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Want to Save Money? Do it Yourself (DIY)

 

 

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DIY Fabric Softener Crystals

 

Epsom SaltLavender 100% Pure Essential Oil

Want to make your own Fabric Softener Crystals? Do it yourself for a fraction of the cost! Store bought Fabric Softener Crystals are so expensive, even with coupons! I love the long lasting fragrance of crystals, but I don’t usually buy them because they’re not practical or affordable. I started making my own Fabric Softener Crystals, and I personally like it more than the store bought kind! It’s super easy to make, and it will last a long time!

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals
4 Cups Epsom salt
20 Drops of Essential Oil (I use Lavender)
Mix the Epsom Salt and Essential Oil together thoroughly. Store in a airtight container.
Add 1/4 Cup of Fabric Softener Crystal mix per load to the beginning of wash cycle.

You can buy the ingredients at Walmart
Aaron Brands Epsom Salt, 4 lb, $2.86
Nature’s Bounty Elements Aromatherapy Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil, $5.97

 

 

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DIY Air Freshener

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Do you love air freshener, but hate the high prices? You can make your own inexpensively with all natural ingredients, and without all the harmful chemicals! All you need is an empty mason jar, essential oil, and baking soda! You can order Lavender Essential Oil HERE.

DIY Air Freshener

What You Need:
1 small Mason Jar
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
7 drops of any essential oil
Hammer and nail

How To:
Add 1/4 cup Baking Soda to Mason Jar
Add 7 drops of the essential oil of your choice (my favorites are; Lavender, Vanilla, Gardenia and Cinnamon)
Tightly put lid and band on Mason Jar
Hammer about 8-10 holes on the lid

How easy was that? You can paint your jar, or add a pretty ribbon. Put the jar wherever you want a fresh fragrance. I like to put mine in the bathroom. Just shake the jar when you need extra air freshening. When the fragrance fades, usually within a month, add more drops of essential oil. Replace baking soda, and clean jar every 2 months.

 

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DIY Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

 

Are you looking to make a homemade, non toxic, environmentally friendly All Purpose Cleaner? Check out this super easy recipe. It’s made with 4 simple ingredients, and cleans the kitchen, bathroom, or whatever else needs cleaning. It’s very inexpensive to make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! This homemade all purpose cleaner tackles tough jobs better than cleaners that you buy at the store!

DIY Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
4 Cups Hot Distilled or Filtered Water
1/2 a Fresh Lemon

Instructions
In a medium mixing bowl, combine vinegar, baking baking soda and hot water.
Squeeze in the juice from half a lemon then drop the rind in as well to infuse the cleaner.
Stir thoroughly until baking soda is dissolved. Let cool. Once it’s cool, remove the lemon rind.
Pour into a clean spray bottle, and label the bottle.

Tip: Instead of discarding the lemon rind, cut it in medium pieces, and put in garbage disposal. This freshens the disposal, and makes your kitchen smell lemony fresh.

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 All Natural DIY Insect Repellent Recipe

   

Well it’s Summer, and that means annoying insects flying on you, and mosquitoes biting you! I’m always sceptical to use store bought insecticides because they have a lot of chemicals, and aren’t good for sensitive skin. I have a great recipe that you make with household ingredients for All Natural Homemade Insect Repellent. This is super easy to make, and it really works! I made this, went outside at night, and not one mosquito landed on me. Plus, it didn’t bother my sensitive skin. It also smells great!

All Natural Homemade Insect Repellent

Ingredients:
(1) Bottle of Witch hazel
(1) Bottle of Baby oil
(1) 100% Vanilla extract (not imitation vanilla)
Bug Off Insect Shield Synergy  Essential Oil Blend
Whole cloves
Empty spray bottle

Measure 2/3 cup witch hazel into a glass measuring cup
Add baby oil to measure 1 cup
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add 30-40 drops of Bug Off Insect Shield Synergy  Essential Oil Blend
Add 4-5 whole cloves
Pour Mixture into an empty spray bottle. Shake well before using. Apply generously to skin before going outdoors. Remember to label the bottle before storing it.

Here’s where to purchase the ingredients:
Insect Shield Synergy (Bug Off) Essential Oil Blend,  Add on item $7.95, Amazon
Fine Mist Spray Bottle, 5 Ounce, $3.71, Amazon. You can also get this at most Dollar Stores
Witch Hazel $3.19, Walmart

Insect Shield Synergy (Bug Off) Essential Oil Blend (non add on item) $14.99, Amazon

Add-on Items ship with orders that contain $25.00 of items shipped by Amazon.

 

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 Homemade Laundry Detergent

 

Are you tired of the high prices for laundry detergent? Try this homemade recipe, and save a lot of money! This makes 150 loads! I’ve included prices for Walmart with the links to Walmart’s website. The total Cost for 150 loads is only $13.42! Only 2 Tablespoons are needed per load.

Ingredients:
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner, 55 oz
20-Mule-Team-Borax-76 oz
Ivory Original Bar Soap, 3.1 oz, 10 count
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 4 lb

 Walmart Prices for Ingredients:
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner, 55 oz, $3.24
20-Mule-Team-Borax-76 oz, $3.97  
Ivory Original Bar Soap, 3.1 oz, 10 count, $3.97 
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 4 lb, $2.24

Directions:
Grind or shred 3 bars of Ivory soap. You can use a food processor to grind the soap. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese shredder.
Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir well. Store in a large air tight container. Use just 2 Tablespoons per load. This will last a long time, and is much cheaper than store bought detergents, and makes 150 loads.  If you have a front load washer, don’t add the powder to the small tray.  The small tray is is meant for liquid detergent.  if you add powder to it, you will clog your washing machine. Just add the 2 Tablespoons to the bottom of your washing machine, and add your clothes.

Here’s another inexpensive trick. Add 1/4 Cup Vinegar to rinse cycle in place of fabric softener. This will not make your clothes smell like vinegar. They will be soft.

 

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DIY Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

 

       

If you’re looking to make an easy environmentally friendly homemade liquid dish soap, I have an easy and inexpensive recipe for you.

What You Need:
½ cup  Liquid Castile Soap. Order HERE or HERE 
1 ½ cup of warm water
4 drops essential oil, any scent. (I like the lemon oil for grease cutting properties, and fresh scent) Order HERE 
2 tsp white vinegar

You may also use 1 tablespoon of Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (optional to thicken soap) Order HERE.

Directions:
Mix all the above ingredients together in an empty dish soap bottle. That’s it!

 

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Homemade Deep Hair Conditioners

 

Looking to save money on deep hair conditioners? Try these out for a fraction of the cost!

Mayonnaise Deep Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayo, & 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Directions:

Shampoo hair and towel dry. Mix room temperature mayonnaise and olive oil,  apply to your hair, focusing on the ends. Leave on hair for 10-15 minutes, shampoo again and rinse with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to remove mayo smell in your hair.

 

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Hot Oil Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup boiling water

Directions:
Mix water and oil with a whisk. Allow to cool just until it’s warm. Massage mixture into the scalp and hair. Wrap hair in a plastic shower cap for 15 minutes. Shampoo & rinse.

 

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Strength Deep Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:
1 tbs virgin olive oil
1 tbs natural unbleached flour
2 tbs honey
1 tbs buttermilk

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl. Microwave the ingredients for 30-40 seconds until hot. Blend 1 tablespoon of unbleached flour to make a paste. Apply the warm mixture to damp hair, and leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair.

 

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Homemade Carpet Shampoo

 

 

Here is a great recipe for Homemade Carpet Shampoo. It works great as a pre treater, and in a carpet cleaner machine. Try it for yourself, you’ll never go back to store bought carpet cleaners again!

What You Need:
4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide 3% solution
1 tablespoon dish detergent (Dawn works best)
4-5 drops essential oil (optional for fragrance)

What you Do:
Mix together all the above ingredients in a clean, empty half gallon or gallon milk jug.
Blend with 1 1/2 quarts of hot water.
Put in carpet cleaner machine. This is also good for stains to pre-treat.

 

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  DIY Window/Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Save money with this homemade Window Cleaner. It is very easy to make, and inexpensive.

Recipe 1 
1 cup Water
1/4 cup White Vinegar
2 to 3 drops Dawn Dish Soap
Empty Spray Bottle (can be purchased at Dollar Stores)
Combine all above ingredients in the empty spray bottle, and mix.

Recipe 2 (this is my favorite)
2 cups rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl)
3/4 gallon of water
–mix together and add
1/2 cup ammonia
1 tsp Dawn
top with water until you have 1 gallon (an empty gallon milk bottle works great)

 

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DIY Homemade Fabric Softener

 

Fabric Softner

Tired of spending money on expensive fabric softener?  Try this easy recipe for homemade fabric softener at home.

Items you will need:

(2) cups of hair conditioner

(3) cups of distilled white vinegar

(6) cups boiling water

(1) Mixing utensil

(1) Bucket/Pail/Pot

(1) Empty Bottle (an old juice bottle, or empty bleach container works well)

 

STEP 1. Pour the 6 cups of boiling in water into the pail

STEP 2. Add conditioner

STEP 3. Add vinegar

STEP 4.  Stir until it looks smooth and creamy

I used the cheap Suave Green Apple Conditioner, and it makes my clothes smell so fresh! I prefer this homemade version over the store bought fabric softener.  It only takes about 5 minutes to make and lasts for a month or more.

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 DIY Fruit Fly Trap

It is the time of year when fruit flies are everywhere! I had a bowl of fruit on the table, and there was a swarm of fruit flies! I use this inexpensive and environmentally friendly recipe that effectively gets rid of those annoying fruit flies.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar 2-3 drops of Dish Soap A jar or small cup (a custard cup works well)

Pour the Apple Cider Vinegar into the small jar or cup.  Add the Dish Soap.  Do not stir the dish soap. Place the container where fruit flies are seen the most.

Fruit  flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and will try to land on the vinegar cup surface. The dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, and the fruit flies fall in. Try it for yourself, it works like a charm!

 

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