Category Archives: Home Recipes

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Crazy Simple DIY Dishwasher Detergent

The last time I talked about making my own dishwasher soap, I suggested that you use Kool Aid (because of the citric acid). But since then, I have found an even SIMPLER DIY Dishwashing Powder for you to mix up. I actually mixed this up when I ran out of both Kool-Aid AND the Method dishwashing tabs I was using. The best part? It only takes 3 ingredients! Continue reading

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The Truth About Homemade Orange Cleaner

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest for longer than 5 minutes, you’ve seen the Homemade Orange Cleaner recipe. A jar of orange peels swimming in liquid which claims to be a simple and easy (not to mention cheap) household cleaner. I’ve seen it called DIY citrus Cleaner, Orange and vinegar Cleaner, Orange Peel and Vinegar Cleaner, Orange Enzyme Cleaner, Well after eating a temple orange at the beginning of the month, I thought “Why not? I’ll try it.” I learned that yes, orange peels in vinegar is a wonderful INGREDIENT to a homemade cleaning solution. BUT, it cannot be used on all surfaces. Continue reading


How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies Quickly

I’ve discovered two ways to get rid of fruit flies quickly. I made the mistake of bringing fruit home and then I forgot to wash it. It wasn’t intentional, I assure you. I usually use one of these fruit wash recipes. But as luck would have it when I walked in, my phone was ringing, my hands were full and my cat had apparently “malfunctioned” only moments before I got there. So skipped the fruit washing in order to handle everything else. Big mistake. About three days later I walked in and dropped my keys on the counter and it was like a fruit fly bomb went off. Continue reading

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Savvy’s Simple Super Scrub

I was reading about the natural anti-bacterial benefits of lemon juice the other day, when I realized that many DIY cleaning products seemed to include the citrus in their ingredients. Apparently, lemon is a natural disinfectant and the citric acid found in lemons naturally, is used in many cleaning products already. This discovery also happened to be the same day that I ran out of my DIY Bathroom Scrub.

I got an idea.

I mixed up lemon juice, baking soda and water into a paste and tried using it as a scrub for various cleaning projects around the house.

The result? AMAZING.

Here’s what I did.

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Quick ‘n Easy Natural Air Freshener

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was too cute not to try. It was posted my great blog called Itty Bitty Impact. Basically, it’s just baking soda and essential oils, but you can have so much fun with it and it can be made in less than 5 minutes! So here goes:

DIY Quick and Easy Natural Air Freshener Continue reading


DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe

I adapted this recipe from Crunchy Betty and I love it! It cleans everything in my bathroom and in other parts of he house as well, and is so cheap to make.

DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe


  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. washing soda
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 1 capful of hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 25 drops lemon balm*
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil*
  • 1/4 c. Water


Pour all dry ingredients into a wide-mouth glass jar. (I find that a salsa jar usually works best for this). Next add Continue reading


Alka Seltzer Jewelry Cleaner

I will never forget the day before my wedding. On the list of things to do, was to stop by the jewelers and get my engagement ring cleaned so that it would be sparkling for my big day. Much to my horror, the jeweler was on vacation and it was really too late to go anywhere else. My cousin suggested that I clean the ring in Alka-Seltzer and water, which I did and it worked! So here’s what I did.

Alka Seltzer Jewelry Cleaner

  • 1 packet (2 tablets) of regular Alka Seltzer (not flavored, and not alka Seltzer Cold Plus)
  • 1 glass
  • 6oz. water


Pour water in glass, and drop the tablets into it. Drop jewelry in the same time as the tablets are fizzing. Leave the jewelry in the solution for 5-10 minutes after the tablets have completely dissolved.

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A Cheap Easy Way To Clean Sterling Silver

I watched my brothers do this once at my mom’s house, and was fascinated. (We’re all geeks so it doesn’t take much). As an example, I’m using a piece of sterling silver flatware from my grandmother’s collection. This works for Jewelry as well as silverware however.

1 aluminum pie plate, pan or aluminum foil (this is important!)
1-2 tbsps of baking soda
2 cups of hot water (not quite boiling) Continue reading


My Dr. Bronner’s 30 Day Challenge

The #1 thing that has helped me save money in at home is multitasking products. Castile soap is one of those products. Castile soap is a gentle sulfate-free foaming soap made mostly with vegetable oils that was named after a region in Spain in which it was originally made. Castile soap is incredibly gentle, even for use on babies. One month I created a challenge at home: 30days of using Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint soap to see how many ways I could use it. I purchased a 1/2 gallon for $25 and this is how I used it: Continue reading