Homemade Concentrated Laundry Soap

Posted on August 7th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

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A while back we posted a recipe for dry laundry soap. It’s really awesome and you should try it. Now I’ve made liquid concentrated laundry soap from a Facebook post I’ve seen floating around. I just made it so I haven’t had a chance to test it, but friends of mine have made it as well and say it’s awesome. It’s super easy to make and costs pennies to make since you only use a tablespoon per load.

What You Need
1 bar Fels Naptha
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
4 cups of hot water 

What To Do
You do need to follow these instructions very thoroughly to make it come out right.

1. Boil 4 cups of water in a large pan on high heat.
2. Mix the borax and washing powder together and sit aside.
3. Using a food processor or a cheese grater, grate the bar of fels naptha.
4. Put the grated soap into your large pan of boiling water and reduce heat. Let the soap melt completely. Just be careful not to boil too quickly or it will become very messy.
5. Remove from heat and add your powder mix. Stir until it’s FULLY dissolved.
6. Pour mixture into two 1 quart mason jars.
7. Add enough water to each jar to reach the top of the jar.
8. (VERY IMPORTANT STEP) Turn the jars upside down for 3-5 hours or until the parts separate.
9. Once separated poor into a blender and mix VERY well. It will resemble pudding.
10. Use 1 tablespoon per load.

It’s a lot of steps, but it’s really easy! Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!  


Homemade Stain Pre-treater

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

One of the amazing things about homemade items is realizing that we need these pre-made products less and less if we learn to make them. This is one item I would have never thought to make on my own, yet it’s so easy! And so cheap! I have two very busy kids running around my house and yard and we have a lot of stained clothes. This works perfectly if not better than your store bought stain remover.

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What You Need
Spray Bottle
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda

What To Do
1. In the spray bottle mix equal parts peroxide and baking soda with two parts water.
2. Use as you would a store bought stain pre-treater.
3. Watch as your stains disappear!

*Note: Mix right before using. This mixture loses its effectiveness if left to sit too long.

Copycat Orange Julius

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

You can buy these amazing drinks all year long, but they taste better in the summer. Just take my word for it. And you can make them at home for 1/4th of the price from the restaurant. This is yummy, refreshing and tastes just like the original.

What You Need
6 ounces orange juice concentrate
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups ice

What To Do
Throw it all into your freezer until it’s frothy. ENJOY!


Thrifty Popcorn-No Machine, No Bag!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

My family has been on a journey to get rid of as much processed food as possible, but remain on a budget. One of our most favorite things in the world is popcorn. Especially movie butter popcorn! I can smell it now! However the artificial stuff in it is not something we want to eat anymore. So this past weekend I played around and make the perfect popcorn without the junk and it was VERY thrifty!

What You Need
Popcorn kernels

What To Do
1. Render your butter. This makes it so your butter doesn’t make your popcorn soggy. It’s super easy to do, just follow THESE instructions.
2. Put 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into a microwave safe bowl and cover with a plate.
3. Microwave for 2.5 minutes watching to make sure it doesn’t burn.
4. Pour rendered butter over popcorn and salt to taste. 

This truly makes the best popcorn ever! It even rivals movie popcorn. And the cost is minimal. One bag of popcorn kernels will make a ton of popcorn. The savings is immediate!


Remedies for Mosquito Bites

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

A couple of evenings ago I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. These were mosquitoes on steroids too. These were the worst bites of all time. I searched the internet for the best home remedies. In the last two days, I’ve tried almost all of them. Some worked, some did not! Here’s what I tried and if it helped. Hopefully you won’t find yourself in the situation I did, but you’ll be ready if you do!

I had all of these thing in my house, so no added expense of medicine from the drug store.

1. Calamine lotion. This may be the oldest remedy in the book, but it’s that old for a reason. I do think it helped a little but I needed to keep reapplying, so I gave up.
2. Hemorrhoid cream. It helped and it lasted longer then the calamine lotion. It has a local anesthetic in it that really helped with the burning and the itching.
3. Toothpaste. It has to be paste and not gel, but this helped with the oozing. Yes, my bites were so bad they were oozing. It really helped dry that up.
4. Ice. The numbing effect of ice will help with the itching. It will also help with the swelling that too much scratching brings.
5. Tea bags. Used bags really do help. The tannins in tea act as an astringent. It wasn’t as effective of the other methods, but I saw a difference!

What ways do you treat mosquito bites?

4 Alternate Uses for Baby Clothes

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

I get attached to “things”. I have about 40 boxes of children’s clothes in my garage. I’m holding onto it for 2 reasons. One, we want to have one more baby and then I don’t have to buy more and I just can’t part with them. My babies wore those clothes. We have memories in them. So instead of selling them or giving them away, I’m doing other things with them. This will apply even after we have another baby.

1. Store them for grandchildren. My children are 2 and 4, but I’m already thinking grandchildren. My mom saved my baby clothes and I am so grateful for that. My daughter wears my nightgowns and it’s so cute. There were also some clothes in there that my grandmother had made for me and I could still smell my grandparents. It was so special!

2. Quilt it. I love this idea so much! Take your favorites and make a quilt out of them. You’ll have something you can pass down for generations and it won’t take up space in your garage.

3. Doll clothes. Your children will have a blast putting their old clothes on their dolls and you’ll have fun seeing them using them.

4. Use them as decoration. This only works for 1-3 pieces, but buy a shadow box and put your most favorite outfit on display. It will bring back great memories. I want to do this with the outfit my son was wearing when he took his first steps.


Unusual Uses for Eggs

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

A friend of mine recently got some egg laying chickens. Which is just awesome, but now she’s got a ton of eggs and has been giving us some. Now, we have a lot of eggs and honestly there aren’t a ton of egg eaters in our family. That’s mostly my fault because I HATE eggs. Something happened to me the last time I was pregnant and I can’t stand them now.

And since we aren’t eating very many eggs, I need different things to do with them. Come to find out, eggs are great for much more than food! Eggs are cheap by themselves so maybe you’ve got quite a few “egg”tra in your fridge. 😉 Here are some other things you can do with them.

1. Hair treatment. Eggs are GREAT for your hair. Mix one egg and a little olive oil, leave it in your hair for 20 minutes and rinse very well.

2. Face moisturizer. Yolks are awesome for your skin. Mix a yolk with a little water and put on your face. Rinse well and enjoy the softness.

3. Planters! This time of year, we are starting seeds indoors. Egg shells are GREAT for starting seeds. Put a little soil in them with your seed and watch them sprout. The shells have great plant nutrients in them. They are also great crushed up in your gardens.

4. Glue. Yes, I said glue. Egg whites make for great sticky glue. Try it next time you are doing a project. Just add a small amount of flour, sugar and water and make a paste.

5. Drain cleaner. Keep a few ground eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer. They trap solids and when they break down, they will help to naturally clean your pipes on their way out.

What are you doing with your extra eggs?

Thrifty Pedicures

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Summer is here for some of you with higher temperatures. And for me that means wearing flip flops EVERYDAY! Yesterday I just happened to get a pedicure. It was a Mother’s Day gift from my mom. It was WONDERFUL. So relaxing and my toes are so cute. But the cost was over $50! That’s pretty expensive to have pretty feet. When I don’t have gift cards to spend, I take care of my feet at home and it’s almost as good, but only costs a few dollars.

Here’s my Thrifty Diva pedicure step by step.

1. Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. The basin cost me nothing because it was from the hospital when I had my kids. I happen to have 6 of them for some reason. The vinegar helps soften the dead skin. If you want to help the smell, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you have any. Otherwise just sit back and relax. 

2. Scrub scrub scrub. If you have a pumice stone, they work great, but there are a ton of ways to get off dead skin. Try making your own salt/sugar scrub. The dollar store sells back scratchers that make for awesome scrubbers and if you’re at a beach anytime soon the sand is a natural exfoliant.

3. File and prepare your toenails. Files are super cheap. You can get a quite a few at the dollar store in a pack. They definitely don’t have to be fancy.

4. Have your significant other massage your feet. If you don’t have someone to do this, feel free to skip, but it’s nice if you do have someone. If you’re like me, you have lotions galore around the house. That’s one thing I am certain I’ve never purchased. I am always getting some as  gifts and always have plenty. Use the lotion for your foot massage.

5. Paint your nails. Make sure you wipe the lotion off with some fingernail polish remover. The lotion will stop your polish from sticking. Make sure you use a topcoat too so your pedicure lasts longer.

6. Vaseline for tough skin. If you are like a lot of people and have really tough skin on your feet vaseline can help. Cake it on your feet and put socks on them overnight. Try that for a few nights and you’ll see a HUGE difference. It really works! It can be messy, but it works!

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