Monday, January 29, 2018

Inexpensive HE Washing Machine Cleaner Recipe for less than .50 cents a Treatment

Make your own HE washing machine cleaner for less

Folks, it drives me nuts that I have to pay for a cleaner to clean the machine that I already put cleaner in to clean the clothes I put in it. Whew; that was a mouthful. That H.E. washing machine cleaner is EXPENSIVE! Not to mention, if you don't use it regularly, the washer Stinks to high heavens. In a perfect world, I'd still be using my old washer and old detergent. I swear these new ones don't clean as well as the old. Whatever, we're saving the planet, so the effort is worth the reward.

Okay, enough with the soapbox speech. It is what it is and we have to deal with it. When I went to purchase, yet again, my washing machine cleaner, I cringed at the costs. It dawned on me; I bet I can make this stuff cheaper and possibly better than what I'm buying. That's all it took. I set off on a new mission to find out the ingredients and where to purchase them. Once I figured that out, I had to find, readily available items that were inexpensive...I've Done it!

This is so easy and inexpensive!

What you will need:
1 Measuring cup for just the laundry
1 box of OxyClean (I use the Odor Blaster version) $7.56 for 48 oz box .16 cents per oz
1 box of Washing Soda $3.97 for a 55 oz box .07 cents per oz

You will use 4 oz per treatment; 2 oz of each product for a total of .46 cents a treatment.

Please note: Read Warnings and Precautions on both before proceeding. 

Instructions:
In your measuring cup, measure 1/4 of a cup or 2 oz of OxyClean, and 1/4 cup or 2 oz of Washing Soda. Pour powders into the washing machine tub and set the machine for the Cleaning Mode. When cycle completes, open the lid, and leave open until ready to use. You should leave the lid open on the washer between uses to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

That's it! Less than .50 cents a treatment compared to about $1.50 a piece for the retail cleaners.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sausage and Onion Hash Recipe - Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner Side

Hash brown casserole with sausage recipe
Ingredients:
1 Bag of Hash Browns
1/2 Stick of Butter
1 Can of Cream of Onion
1 Can of Cram of Mushrooms
1/2 cup of diced onions
1 Roll of Breakfast Sausage
1 1/2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (1/2 Cup Reserved for sprinkling on top)
1 Tablespoon of Chives
1 Tsp of Black Pepper (I use fresh cracked but its totally up to you)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large casserole dish, add your butter and toss into oven to melt. In a frying pan, crumble Sausage, and add Onions. Cook until sausage is browned. Remove casserole dish from oven, pour in sausage and onion mixture, and add all other ingredients (Except 1/2 Cup of Cheese) and stir. Spread mixture evenly in dish, sprinkle 1/2 Cup of cheese on top, and return to the oven. Cook uncovered for 50 minute to an hour, or until lightly browned.

Enjoy as a breakfast, brunch or dinner side. You can make this ahead and refrigerate until your ready to cook. Simply cook the sausage and onions, and add all ingredients to dish. Allow to cool, then cover with foil, and keep in fridge until ready to bake. It can be held in the fridge up to 3 days. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Easily Make a Tiki Torch From a Wine or Liquor Bottle

Tiki Torch wine bottle instructions
Tools:
Hand held cordless drill
3/8" Drill Bit

Items Needed:
Empty Wine or Liquor Bottle with lid
1/2" Diameter Torch Wick
3/8" Fine Thread Flare Nut (you get these in the gas hardware of your home improvement store)

Instructions:

On a hard surface, that you don't care if it gets damaged, lay your bottle lid upside down. Find the center of the lid and drill a hole through it. Next, measure your wick from the bottom of your bottle to about 1 1/2" above the top and cut. Thread wick through the lid and then, insert the bottom of the wick into the bottle. Tighten the lid, then thread the Flare, larger end down, onto the wick. The flare should rest on the bottle lid. Its now ready to decorate and then, fill with torch fluid.

wine bottle tiki torch instructions


Friday, January 19, 2018

Inexpensive Shower and Tub Cleaner That Really Works - about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle

Shower and Tub Cleaner recipe about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle

You can make a large bottle of this cleaner, and use straight out of the cabinet, but I've found that it works like magic when its warm. For this reason, I choose to make small batches each time I clean. Its simple, and no real thought has to go into it, if you have the measurement on the side of the bottle.

Ingredients:

For 32 oz bottle:
4 oz. Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
This too can be purchase in many places but I purchased a 56 oz bottle at Walmart for $3.74. That's about .07 cents an ounce.
28 oz. White Vinegar
At Walmart you can get a gallon of White Vinegar for $2.66. That's about .04 cents an ounce.
1 Tbls of Salt
If you have hard water, you will want to add a Tablespoon of table salt to this recipe.

For 8 oz bottle:
1 oz of Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
7 oz of White Vinegar
About a 3/4 of Teaspoon of Table Salt (if you have hard water)


Tools:
Spray bottle with ounce measurements on the side
Microwave safe bowl
Microwave


Directions:
For an 8 oz bottle of cleaner, start by pouring 1 oz of your dawn dish detergent into your measuring bottle. Next add vinegar to the bottle until you reach the 8 oz mark. Then add salt, if needed. Close tightly and shake bottle. Once all is mixed well, pour contents into a microwave safe bowl, and warm in 30 second increments. Continue microwaving until liquid is warm to the touch. If its too hot, it may melt or warp your spray bottle, but you want it warm, not hot, to the touch. Pour liquid into spray bottle and use as you would any sink, tub, or shower cleaner.

Shower and Tub Cleaner recipe  about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle


Visit us often for more cleaning supply recipes and other Tips for Cheap and Easy Living.
Upcoming:
  • Sink and Drain Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • HE washing machine cleaner recipe
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method
  • Homemade Bath Fizzies
  • Alcohol Ink Decor

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Toilet Cleaning & Deodorizing Bomb Recipe

How to make toilet cleaning fizzies and bombs

Let's face it, we all hate cleaning them. We all especially hate the idea of cleaning them when we've had guests. But its a necessity. I'm talking about the nasty subject of cleaning the toilet. What if you can prolong the time between deep cleanings, or easily freshen it up while you have guests? You can. All you have to do it toss one of these little guys in and let it do its magic. The best part? It only costs about .09 to .11 cents a tablet to make. Even guests can help out. Just keep an airtight container of them in your bathroom, in easy view, and label them, "Toilet Cleaning Fizzies." They'll get the hint.

Where to buy supplies.

Ingredients:

4 Cups of Baking Soda

1 Cup of Citric Acid Powder

1/4 Cup of Salt (if you have hard water)

2 Tbls of Dawn Dish Detergent

30 drops of Peppermint or any Essential oil of your choice

Supplies:

2 - 18 count Styrofoam egg crates or 3 - 12 count egg crates
Cardboard or rigid item to turn cubes out on and to dry
Whisk or fork
Tablespoon
Large mixing bowl

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Baking Soda and Citric Acid. (Add Salt, if you have hard water)

Add 30 drops of Essential Oil and whisk into powders.

Add all of dish detergent and mix.

The powders may start to grow a bit but that is normal.

Press mixture into egg crates. Allow to air dry for about an hour. You can make smaller ones, in an ice cube tray, to use on a daily basis, if you wish.

Turn crates upside down on a rigid surface. You will need to press on the bottom of the crate of each cube, to get them to release and drop from the crate. Allow them to sit for about 4 hours to dry.

How to make toilet cleaning bombs and fizzies
Once completely dry, store cubes in an airtight container.

When you're ready to use, just drop one in your toilet bowl and let it do the work. It will work with the water in your bowl to deodorize and clean.

Visit us often for more cleaning supply recipes and other Tips for Cheap and Easy Living.
Upcoming:
  • Sink and Drain Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner for about $1.10 for a 24 oz bottle
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method
  • Homemade Bath Fizzies

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Liquor, Beer & Wine Bottle Recycle - New Uses for Old Items

Salad Dressing Carafe from a Patron Bottle

Now that the holidays are over, and you're in cleanup mode, lets give you uses for a few items that you might otherwise throw out. Look in your liquor cabinet for any bottles that are nearly empty or are empty. The pint bottles are perfect and some can be extremely elegant looking when used for purposes other than their original purpose. Click on the pictures below for instructions.

 Soap / lotion dispenser from Crown Royal Bottle
Soap or Lotion Dispenser

Candle Holder Wine Bottle
Candle holder

Salad Dressing Bottle from Patron Bottle
Salad dressing carafe bottle

Mouthwash Dispenser from a Wine Bottle
Mouthwash Dispenser

 Wine, Beer or Liquor Bottle Lamp with Shade
Wine & Beer Bottle Lamps with Lights on

 Wine, Beer or Liquor Bottle Lamps with Shade
Wine & Beer Bottle Lamps with Lights off

 Rustic Beer Bottle Lamps with Antler Shades
Rustic Beer Bottle Lamps with Antler Shades

Tiki Torch from wine and liquor bottles
Tiki Torches

Bird Feeder

Liquor bottles as vases
Vases

More Uses:
Olive oil Dispenser
Use as Condiment Bottles to Dress up an Event
Sconces
Shot Bottles for Salt and Pepper Shakers
Storage for rice, dried beans, peas; etc.

Visit us often for cleaning supply recipes and other Tips for Cheap and Easy Living.
Upcoming:
  • Toilet Cleaning Bombs for about .09 cents each. These are great for cleaning the bowl and giving your bathroom a fresh scent.
  • Sink and Drain Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner for about $1.10 for a 24 oz bottle
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method
 Wine Bottle Lamps with Shades

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dishwasher Tablets Recipe That's Cheap & Effective

Make your own inexpensive Dishwasher Detergent that really works

Dishwasher tablets can be expensive, coupled with the purchase of a drying agent, it becomes downright highway robbery. With this thought in mind, I set out to find a recipe that I could make at home. A recipe that was not only inexpensive to make, but one that worked well. After some trial and error, I can up with one that I'm impressed with and use for my dish washer.

Dawn dish detergent one of the ingredients, is relatively inexpensive, wherever you purchase it, but can get a bit pricey in some stores. For inexpensive suppliers and other tips, visit our post:
Homemade Cleaning Supplies Recipes

Ingredients:
1 Cup of Washing Soda
1 Cup of OxyClean (I use the Odor Blaster one.)
1 1/4 Cups of Dawn Dish Detergent
30 drops of Essential Oil  (if you use OxyClean without the added scent)

Please Read product precautions and warnings before proceeding.

Make your own inexpensive Dishwasher Detergent that really works


Supplies:
2 Ice Cube Trays
Cardboard or rigid item to turn cubes out on and to dry
Whisk or fork
Large mixing bowl
Measuring Cup


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the OxyClean and Washing Soda

Add 30 drops of Essential Oil and whisk into powders.

Add all of dish detergent and mix.


Pour mixture into ice cube trays. Mixture will fill one entire tray and about 1/2 of another. Level mixture off in trays. Then with 2 fingers, press mixture in each cube. This will decrease the size of the cubes to about 2/3 the normal size. Allow to air dry for 2 hours.

Make your own inexpensive Dishwasher Detergent that really works
Turn tray upside down on a rigid surface. You will need to press on the bottom of the tray, of each cube, to get them to release and drop from the tray. Allow them to sit for about 2 hours to dry.

Make your own inexpensive Dishwasher Detergent that really works
Once completely dry, store cubes in an airtight container. Yields about 24 tablets.

When you're ready to use, place in detergent compartment as usual, and fill your rinse agent dispenser with White Vinegar for spotless dishes.

Visit us often for more cleaning supply recipes and other Tips for Cheap and Easy Living.
Upcoming:
  • Toilet Cleaning Bombs for about .09 cents each. These are great for cleaning the bowl and giving your bathroom a fresh scent.
  • Sink and Drain Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner for about $1.10 for a 24 oz bottle
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method

Friday, January 12, 2018

Homemade Cleaning Supply Recipes - Bombs, Fizzies and Other Tips

 Bomb Cleaning & Other Homemade Cleaning Supplies

It's a new year and lets start if off right by cutting a few household costs. Cleaning supplies can become pricey and caustic. We're going to try to cut those costs and harmful chemicals by making our own cleaners. I know it can seem to be a waste of time and money, if they don't work, but that's what I'm for. I'm only going to share the ones I love. These are kid friendly recipes, so they can join in.

I'm in love the idea of bomb cleaning. It sounds weird but I've been working on a few different recipes, and for the most part, I've been getting pretty good results. My house smells fresh and clean and the bomb cleaning technique is making a few chores easier. Just toss in a fizzy and let it do the work.

There are a few core supplies that you will need to make most of these cleaners. The Citric Acid  can be costly, but I've researched, and found some pretty good deals.


Citric Acid Powder
First, go to Amazon or Ebay to purchase your citric acid. You may find cheaper suppliers out there  but these are the ones I've bought from. On Amazon, for example, I found citric acid for about $2.25 lb.when you purchase a 10 pound bag. There's just over 2 cups in a pound of citric acid powder. This one 10 lb bag will make a year's worth of cleaning supplies for the average home, and maybe more.

Baking Soda
It can be purchased at almost anywhere. I just purchased off the shelf at Walmart. My cost was $2.24 for a 4 lb. Box. That's .56 cents per pound. I would suggest buying more than 1 box because once you get started making these cleaners, you're going to want to keep going.

Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
This too can be purchase in many places but I purchased a 56 oz bottle at Walmart for $3.74. That's about .07 cents an ounce.

Essential Oils
These can be bought at Walmart, Craft Stores, Amazon, or Ebay. The cheapest I found was at Walmart for 2 oz bottle of Peppermint oil for $10.47. You will not be using much of this at time, so you can buy small dram bottles, if you prefer. Be sure to pick scents that you want your cleaners to smell like. I chose the peppermint, not only for costs, but it gives everything a clean, fresh scent.

White Vinegar
At Walmart you can get a gallon of White Vinegar for $2.66. That's about .04 cents an ounce.

OxyClean 
I use the Odor Blaster version that I got from Walmart for $7.56 for 48 oz box .16 cents per oz

Washing Soda 
I gave $3.97 for a 55 oz box at Walmart. That's .07 cents per oz

A few of the items I'll show you how to make:
  • Dishwasher tablets for .11 cent each. And they work great.
  • Toilet Cleaning Bombs for about .09 cents each. These are great for cleaning the bowl and giving your bathroom a fresh scent.
  • Sink Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner for about $1.10 for a 24 oz bottle
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method

Special Recipe that will require other purchases: DIY -  HE washing machine cleaner.


A few items that you will want to save or find:

  • Styrofoam Egg Crates
  • Ice cube tray (you can pick up a pack of 3 at the Dollar Tree) if you don't have any already.
  • Spray Bottle 24 oz or larger with the ounce measurements on the side of bottle. (These can be found at the Dollar Tree)
  • Airtight containers to store tablets and cleaners. (Zipper Seal Storage bags or Mason Jars with lids will do.) I've found several cute things at the Dollar Tree.

I'll start sharing these goodies with you on 1-15-2018, so you'll have a few days to get your supplies.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vanilla Men Cookies with Chocolate Filling Bakery Recipe

As a child, if we were good during the grocery shopping, my mom would reward us. She would take us to the local bakery, next door to the grocer she frequented. We were allowed one cookie each, and I looked forward to that weekly visit.  I always got my favorite; the "Vanilla Man" cookie. The most decadent, buttery goodness with a luscious chocolate center.

Unfortunately, that baker is no longer with us, and his delicious recipes, died with him. When I had my own child, those wonderful memories of my visits to David's Bakery flooded back, and I longed to share those cookies with my son. Years- I've searched and tried to match that recipe, to no avail. Until now. I've finally matched it -  to the best of my recollection.  And though, my child is no longer a child, I share this recipe with you, in hopes that it brings the same joy to other children, as it did me; all those years ago.

Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Sugar
3 Sticks of Butter (3/4 pound) at room temperature
2 Egg yolks
1 Tbl of Vanilla
3 Cups of Bread Flour
1 Jar of Hershey's Chocolate Spread

Tools:

Mixer
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter


Using a mixer, Cream Butter and 1 Cup Sugar together. Add Egg Yolks and Vanilla to butter mixture. Mix well and slowly add in the Bread Flour. You may have to hand knead, if using a hand held mixer. Tear off a sheet of wax paper and spread dough onto sheet. Roll dough out to about 1/2" thickness, then cover with another sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until ready to cook. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter, cut out cookies and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake about 10 to 15 minutes. Do Not allow them to Brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheet. When cooled completely, spread Chocolate on 1 cookie and place another on top.



Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread

Yields about 1 dozen Vanilla Chocolate Men Cookies. These would be great Santa Cookies, or in cookie arrangements, or even bagged as a party favor. They are simply delicious and cute.

Vanilla Men Cookies with Hershey's Chocolate Spread


Monday, January 8, 2018

Mexican Restaurant Rice Recipe - Must Try

Mexican Rice Recipe with Fried Rice


Ingredients:

1 Bag of Knorr Chicken Fried Rice (I know, but trust me on this)
1 Bag of Instant Boil in bag White Rice
1 Can of Rotel
1 Can of Chicken Broth
1 Cup of Diced Onion
1 Cup of Finely Chopped Cilantro
1 1/2 Cups of Water
2 Tbls of Butter
2 Tbls of Olive Oil
1 Tsp of Minced Garlic
1 Tsp of Taco Seasoning

Melt Butter in a frying pan and add Olive Oil. Toss in Onions and cook until they start to turn translucent, then add in the Fried Rice and White Rice. Stir rice until it starts to brown, then add Garlic and the can of Rotel (do Not drain). Turn burner down to low. Stirring, slowly pour in the can of Chicken Broth and 1 Cup of Water. Stir occasionally until most of the liquid cooks out of the rice. Rice should be tender. Now, add Cilantro, Taco Seasoning and 1/2 Cup of Water. Stir until most of water cooks out of rice. Allow to sit about 10 before transferring to serving dish or serving. Rice should absorb remaining liquid.

This is the best Mexican Rice. To jazz it up a bit, you can add melted Queso cheese when serving. My family loves this rice with any Mexican dish I make.