DIY Household products

@freedomg (1684)
United States
December 30, 2008 4:14pm CST
O.k. we all know that money is oh so tight for everyone out there right now, and it looks like it is only going to get worse before it gets better. So I have joined a few of those out there in making our own old school supplies. They are cheap, green, and work great. I thought I'd share them with you. I'm only going to put in links to the sites I found the recipes on because if I typed them all out we would all be here a really long time. I hope somebody out there finds these as useful as I do, and if you have a recipe or tip to share please do. http://www.googobits.com/articles/p3-707-make-your-own-non-toxic-household-cleaners.html http://www.soapsgonebuy.com/category_s/40.htm http://health.howstuffworks.com/how-to-make-your-own-beauty-products1.htm http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Hey, freedom! How've you been? This is a really great topic and I'm surprised that there haven't been a ton of people sharing! Well, I'm right there with you on making my own! Hubby got laid off work 2 weeks before Christmas! How's that for a Christmas bonus, huh? Well, he has work since he started his own business months ago, but was doing that as a sideline, now it's full time but the pay isn't coming in on a regular weekly basis, so I've started, once again, to cut back on expenses. I use baking soda for so many different things! I know that bleach isn't expensive, but if you put a cup of baking soda in the wash instead of bleach, it does almost as good a job at getting whites whiter! And, it sanitizes, too. I use it to scrub down the shower walls and bathtub, I use it for hand-laundry and just about anything that needs to be washed. Baking soda is CHEAP, too, especially if you buy an off-brand. You can buy a less-expensive brand of toothpaste, sprinkle on some baking soda and it'll clean your teeth as good as, if not better, than the high-priced toothpastes. Here's a link to some ways to use baking soda: http://hubpages.com/hub/AmazingUsesForBakingSoda Here's another one: http://www.essortment.com/home/bakingsodauniq_sbpa.htm If you do a search, you can find hundreds of ways to use baking soda that will cost less than whatever it's replacing. I also save slivers of bar soaps and put them in an old shampoo bottle, add some water and shake, shake, shake! I make my own liquid soap and use that to do hand laundry or to fill liquid hand-soap bottles. It's kinda stinky, but vinegar makes excellent glass cleaner. Put it in a spray bottle, spray it on and wipe it dry with crumpled up newspaper. Those windows or glass surfaces will shine like new. I'll check out your links because I'm sure they have some things that I already do so I don't want to repeat them here. Also, I might learn a thing or two! Thanks so much for the links!!! BTW, how's school going? Hope all is well! Happy Holidays!!!
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
31 Dec 08
First I am sorry to hear about your hubby but maybe it is a blessing in disguise and the business will take off soon. What does he do by the way? As for your tips I love them I had just learned about the soap shavings today (how weird is that) and have been swearing by the power of baking soda for years. I also still use vinegar to clean any glass surface, my mother always did so I picked it up from her. I don't know if you have any pets but if you do you may want to try sprinkling a tiny bit of salt in your carpets about four days a week, you vacuum it up and then put new stuff down after two weeks of this you will find a sudden lack of fleas in your home and on your pets. I love this one because I have one cat that is a true battle to get into a bath. OUCH! I also have located several local fruit and veggy farms that have "You pick" dates and mark these on my calender. This way I can get a great deal on these and freeze them like a 2 gal. bucket of blue berries for $3 and the kids have a blast picking then with me. Thanks for the links. Oh yeah school is going good harder than I expected but I am still pulling A's and B's so I'll say it's going good. Thanks for asking.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
31 Dec 08
My husband is a computer design engineer, doing PCB (printed circuit board) design, for the most part. He does logistics engineering as well as a few other things I can't remember off the top of my head. It's all way too technical for me! LOL You know, it's funny but, since we've moved to the mountains, I haven't seen one single flea! (Knock on wood!) We have a lot of ticks here, including those nasty deer ticks, but I use Frontline on both cats and both dogs and it works great. (I won't go near my hubby's cat... she's the meanest cat ever born! HE puts the Frontline on her. LOL) I love the "pick your own" idea! I'm going to have to look around here next year to see what's available. I haven't seen anything like that but I really haven't been looking, either. I'm going to make an effort to see what I can find. I can picture you with your kids picking those blueberries! I bet they have a blast! Are you able to cheat and take a few home on the INSIDE of you instead of in the bucket? Hmmm, that gives me an idea! I'm growing blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries on our land. They've very young plants so it will be awhile before I have more than I need so I might just concentrate on one specific berry and grow more of them and let people come and pick their own, too! I plan to freeze some and can a lot of them but, eventually, I know I'll have more than my family can use. Maybe I'll just send you some! That would definitely be do-able! I'm glad to hear that school is coming along nicely. A's and B's are nothing to sneeze at! (I'd love to know where that expression came from!) How much longer do you have to go? I'm sure you'll have no trouble at all finding the right work once you graduate... with grades like that, anyone would be a fool NOT to hire you! I hope the rest of your schooling goes smoothly and you continue to do so well. Best wishes for a great new year! Take care of yourself and that wonderful family of yours, okay? Keep in touch!