DIY: Dishwasher cubes

Tired of the price of dishwasher tablets lately? Me too. I decided to try to make my own and it worked really well! Making your own also saves you quite a bit of money. All of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store or Walmart and costs you roughly $10. This recipe roughly makes 18-20 cubes depending on your ice cube tray size and you can easily double it to make more in one sitting.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup of Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • 1 measuring cup or mixing bowl (preferably one with a pour spout)
  • 2 ice cube trays

 

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Directions:

  1. Pour the washing soda and borax into the measuring cup (or whatever you desire to mix the ingredients in). Mix appropriately.

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  1. Stir in the vinegar and lemon juice concentrate slowly. A reaction will occur so wait until the foam dies down before adding more.
  2. Make sure you mix all the ingredients and scrape the bottom of the container in case there was any powders stuck.

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  1. Pour into the ice cube trays. This is where having a container with a pour spout comes in handy.
  2. Wait overnight for the cubes to harden. Pop them out onto some wax paper,
  3. Store in an airtight container and use one per load.

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The results please me because it leaves my dishes nice and clean without any sort of film! It took me roughly 30 minutes to make so it didn’t consume a lot of my time either.

 

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DIY: 3 Ingredient Fabric Softener

Tired of buying fabric softeners that are filled with chemicals? Or maybe you’re trying to find a cheaper way to soften your laundry? Well this 3 ingredient softener works wonders and takes 10 minutes to make!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of Epsom Salt
  • ½ cup of Baking Soda
  • 30 drops of the essential oil/blend of your choosing. (I decided to use lavender and lemon together)
  • 1 sealable container

 

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Directions:

1. Place the Epsom salt inside of the container and mix in the oils. The oils and salt should be blended with the salt thoroughly before moving on. You can add more or less depending on how strong you would like the scent to be.

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2. Add the baking soda. Mix appropriately.

3. Use 2-3 tablespoons of the fabric softener in the rinse cycle.

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It should look like this when everything is mixed in. That’s it! Seriously, you’re all done! Super easy and money saving! Each container worth makes about 10-15 loads! You can easily double the recipe if you would like to. In addition, I’ve used this several times with towels, clothing, and bedding and I haven’t seen any sort of problems with it. I don’t like super strong-smelling softeners so I keep my mixture to this minimum.

 

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DIY: Reusable Dryer Sheets

Static has been my enemy this winter season. It’s been so bad that whenever I moved my comforter on my bed, you could hear and see the static. Therefore, I went on a mission to stop the static. In my research, I learned that a majority of the static, especially in the winter, is rooted towards the dry air and the dryer. The dryer can produce a lot of negative energy which results in static. A solution that the dear internet provided me is a really simple and cheap recipe for reusable dryer sheets. You may be thinking how cheap is cheap, Jess? Honestly, everything came from the local Dollar Tree, or from the sink. I ended up spending $5 for something that has lasted several loads now. The static is practically gone and my pups can safely snuggle me in bed without getting shocked.

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What you will need:

  • 1 container at least 2 qts (I used a 3.2 L as it was the only one available at the time)
  • 1-2 cups of liquid laundry softener
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 6 sponges

 

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Directions:

  1. Pour water and softener into the tub and stir until completely mixed.
  2. Place sponges inside the mixture.
  3. Keep container sealed when not in use.
  4. Use one sponge per load. Make sure you squeeze out any extra liquid before adding with your wet clothes.
  5. After the load is done, place the dried sponge back into the mixture.
  6. Enjoy a static free life.

 

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Simple and cheap DIY to save you some money! I hope you all enjoy this post. If there are any DIYs you would like me to try, comment below!

 

DIY: Bath Jellies

Keep calm, and jiggle.

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What you will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup of body wash
  • Silicone molds. Have fun with them! I did mine with penguins!
  • Soap dye for color (optional)
  • Soap glitter (optional)

 

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Directions:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water on medium heat.
  2. Add the gelatin packet and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Add the body wash and stir.
  4. Now is the time if you want to add any soap dye or glitter.
  5. Pour your mix into your silicone molds. Make sure you have a plate underneath the molds in case you spill. It helps with the clean up!
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for 2-3 hours, or until they’ve hardened.

 

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Experiment with different colors, molds, and glitter! Store either in a glass jar or keep them right inside of your mold! These are a fun way to get kids excited for bath time or an easy (cheap) gift to make someone for any occasion!

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