cleaning products

Make your own eco-friendly home cleaner with this easy kit

I ran into this set in real life the other day and thought, “Hmm, what a great idea! My Homies may just love this.” So I found it on Amazon for ya…

The 5 eco-friendly products that make my home more green

My husband and I have been trying to make our home more green lately. Here are the five eco-friendly items we have started using and are absolutely obsessed with. It will take a little bit of an initial investment to furnish your home with all these items, but once you have them they can be reused for years and in the long run you will actually end up spending less, looking chic, being healthier, and helping the planet!

Clean a stubborn burn off an oven floor with this special trick

I think I found a good way to clean a stubborn burn off an oven floor without going through a can of Easy Off (or similar products), and it worked without scratching my oven.

Use colored-coded rags to cut down on paper towels

It’s not very fancy, but when we ditched paper towels I just bought one of these big packs of microfiber towels.

Dust your home with a lint roller

This afternoon I was using a lint roller on my couch (black cat + white blanket on couch = grey couch) when I had a “BASKETS!” moment. I ripped the clogged-up sheet from the lint roller and ran it over my table: Voila! No more dust or hair!

Doing your laundry with a Japanese Hillbilly twist

You know, our grand-parents and great grandparents didn’t necessarily have high efficiency washers and dryers. They had time, the sun, the wind, and Borax. So, taking a few pages from their books, I came up with my brilliant new laundry plan that, believe it or not, will only end up costing me $30 a year.

Make your own citrus enzyme cleaner

Let me start out by saying I AM NOT A PATIENT PERSON. Just ask anyone in my family. No wait, don't. Just trust me on this one.

So when I read about making this enzyme cleaner that takes 3 MONTHS to "mature"…I just knew I could never stand the waiting! So I ALMOST passed on this idea….until I read a way how to speed the process up from 3 months to TWO WEEKS!

I thought about it long and hard….and after some DEEP soul searching…I decided I COULD do 2 weeks.

A month after making my batch of cleaner, I hadn't even gotten around to trying it — so I decided the bathroom would be my first "test subject".

Make your own homemade dishwasher detergent

I fear my hot water bill is going to be SKY HIGH next month! For the last couple of weeks I have washed and re-washed and re-washed AGAIN load after load of dishes trying to figure out just the right “recipe” for clean and CLEAR dishes! After taking a good, long look at my own dishes, I had to admit that the homemade version wasn’t doing quite as good a job as the stuff in the green box I’d been using for years.

Of course the store-bought stuff hasn’t been doing as good a job as IT used to do either since the ban on phosphates in dishwasher detergent went into effect. It took us MONTHS to figure THAT one out.

Anyway, I’ve got it sorted now — and I’m pleased to share.