DIY- Tub/Shower Cleaner

The Tub & Shower Cleaner … oh the Tub & Shower Cleaner. I use to use Clorox or Scrubbing Bubbles to make my bathrooms sparkle. I was a die hard fan of that stuff because one it cleaned it well and I love the smell of bleach. Since I am pregnant and spend more time these days cleaning dirty bathrooms thanks to my other two kids, I needed a better alternative. My desire for a safer cleaner lead me to my Tub & Shower Cleaner (also good for the sinks too).

White Vinegar
Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn but I used Gain)
Spray Bottle

Clean out your spray bottle really well (ssshh but mine is actually one that the Repair Shop left in my car after they fixed it from the wreck).

In a measuring cup, add 1/4 c. liquid soap (I used Gain but most people use Dawn because of its grease busting power) with some vinegar. The vinegar will help break up the soap for easier pouring into the spray bottle.

Add it to the bottle.

Pour vinegar into the container until 3/4 of the way full.

This time around it is more of a pour and go method instead of exact measurements.

Shake well and go clean!

DIY Baby Wipes

I made two types of wipes yesterday and I am truly impressed at how they work. It is shocking at how easy they were to make and how little they actually do cost. If you are making the Baby Wipes then I am assuming you have little ones around your house. And if you have little ones, then you will probably have most of these ingredients in the house.

Paper Towel roll (cut in half). Use the other half of the roll from the Disinfecting Wipes
Water
Baby Shampoo (any)
Baby Oil (any)
Gallon Ziploc bag or container for wipes

Cut your paper towel roll in half or if you made the Disinfecting Wipes, then use the other half.

In a measuring cup, mix 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Baby Shampoo and 3/4 tablespoon Baby Oil together.

Place your 1/2 roll of paper towels in your container. I used a ziploc bag for simplicity. It takes up less room in the diaper bag, I knew it would mix well, and it locks shut.

Pour your mixture over the roll to completely soak them. Since I used a ziploc bag, I just sealed it shut and turned it upside down to make sure that all the paper was generously covered.

After about 10 minutes, open your container and remove the cardboard (it will come out easy).

Seal the container until ready to use. It will eventually start to dry out (especially if left in the car etc). To re-moisten, simply add a little bit of water to the towels.

Easy, frugal and this time you know what is in those wipes! You can use what is needed if your baby has a sensitive bum.

These are DIY Disposable Baby Wipes. DIY Cloth Baby Wipes will be on the blog soon for all the moms who Cloth Diaper.

 



DIY-Disinfecting Wipes.

Yesterday I made two types of wipes. Disinfecting wipes and Baby wipes. Let’s just say I was on a roll yesterday. It only took about 10 minutes total to make the disinfecting wipes and they are much safer to have around the kids and pets.

Ingredients:

Container for the wipes
Paper Towel Roll (cut in half)
Vinegar- 1/2 c. total
Borax- 2 teaspoons

To start off:

I used an old Clorox Wipes container. It is super easy to make yours if you have one. You could also use another type of container that closes if you don’t have an old wipes one (I used the largest one Clorox made).

Cut a paper towel roll in half. It may be a bit wide so unroll some paper from it.

In the bottom of your container, pour in 2 teaspoons of Borax. Then pour in 1/4 cup Vinegar and 3 cups Hot water. Mix together.

Place your paper towel roll in your container.

Add another 1/4 cup vinegar to the top of the paper towel roll.

Close tightly and turn upside down (over the sink) to make sure the liquid is being completely absorbed. Turn right side up and sit on the counter for about 10 minutes.

After the time has elapsed, drain the excess liquid into the sink and pull the paper towel cardboard out. It will come out easy.

From the inside of the roll, pull the paper towel up and through the slot in the top (if using an old Clorox or Lysol wipes container).

Voila. But do be careful not to rip the paper towels at first since they will be super soaked.

It worked great on my counters since I had been making a mess on it all afternoon with my projects. Vinegar is a natural cleaner as well as Borax being a mild abrasive cleaner.



DIY Glass/Window Cleaner

I am in love. Again I searched through multiple blogs and tried various methods to bring you the best one! My moment came this morning while on the phone with my mom. I am still doing the happy dance even though Reagan just spilled my good ol’ Sweet Tea on the floor (I am sure I have a clean up method for that now without having to bring in my trusted carpet cleaning machine). There are 3 other “good” methods out there (out of almost 100) but they all have their issues like streaks. Well I have made you wait enough I guess. Here it is:

1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1 TBSP Cornstarch
2 Cups Warm Water

Combine the four ingredients above in a spray bottle and shake well. Shake well before each use as well because the cornstarch may settle then eventually clog your sprayer.
I reused an old glass cleaner spray bottle to be more frugal although I wanted so desperately to buy a new, pretty one.

Try it and tell me what you think! Oh and the cost? Well I am sure you probably have everything in your pantry for this one. The amount you use of each product probably comes out close to $.50 (yeah 50 cents) per bottle. I bet it’s less.

Please excuse the nasty washing machine window. It usually isn’t like this.

The ingredients I used.

It’s clean. NO STREAKS. Oh and those lines are actually scratches on the inside on the window.

Voila. The bottle and liquid that is saving me money and isn’t harmful.

DIY-Dishwasher Detergent

I am enjoying making all these cleaners for super cheap. It has become an addiction. I scour blog after blog, looking for the best methods then I try them myself. The purpose behind these all natural cleaners is to bring you a clean house without harmful chemicals and easy on the pocket. I also want these ingredients to come from simple stores in any town, not products you have to order through a consultant for a high price (because the consultant and the company have to get paid).
Here is how mine works:

You only need 4 ingredients and 2 of those I bet you already have in your pantry.

Borax (20 Mule Team)
Washing Soda
White Distilled Vinegar OR LemiShine
Salt
Container of some sort

I used one of the extra One Gallon containers I bought from Wal-Mart for the DIY Laundry Detergent.

Use a measuring cup and mix in the large container, mix together 1 Cup Borax, 1 Cup Washing Soda, 1/2 Cup LemiShine,
& 1/2 Cup Salt. Your dishes will shine.

Pour the Vinegar in where you would normally put liquid Jet Dry (or the like). The vinegar will make the dishes spot free as well as clean your dishwasher and heating elements regularly.

I used a TABLESPOON in the closed soap area and another TABLESPOON for a pre-wash for heavy loads. The dishes looked great. The glasses were clear. All this for under $10. Not too shabby.




As for the amount of time it will take to burn through this:
There are approximately 256 tablespoons in a gallon. So if you just use 1 tbsp per load and wash everyday, then about 9 months. If you use 2 tbsp in a gallon mix and wash everyday then about 4.5months.

In the Bag. Beach Bag.

Spring is upon us. If you are in Florida (like most of our Miami friends are) you are already beach bound. For the rest of us, the beach days will soon be here. This little idea has been floating all over Pinterest and I thought I would showcase it on here. I hate leaving my stuff on the sand while we have fun in the water. It seems I spend more time looking at my junk than I do enjoying my family. This season I plan on relaxing and dropping my anxiety about all that. Take a container of some type (preferably with a random logo like below) and fill it with your phone, keys, and money. You can also use a baby wipe case as well (which are less than $1). If you use the diaper case I would line it with a thin fabric to keep your keys from sliding around and making noise.

I am ready for Beach Season!! Are you? More beach tips coming.