My Clean and Organized Refrigerator

Pinterest has inspired me again!
 I desperately needed to clean and organize my refrigerator!
I found this pin on Pinterest and loved the idea of the baskets and then this pin inspired me to put a lazy susan in the refrigerator.  These people are so clever!!
I found the baskets at Walmart.  You can see if they have them at your local Walmart HERE.

After a full trash bag of old and expired food,  my refrigerator is all clean and organized.

I also made an easy cleaning solution to clean the inside of my refrigerator and freezer.
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Just mix together 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 4 cups warm water in a container and clean away.
Now, I desperately need to go grocery shopping:)
What has Pinterest inspired you to clean lately?

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Oh, how I love the Pinterest Challenge!!  I love how it motivates me to actually try stuff that I’ve pinned!

This month I decided to actually try making one of the many laundry detergent recipes I keep seeing all over Pinterest.  I decided to make this Laundry Detergent by The Frugal Girls.  There are a lot of detergent recipes on Pinterest but they are generally the same.  The only thing we did was add Oxiclean.

I got a few friends together and recruted them to make homemade laundry detergent with me.  It was an exciting Friday night for us! We went to dinner and then headed to Walmart to buy our supplies.

It was so simple!  We made 4 batches in about an hour.

Here is all you need make your own laundry detergent:

  • 1 bar of Ivory soap, Dove soap or 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha soap.  We used Ivory soap.
  • 1/2 cup of Borax
  • 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Oxiclean
  • a 5 gallon bucket
  • containers to store detergent in.  We found ours at Walmart for around $5.

Once you have all your supplies:

  • Grate your soap
  • Heat 6 cups of water on the stove and add grated soap.  Stir until melted.
  • Add 1/2 cup of Borax, 1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 1/2 cup of Oxiclean to the same pot.  Mix together until everything is dissolved.
  • Fill the 5 gallon bucket with 1 Gallon + 10 Cups of water – All together you will make 2 gallons of laundry detergent.
  • Add soap mixture from stove to bucket and stir.
  • Pour into your container.
  • Let detergent sit over night so it will thicken and gel up.

Super easy to make!  And the best part is we all love it!

I definitely recommend making homemade laundry detergent.  I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and couldn’t be happier.  Plus, we still have plenty of ingredients left over to make more!

Have you shared your Pinterest inspired projects yet?

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20 Homemade Cleaning Products

I’ve become a little obsessed with searching for DIY cleaning products.  I love the idea of using less chemicals when cleaning and I especially like that it is so much cheaper.  I can’t believe how much I’ve spent in the past on cleaning products when I could have been making them myself.

In my own quest to find simple recipes for homemade cleaning products,  I’ve decided to compile a list here to share with you.

#1: General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

#2: General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 3/4 cups Castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

#3:  DIY Clorox Cleaner by Lady with the Red Rocker

  • 1/4 Cup Bleach
  • 1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent

#4:  Cleaning Wipes
Use your favorite DIY cleaning solution to make your own cleaning wipes.  Lil Daisies has a fabulous tutorial on how to do it.

#5:  Glass and Window Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

#6:  Glass and Window Cleaner:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

#7:  Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner from Lost Button Studio:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons baking soda

#8:  Tile and Grout Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup ammonia
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 6 cups warm water

#9:   Natural Nesters shares how to make homemade Swiffer Sweepers.  How fabulous is this?

#10:  Cutting Boards: 

  • Spray separately:  vinegar then 3% hydrogen peroxide.

#11:  Laundry Stain Remover:

  •  1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

#12:  Powdered Laundry Detergent:

  • I cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda (found in the laundry detergent aisle)
  • 1 cup shaved bar soap – Ivory, ZOTE or Fels-Naptha

#13:  Fabric Softener:

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

#14:  Fabric Softener:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

#15: Furniture Polish:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

#16:  Dish Soap:

  • 2 cups soap shavings
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice

#17:  Dish Soap:

  • 3 cups Castile soap
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Few drops essential oil (optional)

#18:  Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner:

  •   3/4 cup baking soda
  •   Start by adding 1/4 cup liquid dish soap – keep adding until you get the right consistency

#19:  Febreeze / Deodorizer:

  • 1 cup fabric softener
  • 1 cup white vinegar or baking soda
  • 2 cups water

#20:  Deodorizer:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vodka

I’m so excited to make and use these cleaning products around my house!!  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  In the mean time, I want to see your homemade cleaning products.  I’d love for you to share below.

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