Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I have been wanting to try my own laundry detergent now for years (my dreams are small, guys), but most recipes call for borax, washing soda, and fels naptha. I have never in my life found these items easily. They never seem to carry them when I happen to be looking for them. However, I finally rounded them all up and was able to make my own green cleaning products! I'm so proud. ...more

DIY GROCERY CHALLENGE = FURNITURE POLISH!!!

DIY GROCERY CHALLENGE: DIY FURNITURE POLISH!  ...more

Cleaning Up

I've been making a half hearted switch to homemade cleaning products over the past year or two.  I had a few trusty recipes for items I used regularly - but hadn't really made a commitment to change.  I was still holding onto a few some several a large number of commercial (chemical filled) products. Until now.  ...more

Clean Laundry!

I've been putting this step off long enough - making my own laundry powder.   To be fair to myself, it wasn't so much procrastination, as an issue finding the washing soda at a local grocery store that kept me from jumping into this process.  But last grocery trip - I found it!  Right on the shelf next to the Borax.  I am in!!...more
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I Can See Clearly Now

(originally posted @ This is My Day Job) The switch to homemade cleaners is going smoother than I had even imagined.  And the savings is incredible!  My new favorite is my homemade glass cleaner.  I did some online research and looked at about a dozen different recipes for glass cleaner.  I mixed and mingled suggested ingredients and amounts, and this is what I came up with.  I think it works even better than the commercial brands!  Homemade Glass Cleaner...more

Clean and Green

(originally posted @ My Day Job) I finally took the step to start making some of my own household cleaners.  After much consideration and plenty of googling to find recipes that seem simple enough and have ingredients I can actually find at my local stores.  I have three pretty good reasons to start producing my own cleaners:1) I have 2 cats and a dog that are into everything.  It would be nice not to get stressed out each time I clean the toilet that one of t...more
 @beckeyp And I totally agree with your 3 reasons. Saving money, while going green, is an ...more

Greener ways to clean

On Wednesday, I divulged how many typical American cleaning products actually are quite toxic....more

Essential Oils

Essential Oils  are a great way to add natural fragrance and power to your homemade cleaning products (see NotaCoolMom.com).. They can add a powerful punch of antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well as many other benefits. Here is a quick guide to some common essential oils you can use in home cleaning products. My advice is use what you like to smell. Lately I've been using mainly lavender and the house smells amazing after a cleaning! Here's a quick list of some of the most common Essential Oils used in home cleaning products....more

Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner!

Cleaning toilets is not a particularly glamorous topic, but one I feel I must broach. After learning how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own toilet cleaner, I was so upset when I realized the money I had wasted throughout the years. Not to mention the countless containers I recycled.Check out NotaCoolMom.com for the video.Vinegar Mixture Recipe 1) 2 Cups Vinegar in a Spray Bottle 2) 4 Drops Essential Oils. Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree and Pine oils work well for this one....more