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August 27, 2013
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Bathroom Cleaner Pro

Bathroom Cleaner Pro

Okay, I came across a recipe for a soap scum shower cleaner but I had an issue with a few of its ingredients, so I did some tweaking and I think it turned out to be quite an awesome shower cleaner and more.

I have a tub scrub recipe and I love that recipe but sometimes I don’t want to make quite so big a mess and do so much work, so this recipe is what I really wanted to use on my once a week deep clean of the shower to help keep ahead of any problems.  If you have an older shower like me you know how it seems like your shower can just hold onto things so much more than a new one leading to more work making it stay looking like new.  I also wanted something easier to clean my toilets with and to clean my natural stone tiles with.  The one thing that it failed on was the tiles, not because it didn’t do a good job because it left the floor a bit slippery.

The recipe is simple and you probably have all necessary ingredients already.

1 cup of White Distilled Vinegar

½ cup of dish soap (either store bought or homemade, does not matter, though the less natural one you use the sudsier the solution will be when you go to wipe it causing you to have to rinse it, a problem I did not have with Seventh Generation)

½ cup of water (you can substitute this with more vinegar or dish soap for a stronger solution, but I did not find strength a problem at all)

15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

15 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

First you want to heat the water and vinegar for about 45 seconds to a minute.  Pour it into a spray bottle and add the dish soap and essential oils.  Slightly swish it around to mix and get to work.

Why do I add essential oil?  One, I like the added bacteria fighting power.  Two, bugs hate these oils.  Usually not a problem I have in bathrooms but when I was going to use it in the entry way tile I thought it would end their best entrance location, as my children leisurely walk into the house and sit in front of the door as they slowly take off their shoes.  If you live somewhere with lots of bugs and want to deter them just put a few drops of these oils in the locations with the most problems, though be careful to wipe it in if young children have access. Though most essential oils are edible I wouldn’t want my children licking them off the floor.

So back to this cleaner though, it cleans faucets and makes them look brand new.  During the almost 2 months I have lived here I have been unsuccessful in getting the tub faucet to look nice; it had that foggy, scummy look to it.  It was a joke to clean off for this cleaner.  I find my tub cleaner does a better job on the actual basin so I would still use it when I first move into a place but I will immediately follow up with this and clean with this from then on except when I want a really, really deep clean.  You can spray this on and clean immediately or spray and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to let it start going to work without you.  Just don’t let it sit so long that it dries.  I did that my first time, distracted by the kids bed time.  Nothing horrible happened and it still wiped off but did have to then be rinsed with water and dried, which I did not have to do when I did the other bath, not letting it dry.  Remember this will make the shower floor slippery so run water before getting in after the clean so you don’t fall.  Also, to make cleaning your shower simpler and quicker keep a squidgy in your shower that you use to dry the walls before you get out after a shower, such a simple thing that saves you so much cleaning time later.

This cleaner also works great on glass so you can use it on your glass doors and mirrors and it will make them look amazing. I felt it easier to clean with than vinegar and water, though my normal day to day will still be that for mirrors and windows as it is a cheaper solution.

For the toilet I sprayed this solution in and scrubbed with the brush.  I then just sprayed and left it.  The toilets in this house have never looked better.  The only problem I ran into leaving it in until the next flush was it caused bubbles after my daughter used the toilet and my son tried to reach in to grab them.  Luckily I got there in time and I will watch out for that in the future; problems I never thought I would have 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child.  This trick of spraying and leaving is also great to do before going on vacation to prevent rings from forming at the water line when you are gone.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.  I love the simplicity and the way it cleans.  If you have a family member that inspects everything in your house when they come over, clean all your sinks and bathrooms with this and they will not find anything but a sparkly shine in those places; I cannot vouch for anywhere else, that is completely up to you, but I am sure I have some more recipes on here that can help. ;-)

August 12, 2013
by Trying Mommy
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Tablet Air Fresheners

Air Freshner Tablet

If you have ever had the problem of a trash can smelling, or your collective trash bin stinking up your garage, you will love this recipe!  All you need are three simple ingredients.

2 cups baking soda

1-2 cups water (I suggest adding very slowly, in fourths or eighths)

1 drop of your favorite smelling essential oil per 1/8 cup water (4 drops per ½ cup water)

Mix it all together in a mixing bowl first adding the baking soda.  Once all the baking soda is in the bowl start slowly adding the water until you have a thick paste.  For me a whole cup of water ended up being too much and I had to add more baking soda.  Once you have your paste add your essential oil based on the amount of water you added.  For me this made 3 large muffin pan disks, and 14 tablets from a silicon ice cube tray, so if you don’t need so many you can halve the recipe.

I put these tablets in my trash bins, at the bottom of the bin and then place the trash bag in the bin, and this is great for bins with dirty diapers!  I also put it in my collective garbage bin in the garage, this one was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get it to stay in and not lose it every time the trash is collected as these tablets can last up to a month.  In the end, with a few minds in my family working together, we figured out to use the bag our avocados come in as a net as it has holes in it and we can attach that with duct tape to the bin.  You could also just take a Ziploc bag and poke some holes in it for the same effective, but I did not think of that until writing this now.  Lastly I placed some in decorative bowls in rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms where I want it always smelling fresh.  This time of year that isn’t too much of a problem since we have the windows open all the time but in the winter I tend to feel stuffed in my house after cooking as I can never get away from the smell, but I will tell you the smells we create making food in this house are gone in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Now the best thing about these tablets is that when a month is up and you go to replace it you can still use them!  Crumble them and you can place them in with your laundry in the washer to help freshen it up.  What I like to do is to place some crumbled in my garbage disposal and let it sit overnight like you may with plain baking soda and then I run the disposal in the morning.

I got this amazing recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/freshen-up-your-home-make-your-own-homemade-deodorizing-disks.html.  Check out the molds she used, super cute.  I am on the search for some cute molds like that to make the ones that sit out more appealing but no matter the mold used this is just an amazing recipe!

August 5, 2013
by Trying Mommy
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Homemade Liquid Dish Detergent

Liquid Dish Detergent

I feel like I start all my posts the same but I must say, I LOVE this recipe!  There is this amazing, wonderful feeling that sweeps over me every time I conquer a new recipe and get to say bye, bye to all those store bought brands.  I, for once, have control over the products and ingredients that make their way into my house!

With this recipe I admit I was very concerned that, though it would clean my dishes and that I trusted it, it would also leave them looking cloudy or spotted.  Well those fears were proven silly.  This is the cleanest my dishes have every looked!  Remember those commercials about the dish detergents that would leave your dishes sparkling? Well this detergent makes that sparkling look like a dim blinking.

My husband and I are back to having a dishwasher after about a year without one…well we had one but it was a portable one and we just preferred to hand wash than pull it out.  Before I started making this recipe we were going and buying the most expensive brands of dish detergent.  We, for the most part, bought Seventh Generation.  Though I trusted the Seventh Generation detergent, I still feel they put more ingredients than necessary and we were spending so much on it.  Whereas the one I made costs probably around 50-75 cents and that is with me using the best brands for each ingredient.

Liquid Dish Detergent

2 Cups of Water

¼ Cup shaved bar soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s baby mild Castile bar soap)

2 tablespoons Distilled White Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin

5 drops of your favorite essential oil (for scent, optional)

Place the two cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil.  Once it is boiling reduce the temperature to medium heat and add the shaved bar of soap.  Once that is starting to dissolve you can add the vinegar and vegetable glycerin.  After everything is mixed in and dissolved turn off the heat and remove the pot to a cool burner and let it cool down, stirring whenever you wander past.  Once it is cooled add the essential oil if you chose to use one and stir together.  Then place into a sealed tight container that you plan on storing it in.  When using it, just place one tablespoon in the detergent box in your dishwasher and let it work miracles. ;-)

Now this recipe is supposed to be a gel.  Mine is not, it is completely liquid, just like my hand washing dish soap always turned out.  However if yours turns out completely liquid like mine do not worry, it works just the same, you just have to be a little more careful when putting it into the detergent section of the dishwasher so you don’t spill it all over.  I have a few ideas to make it more gel like but need to experiment a little more.  I will share if I come up with anything, and please share too if you do!

I got this recipe from http://www.womenio.com/2663/natural-solutions-7-easy-and-affordable-homemade-dishwasher-detergents.  She has many other great recipe ideas, I chose this one because it was the safest one I found in all my searches without a single ingredient to lift the eyebrows.  I am always washing my children’s sippy cups and dishes in my dishwasher so I want to be sure there is nothing I have to worry about in it.  With this recipe you could have your child help you make it and not have to worry about anything they are touching!

I have to say it feels so good to be back!!! :-D