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

More Uses:
Olive oil Dispenser
Use as Condiment Bottles to Dress up an Event
Vases
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. I tried a few recipes that didn't include citric acid and I wasn't pleased with their results. I got the best cleanings when adding the citric acid. It combined with the baking soda, and Dawn dish detergent. become a combination that really gets dishes clean. The best part? It only costs about .05 to .07 cents a tablet to make; if you know where to get the supplies.

Dawn dish detergent and baking soda are relatively inexpensive, wherever you purchase them, but the citric acid is another story. If you purchase the small containers of citric acid, in the canning section of your grocery store, its going to be more expensive than if you just purchase dishwasher tablets. You must buy it in bulk to get the best price. For inexpensive suppliers and other tips, visit our post:
Homemade Cleaning Supplies Recipes

This recipe is kid friendly, so you can have them join in. The ingredients are harmless unless ingested. I wouldn't suggest allowing the little ones to eat these because they do have soap in them. Also, as with any powder, you wouldn't want them to breathe in the powders. The citric acid and baking powder will foam when liquid is added. If they put them in their mouth, it will foam, so don't let them. Use your own judgment as to your child's ability to do a craft, such as this.

Now, lets have some fun!

Ingredients:
4  Cups of Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups of Citric Acid
4 Tbls of Dawn Dish Detergent
30 drops of Essential Oil (your Choice)

Supplies:
3 Ice Cube Trays
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 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 ice cube trays. This is where you will have to use your judgement as to size that will fit in your detergent compartment. You may need to only fill cubes half way to make tablets that will fit in yours. Allow to air dry for about an hour.

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 4 hours to dry.

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

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.

These basic 5 items, you will use to make several different cleaners; not all will be fizzies.

A few of the items I'll show you how to make:

  • A year's supply of dishwasher tablets for .05 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


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 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.