Homemade Laundry Detergent

Lately there has been an uptick in DIY and homemade products. Recipes for laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, deodorant, and others are increasingly more common. A number of factors contribute to this rise. One, social media sites like Pinterest just make recipes easier to access and easier to share. Another thing is that for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or a concern about ingredients, making your own products lets you be in control of what goes into your products. And lastly, and for some, most importantly, there is the cost.

Homemade items, especially when made in bulk, just cost less in the long run. Sometimes, a lot less. In the case of laundry detergent, the savings can be quite significant, depending on the type of detergent you normally buy. Although many people have completely switched over to homemade laundry detergent, if you are unsure of its effectiveness, another common method is to switch between a few loads of homemade, and a few loads of store bought detergents.

But, if you choose to go all in for the homemade kind, it’s quite a bargain. For around twenty dollars, you can have up to six months worth of cleaning powder (depending on the number of loads of laundry you do daily.)

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

One of the great things about DIY projects is that they are entirely customizable. So, you can adjust as needed. Do you have a family member who gets especially dirty at work? Add extra oxyclean to your batch. Like extra scents? Add more essential oils or fabric softener powder.

The following is a basic recipe that works well and smells good. But feel free to adjust as needed!

  • 1 bar soap (Fels Naptha is a common option, but castille soap, or Ivory works too)
  • 1 big box baking soda (the bigger boxes can sometimes be found on the cleaning aisle next to the washing soda)
  • 1 box washing soda
  • 1 box borax (found on the cleaning aisle as well)
  • Small Container of OxyClean (or a big container if you prefer)
  • 1 Container of fabric softener pellets (or add essential oils)

Simple grate the bar soap and then combine all the ingredients together. 1-2 tablespoons is all you need per load!

Recipes like this one are not certified in any way to be HE safe. However, because they are low suds, many people use homemade recipes in their HE washing machines with no problems at all.

Do you make your own cleaning supplies? Let us know your favorite recipes by commenting on our Facebook page!

 

Cabinets in the Kitchen

Cabinets in the Kitchen

Cabinets of all Kinds

Updating your kitchen to keep up with what’s trending can be a lot of fun. What is trending now days though? When updating anything in your home you always want to be in the loop on what’s in and what’s not. You could always just decide to go with what you like vs. what’s trending. Just know you have more than plenty options.

Types of cabinets

Depending on your preferred style, you can be sure there are many options to choose from. Don’t be afraid to head to your nearest Home Improvement store to explore a little. Things like this take time. You can go with stained wood, rustic alder, maple and even oak. You can also choose the texture and even grain patterns. It all boils down to type, color and grain.

Handles or no Handles

Each household likes different things. Some homes have cabinets with handles and some don’t. it is good to have handles on the cabinets in your home if you have little one’s running around. This way you only really have to focus on wiping down the handles when cleaning instead of the whole cabinet. Greasy or food filled hands can eventually take a toll on your finish. To keep them looking new I recommend handles.

Working with a budget

Give yourself a budget with plenty of room for adjustments. Take into consideration all of your options and plan accordingly. Most companies require 4 to 6 weeks in advance for orders. It generally takes that long for the product to be shipped out. Sometimes ordering your cabinets online may come with a discounted rate.

The finished product

After all the hard work and effort you can finally enjoy the finished product. You might feel like you have a whole different home. Adjusting one area might give you a whole new outlook. Show it off to friends and family. Be proud and enjoy your new kitchen.

Pet Dander

Are you having trouble ridding your home of pet dander? Here are some helpful hints on how to get rid of pet dander in an inexpensive way. Pet dander can be a task all in itself and for some it can be very difficult but don’t feel defeated. Your furry friends don’t have to be your enemy.  To rid your home of pet dander, you may be able to do so in just a few steps.

Pet Dander on Ceilings, Walls and Baseboards

Your ceilings, walls, baseboards and even some other household surfaces can come clean easily. Simply find a dusting cloth, a microfiber type of fabric works best; and lightly dampen it with your favorite cleaning product. Water works just as well. Begin to wipe down the surfaces and the dander should cling easily to the fabric. If you choose to only use a dry cloth or a dusting tool, there is a chance you will be repeating yourself more often than you would like. The dry cloth or duster can just cause the dander to spread throughout the room. When this happens you will find yourself going over what you have already done.

Pet Dander in your Air Ducts

It can also travel through the air ducts and just filter itself right back through your home. This approach if done properly can be fairly cheap. There are also different hand-held products that can help you with your furniture. A lint brush or a roller with rubber or adhesive sheets on it seems to work effectively.

Don’t Forget to Use Your Washer

Also remember to never underestimate the power of your washing machine. You would be surprised what fits in one. Bathing your pet frequently can be a plus. Since that is the source of all the dander it only seems logical. A proper bath and brush out with a de-shedding tool before you begin cleaning will help a great deal. Repeating this as often as you feel necessary should do the trick.

Cleaning Estimate

Finding a trustworthy cleaning company is not always easy. There are so many questions to ask and decisions to make. That is why we would love to come meet you and assess your cleaning needs in person. We find each and every one of our customers very important. Getting an estimate over the phone can be convenient, but it may not be the most practical for everyone. Having a cleaning professional take the time to see your exact needs and assess your individual situation is the best way to ensure your overall happiness.

Free Cleaning Estimate

Finding a good cleaning service can be exhausting. Let us do the leg work for you. We enjoy customizing a clean just for you. When visiting you for a free cleaning estimate, your cleaning representative will ask questions about your cleaning preferences, chemical preferences, habits, and other cleaning related questions.

We do free cleaning estimates on-site for businesses, offices, restaurants, homes and more. We know how busy you can be, let us come to you. If you would like a free cleaning estimate on-site, just call our office at 817-395-2136 or fill out the comment box below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.