Thursday, January 17, 2013

A little DIY experiment

Been a stay at home mom has taught me alot of things.
A few things ive learned are routines, and schedules, and how to be gracious.

How to do things again and again on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.. like chores... im doing something daily BUT im not ALWAYS cleaning MY WHOLE house daily. It keeps me from going insane.

Planning in advance, even if it doesn't happen. If you Fail to plan, You PLAN to Fail...
Knowing what you are doing in advance keeps you from been over scheduled and tired by the end of the day, week, and month. Its all about balance.

When i would spend all day cleaning, spilled milk was something worth crying about... Literally..
As the children get older, it gets easier to pass on responsibilities.  You spilled the milk you can clean it up.. No more angry fits on my part... I smile a lot more now bc they automatically grab something to clean up the mess.. Its nice to see that Grace allows room for them to grow.. 
The hardest teacher in life, Mistakes.. 
id rather let them know that consequences is the toughest teacher theyll ever know.

Ive also learned about budgets, tips, and DIY ideas..

Recently I was at a ladies gathering and we had a special guest speaking on some practical ways to simplify your daily activities some were the "one touch rule" (which ive tried before but stopped when little ones were born it was just to hard on my opinion, but to some that might work) You touch something once. If you pick up your plate after dinner rinse it and place it in the dishwasher... No more sink full of dishes. Or even applied to mail. Once you pick it up start opening mail and sorting things before you enter the house, what you dont want throw out in the trash outside. No more Mail stacking up on your desk, table ... etc.

One thing however i have always intended on doing was my own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, multi-purpose cleaners sort of stuff. Just to free up some more spending cash for the things I want (just been honest lol)
So i was excited that this gifted lady came bearing gifts: a sample of her DIY laundry soap.
i havent tried it yet bc for Black Friday instead of shopping for wants i went shopping for needs
on about $45. I bought enough toilet paper, toothpaste, baby wipes and laundry soap to last me 2 months.. 
am i couponing queen, or super frugal?? Nope, im learning how to though. 

I checked out her blog, and started taking good notes.
And yesterday i went shopping for some items for the DIY dishwasher soap..

these are the items needed

Original Blue Dawn (@ Wal Mart for about $2.96)(*aisle 26 for my Wal Mart)
Lemi Shine (@Wal Mart for about $3.46) (*aisle 26 for my walmart same aisle with dishsoaps)
Oxygen Bleach (I found mine at The dollar tree for $1, i found some at Wal Mart in the laundry soap section but tried to see if i could find a more inexpensive one)
White Vinegar (I found mine at The Dollar tree for $1, or @ Wal Mart for $1.38)

so i am copying and pasting directly from 

so heres the recipe in case you might want to try.

Dishwasher Detergent 

1 Tbl. oxygen bleach
1/2 teaspoon original blue Dawn dish soap
1 Tbl. Lemi Shine ($3.66 at WalMart)
1/2 cup white vinegar (poured into a bowl or cup on the top rack of the machine) (this is optional)

You put the first three ingredients right in the detergent cup of your dishwasher right before you start the load. No premixing! Do not use more than 1/2 tsp. of Dawn or you will have a bubbly mess. There are bubbles during the washing cycles. Don't worry, they all rinse away at the end. 

The water from the dishwasher cycle collects in the cup with the vinegar and spills over into the dishwasher making the perfect rise for your dishes. No, your glasses don't taste like vinegar!

i tried yesterday and i can honestly say it worked great! so im going to try it out for the rest of the month and give a full review on my thoughts...

i have included the link to Elizabeths site Frazzled Mom.. go check her out amazing woman and i hope she doesnt mind i have mentioned her here.

Ive yet to try the laundry soap i still have about 4 bottle of laundry soap left before i run out!!
Yes i did good buying necessities on Black Friday.. i still also have an unopen box of baby wipes.. so im set for a few more months.

Thank you Elizabeth (@
For your advice and simple practical tips..

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