Recipe For A Simple Life

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Try This! Showerhead Cleaner

We have hard water at our house.  I’ve always found that description amusing.  How can water, which is a liquid, be hard?  But, as I was saying, we have hard water at our house and sometimes we get nasty hard water build up on things.  I can across this environmentally friendly and frugal cleaning idea on Pinterest the other day and thought I should give it a try next time I clean the bathroom.  Check it out:

You need:

-1/3 cup baking soda
-1 cup white vinegar
-1 plastic bag
-1 large bag twisty tie

Here’s what to do:

1. Mix baking soda and vinegar in bag over a sink. Caution: Pour vinegar into bag slowly, there is an “explosive” foaming action that kicks in.

2. Place bag over showerhead. Be sure it is submerged in the baking soda/vinegar solution.
3. Secure with twisty tie.
4. Let the showerhead soak in the solution overnight or for at least 2-3 hours.
5. Wipe off showerhead prior to use.

How simple is that?  There are great step by step photos (that’s their photo up above too) on the original poster’s site – Frugally Sustainable.com.  Let me know if you have any other frugal and friendly cleaning tips.  I’d love to ditch the cleaners under my sink in favor of some more eco and wallet friendly alternatives.

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Homemade Laundry Soap

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a little while now.  However, I’m tired of measuring out a little of this and a little of that, so I decided since I have full boxes of the ingredients, why not just figure out the recipe if I’d just dump the entire boxes of the ingredients 😀  So, here’s what I found out…

1-76oz box of Borax is about 13 cups.

1-56oz box of Washing Soda is about 6 cups

I need equal parts to make a batch according to a recipe I found.  I’m ok with calling it even if I just use 2 boxes of Washing Soda 😀

So, here’s my recipe…

1 box of Borax

2 boxes of Washing Soda – NOT baking soda!

3 bars of soap – Fels-Naptha or Kirk’s, finely shredded using a cheese grater.  I found Kirk’s grates easier than Fels-Naptha.  I used 2 Kirk’s and 1 Fals-Naptha for this particular batch.  If it works well, I’ll switch to just Kirk’s since it was easier to grate and has a less “soapy” smell to it – it doesn’t irritate my nose as I grate it 😀

1 T. per load is all you need!  Not going to lie, we do bigger loads, so I just use a bit less than 1/8 cup.  😀

And there you have it.  No additives or extra ingredients in your laundry soap.  If you want a fragrant laundry detergent, I’d just add a drop or two of essential oils, like lavendar.

Do you make your own laundry detergent?  Share your recipe!

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Foaming Hand Soap

Anyone else sick of buying hand soap all the time?

A little over a year ago I found a fantastic deal on foaming hand soap from a certain bath store, so I bought four foaming hand soaps.  Once the soap was gone, I made my own.

I bought a medium size bottle of Castile Soap for less than $6 – I bought the peppermint scent from Dr. Bronner’s, however there are several other scents available.  I filled the foaming soap container with water until it reached about an inch below the neck of the bottle.  I then added one capful of the soap to the water, replaced the lid and shook it a few times.  Easy peasy.  I bought this last summer and I’ve only used about an inch worth of soap from the container.  So this will last us A LONG time and so worth it!

I bought that container of castile soap

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