic and easy! Plus, it’s natural which is awesome!

Try it out and tell me what you think! :)

DIY Carpet Cleaner Spray
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white vinegar
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 tsp salt
  4. 15 drops lavender essential oil, or another clear essential oil of choice
Instructions
  1. Combine vinegar and water in a large spray bottle.
  2. Add in salt and lavender essential oil.
  3. Cap and shake.
  4. Spray on carpets liberally, shaking bottle frequently between sprays.
  5. Allow carpets to dry.
  6. Vacuum treated areas.
Notes
  1. Note: For tougher stains, spray mixture directly on stain. Let dry and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
Adapted from DIY Natural
Adapted from DIY Natural
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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

We all like clean dishes, right!? As a parent, I use our dishwasher way more than I ever used to and I fly through a pack of those dishwasher tablets like it’s cool!

I was so excited when I received an email about a guest blog post request for something I use every week- dishwasher detergent tabs!

If you want an incredibly easy homemade dishwasher detergent tab, this is it. Minimal ingredients, minimal time, and easy? I’ll take it! Plus, they’re so easy, you really can’t mess them up. No Pinterest fails here :)

Try them out and let us know what you think!


How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Stores offer all kinds of cleaning products, some of which, unfortunately, have very high prices. On top of that, most products contain different kinds of chemicals, which are extremely dangerous for the human health. This is why more and more people decide to prepare their own cleaning products using simple and cheap ingredients, which are easy to find. If you also decide to try this method, you will be able to save some money and learn something new that will definitely be useful. When you prepare your own cleaning supplies ,at least you will know what you put in them and won’t have to worry about your family’s health. Believe it or not, it is possible to even make dishwasher detergent tablets in your own home, and your dishes will be sparkling clean!

dishes
Credit to Myke Waddy (Edmonton, Alberta)

Making your own dishwasher detergent tablets is very easy. They will make cleaning your dishes a lot easier and will save you a lot of money in the future! You don’t need any special or very expensive ingredients. There are different recipes you could try, but, in this article we will present you with the ones that are the easiest and most effective. Washing your dishes will be easier than ever, if you decide to give these recipes a try!

  • Lemon dishwasher detergent tablets – Most recipes include the same or similar ingredients, so you can try making different dishwasher detergent tablets every time. If you like lemons, then you will certainly like this recipe!
    • You need:
      • 2 cups of baking or washing soda
      • ½ cup of Epsom salt
      • 2 cups of Borax
      • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
      • lemon essential oil
      • Put all ingredients together in some kind of vessel and mix them
      • When you are done, transfer the mixture into two ice cube trays
      • Press hard until each compartment is filled. Then, you have to let the tablets to dry, preferably in a sunny place, and not touch them until they are ready
      • You can then put them in a jar or some other container with a lid.
  • Lavender dishwasher detergent tablets – The recipe for the lavender dishwasher tablets is very similar to the previous one. However, you can substitute the Epsom salt with Kosher salt and add 1 cup of baking soda to the washing soda. You can also add 1 cup of citric acid and use OxyBoost instead of white vinegar. Instead of a couple of drops of lemon essential oil, you can use lavender essential oil this time. You can add also 2-3 tablespoons of water to the mixture. When you are done, just put the mixture in the ice cube trays and leave them to dry. You can store your new dishwasher detergent tablets in a big jar.
  • Borax-free dishwasher detergent tablets – Some people are worried when they see that their cleaning products contain Borax. Even though in small amounts the Borax is harmless, you can avoid any complications by simply excluding this ingredient from your recipes. The mixture of washing soda, baking soda, citric acid, white vinegar and liquid castile soap will be strong enough to remove everything from your dishes. Whether you add lemon, lavender, or another kind of essential oil to the mixture for your new tablets depends entirely on you.

As you can see, it is very easy to make your own dishwasher detergent tablets. The recipes don’t require a lot of time or any expensive ingredients, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t try them! You will see after the first washing that your dishes are perfectly clean and safe to use.

The article is written thanks to CleanStart Cleaning Balham

 

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DIY Fabric Softener- Cheap & Easy!

In our effort to simplify our household, I’ve started making a lot of our own cleaning and household products! One of my favorites so far is the homemade fabric softener! Before finding this “recipe”, I would typically use dryer sheets (sometimes liquid softener). Not only do dryer sheets create more unnecessary waste for your household, the residue can begin to clog up your dryer- not ideal. Store bought liquid softener is usually full of chemicals or weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. For me, I want to use as many natural products as I can which is why this DIY Fabric Softener is my laundry’s new best friend :)

Laundry

Taken from An Organic Wife (unfortunately, she is no longer blogging but you can find her on Facebook!)

Homemade Fabric Softener

3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
15-20 drops of essential oil (I use lavender, but, you could use lemon, orange, tea tree etc.- anything fresh and appealing to you!)
Glass container (I use a mason jar)

Pour 3 cups white vinegar into your container. Next, add your essential oil drops and shake well. Lastly, add in 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and shake well again. You’re done! :)

For small loads, I use 1/4 cup of the mixture and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. For larger loads, I use 1/2 cup and fill the rest of my dispenser with water. 

It is seriously THAT easy and quick. Another upside to this version is it lasts for a good amount of time before you need to make more. You can also experiment with each batch’s scent by trying different essential oils. Just remember to use something that you won’t mind being on your laundry- the scent isn’t strong at all, but, some oils are stronger than others!

Side note: make sure you label your fabric softener so no one mistakes what it is! 

What are your favorite DIY household products? Let me know below! :)

 

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Comfort Food For a Rainy Day

Lately, we have been having some super RAINY weather! The upside is our grass seed will hopefully get an awesome start :) On rainy days like today, all I want to eat is ‘comfort food’, but, we all know that comfort food isn’t too nice to our waistlines! One of my favorite comfort foods is mac and cheese! Seriously…who is with me!? It’s hot, cheesy, and perfect for a crappy day. Luckily, you can have your mac and cheese and eat it to with this recipe from SkinnyTaste! It’s a little different, but, I truly hope you try it- it’s DELICIOUS!

Mac and Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese- Skinnytaste.com
Servings:• Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 165 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 6.5 g
Sodium:
278.5 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.

Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 – 4 minutes.

Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper.

Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.

I hope you try it and let me know how it was!! Super easy and quick, but, delicious and gives you that comfort food feel without the guilt :)

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