Category Archives: Cleaning Supplies

She {hearts} Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two years, and I thought it was about time I shared my “recipe” with our She {hearts} It readers!  I got this recipe from Drea, who has been making her own detergent for years.

I wasn’t sure how I would like using this detergent, but after over two years of consistent use, I am positive I like it!  It’s pretty economical and it definitely takes up less space than a huge box or jug (which is great, since I don’t exactly have a laundry room).

For one batch, you need:
-1 cup super washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer brand)
-1 cup borax
-1 bar soap, finely grated (takes about 15 minutes)*
(note: I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap, scented or unscented, but I have also used Zote or Fels-Naptha in the past)

Mix all ingredients in a big bowl, then put in a large Mason jar!  That’s it!  I use about 1 Tbsp. in each load of laundry, unless it is especially heavy (muddy clothes, etc.), in which case I’ll use 2 Tbsp.  One batch lasts me about 4 months (and I do a lot of laundry).

*I bought a grater at the Dollar Tree so I wouldn’t have to use my cheese grater for this project.

Do you make your own laundry detergent?

She {hearts} homemade kitchen cleaning products

In an effort to try and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, as well as save as much money as possible, I have turned to making some of my own homemade cleaning products lately. And in the age of Pinterest, there is a plethora of recipes and instructions that can be found with a simple tap of your touchscreen telephone.

I have taken the bit of knowledge I already have had and combined it with the recipes I found and came up with some great, homemade products that are so easy to make, you may even have the ingredients already in your kitchen!

1. All-Purpose Cleaner 

Ingredients:

1 part white vinegar

1 part water

5-10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oils

5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oils

I decided to add Tea Tree Oil for it’s powerful, yet safe disinfectant qualities, and the Lemon Oil for a fresh, citrus-y scent (and also to mask the vinegar smell because I’m not a fan of it). I put it in a spray bottle and keep it on our counter so I can get to it easily. This cleaner can be used just about anywhere, from the counters to the floors and everything in between.

2. Drain Refreshener

Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup White Vinegar

Pour Baking Soda down the drain. Pour Vinegar in on top of it and QUICKLY cover with drain plug so the foam goes DOWN your drain, and not right back up. Let sit for 15 minutes or so. Then rinse with LOTS and LOTS of hot water. I have also been told that this is a good way to unclog a kitchen sink as well (and if you are using this to unclog, let the solution sit twice as long before rinsing). Fortunately, I have not had a clog in my kitchen drain yet (knock on wood), so I only use this to help clear out any junk that might be hanging around and giving it that funky smell.


3. Dishwasher Detergent

Ingredients:

1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda) (this can be found in the laundry aisle)

1 Cup Borax (this can be found in the laundry aisle)

1/4 Cup Kosher Salt (NOT Table Salt)

1/4 Cup Fruit Fresh (this can be found in the canning section)

I will admit, this product is working wonderfully for me, but I have read  that many people have to tweak it to work just right. It all depends on if you use a separate rinsing agent or not, or how hard your water is. But believe me, once you figure out what works for you, you will be pleased at how much money you can save and how much cleaner your dishes actually end up being.

I can’t tell you how much I have learned from my favorite website, One Good Thing by Jillie. All of these homemade cleaners I mentioned were found on her site, some I followed her instructions to a “T” and some I changed a little bit.

Do you make your own cleaning products? If so, please share your secrets!

She {hearts} Spring Cleaning

Okay, so maybe we don’t heart spring cleaning, but here are a few pins I found that might help make spring cleaning just a little more bearable!

Martha’s Tub Scrub

 

Source: marthastewart.com via Aliesha on Pinterest

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist and Cheat Sheet

Source: curbly.com via Aliesha on Pinterest

Cute Organizing Labels

Natural Disinfectant

 

Natural Gunk Remover

Four Homemade Cleaners

DIY Soft Scrub

Lots of Free Printable Organization Labels from BH&G

Source: bhg.com via Aliesha on Pinterest

For more spring cleaning tips, follow my “Clean All the Things!” board on Pinterest!

She {hearts} Buddha Bunz Wool Dryer Balls

 

I had been eyeing  Buddha Bunz wool dryer balls for awhile, but then life got in the way and I totally forgot about them. Till I saw the angry bird dryer balls on their Facebook Page. I had to have them, for my son of course. He is the only one obsessed with Angry Birds. Ha ha! I was sent one blue angry bird and three plain  balls all in the closeline fresh. I have had them for almost three weeks and they still smell amazing.

On top of smelling divine it also cuts your dryer time down. So less time drying, means less dryer time, which means a lower utility bill. I have noticed that my clothes don’t take as long as they used to. They come out smelling fresh and feeling soft. The other perk is that I no longer have to buy dryer sheets. They cut cost down that way. Buddha Bunz Wool Dryer Balls are the all natural alternative to plastic PVC dryer balls. Made with 100% wool they gently bounce in your dryer .

 

 

  • Approx. 9″ in circumference
  • Approx. 3oz each
  • 100% wool to the core
  • Handmade in the USA!

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Buddha Bunz are a great value and there are several price points. You can get undyed balls for $8.00 – $9.00. Colored  for $11.00 – $12.00. They also have tie dye, color of the month, custom design and even wool ball toys for the kids.

She {hearts} Savings

Use code marchismad for 10% off your purchase.

She {hearts} Charlie’s Soap

I’ve heard a lot about Charlie’s Soap around the web, so I was quite excited to finally try it myself! I tried the powder laundry detergent as well as the laundry pre-spray. Both products work great and are efficient at cleaning!

The best thing about Charlie’s Soap is that it is safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable! It is safe to use when laundering your baby’s clothes, and you can feel good knowing that it is not harmful to the environment. Charlie’s Soap is hypoallergenic, and they back their products with a money-back guarantee.

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Purchase Charlie’s Soap here, with products starting at $23.99.

She {hearts} Freebies

Charlie’s Soap is giving away a laundry powder and a spray cleaner to one She {hearts} It reader!

To Enter:Simply leave a comment on this post telling us which Charlie’s Soap product you would most like to try!

Additional Entries: Leave an additional comment for each entry you complete.

Winner Selected: Congratulations, Chelsey!
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She {Hearts} Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox

I have been trying to be more eco-friendly when it comes to cleaning my house, and I was so excited to learn about a great shop called Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox!  This shop sells eco-friendly household cleaning products, including all-purpose sprays and laundry detergent.  The packaging is recycled and they ship the products affordably (and will even refund your Paypal if you overpay in shipping costs).

I sampled “Clean” (all-purpose disinfecting spray), “Sparkle” (glass, granite, mirrors, and stainless steel cleaner), “Scrub” (soft-scrub cleaner), and the laundry detergent+ fabric softener.  I was so pleased with ALL of these products!  The laundry detergent is amazing (and such a good value!), and all of the cleaners worked great.  In addition to being pleased with how all the cleaners performed, I was happy to know that they were all safe to use in my home around my baby.

I highly recommend Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox if you are looking for wonderful eco-friendly household cleaners and laundry detergent!

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Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox offers safe, natural cleaning products starting at just $8.

She {hearts} savings

Use the promo code “Heart10″ at checkout and save 10% off your purchase from Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox, valid now through 6/4/11.

She {hearts} freebies

Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox is giving away an assortment of cleaning products to one lucky reader! Included in the prize pack is a sample laundry detergent, a sample soft cleaning scrub, and a full bottle of the winner’s choice: either Clean, Shine, Soapy, or Sparkle.

To Enter:
Comment on this post letting us know which item from Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox you would most like to try.

Additional Entries:
Please leave a comment for each entry you complete.

Giveaway open to U.S./Canada.

Winner Selected: Congratulations, Ashley!

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