This post brought to you by Real Simple, All You and Southern Living. All opinions are 100% mine.
Spring is here and it’s got me focused on Spring cleaning. I just did a big overhaul on my kids playroom (more on that in an upcoming post) and now I’m ready to tackle the rest of the house. I love to make my own cleaning supplies and in looking for Spring cleaning inspiration I found From the Pages of – hub at Walmart.com. It’s a place where articles and ideas from my favorite magazines like, All You, Real Simple and Southern Living, converge in one easy to view place.
They give you access to great tips and ideas including this DIY Dishwasher Detergent, and then just for viewing and sharing these great tips you will also get a $1 off coupon for your favorite magazines! I found this automatic dishwasher detergent recipe in the “Whip up your own cleaning products” article from All You. It was quick and easy to make and saves me a bundle by not having to buy pricey detergent.
Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
- Prep time: 4 min.
- Total cost: $2.45
- Makes: 32 oz. (enough for 32 loads)
- Rubber gloves
- Measuring cup
- Mixing bowl
- 32-oz. lidded plastic container
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups borax
- 25 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Put on gloves.
- Add washing soda, borax and oil to bowl, stirring with your hands to mix and eliminate clumps.
- Transfer powder to plastic container.
- Use 2 Tbsp. detergent per wash.
- You also can add 1 tsp. vinegar, if desired, to the rinse cycle to prevent spots on silverware and glasses.
Dishes, silverware and glassware come out shiny and clean thanks to this simple three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.
Another cleaning product that I’ve been making for years now is my DIY Laundry Soap. Get the recipe and start saving! It is possible to get clean clothes without spending a lot on fancy detergent. I use this in my HE washer and I’ve had great results with getting clean, fresh laundry despite the cheap price tag.
I also learned this great tip from their article: “Prepare only what you’ll use for six months, some formulas can start to lose efficacy past that point. Note: Cleaning solutions made with fresh lemon juice should be used or tossed within a day.” Great to know! Many DIY cleaning recipes I’ve seen use lemon juice and I wouldn’t have thought they would need to be used or tossed within a day!
I also loved the “6 Time Saving Cleaning Tricks” article which you can check out on the Walmart and Time Inc. hub page! Be sure to grab the $1 off coupon while you are there too!
What DIY Spring cleaning tips do you use?