Homemade Household Cleansers That Work

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I’ve got company coming to stay for a few days. So, I have spent the day today, when I wasn’t feeding or entertaining the little ones, cleaning. Lots of cleaning! Before getting started, I made all my cleansers. So, I IBMthought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes.

Glass Cleaner SY0-401

1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon distilled vinegar


Bathroom Cleaner

2 cups water

2 teaspoons tea tree oil

(Be sure to shake well before using.)


For Hard Water Stains

1/2 cup baking soda

15 drops of tea tree oil

a few drops of dish soap

(This one will be more of a paste/scrub to use on hard water stains.)


Wood Polish

1 lemon

1 Tablespoon water

1 Tablespoon olive oil

(Make sure you shake this one up well also before using. Then, just pour some on a cloth and wipe down your furniture or wood floors!)


These work great, smell great (especially if you like the smell of tea tree) and don’t contain the toxic ingredients found in most conventional cleansers. So, you can save money and feel great about using them in your home.

Are there other household items you use for cleaning your home?

10 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Is Baking Soda the world’s best kept secret? Is has to be! It wasn’t until my husband’s grandma started talking about baking soda this and baking soda that, that I started doing my own research. Baking soda really is an amazing product. And the best part, it’s so cheap! Here are my top 10 uses for baking soda that do not involve baking or to┬ákeep your refrigerator fresh smelling.

1. Use it as an antacid. This was actually the first thing my husband’s grandma mentioned about baking soda. She said it would beat anything you can buy over the counter for heartburn or an upset stomach. Talk about instant savings in the medicine department. She said take a teaspoon with some water and you’ll be set. The taste isn’t that great though, but it works!

2. Skin softener. Seriously try this the next time you take a bath. Add a cup to your bath water and soak in the softness. It really works! Don’t spend a fortune on those expensive bath salts, just try baking soda. Miss the smell? Add a drop of essential oils to your water.

3. Goodbye stinky hands. I cook a lot with onions and garlic and I mean A LOT. My hands get stinky quick and that smell is hard to get rid of. After I chop my onion and garlic, I put a little baking soda on my hands and scrub with water. Poof, the smell is gone!

4. Keep your flowers fresh. Have you seen those little packets they give you with flowers to put in the water? Yep, it’s baking soda! Put about a teaspoon in your fresh flowers water vase and it will keep them fresh longer.

5. Crafts for the kids. Want to make some modeling clay? Use 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, 1-1/2 cups cold water and food coloring if you’d like.

6. Rain repellant. Ever use Rain-x? Next time use baking soda. Mix with such a little water and apply to your windshield. It actually repels rain!

7. Animal hair remover. Sprinkle it on your carpet and let sit for 20-30 minutes, then vacuum. Not only does it help get rid of pet odors, it actually helps the hair release from the carpet.

8. Sweeter tomatoes. It’s almost time to plant tomatoes and when you do, sprinkle a little baking soda in the soil. It will make your tomatoes sweeter!

9. Clean veggies and fruit. Don’t waste your money on expensive fruit and vegetable wash, just rinse them with a little baking soda and water.

10. Laundry boost! Oxy-clean is expensive! Instead, sprinkle some baking soda on your dirty clothes and wash.

Vinegar: Your Answer For….Almost Anything

Posted on December 22nd, 2011 by Discount Debbie

It’s one of the least appreciated condiments in the grocery store: vinegar. It’s very inexpensive readily available almost everywhere. Yet, to those who are aware of its versatility, vinegar is a treasure!

I am not joking. I LOVE vinegar. In our family, we have used it for cooking, cleaning, skin care and even as a pest repellant. Did you know that it has more than 150 uses? I won’t list that many. But, in case you have yet to discover the wonder of vinegar, I thought I’d share just a few practical uses of this under-appreciated acid.

Chrome and Stainless Steel

Just apply a light mist of undiluted white vinegar from a spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth and enjoy the shine.


If you have a lot of mildew, use it full strength. However, for lighter stains, dilute it with an equal amount of water.

Unclog Drains

Using vinegar with baking soda is much easier on pipes than most anything you’d buy at the store. It’s also far less expensive!

  • To clear clogs in sink and tub drains, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When it stops foaming, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes. Then flush again with cold water.
  • To speed up a slow drain, pour in 1/2 cup salt followed by 2 cups boiling vinegar, then flush with hot and cold tap water.


Brush your rug with a clean push broom dipped in a mix of 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon water. Your faded rug will perk up, without having to rinse of the solution!

Wood Panels

Mix 1 pint warm water, 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container. Shake it well and apply with a soft cloth. Let it sit on the wood for several minutes before you polish with a dry cloth.

There are so many uses for vinegar. Reader’s Digest offers 150 here. As for me, as part of my Christmas clean up routine, I’m cleaning my bathrooms with vinegar today. I’ll also be trying it on my wood and rug for the first time.

How have you used vinegar around the house lately?


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