• 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…

  • Mix Up Your Own Hardwood Floor Cleaners

    Mix Up Your Own Hardwood Floor Cleaners 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 and extend their lifespan. Here are a handful of homemade cleaners you can try…

  • DIY Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly}

    DIY Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly} Recipe: 2 cups water 4 packages Gelatin (plain) 15 to 20 drops Essential Oil (adjust to personal preference) 1 to 2 TBS salt Food Coloring Directions: In a small pot, mix 1 cup water, essential oil and food coloring. As…

  • 50 Practical Uses For Baking Soda

    50 Practical Uses For Baking Soda 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 winter blues by freshening your home with scents of summery citrus, herbs & spices. Here are 12 easy DIY air fresheners that can help make that happen… Fragrance Bowls: Fill large decorative bowls with clean sand then top…

  • 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 Here are a few different recipes to make your own carpet cleaner along with one for a homemade freshener (using baking soda, cornstarch and dried lavender or alternatives such as cloves and cinnamon) as well as a tip for making…

  • 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…

  • Tips For Cleaning Laminate Floors

    Tips For Cleaning Laminate Floors We recently had gorgeous laminate installed in our living room and I just had to take the opportunity and ask the installer what he recommended for washing it. Although it’s much easier to care for than real wood flooring and…

  • Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes

    Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes A few of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler to use). There are some who claim that these items will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time…

  • How To Freshen Your Home With Eucalyptus

    How To Freshen Your Home With Eucalyptus This is one of mother nature’s most powerful disinfectants, what better option to clean with! Here are a few different homemade cleaners I have on file that incorporate Eucalyptus oil and can be used to freshen your home. For Floors:…

  • 10 Ways Herbs Can Freshen Your Home

    10 Ways Herbs Can Freshen Your Home Spring cleaning is in full swing this time of year, here are ten ways you can use herbs around the house to perk things up… Carpet Freshener Recipe: I like to use dried lavender, but I included other herbal mixes…

  • 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…

  • Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes & Tips

    Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes & Tips Making your own window cleaner is easy to do and all you need are simple ingredients that you likely have around the house already (they’re often much cheaper to make than buying them and can work just as well too).…

  • 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

    Homemade Shower Spray Recipes For Daily Use: 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol 1 cup water Mix in a spray bottle and shake. Apply to surface, no rinsing required. Tile and Grout Cleaner: 1/2 cup of baking soda 1/3 cup of ammonia 1/4 cup of white…

  • 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…

  • 3 Air Fresheners: {Sprays & Citrus Packed}

    3 Air Fresheners: {Sprays & Citrus Packed} Ingredients 2 cups hot water 1/8 cup baking soda 1/2 cup lemon juice Directions First dissolve the baking soda in hot water then add the lemon juice, you can use ReaLemon for this. Easy Deodorizer: You can also whip up…

  • 2 Simple Homemade Softscrub Cleaners

    2 Simple Homemade Softscrub Cleaners Here are two quick and easy recipes for making an effective soap scum buster on the tub surround or a gentle cleaner for around the kitchen and bathroom. The first is a basic mixture while the second adds a lavender…

  • How To Get Rid of Moths: Bugs-Be-Gone

    How To Get Rid of Moths: Bugs-Be-Gone Mothballs are made from paradichlorobenzene and can cause all kinds of health problems including damage to liver and kidneys. They’re especially hazardous to children if swallowed–and they don’t smell all that good either. Here are a few items you can…

  • 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…

  • Fabric Softener Recipes & Reusable Dryer Sheets

    Fabric Softener Recipes & Reusable Dryer Sheets Here are several quick tips for cutting costs on fabric softeners and making your own dryer sheets, each point is a separate tip. You’ll also find a few recipes and projects to try (listed at the bottom of the page).…

  • Rid Your Pet of That Musky Skunk Spray Smell

    Rid Your Pet of That Musky Skunk Spray Smell If you have a dog and a piece of remote land that he can freely roam around on, chances are there will be a day when he 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…