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With three children in the house, there always seems to be a mess that needs to be cleaned up. Ink on the counter. Grass stains on a shirt. Juice stain on the couch. Dirty handprints on the wall. Who-knows-what (and I probably don’t want to know) that left a sticky mess all over my reclining leather chair.
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This DIY tutorial on how to make household cleaner is simple and easy in only a few steps. This amazing cleaner is an all purpose cleaner and can be used just about anywhere in your house.
2 C. Water
1/4 C. Castille Soap –
3 Tbs. Rubbing Alcohol
20-25 drops essential oil* –
I love that this cleaner isn’t filled with a lot of harsh chemicals. I feel good about my kids using this cleaner because I know exactly what ingredients are in it. Castille soap, essentail oils, and rubbing alcohol are a great combination of effective cleaners. This cleaner is deeply cleansing and dries quickly (thanks to the alcohol!) One of my favorite ways to use this cleaner is on my kitchen cupboards. It is amazing how shiny and clean they look after using this. The fact that it smells AMAZING is another lovely benefit!!!
Another great benefit to making your own cleaner is that it is very inexpensive!!! Once you buy the basic ingredients for the cleaner you will have enough to make A LOT of cleaner! This has saved me money by not having to buy expensive cleaners from the store.
If you have granite countertops in your home, one thing to note when choosing what oils to use in this cleaner is to make sure you are not using any citrus oils (such as lemon!) or anything that contains vinegar. The acidity in the citrus oils and the vinegar can damage your granite. This is one of the reasons I chose the Eucalyptus castille soap with the Cinnamon and Cassia essential oils.
*Some of my other favorite blends of castille soap and essential oils for this cleaner are:
Lavender and Lemon Cleaner:
Lavender Castille Soap with 10 drops Lavender essential oil and 10 drops Lemon essential oil.
Citrus Orange Castille Soap with 10 drops Lemon essential oil and 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil.
Lemon Eucalyptus Cleaner:
Eucalyptus Castille Soap with 10 drops Eucalyptus essentail oil and 10 drops of Lemon or Lemongrass essential oil.
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It’s starting to cool down and that means it’s time to light up the fireplace or that camping fire. But what is the best way to start it if you don’t want to spend money on chemicals and starter logs? Rest assured, we got you covered.
Full List of Starters:
1. Pour melted crayon on Cotton balls.
First, we’re gonna make a wax and cotton starter. Now we didn’t have any candle wax on hand but we had a bunch of crayons and they work just as good. Peel off the labels and toss a bunch of crayons into a metal can you don’t care too much about. Boil up some water in a big pot and place the smaller tin inside. This is the double broiler method which will prevent the wax from burning. After a few minutes the wax will melt down. Now just grab some cotton balls and slowly dip them directly into the wax and place them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Once dried they are ready to go. Simply place them where needed and fire up the cotton. They’re gonna burn long and strong lighting any wood you might have on top.
2. Stuff a toilet roll full of dryer lint then wrap in paper.
Now if the wax method is too intensive, try this. Grab a used empty paper roll and go to your dryer and empty that lint trap. Wrap the lint inside a dryer sheet and stuff it directly into the empty tube. Leave a little bit sticking out so you can easily ignite it. Once it’s assembled it’s ready to be set ablaze and get your fire going nice and strong. You can even blow on it a bit to really spark things up.3. Pringles Hot and
3. Spicy Fire starter
Really need to get something to work in a pinch? Look no further than your pantry. Grab yourself some greasy chips and simply lay them out under the area you need to catch fire. It’s really that simple, just light the edge of the chip and they will burn long enough to get something kicking. If they burn out too quickly just add more to the pile. Don’t forget to save some for snacking by the fire.
4. Orange Peel
Let’s utilize our kitchen again and grab a couple oranges and a knife. Simply peel the orange leaving all the small pieces together. Make sure to get is little juice as possible here. After you have the peels, put them out to dry for a few hours. Once dry, these peels will allow you to start up a fire quick and easy. Just pile em up and ignite. You may have to hold the lighter in place long enough to ignite the citrus oils inside, but the results are pretty cool.
5. Egg Carton Lint and vaseline
Now let’s get a bit greasy but with a huge impact. You need petroleum jelly, lint and an egg carton. If you didn’t already; go raid your left over dryer lint and hit your recycling bin to snatch an egg carton. Now separate the carton into sections and fill each one with a generous scoop of petroleum jelly. Work the lint into each crevice mixing it up well with the jelly. That’s it. Clean off your hands and your fire starters are good to go. As you can see they go up quickly and burn strong and last a long time, in fact probably the longest of all of these.
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I think we mention baking soda in about 50% of our videos. The stuff is incredible. It’s cheap, available in every grocery and drug store and has so many uses. It’s fascinating stuff! It’s great for three key functions from a cleaning standpoint: abrasion, deodorizing and whitening.
I could probably do a video on 10 uses for baking soda every week for the next 20 years and never once repeat myself…now do you understand how amazing this stuff really is?!
I also love it because it is safe enough to eat, in fact, it is found in many baking recipes. Therefore, I’m convinced that it is a household cleaning kit staple.
So in no particular order, here you go:
10 – remove scuff marks and crayon marks from a painted wall.
9 – battle the worst body odour with baking soda.
8 – clean and unclog a smelly sink drain.
7 – clean your tile grout. Our in-depth video on grout cleaning
6 – add abrasion to any cleaning product (especially a homemade one) – this puts other products like VIM and Comet to shame. Here’s our video on making your own cleaning products
5 – deodorize your kitty litter box.
4 – clean your non-self cleaning oven. You don’t need anything caustic!
3 – remove hair product build-up from your hair (hair clarifying treatment). Mind=blown.
2 – deodorize your carpets
1 – add to laundry to create an amazing laundry booster!
Have I convinced you to purchase an industrial drum of the stuff yet?
What are your favourite baking soda tips? Let me know if you try any of these and what your results were.
Do you have any ideas for a top 10 list? Let me know!
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