How to make your own carpet cleaner

How to make carpet cleaner

 

I am probably a bit of a cleaning nerd but I like to clean.

Well, more the enjoyment over the end result perhaps than the process itself.

This last weekend I took full advantage of the 3 day weekend and did some serious deep cleaning in our home.

Lifting a layer of winter dirt and grime (and it never ceases to amaze me how bad it really is lol!) makes my house sparkle and my heart happy as I put my feet up and enjoy the end result.

This year I used a combination of store bought items and homemade cleaning supplies too. [Read more…]

How to make liquid Castile Soap

Liquid Castile Soap Recipe twelveOeightblog.com #Castile #CastileSoapRecipe #GreenCleaning #SaveMoneyatHome #DrBronners #twelveOeightblog

I am far, far from being being completely green in our home yet.

Making some changes as far as how I purchase the things we need, and in what quantities to avoid
extra packaging has helped.  I implemented a better recycling routine recently and am seeing a huge
difference already in how much garbage we have once the recycling is all removed.

That is shocking actually!

I am phasing out many of the cleaners and detergents we have used for a long time.

We all have allergies and sensitive skin, and so much of what is in the giant jugs of detergent and
soap is mostly fragrance and water anyways.

One thing I fell in love with a few years ago was Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap, but found myself
going through it quickly, and those little bottles were pretty spendy. [Read more…]

How to make your own cleaning supplies

homemade cleaning supplies

 

So my friend Haley and I had a chance to share some of our absolute favorite ways to recycle, DIY
and upcycle our way around our homes with a wonderful group of women.  We have a MOMS group
that is a co-op designed to support, uplift and encourage mothers in a comfortable setting.  We take
turns cooking, and working in the child care area so everyone in our group has a chance to get a
break, not share their food with a 2 year old.  And take away something they can use. [Read more…]

Laundry Room Makeover: The Before…

Sometimes you need to see how messy a space has become in order to really
be able to appreciate how much you love your before and after.

I have pondered this just-before-you-leave-the-house-and-walk-thru-the
garage-drop-zone so many times…
I usually just shut the light off, close the door and go make something pretty.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
 But now this is the next project on the list, and while I have a few loose
ends on the front porch, I am excited to begin working on my laundry
room makeover as soon as possible.

So, I am going to be sharing with you over the next few weeks some
easy DIY projects for my new laundry space, as well as the progress.
And I hope I can get it done quickly, because the reveal is the best part!

Here is what I have come up with so far for colors, fabrics, bins,
and inspiration, what do you think?

A little pretty, a little rustic, throw in some clean, modern industrial.
And I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and start!
Do you have a space that you are working on right now, or need
a little inspiration to get going? I found a ton of ideas on one of my
favorite online addictions tools:
It is fun, and I am hooked on creating idea boards for different areas in
my home.  It’s like going shopping and creating a dream room, then figuring
out how I can pull it all together.

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Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
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The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
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House Of Hepworths 
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Stone Gable

Friday 

How To Make Laundry Detergent

 
Are you spending your spare time organizing, cleaning and dreaming of Spring? I have devoted a chunk of time each day to evaluating my home management systems, expenses, and areas  that could use improvement.
 
One of them is how much I spend on cleaning supplies and laundry detergents.  While cleaning and organizing my laundry room I stopped and counted how many big plastic jugs of laundry soap were sitting on the shelf.  Too many.  Not to mention how many have gone into my recycling bin since I made my last batch of homemade laundry detergent.
 
I have made both powder and liquid detergent before, and from a standpoint of time and storage space, I prefer the powder form.  The liquid was good too, but I was able to make this in about 10 minutes with supplies I already had on hand.  Less time than it would take me to run to the store for laundry soap right?
 
Here is what I used:
(This recipe makes about 1 1/2 quarts
of dry powder laundry detergent)
 
Lavender Laundry Detergent
*use 2 T. to a large load*
1 1/2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Washing Soda (not baking soda)
2 bars of finely grated Yardley’s English Lavender soap
(Ivory and other mild soaps also work well)
 
I mixed my Borax and Washing Soda well in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Using a sturdy cheese grater, on the finer of the two shreds (I am one of the last people without a food processor, I just would not use it enough to justify buying one.  But if I was to receive one as a gift I would be totally ok with that hee hee) I grated both bars and added them to the Borax and Washing Soda.
 
 I blended them together and put them in a cute glass jar I found at Wal Mart for about $5.  I keep a pretty vintage tablespoon handy and every time I do a large load of laundry I add 2 T. to the water while it is filling up.  Our clothes smell amazing and this batch will probably outlast a couple of those huge jugs of laundry detergent.  Plus they are usually about $18 a piece, yikes! I have a top loading machine, however I understand that this works well in front loading machines as well.  But please check with the manufacturer if you are concerned.  I have heard no negative feedback from friends who have made this so far. 
 
Also, don’t be worried if you do not see a lot of suds, those are added to make us feel like we are really getting our clothes clean by the manufacturer.  They do not assist in removing dirt, stains or help our clothes get clean.  They are more of a laundry placebo.
 
And that’s it, my kitchen smells sooo good as I made a batch of this today.  And the laundry room? Well it smells like I would think my great grandmother’s laundry probably smelled after she pulled it off the clothes line, ironed and folded a few sprigs of dried lavender between the linens for good measure.  I feel connected with the women who came before me when I am able to make things myself, and manage my home with the technology I love, and a dose of resourceful living.
   
 
Don’t forget to come back and link up tonight for the:
 
Pretty Things Link Party
live every Monday night at 5pm PST, see you there!!
 
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya  
 
 

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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Embracing Change, House Of Hepworths, 52 Mantels, Not Just A Housewife, Beyond The Picket Fence, AKA Design, Crafty Scrappy Happy,Christina’s Adventures, The 36th Avenue, Two Yellow Birds Decor, One Artsy Mama, Saving 4 Six ,http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com/, A Glimpse Inside

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Green Oven Cleaner That WORKS!

I am going to share some pictures with you today that I hope will not do the following:
 
1) Scar you for life because they are so shameful
2) Make you think I am gross
 
I have saved TONS of DIY cleaning tips and ideas from Pinterest for a while now, and tested quite a few out.  But I have only shared my laundry soap with you which I loved.  Along the way there have been a few fails.  When you see an idea on Pinterest about How To Clean Your House In 5 Minutes A Day.,Get Your Kids To Listen By Thinking Positive, Or Homemade Mozzarella you wonder if they work.  And so do I, so when I try one I am going to share it with you. 
 
My oven.  Also known as the thing I never clean and caught on fire after Thanksgiving.  Yes, it was SO nasty that when I tried the self-clean setting it started a fire.  That was a oven’s way of crying for help if you ask me. 

You need:
Large box of baking soda
A bottle of vinegar
A good, sturdy scrubber, rubber gloves and towels

Cover your oven door and bottom of your oven (racks removed) with a 1/2 inch layer of baking soda.
Pour vinegar over the baking soda so it fizzes and absorbs into the baking soda and let it sit about 30-40 minutes with the door open.

 

 
This photo is the after picture it makes me happy
 
 
 
This was the before, this is just the tip of the iceberg of grossness, trust me
 
After about 30 minutes I could no longer wait to see if it was working and boy was it.  Here is a shot of the before/after on my oven door glass, yuk.
 
 
 
I am in love with my “new” oven
 
After I scrubbed the dirty areas, I cleaned up the leftover grey-gunk with a few towels, rinsed them well then wiped out the entire oven a couple times rinsing the towels in between until all the soda was gone and the oven was shining.
 
 
 
Yay! A Door I can see through, amazing!  It was so clean it was pretty hard to get a shot of it with no glare.  And now I am showing everyone who comes over because I am so excited to redeem myself with anyone who actually does this more often than I have. 
 
I like the idea of cleaning my home naturally and making my own cleaning supplies.  I am not a fan of the chemical cleaners, or even the self-clean setting (it stinks and takes hours to finish) so I will be doing this every so often to keep my oven looking good!
 
Thank you so much for reading friends, and I would love to know if you have tried this and loved the results as much as I have.
 
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo Tanya
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Sunday
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Cherished Treasures, Polkadot Pretties, Under The Table And Dreaming (button below)

Monday
Between Naps On The Porch, Craft O Maniac, The Southern Institute, Keeping It Simple,
Skip To My Lou, Brassy Apple, C.R.A.F.T, Get Outta My Head Please, Alderberry Hill (button below), My Favorite Finds,Just Dawnelle, Mad In Crafts

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,Sugar Bee Crafts, A Diamond In The Stuff, Home Stories A to Z, Reasons To Skip Housework, Domestically Speaking, How To Nest For Less, Ladybug Blessings, Cherished Bliss, The DIY Dreamer, The Winthrop Chronicles (button below), Cozy Little House, Homework (button below), Today’s Creative Blog, House On The Way, The Inspired Room, TheNY Melrose Family, Shanty 2 Chic, Thistlewood Farms

Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Ginger Snap Crafts, Clean & Scentsible, Uncommon Designs, Southern Lovely, Lil’ Luna (button below)Practically Functional, Vintage Gwen, I Gotta Create, Tales Of A Trophy Wife, Pincushion Creations, http://simplykierste.com/, http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2013/01/wow-us-wednesdays-99.html

Thursday
Delightful Order,The Shabby Creek Cottage Somewhat Simple
Embracing Change, House Of Hepworths, 52 Mantels, Not Just A Housewife, Beyond The Picket Fence, AKA Design, Crafty Scrappy Happy,Christina’s Adventures, The 36th Avenue, Two Yellow Birds Decor, One Artsy Mama, Saving 4 Six ,http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com/

Totally Transformed Tuesday

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mop it up mondays

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