Household Cleaners | Easy Ways to Make your Own (All Purpose, Oven Cleaner, Carpet + More)

I posted these a few months ago  – but for some it may come as a nice reminder.

For many of us, cleaning our house is something that must happen daily. Although we don’t necessarily like doing it, it’s something we all need to do.

We can always usually pick up cheap products every so often at various stores, but this is a great resource should you ever just want to try making your own.

I find it easy to use Vinegar – I can grab 2 jugs at Costco for just under $3.50 and it lasts me such a long time. Instead of having bottles and bottles of sprays on the shelf, Vinegar takes care of everything for us – we use it for Fabric Softener, Floors, Cleaning Showers & also eliminating Weeds outside.

This is what we have at home:

  • Borax
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Castile Soap
  • Ivory Soap
  • Lemons
  • Vinegar
  • Seventh Generation Dish Soap
  • Blue Dawn Dish Soap (not pictured)
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Powder
  • Essential Oil (not pictured)  I use Orange, Lemon, AND Thieves

If you are interested in making your own homemade cleaners, it’s rather easy – as long as you have the items above… here are just a few that I use around my own house:

All Purpose Cleaner 1/2 C. Vinegar, 2 tsp Borax (or, 1/4 C. Baking Soda), and 1/2 Gallon Water – mix, store in spray bottle and shake as needed. (I use this in the bathroom, mirrors, counter tops, etc).

Carpet Cleaner:  we don’t have to clean it too often but when we do, I usually mix equal vinegar and water in a bottle and spray on the carpet. If the stain is just that bad, I’ll mix 1/4 c. of Borax and Vinegar, and Salt (equal) and spread on as a paste before vacuuming a few hours later.

Fabric Softener:  1/4 C. Vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Dishwasher:  Equal parts of Washing Soda and Borax, you will have to adjust depending on how hard your water is… so do a few trial runs.

Drains:  Pour 1/2 C. Baking Soda down the drain, follow with 1/2 C. Vinegar.. let sit 15 minutes then pour boiling water – should clean them out – but, fair warning, don’t do this if you have plastic pipes!  You can also use Alka Seltzer Tablets down the drain – follow with 1 C. Vinegar and then flush with 1 C. Hot Water 10 minutes later.

Floor Cleaner:  1 C. Vinegar to 1 Gallon of Water….. you can add essential oil if needed.

Cleaning your Oven:  3/4 C. Baking Soda mixed with 1/4 C. Salt and 1/4 Water, blended together makes a great paste.. spread it in the oven and let it sit over night – then wipe off.

Microwave Cleaner:  Heat up a dish of water to boil – (2-3 minutes).. once the beeper goes off, cut a lemon in half and scrub the inside of the oven, then wipe clean.

Orange Cleaner:  Super easy – make it yourself!  Keep ALL of your orange peels, and put them in a ball canning jar (or, a clean spaghetti sauce jar with a lid).  Fill up the jar with peels, and add Vinegar to the brim. Put the cap on and shake the jar gently each day for 10 days. After the tenth day, take the peels out, and add the liquid to a spray bottle, top off with water & you have your own (cheaper) version of orange cleaner.

Shower Cleaner:  Heat up 1 C. Vinegar, pour in spray bottle (careful!), Add equal amount of Blue Dawn Dish Soap, turn to blend (not shake). Spray in shower after every use (don’t have to re-heat up).

Weed Killer:  1 Gal. of White Vinegar, 1 – 2 Tbsp of Dawn Dish Soap – mix well, spray on weeds. Does best when you don’t have rain in the forecast; sprinkle the salt first, then spray with the concoction.

Stain Remover (Makes 2 C.):  1 C. Hot Water, 1/2 C. Baking Soda, 1/2 C. Hydrogen Peroxide – mix what you can use as you need it, it loses potency. Add clothes, soak 20 minutes then wash.  Make sure you test prior to using on your colors.

Laundry Soap:  1 C. Ivory (Grated), 1/2 C. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking powder!) and 1/2 C. Borax – store in sealed container, use 1 Tbsp for small loads … 2 Tbsp for heavier loads. You can use Essential Oil if you like too.

Air Freshener:  Few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle of water works great. For the kitchen, toss old orange peels (or lemon) in a stove top pot of water along with cinnamon and boil.

Some more tips

  • Baking Soda is a great scouring powder – just on it’s own – for toilets, stove tops, and more.
  • Vinegar is a great window cleaner … use newspapers (black and white only!) or cotton rag.
  • Scented Oil on cotton balls in cabinets make for fresher smells… put oil on cotton balls and tuck in your vacuum bag for fresher carpet too.
  • Castile Soap is not only a great body wash, hair shampoo – you can use it mixed with some damp warm water to clean your leather sofas. Buff your sofa with Olive Oil (small amount) every so often to keep their shine.

And lastly – your garbage disposal – throw in those old lemon and orange peels along with ice cubes – smells amazing and works super.


**Lastly – if you are worried about having a substance like Boxed Borax at home – not to worry.  It does pose a health hazard, when ingested – but is not absorbed through the skin so as long as you keep it out of reach of the kiddos you’re fine.


How to Clean a Ceramic Cooktop

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Chances are, if you have a ceramic cooktop … you have at one point in time let something boil over.   And, watched that cooking surface burn on the surface making your cooking top look extremely dirty.

This is the story of my life – I always put things on the stove, get impatient for the water to boil, and then run like crazy to turn it down when I see the spaghetti bubble over the top.  

I actually posted this back in June – last night I made Spaghetti for my husband and let the water and pasta boil over… the huge burn stain on the ceramic was a reminder (aside from the nasty smell) that I need to slow down and do ONE thing at a time instead of trying to multi-task. When will I learn? Never.. because I’m sure I’ll do it again next time they want Pasta.

Here’s an easy way to clean it so you don’t have to invest in the ceramic cooktop cleaner:

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Get out your baking soda and sprinkle it over the entire cooking surface. 

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Fill a sink with soapy water (use Dawn Dish Soap).  Submerge a clean kitchen towel in there, then take out and squeeze out 3/4 of the water. Then take blue Dawn Dish Soap and squeeze some over the baking soda, and LAY the Damp Dish Towel OVER the mixture and let sit 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the towel, throw in the wash; clean up the stove – you may have to use just a little elbow grease – and it should look brand new. 

My stove last night was VERY bad, so it took quite a bit of elbow grease but  now it looks brand new.

(If you are not up for dunking kitchen towels in water, take your spray bottle of vinegar and dawn and spray that on top of the baking soda & let sit 15 – 20 minutes).



10 Alternative Household Uses for Alka Seltzer


Have an over abundance of Alka Seltzer? If you do, put it to use around the house.

We have been scoring it for better than FREE with Checkout51 at Fry’s now for the last 3 weeks, and now you’ll have plenty of ways to use it up.

Starting Sunday we can pick up free at Walmart, too.

UNCLOG your Drain. Drop 4 Tablets down the drain, and follow with a Cup of White Vinegar. Let stand 8-10 minutes and flush with boiling water.

Clean your Toilet.  Drop 1-2 Tablets in the Toilet. Watch it fizz, and then scrub with a bowl brush.

Keep Odors out of the Fridge.  Drop a tablet in a cup of water and let it bubble up in the dish – let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Clean your Glass Dishes. Dissolve the tablets in hot water and let your dishes sit in that mixture for an hour, then scrub.

All Purpose Cleaner. 5 Tablets into a Half Gallon of Water work super to clean counters, tile & tubs.

In the Laundry. Soak your Whites in a Gallon of Water with 3 Tablets of Alka Seltzer.

Clean your Retainers. Dissolve a few tablets in water and let your retainer soak.

Clean your Lunch Containers. Drop 2 Tablets in each container and let sit 30 minutes – if you have Spaghetti Stained Containers then they should clean up super.

Clean your Coolers. Just like cleaning your containers it works super to clean your cooler, especially if it’s been sitting for a while. Drop 3-4 tablets in the cooler and let them dissolve in a few inches of water. After 30 minutes you should be able to dump, rinse out and dry.

Freshen your Baby Bottles.  Drop 1-2 Tablets in water in your bottles and let sit 20-30 minutes to freshen them up and take the milk smell out.

Don’t miss our last post on 15 Ways to Reuse Citrus Peels.

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Hydrogen Peroxide | 20 Popular Household Uses {with Printable}


Do you have a lot of Hydrogen Peroxide? If you shop at Walgreens you just might… I have a ton, I use them as fillers for my trips, and as a result I probably have close to 20 bottles. 

To encourage you to put them to use, we wanted to remind you that just a few months ago we put together a fun and helpful list of 20 possible uses.

I usually use mine in the laundry, but since I have so many bottles I’m using as my counter cleaner – and it works super.

Some fun facts about this stuff that you may find as interesting as I did:

  • Fruits & Veggies naturally produce this stuff (you didn’t know that did you?)
  • Your white blood cells produce Hydrogen Peroxide to fight infections.
  • It is safer to use than chlorine bleach.
  • AND it is used to treat drinking water and eliminate bacteria, chemicals & more.

20 Household Uses for Peroxide

You can print this list out for reference and hang on your fridge (that’s where mine is) – or laminate and keep in a household binder for reference.

I’m sure there are many more uses, but for the sake of time (and because 20 fit on one piece of paper!) – we kept it at 20. 

Do you have one that I should add? If so, feel free to comment - we’ll add to the list!

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Baking Soda | 20 Popular Household Uses {+ Printable Reference}


Baking Soda

Most of us are familiar with Baking Soda – we cook with it. .. some of us use to scrub our bath tub – and, some of us (like my father in law) use it for indigestion (a spoon with some water is similar to using Tums Antacid)….

Some fun facts about Baking Soda that you may not know:

  • Most Baking Soda comes from Wyoming
  • Baking Soda was first Imported from England
  • Arm & Hammer is the most widely recognized brand of Baking Soda

You can pick up Baking Soda in Bulk at Costco – or, opt for the smaller one pound orange boxes at Fry’s and Walmart, and like stores, for just around $1 if not a little more. Keep them in your car to freshen the air, or keep in your fridge to eliminate odor. Use it to make your own soft scrub for the bath tub, and much more.


We put together 20 fun Household uses for Baking Soda – and you can also print out the sheet as a reference.

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How to Freeze Milk

How to Freeze Milk

Many of us are fortunate to live in Arizona – and score very inexpensive milk almost weekly.

While other areas of the country pay upwards of $4 – $5 per gallon, we can usually get away with paying $2 or less – which is an unbelievable price.

One way to save money the weeks that milk is not on sale is to freeze gallons – there are a few steps you can take to do this.. you’ll find that not only does the milk thaw out just fine, it’ll save you from paying the non-sales price in a pinch. I have 3 gallons of milk in my chest freezer right now..

Leave room for the milk to expand.  Pour out 1/2 – 1 cup of milk to leave a few inches of space – milk expands.. so you need to give it room to do so.

Date the container.  Take a permanent marker and label your milk container with the date – and, the number of days remaining before it expires (if your milk was purchased on 9/1 & the expiration was 9/14, and you freeze it on 9/5, write “Frozen – 9/5.  Expires 9/14.”

Put the milk in the freezer. It’ll take up to 24 hours to freeze… I usually set mine upright. If you don’t have space for the gallons, break down into smaller containers.

Store it for No More than 6-8 Weeks.  I would not recommend leaving it in there  more than 2 months – it may also inherit the flavors/odors of other items so make sure your other items have a lid or are in a container.

Thaw it in the Fridge. This will take 1-3 days to thaw – you should never leave it on the counter directly – If you need it quicker, use a sink full of cold water – it may take a few hours versus 1-3 days.

Once thawed, use in 5-7 days.  Shake up the gallon a bit if need be.

You can also freeze smaller portions in an ice cube tray, too… pop out and put in a Hefty OneZip.

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How To Make your Own Weed Killer

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Chances are .. if you are in Phoenix, you experienced the rains we had today. Over the next few weeks I can only imagine the weeds that will pop up into our yards…

You can tackle those with your own weed killer – using a combination of ingredients you have in your cabinet.  We have used this, and it WORKS for us.

Home Made Weed Killer

Homemade Weed Killer can be made with a variety of combinations:

  • ONLY Vinegar
  • Vinegar + Blue Dawn Dish Soap
  • Vinegar + Lemon (great if you have a lemon tree)
  • Vinegar + Essential Oil

Using Vinegar ALONE is just as effective as using it with Dish Soap; however, if you wish to combine with Dish Soap use 1 Tbsp (1 oz) per Gallon of Vinegar… I prefer blue Dawn, you might feel like the purple strikes a chord with you.

I find that Costco & Fry’s are the best places to buy Vinegar – 1 Gallon is $2.29 at Fry’s (Versus $5.50 at Safeway for the generic brand).

Alternatively, combine Vinegar with Lemon Juice (as lemon increases acidity so it’ll thus increase the effectiveness of the solution).

How long does it keep?
I would suggest making enough to spray your yard – I haven’t ever kept large amounts for a long period of time to be able to tell you how long it lasts.

Does it Kill Grass?
Yes – so try to avoid spraying it on grass, and on places you wish to grow a garden because it will sterilize the soil.

Does it Affect Pets
As with anything you spray around your home, keep your pets away.

What is the purpose of Table Salt?
The Table Salt works to provide a surface for the liquid to stick to. You are not required to sprinkle salt – but if you are anxiously worried that the solution isn’t sticking and sprinkling it makes you less anxious than go for it.

Or, if you have kids, and you want to give them something to fight the boredom you can give them a container of Table Salt and tell them to go at it.

Can I Use Epsom Salt
I haven’t tried Epsom Salt, but salt in general is not a necessity. You can give it a try, let me know how it works.

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15 Ways to Reuse Citrus Peels

Using Citrus Peels

We’re nearing the season for Lemons in Phoenix, and if you have a lemon tree, chances are you will have a TON of lemons to use (along with the peels!)

The same goes for Grapefruit and Lime – don’t toss those peels. I’m always looking for fun and unique ways to re-use them… so I threw together 15 different ways to give them a second life.

Clean your Microwave.  Add your lemon rinds or juice from a lemon to a microwave safe bowl filled with water.  Put in the microwave for 3-4 minutes on high, allowing that steam to coat the inside of your microwave. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or towel.

Make Tea. Take lemon or orange peels and boil  them for 10 minutes, strain apples and add honey and cinnamon to make your own tea.

Deodorize the Garbage Disposal. Throw your old lemon or orange peels into the garbage disposal for a great way to deodorize (better yet it’s free).

Air Freshener. Simmer your Peels on the stove for a really nice way to freshen your home.  You can add cinnamon, vanilla, or cloves to enhance the smell – you’ll want to keep refreshing that pan with water.

Make your Own Cleaner. Add the peels to a mason jar and fill with vinegar.  Keep adding more peels until the jar is full then let it sit for 14 days – turn the jar upside down each day once or twice. After 2 weeks, filter out the liqiud by putting in a spray bottle & top with water to make your own disinfecting cleaner.

Scented Scrub. Add citrus peels to a container of granulated sugar. Let sit a few days, and shake. The sugar will inherit the citrus smell – remove the citrus and use the sugar as a body scrub in the shower.

Natural Pest Repellent.  Toss them in the garden…ants don’t like lemon.

Use in Marinade, Sauce or Baking. Dry them first, then grind them up fine to use in your own recipes.

Seed Starter.  Cut Lemons in Half and scoop out the pulp – use the cup as a seed starter.

Soften Brown Sugar. Add a slice of Citrus Peel to your brown sugar to keep it soft.

Freshened your Garbage Can. Throw lemon peels in the bottom of the trash UNDER your bag for a better smell – make sure the pulp is removed.

Treat Stains on the Armpits or Collars of your Tees. Rub a lemon with juice on the stain, add baking soda if the stain is more prominent.  Let that sit overnight and then throw in the wash in the morning.

Make Lemon Extract. Take the rind of 5-6 Lemons, and add to a jar.  Cover with Vodka and let sit 4-6 weeks. Shake gently every few days. Strain the peels and add to a clean jar for your own Lemon Extract.

Scrub your Sink.  Use an Orange peel to scrub your sink before you let it fall down into the disposable.

In the Laundry.  Squeeze the juice of a lemon in your laundry to freshen your clothes.

Don’t miss our last post on Lemons | 20 Popular Household Uses {with Printable}.

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How to Make Yogurt in a Crock Pot

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Just a few months ago I let you know I made yogurt in my crockpot – I used a recipe from Crockpot365,  and went to work on a Sunday afternoon.

This week you can pick up Mountain High Yogurt in the 32 oz. Tub for just $1.29 at Fry’s after coupon on the Mega Savings Event:

Mountain High Yogurt 32 oz $2.29 ea. wyb 5
Use the $0.50 off any 32 oz Mountain High Yoghurt
Pay $1.29 ea.

If you would prefer to make your own yogurt, use that Mountain High and start your own Yogurt in the Crock Pot.

You will need:

  • 8 C. of Whole Milk (do not use anything other)
  • 1/2 C. Yogurt with Live, Active Cultures
  • Thick bath towel or two
  • Slow Cooker


I would suggest starting this process around 4 p.m.:

Pour 8 C. of Whole Milk into the crock pot and turn it on low. I set my timer on the crock pot for 2 1/2 hours. Once the time is up, then turn the crock pot off, unplug, and let it sit. 

Do not open the cover.

When 3 hours have passed, remove 2 C. of the warmish milk, and whisk 1/2 C. of the store-bought yogurt….. and then dump it back into the crock pot.

Put the lid back on the crockpot, leave it unplugged, and wrap the crock pot in 1-2 heavy bath towels for insulation. Then, put yourself to bed for 8 hours.

Once you wake up, the yogurt should be done. Put the yogurt into plastic containers in the refrigerator – but save 1/2 C. as a “starter” for the next batch you make.

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Epsom Salt | 15 Popular Household & Personal Uses

Epsom Salt - 15 Uses

Chances are, if you are shopping this week at Walgreens, you may have picked up some FREE Epsom Salt. I have 2 bags, ready to put to use.

Epsom salt is made up of the compound magnesium sulfate. The earliest discovery of magnesium sulfate came about in Epsom, England.  Many people have a magnesium deficiency……….which can lend way to health problems.

Likewise, many plants also have a magnesium deficiency – that’s why you see some plants with curled up leaves.  It’s a great idea to help keep the magnesium level regular in your body by taking frequent Epsom Salt Baths (reference below).

Here are 15 ideas to put that Epsom Salt to work:

Green up your Grass. Add 2 tablespoons per 1 gallon of water and spread on your yard with a yard sprayer. The magnesium and iron will enrich your soil and in turn, green up your grass.

Relaxing Bath.  Add 2 Cups to your Bath and soak – you can also add any essential oils too.

Use in the Garden. Add 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water and spray it on your garden plants every 7-14 days.

Clean your Tile. Whether it be your floor or your bathroom tile, mix with Dawn Dish Soap in equal amounts and scrub.. it works great to take off that grime.

Frosting your Windows.  Be festive for the holidays and mix 1 1/2 c. of boiling water with 1 C. of Epsom Salts and 3 Tablespoons of dish soap – sponge it on your windows for a frosted look at Christmas.

Facial Scrub.  Mix a spoon with your cleanser at night or in the morning and scrub your face.

Treat Bug Bites.  Soak your washcloth in 2 Tablespoons Epsom Salt to 2 Cups of water and lay it over your bites or stings.

Fabric Softener Crystals. Mix 4 C. of Epsom Salt withi 20 Drops of your favorite Essential Oil to make your own Softener Crystals. Use 1/4 C. per load.

Sunburn Treatment.  Dissolve 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in 1 C. Water and place in a spray bottle to spray on your sunburn.

Fertilize your House Plants. Add 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water to your house plants.

Ward off Insects. Mix Epsom Salt with Water and add to a spray bottle to ward off insects.

As a Laxative. Mix 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt with 8 oz. of Water and rink the mixture to relieve yourself of constipation.

Weed Killer. Mix 2 Cups with 1Gallon of Vinegar and add 5 Tablespoons of Liquid Dish Soap (like Dawn) and spray your weeds.

Deep Clean your Hair. Mix 1 Tablespoon with your Shampoo to act as a deep cleaner for your hair.

Soften your Dry Feet.  Put 1/2 C. Epsom Salt in 1 Gallon of Water and Soak your feet up to 30 minutes. Scrub with a loofah for soft feet.

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Vinegar | 20 Household Uses {with Printable}



Many of us have a love affair with vinegar – it’s something that we always (and I mean = always!) have in our cabinet. It helps me keep my house clean, helps my laundry stay soft, and helps my pocketbook.

Vinegar has been around for 10,000 years – but has been produced commercially for just 2,500 – it is probably one of the ONLY products in your cabinet that has such a long history.

One of the best aspects about Vinegar is that it is cheap, versatile, and much less harsh than most of the commercial cleaning products – in our house it helps mop floors, clean toilets, works as fabric softener, cleans our shower, and….. even cleans our feet (yes……. I’ll expand on that at a later time)..

We have compiled a list of 20 Popular uses for Vinegar that you can print out and keep handy on your fridge….. think of something we didn’t cover? You can leave a comment & we’ll add it to our next list.


DIY | Making Your Own Photo Postcards to Send by Mail

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Chances are if you have kids you love to take pictures.. I know I try to take as many as I can. They don’t always turn out, but I try.

When had my first, I used to make the most incredible cards to send to family. This was before I blogged so I had all kinds of time.. I did work full time but looking back, I had so much more of it compared to now.

As each child got bigger, I took less and less pictures. But my goal lately has been to ‘overtake’ them.. (if that is even a word?!)  So I try for at least 100 – 200 each month. I get them developed in the Groovebook (far below) for $2.99 and free shipping.

Sending postcards to family with your child’s picture is a fun way to show them the kids as they get bigger – fortunately there are several low-cost ways you can make your own.

Let the Post Office Help

I have posted this before, and it’s such a great resource. Premium Postcard allows you to upload your image, tap in a message, choose a font & font size and fill in the recipient’s address. Pay a small fee and it’s on it’s way in just a few days.

Make your Own

I have done this for years – simply get your 4×6 Prints at Walgreens (or any other retailer) and turn it over  write a message & the recipient’s address and slap on a stamp.

There is nothing against sending your own 4×6 prints through the mail as a postcard.. as long as you use a stamp. They won’t be as sturdy as if you used backing but they arrive just fine.

Use Groovebook

If you are signed up for Groovebook you can use those to send postcards for even less. A Groovebook allows you to get up to 100 keepsake Photos in a nicely bound book for $2.99 (shipped) each month. It’s the best invention.. the photos are uploaded from your iPhone or Android and are printed in a bound book with perforated pages. Read more by clicking through to my last post.

Use Postcard Backing

You can pick up Postcard Backing that is peel & stick.. for 10 of them you’ll pay around $4. Look in your office supply store.. it’s cheaper than paying shipping at an online retailer. You can peel the backing, stick to your print and send.

Use Postagram

You can score 3 FREE Pre-Paid Postcards with FREE Postage when you download their app…. it’s neat, we have it and use it weekly.

You will be able to use your Facebook photos, Instagram Photos, or Album on your phone to send a personalized picture postcard to any person of your choice.  Once you upload your picture (Facebook, Instagram or other), you hit “continue” they will let you personalize with a message prior to sending. Postage is FREE for those first 3 … and just $1 for subsequent. 


Use Microsoft Publisher

Design your own – if you have time.. this is a little more elaborate that just uploading a picture.   Publisher allows you to upload pictures, and add embellishments, and paper backgrounds you may have purchased. You can then design your own card, save as a 4×6 or 5×7 and then upload to the Walgreens Photo Portal and get printed.

TEN Alternative Uses for Mouthwash

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Chances are.. if you coupon, you have tons and tons of mouthwash. We have loads upon LOADS of Listerine, and believe it or not, it comes in handy when I’m mopping my house.

Believe it or not, mouthwash is one item that has several uses – from mopping to laundry. If you have any alcohol based, sugar free mouthwash around your home, here are 10 uses for putting those extra bottles to good use:

Glass Cleaner.  Apply to a damp cloth and wipe down your mirrors. You’ll nee d to dry with a dry cotton cloth.

Freshen your Laundry. Add one cup to a cycle of clothes (in the Rinse Cycle!) – it’ll eliminate the stinky smell.

Treat your Dandruff.  Rinse your hair with 1/2 C. of Each Mouthwash an water after you shampoo.  It might take a few rinses

Floor Cleaner. You can use Mouthwash to Mop your Floors.. just add to Mop Water as you would anything else.

Toilet Cleaner. Pour a cup in your toilet bowl, let it sit 30 minutes an rinse.

Facial Cleanser.  Use a cotton ball dipped in mouthwash as astringent on your face – cheaper, an cleaner than buying brand name facial items.

Pet Pee.  Deter your pets from peeing .. fill a spray bottle with 1 C. Water and 3 Tablespoons of Clear Mouthwash and spritz on the area.

Clean your Hands. After peeling onions or garlic, use it to clean your hands – simply wipe your hands with a cotton ball moistened in mouthwash.

Athlete’s Foot. Soak your Cotton Ball and dabble  between the toes after your shower.

Garbage Disposal.  Pour 1/2 C. down the sink / Garbage Disposal and run the disposal to eliminate a nasty odor.

See more ways to put household items to use… including Lemons, Baking Soda, Vinegar, Peroxide & More.

Saving Money by Stockpiling Eggs (Freeze for Later Use)

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This week you can pick up Eggs for just $.99 per Dozen at Albertsons – although they aren’t free, they are still a great price. When they aren’t on sale you can’t usually pick up that low…

If you are looking to stock up this week but fear not being able to use them, you can save yourself some expense by purchasing them and freezing them.

It’s actually very simple. If you have an overabundance of eggs, OR, if you would like to stockpile eggs, you can freeze fresh, clean eggs for later use – get those ice cube trays out.. they will come in handy!


Freezing Whole Eggs:  Crack them, and beat them just until blended; freeze in a storage container that seals tightly and label with the date. Once thawed, 3 Tbsp = 1 Whole Egg.

Freezing Whites:  Break the eggs & separate, being careful obviously – you don’t want the yolk in the white. Pour into freeze containers, or into an ice cube tray & freeze, then transfer to a container that seals tightly. Once thawed, 2 Tbsp = 1 Whole Egg White.

Freezing Yolks: Yolks thicken when they are frozen…. which makes them impossible to use after they are thawed; therefore, to prevent that beat the yolks together with 1/8 tsp of salt or 1/2 tsp sugar per every 4 eggs. Then freeze in ice cube trays & transfer to a container that seals tightly once frozen. Make sure you label with the number of yolks and the amount of sugar/salt you used so as to prevent more salt from being added if you use them in a recipe.  Once thawed, 1 Tbsp = 1 Whole Egg Yolk.

Using the eggs is quite easy – you simply thaw them over night in the fridge. If you are using the whites, let them sit for 20 – 30 min at room temp. they’ll cook better.

Do It Yourself | Homemade Hair Detangler

DIY Hair Detangler

We are still getting ready to be back in the swing of things this week with school creeping up on us… if you have girls, chances are you probably fight with them to comb their hair. Or you fight with them when you comb their hair.

My daughter is almost 8, and last year we had to chop her hair, because she was not willing to do the work it required to be ready on time for school. After a year of having it just above her shoulders, she is eager to grow it back out long…  I’m wondering how that will work this year but I guess we’ll find out!

But with that comes the responsibility of doing her hair each day. Combing it is a challenge, for me and for her. We keep all the FREE samples we sign up for and use them to put together our own homemade detangled. 

It’s so easy, you won’t ever buy it again at the store.

::: Grab a Plastic Spray Bottle (I got this at Walmart for $1)

::: Gather your FREE Conditioner Packets that you sign up for (each has 1 – 2 Tbsp of conditioner) 

::: Squeeze the conditioner in the bottle – I use 1-2 packets per spray bottle

::: Fill the bottle with water, shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine.

I help her comb her hair .. and we start by spraying with detangled prior to doing it in pigtails or ponytail – this works super for us. 

And it’s a great way to use all those extra packets you have at home.