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DIY Sugar Handscrub

While there is less outside work to do over the winter, I will be working on my homemade products list.  Right now, I am working on filling the bathroom with lots of goodies, all homemade, using as many of the essential oils we have made as possible.  I would like to add that these products also make lovely gifts this holiday season.  I have recently converted to making all the gifts I give except maybe some of the kids toys.  I will get there with the toys, but not this year.

DSC_0091I will start off with the easiest of the bathroom products, sugar scrub.  This is for when you have been working outside so long that soap just is not going to get that dirt off of your hands.  You need something to scrub your hands clean.  It has two simple ingredients: liquid soap and sugar.  I took an empty food container and filled it about 3/4 full.  Then I added a layer of soap, leaving just enough room to mix.  I used a butter knife to mix it up.  The sugar will dissolve some in the soap, so I added a little more sugar and a little tiny bit more soap and mixed it until I liked the consistency.  That’s it, homemade hand scrub.  I didn’t bother to scent it because you will end up washing with soap after you scrub because the sugar is sticky.  Be sure to store in a cool, dry place; sugar is perishable!

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Vinegar for a Clean House

DSC_132If you have ever even looked at a recipe for homemade household cleaner you will notice that just about all of them include or are vinegar.  Vinegar is another name for acetic acid.  The acid level of vinegar allows it to kill bacteria and mold among other things.  The good thing about vinegar is that it is safe for your home, rather than those harsh chemicals you use to clean normally.  The ones that tell you to provide adequate ventilation.  You know that vinegar is much safer because you use it to cook with.  You can actually eat vinegar without needing to call poison control.  This also means that it is environmentally friendly.  Just one more benefit to let you know about.  It is cheap.  If it isn’t cheap enough for you, then you can make your own with fruit scraps.  Things like apple cores and banana peels can be used to make vinegar.  Now you are going to tell me that it smells awful and you would rather have your nice scented cleaners you buy at the store.  Well then, save your citrus peels or even pine needles and soak them in your vinegar to give it a nice smell.  How does that sound?

All Purpose Cleaner:

I have seen many different versions of this recipe, but the one I like best is 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.  If you are cleaning something really dirty, you can use 1:1 instead.  White vinegar is the cheapest, but apple cider vinegar smells better.  You can also soak some citrus peels in your vinegar to give it a better smell.  One other alteration you could make would be to add a teaspoon of regular dish soap to your mixture, but you don’t need it.  Happy cleaning!

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I always seem to have a terrible fruit fly problem at this time of the year.  One day everything is fine and the next the kitchen is crawling with the pesky little things.  I had never been able to get rid of them until last year.  Balsamic DSC_086vinegar.  Put some into a little bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.  Poke a few holes into the top of the plastic big enough so that they can get in.  Then they can’t get out.  My bowl filled up the very first day and the fruit fly count is dwindling.  Very exciting.

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Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

DSC_135 (1)Soap Scum Remover:

1 part liquid dish soap

1 part white vinegar

Mix in a spray bottle.

Spray all over soap scum filled shower.  It goes on thick and goopy, so it sticks nicely.  Let it sit for about 2 hours and wipe off.  Because it is so thick, it may take some effort to rinse off, but it is worth it.  If you also use the following shower spray, you won’t have to wash your shower out often anyway.

Shower Spray:

1 part vinegar

2 parts water

2 tablespoons liquid dish soap, dishwasher rinse aid or neither

Mix in a spray bottle and spray after each shower.  I realize that this recipe is the same as the all purpose cleaner other than the dishwasher rinse aid.  I still like to have mine in a separate bottle marked “SHOWER SPRAY” so it gets used.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Sprinkle baking soda in your toilet bowl.  Spray pure vinegar on top of the baking soda.  Let sit.  Clean off with a toilet bowl scrubber.

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