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A Few of My Favorite Cleaners

I’m going to share with you a couple of my favorite “homemade” cleaners.  I’ve started my own cleaning business for some extra cash and I use these cleaners in my home and the homes of my clients.

Laminate Floor Cleaner

1 part water

1 part white vinegar

1 part rubbing alcohol

3-5 drops of liquid dish detergent

Mix all of the ingredients together and pour in a fine mist spray bottle.  I usually buy my spray bottles from Amazon and I think the commercial bottles last longer.

Wood Floor Cleaner

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol


10 drops of favorite essential oil  (usually lemon)

Mix thoroughly.  Spray on the floor and mop with a barely wet mop.  I have a spin mop that I love (Mopnado) that my daughter bought for me and it spins most all of the water out and this is what you need to use on laminate and wood floors.

Countertop & Bathroom Cleaner

24 oz. spray bottle

2 oz. bleach

1 teaspoon of detergent

Fill remaining of bottle with water.  It’s just like using Clorox Cleanup but CHEAPER!!!

Window Cleaner

24 oz spray bottle

1/8 cup ammonia

1/4 cup alcohol

Water to fill the bottle.

These are a few of my favorite cleaners.  You may have favorites as well and I’d love to hear about them.  These really made a big dent in my cleaning expense.  I’ll share more in future posts.


Have you noticed how expensive simple things in the grocery have gotten!
I love and have used Dove soap for years. My doctor had told me one time that it was the mildest soap on the market. I grew to love the Dove Bodywash too but too expensive to buy most of the time.  So after doing some searching on the internet and doing some experimenting, I now make my own bodywash.  Here’s how:

First I saved three of the last bottles of bodywash that I bought.

I usually make a double batch which takes six bars of Dove soap. Other brands may make a thicker batch or thinner batch.  The ratio of the mixture is three bars of soap to six cups of water.

I have an old vegetable grater that I use to grate the bars of soap. PLEASE, if you decide to make this, keep all of your utensils in a separate place from your kitchen. I can’t imagine eating soapy coleslaw or any other food!! YUCK!!!

When you are working on your last bar of soap, place a stainless steel pan on the stove with six cups of water and boil hard. I use tap water because we have a well that takes care of our water needs with no chlorine or any other chemicals. When you finish grating that last bar of soap, dump it in the boiling water, stir with a wooden spoon and then take the pot off the heat. Let it cool and stir occasionally while it is cooling! My house smells so good while I’m making this. I let it set in my laundry room because it’s really cool in there year round.






















When completely cool, I use a funnel to pour it into the saved body wash bottles and I store it under my bathroom sink.

I love the results and my skin is so soft without spending a fortune!  Try it!!



















































Making My Own Cleaning Supplies

I honestly can believe the last time I posted was in September but I promise to get caught up if not by the end of today but definitely by tomorrow!  Over the next two days you’ll receive several emails of my/our hectic life which has been full of hard work, fun, a few trips, more work and preparing for the winter that is sneaking up on us quickly.

For several years now I’ve been making my own cleaning supplies.  I do this because over half of my grocery bill is expensive cleaning supplies and I only buy groceries maybe once a month!!  I even make my own body wash and I do love it.  I want first to let everyone know that I’m not the creator of all of these recipes, I follow some very frugal ladies and gents that share their wisdom with the world.  Some recipes have been tweaked to meet my own needs.  Tip Junkie is my favorite at the moment but I get ideas from HGTV, Real Simple, and a lot more.  All you have to do is “google it”!!!  My favorite make-your-own blogger is https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/homemade-body-wash.html

Today’s recipe is for body wash and I love the commercial Dove Bodywash.  I have very dry skin as I’ve grown older and my OB/GYN told me years ago that Dove was the mildest soap you can buy over the counter.

To make a gallon of bodywash you will need nine bars of Dove soap (other soaps tend to vary) and 18 cups of boiling water.  I like to make a gallon at a time so I don’t run out as quickly!!  All you do is get an old vegetable grater and grate the bars of soap into a pan.  I tried to use a food processor and burnt it up, don’t do this!!!

This is the food grater I use ONLY for making body wash and the wooden spoon is used for stirring it as it cools.

I use a large stainless steel bowl to grate the soap into. Large so the soap shavings go in the bowl and not on my table.

The ratio for making the soap is three bars of soap to six cups of water.







When you get down to the last bar of soap to grate, put your pan of water on the stove to boil.  The harder boil and hotter the water the quicker the process of melting the soap takes.

Pour the soap flakes quickly (without spilling on the stove top, yuck) into the boiling water and use a wooden spoon to stir. At this point turn off the heat and move the pan off the stove to a cool spot. Left on the heat could cause it to boil over and boy is that a mess and burnt soap smells bad!! Stir the pot several times until the mixture is completely cooled. If you feel like it’s too thick add a cup of water before it cools completely.

I’ve saved three of my Dove bottles to use for refills. Place a funnel in the top after popping off the lid and fill to almost full and replace the top.

I used a clean gallon vinegar jug to hold the remaining bodywash. I label it with a piece of tape which includes the ratio for future reference. The old mind doesn’t hold that information as well as it used to and this helps me remember how many bars and how many cups of water.












This bodywash makes my skin feel silky but not sticky or greasy and it lasts a lot longer than the commercial packaging!!  Smells so feminine!

I’ll post more homemade products I personally use in future posts including my favorite window cleaner, furniture polish and floor cleaner.  Let me know if you try the recipes and if you like them!

Bluebird Houses

I’m trying to catch up on a lot of posts that I wanted to do and just now finding some time to do it.

On Mother’s Day my children and granddaughter presented me with some awesome gifts.

My son, Shawn, handmade me some new bluebird houses and the best part is he made them with his own hands.  Those are my most favorite gifts!!  It means they took the time to think about what I like and gathered it for me!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother's Day!  He's putting his new garage to great use!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother’s Day! He’s putting his new garage to great use!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they'll have condo's to live in!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they’ll have condo’s to live in!

I painted them and hubby hung them for me.  The purple martens are using them first but I think next spring the bluebirds will take possession.  Eddie hung them all around the garden and in one of the small apple trees and the birds are loving them.  My next post will show what my daughter presented me.DSCN6898 DSCN6897 DSCN6896 DSCN6895


Thank you Shawn Edward!!