• 14 Bleach-Free Surface Disinfectants

    14 Bleach-Free Surface Disinfectants A mix of chlorine bleach and water is an effective household disinfectant (and it’s cheap too!), but the bleach is pretty harsh on fabrics, skin and the environment (and a bit stinky too). The good news is that you can…

  • A Few DIY Damp Mop Recipes For Shiny Hardwood Floors

    A Few DIY Damp Mop Recipes For Shiny Hardwood Floors Here are several different recipes for mixing up your own cleaners for hardwood flooring, just a few simple ingredients are all that’s needed. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, you just need enough liquid to dampen…

  • Required: High Heat & Some Muscle For Sparkling Grills

    Required: High Heat & Some Muscle For Sparkling Grills Barbecue season is finally here and that means regular grill scrubbing. It’s so nice to be able to cook outdoors but those metal spokes sure can accumulate some nasty crud buildup. I find the simplest method for removing all that…

  • 5 Simple Deck Wash Recipes: General Maintenance & Mildew

    5 Simple Deck Wash Recipes: General Maintenance & Mildew Wood decks are a nice feature for the back yard but they do require a bit of TLC to keep them looking as good as possible. They can be expensive to build and replace, so it’s smart to want to…

  • DIY Scented Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly Version}

    DIY Scented Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly Version} Here’s a nifty way to freshen your rooms with a long-lasting fragrance that can be customized in a variety of ways: color, scent and size. One great feature about these is that no heavy, chemical-laden perfumes are used so if…

  • 77 Practical Uses For Baking Soda Around The House

    77 Practical Uses For Baking Soda Around The House You’ll often find baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb) a frequent ingredient required in many recipes, but here are 50 ways you can use it to make the job easier and save time when cleaning and…

  • A Variety Of Ways You Can Clean Brass, Copper & More

    A Variety Of Ways You Can Clean Brass, Copper & More Here’s a list of homemade cleaners I’ve collected over the years to help remove tarnish and buff metals to a shine, some of them may surprise you! Directions For Use: Using a damp cloth or toothbrush, scrub with one of…

  • Winter Detox: 12 Easy Ways To Banish Stale Odors

    Winter Detox: 12 Easy Ways To Banish Stale Odors Beat the dreary, cold winter blues by brightening your home with pleasing scents of summery citrus, herbs & spices. This is such a budget friendly, easy method for uplifting your mood…and without using hard to find ingredients or harsh chemicals!…

  • How To Remove Rust Stains: {Recipes & Tips}

    How To Remove Rust Stains: {Recipes & Tips} Have a rust stain problem that you want to get rid of? Here are a variety of methods for removing them from laundry, carpets, toilets & sinks, plus I added a couple old recipes I found for cleaning metal pieces…

  • Recipes For Carpet Cleaner, Freshener & Sachets

    Recipes For Carpet Cleaner, Freshener & Sachets As more and more people appear to be developing allergies or having issues with highly perfumed products, we’re seeking out more natural options for household scents and cleaning solutions. Carpeting can be so warm and inviting, but it does need…

  • How To Clean & Remove Stains From Marble & Granite

    How To Clean & Remove Stains From Marble & Granite Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!). Here are some poultice recipes & diy solutions that can help tackle them, I’ve also tucked in…

  • So Cheap & Easy! Homemade Cleaner For Laminate Flooring

    So Cheap & Easy! Homemade Cleaner For Laminate Flooring We recently had gorgeous laminate installed in our living room and I just had to take the opportunity to ask the installer what he recommended for washing it. Although it’s much easier to care for than real wood flooring and…

  • Drab & Dingy Tile Grout? Here Are A Few Cleaning Tricks

    Drab & Dingy Tile Grout? Here Are A Few Cleaning Tricks Some of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler). There are some who claim that these ingredients will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time is no one…

  • Mother Nature’s Trusty Home Helper: Eucalyptus Oil!

    Mother Nature’s Trusty Home Helper: Eucalyptus Oil! Eucalyptus essential oil is an impressive ingredient in household cleaners as it has natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It also performs well as an effective deodorizer and a good degreaser to tackle those stubborn, sticky messes. This is one of…

  • Dirty Oven? Power Clean It With These Homemade Recipes

    Dirty Oven? Power Clean It With These Homemade Recipes Our stoves are workhorses that we use daily to feed our families. A day doesn’t go by without a saucy splatter or greasy puddle on the cooktop. Most of these spills and splatters sponge up nicely if you take care…

  • 10 Homemade Window Cleaners & Streakless Glass Advice

    10 Homemade Window Cleaners & Streakless Glass Advice Washing windows is a chore we all have to tackle and selecting an effective glass cleaner can make the job so much easier. We want something that lifts spots and splatters effortlessly but also provides sparkling, streak-free results. There are…

  • Laundry Stain Pretreater Recipes

    Laundry Stain Pretreater Recipes This is a great pretreater and it makes up nicely…keep a jar handy and you’ll never need to buy harsh chemicals again. DIY Soap Jelly: Glass Jar Laundry soap bar (or non-perfume like Ivory) Hot water Shave the bar until…

  • Garment Wrinkle Release Hacks & Tips: Great For Traveling!

    Garment Wrinkle Release Hacks & Tips: Great For Traveling! With airlines frequently cutting allowances for baggage dimensions and weight (some are worse than others), every little bit of space we can free up in our suitcase counts. Who has the room to pack a steam iron nowadays? We want…

  • Silver Polishing Cloths & Cleaner Recipe

    Silver Polishing Cloths & Cleaner Recipe Similar idea to the pretreated dusting cloths, these homemade polishing cloths are for cleaning and removing tarnish from silver. You’ll also find a sour milk soak recipe at the bottom. Items Needed: 10″ to 12″ square soft cloths* 2 cups…

  • Homemade Shower Spray Recipes + Door Track Gunk Fix

    Homemade Shower Spray Recipes + Door Track Gunk Fix If not maintained on a regular basis, the shower area can get pretty filthy–real fast. It’s not only buildup of dirt and body oils, but also residue left behind from beauty products like shampoos and soaps. The best way to…

  • Furniture Polish, Cleaner & Varnish Remover

    Furniture Polish, Cleaner & Varnish Remover This page is packed with recipes and tips for caring for wood furniture…just a few ingredients required! First, here are a few different mixes you can try for making beeswax polish… Tips: Use wide mouth jars or containers for storage…

  • DIY Bait-Balls For Getting Rid Of Cockroaches & More Help

    DIY Bait-Balls For Getting Rid Of Cockroaches & More Help Cockroaches are tough nuts to crack and they are especially nasty to have inside your home because they leave behind trails of E. coli and salmonella. They are actively looking for two things: food and water and only a little…

  • 4 Terrific DIY Air Fresheners: Aromatic Sprays & Salt/Citrus

    4 Terrific DIY Air Fresheners: Aromatic Sprays & Salt/Citrus Back in the day we thought nothing of packing an assortment of air fresheners into every nook and cranny of our homes, happy to sample a variety of commercial brands because there was such an abundance of delightful fragrances to…

  • Gentle Abrasive Scrubs To Tackle Scum & Dried Crusty Gunk

    Gentle Abrasive Scrubs To Tackle Scum & Dried Crusty Gunk There’s always something to contend with when snapping on the rubber gloves for a good house cleaning: bathtub film, dried goo on a child’s dresser (likely of unknown origin), crusty, dried gunk at the back of the refrigerator shelf, a…

  • Sweet Smelling Natural Moth Repellents: DIY Bugs-Be-Gone

    Sweet Smelling Natural Moth Repellents: DIY Bugs-Be-Gone Mothballs are very effective at keeping moths at bay but they are made from paradichlorobenzene which can cause all kinds of health problems including damage to liver and kidneys. They’re especially hazardous to children and pets if swallowed–and to top…

  • Is It Possible To Make Jewelry Cleaner Yourself? Yes!

    Is It Possible To Make Jewelry Cleaner Yourself? Yes! Some of our jewelry pieces are more expensive than others, but no matter how much their value they each need to be kept free of dirt and debris to look their very best. Even something as simple as a buildup…

  • 4 Simple & Affordable Febreeze Solutions To Try

    4 Simple & Affordable Febreeze Solutions To Try Febreze came out on the market around 20 years ago and many homemakers quickly embraced it since it does a great job eliminating stale odors and funky smells from carpets, vehicles and upholstery. Pets, a bunch of kiddos and spilled…

  • 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

    10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative…

  • Cost Cutters: How To Stretch Fabric Softeners & Dryer Sheets

    Cost Cutters: How To Stretch Fabric Softeners & Dryer Sheets One way to save money and trim expenses from the household budget is to make DIY cleaning & laundry products. Most recipes require basic, everyday items you likely have in the cupboard already and in most cases, they are simple…

  • DIY Solutions To Rid Your Pet of Musky Eau de Skunk Smell

    DIY Solutions To Rid Your Pet of Musky Eau de Skunk Smell If you have a dog and a piece of remote land where he is free to roam around, chances are the day will come when your buddy comes home smelling like he swam in a pond of liquid skunk, lol.…

  • 16 Thrifty Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipes

    16 Thrifty Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipes [New! Updated with recipes shared by readers] Have you run out of dishwashing detergent and you’re in a pinch to run a load until you can get to the store and buy some more? Or are you looking to whip…

  • 8 Assorted Homemade Household Cleaners To Make

    8 Assorted Homemade Household Cleaners To Make Here’s an assortment of recipes for homemade cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants you can make that I’ve pulled from my notes. You’ll find a few that are environmentally friendly using gentle ingredients (such as essential oils, herbs and baking soda) while…