Cleaning With Food Stamps – Mirror/Window Cleaner-&-Fabric Softener-In-One… WHAAAT!?

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Last week: Homemade Scented Purex Softening Laundry Crystals

Yes, you read that right.

A fabric softener that also cleans your windows and mirrors to a sparkly shine!

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This is also the first house hack that makes use of our super duper secret ingredient. Ready for this? Here it is:

Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing!

[waits a minute for the shock to wear off]

The recipe for the cleaning solution:

To use:

  • Add 1/2-1 c mixture to laundry load in fabric softener drawer, or to rinse cycle, instead of fabric softener liquid or sheets
    OR
  • spray on window or mirror instead of Windex or similar, wipe with microfiber cloth or newspaper to sparkly, streak-free shine
  • For added fabric fluffy-ness, don’t forget to toss some tennis balls or felted dryer balls into the dryer with each load!

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Cleaning With Food Stamps – Homemade Washing Soda

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Since washing soda [sometimes called soda ash, scientific name = sodium carbonate] is one of the ingredients we’ll use the most, and sometimes hard to find in some areas [and since it’s possible for my food stamps to cover it] we’ll start off this series with how to make it ourselves! It’s inedible, which means food stamps won’t cover it, but it’s dead easy to make with FS-friendly items.

Believe it or not, some serious science goes into making this stuff. I have no idea how to explain what any of it is, but you can read all about it over here from Penny, the lovely author of Penniless Parenting. The end of it is that basically if you take baking soda, and expose it to high heat, over time some magic science-y stuff happens that makes it release carbon dioxide and turn into washing soda. Continue reading

Bathroom Cleaning Schedule & Free Printable!

For those who have missed out on this memo, I’m about halfway though making child #3. Along with this new impending bundle has come a bundle of health drama fun!  Which has meant that most of the child care and house-keeping duties are falling to my dear husband.  Who, it turns out, has a [aherm] very different approach to keeping house.

Being more or less bed-bound has not been super-duper fun, so over the last week, in an endeavor to do something creative and [hopefully] helpful, I devised a clever plan for helping him in keeping my bathrooms just the way I like them, AND… that project resulted in a new printable for the shop!

Behold:

Clean the bathroom in a weekSee? See?  I’m pleased with it.  Not least because I’m reasonably sure that it will keep my bathrooms clean with even less effort than I was exerting before.

I’ve also posted this in my Etsy shop, but those of you who are awesome enough to read the blog can have it for the low, low price of FREE.  Cuz you’re awesome. XD

It may be printed as either an 8×10 photo, or full letter-size page print.  All I need now is a frame to pop this puppy into and up it goes!  I’ll let you know whether it does indeed help with keeping the bathrooms cleaner… [crosses fingers]

What do you guys do that helps keep the house clean without making you feel like you’re spending your life cleaning?

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