Speaking of Spring Cleaning – Let’s Make Some Money Decluttering!

Filed under :Cleaning, INSIDE the Home, Minimalism, Whole House Declutter Challenge

CLUTTER CLUTTER CLUTTER CLUTTER…..

Clutter = CHAOS.  The opposite of chaos is ORDER.  We want order.  I’ll be writing another post just about this topic very soon 🙂

For now — Let’s simplify – declutter – and put some money in your pocket!

Does you garage look anything like this?  Maybe you have a storage shed in the back yard or even you could be renting a unit monthly to store your STUFF.   Let’s get serious here, ok?  Let’s talk about STUFF.  Do we really need all of this STUFF that we’ve accumulated and have stored in every nook and cranny?  Or is this STUFF just creating CHAOS in our lives – STUFF to clean, work around, move, etc.  Let’s SIMPLIFY!

ORDER in our lives creates PEACE.  And in this day and age, we need all the help we can get simplifying our lives.  Life is just way to busy having to shuffle stuff around.  Well, in addition to helping to simplify our lifes, we can actually make some money selling all of this STUFF that we really don’t need!

What could you do with some extra cash?  Pay off some debt?  Purchase an item that you truly need?  Put some money in your savings or rainy day fund?  Just imagine – cleaning and decluttering and getting paid for it 🙂  Now that’s motivation!

Speaking of motivation – that’s what you’re going to need to get started – MOTIVATION.  Our motivation is two-fold:  MONEY and ORDER.  But let’s take a step back and plan our process.  Let’s get organized first and get our minds set straight so we can SUCCEED and get this project completed and money in our pockets.

So, where do we start?  We start with a plan.  We start with a goal.

Then we take that plan and break it apart into smaller, more defined tasks.

As an example, while our GOAL is to declutter our home and create order in our lives, sell things we don’t need, and make some cash, our tasks are going to be more simplified, easier, specific tasks that can be accomplished in a shorter period of time with smaller goals and targets.

Another part of our plan is determining HOW we are going to sell the items (or find them another home if they can’t be sold).  There are several ways and places we can sell items that make the job so much simpler.  There’s Ebay, Craigslist, as well as local Buy/Sell groups on Facebook.  For the items that we are not successful selling, we can recycle, donate or just throw away.

Now, how do we get started on the actual DECLUTTERING work.  Well, we’re going to break that apart into smaller tasks as well.  I suggest breaking the job down into smaller tasks that you can accomplish in 1 afternoon or 4 hours.  That may be a closet, a cabinet, etc.  Start with the smallest tasks first – this will help to get you started and committed when you can quickly see your progress and accomplishments.   When you get to rooms like the garage, just break the job into Area A, Area B, Area C, etc.  That may mean a corner, a wall, shelves, etc.

Plan how much of your time that you are going to dedicate to this project.  I suggest at least 2 to 3 “decluttering” tasks per week – definitely no more than 3.  Remember, each task should only take you 4 hours max to accomplish.  Then spend a couple of hours the next day listing the items for sale.

Now let’s talk about exactly what “decluttering” really means.  Let’s say your first task is to clean out a bedroom closet.  As you remove each item from the closet, you need to make a conscious decision about that item.  Have you actually used or worn that item in the last 3 months?  If it’s a clothing item from winter and you’re doing your declutter in summer, did you wear the item last winter?  If you didn’t – it needs to go.   If you have used or worn the item and you are going to keep it, then it will need to be placed back into the closet in an organized fashion.  THIS IS THE ORDER we are looking for.  As you’re going along decluttering, make sure you are also cleaning!

Next, let’s talk about the declutter pile that you’re going to be creating.  Let’s talk about our options:  sell, recycle, donate, throw away.  As you are creating your “declutter” pile, let’s go ahead and sort the items based on what your plans are for each item.  I suggest buying several plastic bins and labeling them accordingly.  Of course, for the items that you are going to throw away, use a garbage bag 🙂

As soon as possible, after cleaning out the bedroom closet (example we are using), make sure to take the garbage bag to the trash.  Whew!  What a relief!  You’ve already unloaded some of your chaos!  Our next step is to determine what items we will be donating to places like 2nd hand non-profit stores.  These non-profit corporation sell the items to make money to fund great causes in our communities.  When you donate, you’re helping other less fortunate individuals!    Now that’s a great sense of accomplishment!!!  Congratulations for doing something positive to help others 🙂

Next – what items do you have marked for recycling?  Let’s get those items to the proper location for recycling.  Now you’ve already accomplished clearing out a good bit of the items that have been cluttering up your life 🙂  Do you feel the weight being unloaded from your shoulders?  You should be feeling a great sense of accomplishment and ORDER.

Our last step is to determine what items we have segregated to sell.  Make a list of the items (an Excel spreadsheet works well for this task to keep you organized) – number them and either tape or safety pin a number to each item.  On your list, record a short description of the item and where you are going to list the item for sale along with your initial selling price.  Also enter the date that you list the item for sale and leave a column to enter the date that you sell and ship/deliver the item to the new owner.   Give yourself a set period of time to sell the item.  If the item doesn’t sell in that period of time, decide if you want to lower the price and relist the item.  I would only do this once – if it doesn’t sell at your initial price or your reduced price, it’s time to place it into the next recycle or donate stack and get rid of it.

As you’re trading your CLUTTER for DOLLARS, you are feeling better and better about this decluttering project!  No only are your simplifying your life, you’re gaining a few bucks in your pocket and making contributions to your community through donations and recycling.  That’s more motivation to keep moving forward with your DECLUTTERING project and your final GOAL.    Congratulations!

While this article is very simplified and not written in depth, it does give you the essential top level directions that you need to get started and keep you on track with your DECLUTTERING PROJECT.  I wish you all the success as I start the same project in my home 🙂


So Ready for Spring – So Is Your Checkbook! How To Save Money On Your Electric Bill This Spring!

Filed under :Cleaning, Energy, INSIDE the Home, Saving....

Spring sky and burgeon in snow

I am absolutely loving this warmer weather!  After being “cooped up” inside for most of the cold wind, it’s so nice to have some warm days and sunny skies.

In this post, I’m going to talk about using this great weather to save you some $$ on the power bill when it arrives next month.

So before we step outside, let’s look at some of the ways that this springtime weather and warmer temperatures can save you INSIDE your home.  First, open the windows!  Yes, bring the clean, warmer, and drier air inside your home.  First, turn off your A/C and heating unit.  I like to open a couple of windows, place fans in them and create a flow of fresh air through my home.   I do this by opening a few windows on one end of the house with fans blowing the air IN, then I open a few windows on the other end of the house, and use fans to pull the air to the outside.   Even if the air is a little cooler, its invigorating and encourages you to move around and even get some of that spring cleaning done.  It’s a great time to dust as well because you’ll help to remove the dust from your home via its exit through your windows.

If it’s warm enough outside, just keep your windows open for as long as you can to pull the fresh cool air in and save on your electric bill and air conditioning costs.  I’ve found that having a few windows open at night and a couple of fans pulling in the fresh, cool air will keep my home at a nice temperature for most of the following day.   Then it’s only a few hours (from about 2 PM till dusk) that my home begins to warm up before it starts cooling down again when the sun goes down.  I have saved a good bit of money in spring by doing this until the actual hot summertime finally arrives.

Now on to the outside…. I don’t know about you, but it’s so nice to be able to enjoy being in the yard again after a long winter.  I believe it’s good for the soul to move around, plant some flowers and vegetables and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s also a great time to plan activities in the back yard like cooking out or grilling out.  No need in running the stove or oven inside – be creative and plan a few meals that you can cook outside over a little campfire!  This is a great time to be able to wind down from a long, busy and stressful week as well.  There are several websites that you can search for camping or cooking outdoor type recipes that are easy to cook.  Of course, you can even use some of the branches and sticks that you’ve picked up that have broken and fallen over the winter.

 

One of the things I love the most is being able to hang my laundry outside again in the spring!  And saving money by not running the dryer is a good thing too.  You may have read in other posts on my blog about how I prepare my laundry to dry so that it is not stiff.  If not, here’s a quick explanation:  wash your laundry in the washing machine as you normally would, use vinegar in place of fabric softener in your little blue ball, and then toss your laundry in the dryer for a quick 10 minutes – just enough to heat the clothes up and soften them before hanging up to finish air drying.  Not only will your clothes and towels be soft when they have finished drying, but they will also be wrinkle free!

What are some of your best ideas for activities and saving money in the spring?  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave your comments below 🙂


Let’s Save on Heating Costs! (A ‘HOW TO’) And Other Benefits of Turning Your Thermostat DOWN A Few Degrees in the Winter

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Here we are – in the middle of January 2017.  This is usually the coldest time of the year for most of us in the U.S. and North America.  Today I would like to post some information about lowering your heating costs.  I know that most of us have heard that we need to turn our thermostat down in the winter time to save energy and money.  And, I definitely agree.

 But now let’s discuss a little more in depth about turning your thermostat down.  First, I would recommend that you purchase a programmable thermostat.  That way, you can set it and forget about it.   There are thermostats available that will allow you to program your desired temperature based on a weekly schedule.  So, when you are away at work you will not be heating the house and wasting energy and money.  The thermostat will also automatically lower the temperature when you are sleeping and then raise it a few degrees just before you wake up.  There are so many benefits to automating and controlling the temperature in your home that will pay for your investment in a short period of time.  But I’ll post more about the programmable thermostat in a later post.

Now let’s discuss some of the benefits of turning your thermostat down a few degrees.   The first benefit of course is lowering your heating costs.  You’ll consume and pay for less energy.  Tests have shown that you will see a difference in your utility bill if you lower your home’s temperature for just four hours a day.  That’s the equivalent to getting money deposited into your account!  According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s web site (http://www.eere.energy.gov)  you can save about 5 percent to 15 percent per year on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours (1% for each degree).  That is a significant cost savings for your family.   There are other estimates published that say you can save up to 3% per degree that you turn your thermostat down.

What about other benefits – other than heating costs?  Yes, there are other “hidden” benefits to turning your thermostat down!

  1. YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT!  Yes!  (I found this information at https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/5-benefits-turning-thermostat-will-surprise/)  “Your energy expenditure increases as the temperature drops so you burn more calories or roughly 100 more a day. This increased energy can translate into an extra 3500 calories burned in just a few weeks. This means you would lose one pound.”  Now that’s a great benefit!
  2. YOU WILL SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT – You will get a much most restful night’s sleep with the temperature a few degrees cooler.
  3. EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER – yes!  If you drop the temperature in your home below 65 degrees, these large appliances will not have to work as hard to keep your food cold or frozen.
  4. HELP YOUR HOUSEPLANTS – yes, by dropping the temperature below 75 degrees, your houseplants will live longer thru the winter months.

So that’s a total of 5 great reasons to lower your thermostat during the winter months.    My next post will be focused on how to go about lowering your thermostat so that you can get the most benefit!  Stay tuned.


More Information on the Last LAUNDRY Post :-)

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I was asked a question about the amount of time I run my dryer before taking the laundry out and hanging to finish air drying.  I posted as a comment under my last post, but thought I would also share here as well.

I set my timer for about 10 minutes for a 3/4 load of laundry.  It’s going to be something that you’ll need to determine based on your specific dryer because they are all different models, different ages, etc.   You may want to start with 10 minutes for a 3/4 to full load and then adjust accordingly.  You want the laundry to be still very damp but also very warm to the touch when you remove it from the dryer.  It’s the tumbling and heating of the dryer that ensures when you hang the laundry that it will be soft after it has completed air drying.

Something else that I’d like to share with everyone is that I use a tennis ball in my dryer to help tumble the cloths around.  This does make them dry faster.   And yes, it will make a bit of a noise in your dryer – but to me the cost savings are worth it!  The tennis ball keeps the clothes from “clumping together” and just getting thrown from side to side in the dryer.  And if you clothes are moving and tossing around, and getting hot air all around, they will get to the drying stage that you are looking for much faster.  Something else that the tennis ball helps with is the amount of lint that is removed from your laundry.  In the washing phase, some fibers will break down and deposit on the top of the laundry items.  You need this agitation in the dryer to help remove the lint from the clothing and get it to the lint filter.   But it’s not just lint on your laundry that you are trying to remove – sometimes its strands of human hair or dog hair that has attached itself to your articles of clothing.  Using the tennis ball will help remove those from your clothing while it is tossing around.

The last thing you want to do is step on a tennis ball when you’re walking into the dark laundry room – so, I HIGHLY suggest that when you remove your laundry from the dryer, just toss the tennis ball back into the dryer and it will be ready for the next load.  Plus, it helps you not to lose it (hmm, sounds like I’m talking from experience there, doesn’t it?)


Revisiting the LAUNDRY!

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Back on August 28th, 2016, I wrote an article entitled “Save Money & Extend the Life of Your Clothes”   In this article I talked a good deal about how so many Americans use their clothes dryers for drying ALL of their clothes and how this can make your clothes wear out so much faster.  Go back and read the article – it’s very interesting and I think you’ll get a lot from it.

But – here we are – in the dead of winter in January 2016 and this weekend it’s been RAIN, SLEET, and SNOW even in the deep South!  It rained all day yesterday and the temperature started dropping!  So, as I’m waking up this morning, it’s 27 degrees F outside and feels like 14 degrees F.  I hope the dog doesn’t want to go out any time soon 🙂

Last night before I went to bed, I washed a load of white clothes – mainly towels.  Needless to say, I will not be hanging clothes out to dry this morning!  But, all is not lost – because, I have something really cool to share with you.  This will be a little tip that I think you’re going to like a lot.

How many times have you been in a hurry for a certain piece of clothing to dry?  You make several trips back and forth to the dryer and you end up removing the item from the dryer before the dryer has completed its cycle.  AND, the item is actually already dry.  The fact is, sometimes the dryer can continue even 10 minutes or longer after all of the items are dry.  This is definitely a waste of electricity and, can affect the life of your dryer.  So – what I’m going to share with you will save you $$$ and save your dryer.

This morning when I woke up, I transferred my white clothes from the washer to the dryer and started the dry cycle.  Then, I went into the kitchen and set the timer on the stove for 10 minutes.  When my timer went off, I stopped the dryer and removed the items.  Now, they were not completely dry, but they were still damp.  I then hung them in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room.  I have a fan blowing on them and they will finish drying in just a fairly short period of time.  Best of all – the towels will not be hard and stiff when they have finished drying.  They will be soft – just like they were completely dried in my electric dryer!  That saves a good deal of electricity on our monthly bill.  If you consistently do this with all of your laundry, you can really notice the savings!

Now, you’re probably asking what I used to hang these towels up so I could air dry them.  Well, I’ve found these awesome clothes hanger on Amazon that have clips on them (see pic below).  As of this writing, they are available on Amazon Prime – an 18 pack for $11.49 – so that’s even less than a dollar a hanger.  They work quite well to hang up one towel per hanger.

I have also included a link for the regular plastic clothes hangers I use for clothing items – they are also available on Amazon Prime – as of the date of this article they are priced at $11.71 for a pack of 18 hangers.

For my washcloths, I usually just drape the cloth over the middle part of the hanger in between the clips.  There is another item that I have in my “wish list” on Amazon.   This hanger would be really good for small laundry items such as underwear or even washcloths.  It has 26 clips on it and takes up just a minimal amount of space.

Please comment below – I’d love to hear some of your suggestions for being frugal and saving money on laundry costs.

 


Time to DITCH the Landline?

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Most people nowadays have cell phones that they use to stay connected.  Actually, cell phones have become one of the greatest communication devices in the last century.  With cell phones, we can stay connected and in touch 24/7.   With the portability of cell phones, it doesn’t really matter where you go – to the store shopping, to visit family, or even on vacation, you are just as connected as if you were sitting at home by the landline.

For some people, it’s just hard to give up the landline that they’ve had for the last 30 years or so.   It’s inconvenient to have to change phone numbers and notify places that you do business with, your neighbors, your relatives and your friends.   But, if you have a plan, it is something that you can accomplish quite easily.    How?

Here’s the plan – first, go thru your written phone listing that you have hanging by the landline.   Make sure that you notify these individuals and businesses of your new cell phone number and add these phone numbers to your cell phone contacts.   Then, as bills arrive in the mail or you pay them online, go to your account information or profile and make sure that you update your phone number for each of these accounts as well.  Now, here’s the part that is going to take a little more thought – over the next 30 days, all of the people and businesses that you call and receive calls from, notify them and let them know of your cell phone number.  Then lastly, add these phone numbers to your contact list on your cell phone.

Of course, going forward, you are going to find that you may not have notified everyone of your new phone number.  But, when you run across those, make sure that you let them know and also add their names and phone numbers to your contact list in your cell phone.

I personally have an iPhone.  I make sure that I use iCloud app so that when I update my contact list on my phone, it also updates in the “cloud”.   Then I am sure that if I lose my phone or it malfunctions or breaks, I can easily retrieve all of my contact information and not lose anyone’s phone number.

One of the good points about cell phones is that a phone call is a phone call – it doesn’t matter what area code you are calling – unlike the days of “long distance” on land lines.  Also another feature that I use a good deal is text messaging.   For me, text messaging is a great tool to save me time – if I do not have time to get on the phone with someone, I can quickly text them and receive a quick and short reply back.

Have you ditched your landline and now solely use your cell phone?   What about text messaging?  I’d love to hear your comments below.  Also, if there are additional tips that you have and would like to share, please do 🙂


Vinegar…Such An Amazing Liquid!

Filed under :Cleaning, INSIDE the Home, Kitchen, Laundry, Vinegar

I have been IN LOVE with VINEGAR for quite a while.  I have found so many uses for it around the house – everything from laundry to cleaning floors.   It’s amazing…. and I’d like to share the ways that I have found to use vinegar.

  • Vinegar is a wonderful deodorizer!  It does a great job at eliminating organic type odors very well — and this includes pet odors as well.  Just mix half vinegar to half water and use a spray bottle to apply a fine mist to couches, curtains or even the carpet.  It will be a little “vinegary” smelling for a while, but that will go away and you’ll have a fresh smelling room again.   If your pet (especially a cat) has soiled the carpet or floor, apply the vinegar/water mixture liberally.
  • I love using vinegar in my washing machine during the rinse cycle.  Not only does it deodorize the laundry, you wouldn’t believe how well it cleans out the soap residue.  I notice the most with towels and washrags – they are so much more absorbent and fluffy when I use vinegar in place of a fabric softener in the rinse cycle.
  • Don’t you just hate the way that the microwave “smells” sometimes?  I have your solution to not only taking the odor away, but also to making it a breeze to clean.  Just place a bowl of vinegar in the microwave and “cook” it.    The steam from the vinegar cooking will loosen all of the dried, cook-on foods that have splattered and make it easy just to wipe off.   And, your microwave will not have that nasty odor anymore 🙂
  • Vinegar makes a great window cleaner – just 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle.   Spray the mixture on the window and wipe down with next paper or paper towels.   Vinegar is non-toxic too!
  • Not only is the laundry a good place to use vinegar in the rinse cycle, but also in your dishwasher!  It will keep your dishwasher fresh and clean — and, it will help to keep spots off of your dishes too.   Just fill the rinse aid dispenser on your dishwasher with full strength vinegar.
  • I love using vinegar to clean and disinfect the counter tops in my kitchen.  The 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water mixture kills germs on surfaces.
  • You can use vinegar to clean most hard-surface flooring – just mix a cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and use this to damp mop your floors with.

I’d like to hear from others – how do you use vinegar around your home?


Saving Water…. STEP 1

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There are plenty of places in your home where water can be saved.  The first change you should make is in the bathroom which is where 60% of your home water usage takes place!  And in particular, in the shower where if your shower head is older than 1992, you could be using up to 70% more water than you really need.  You see, shower fixtures, especially older ones, are water wasters.  They can actually use up to 8 gallons per minute! What if I told you that you could replace your old shower head with one that was much more efficient….. and only used 1.5 gallons per minute!  New technology exists today that makes the new efficient shower heads have the same “feel” and pressure as the old models but they consume much less water.

Now, let’s talk real numbers here — if you typically take a 5 minute shower every day (which is extremely FRUGAL compared to the length of time most people shower), with the old shower head you could be consuming 40 gallons of water.  With the new efficient shower head, you’re only going to be using 7.5 gallons of water.  Now, let’s multiply that amount of water savings by 365 days per year for a typical family of 4 people (32.5 gallons per person per day X 365 days per year X average household of 4 people)  That’s a savings of over 47,000 gallons of water!  Yikes!

We’re not talking just about saving water either – you don’t take cold showers do you?  No, about 1/2 of the water that you use in the shower is probably heated water.  So, this will also save you energy because you will not have to heat as much water for each shower.

In my online search, I found this shower head at Ace Hardware that is a water efficient model and only uses 1.5 gpm (yet feels like 2.5 gpm).

Delta Water® Amplifying Shower Head (75155)

The price is only $15.49 for this shower head — talking about a quick, easy and cheap way to save water!  Awesome!


Are You UP For A New Challenge?

Filed under :Whole House Declutter Challenge

Over in the “How To Be Frugal With Food” blog, we’re working on a “Organize Your Pantry” Challenge right now.  I’ve very excited about how the challenge is going and I am excited about getting my pantry organized, cleaned and “in order”.  This will make everyday life so much easier for me when it comes to cooking.

But on the rest of the home front, I have other things I need to tackle as well.  I basically need to do to the rest of the house what I did in the pantry!  So, I’m starting the WHOLE HOUSE DECLUTTER CHALLENGE later this week.  We’re going to tackle one room at a time and clean, declutter, organize and decorate.

Our objective in the “Whole House Declutter Challenge” is going to be to streamline the contents of every room in our house.   We’ll work room-by-room until we  have the entire house completed.   When we are finished, each room is going to be clean and organized.  The rooms will be free from clutter.  This is going to make our lives easier and less stressful.  When you have alot of clutter in your home, you also have alot of clutter in your mind.   Cleaning becomes a difficult task and ends up being a chore that we just keep putting off.  That only makes things worse.

How can decluttering the house be frugal?  Great question!  Decluttering your house is going to help you save money and make money at the same time….

  • How many times have you looking for a particular item knowing that you have that item somewhere in your home?  And for some reason, you just can’t find it!  It’s because it doesn’t have a “home”…. you know that saying about “everything in its place”, right?  Well, because you can’t find the item, you end up going to the store and purchasing another.   So having a cluttered home will cost you money!
  • If you have a cluttered home, it’s hard to find things.  So you spend alot of time just “looking” for items.  Well, wouldn’t you rather spend that time doing something else?  So, an uncluttered home costs you extra time – so get frugal with your time as well as your money and declutter your home!
  • On the topic of time, the more you have, the more you have to clean and dust…. so it even takes you longer to clean!  Not very time frugal at all.
  • Have you ever looked for an item only to find an item that you didn’t remember that you had?  Yes, that has happened to me too!
  • Decluttering your home can also make you some quick $$$.  How?  Easy, as we’re decluttering, we’re making decisions about the necessity of items in our homes.  If you get back to the bare minimum of items that you actually need and use on a regular basis, you find that you have so many “extra” items that someone else might pay money for.  You can sell these items on ebay, Craigslist and in the newspaper classified.

Our challenge will begin on Friday, Sept 24.  Let’s get off to a great start this weekend with our new challenge.  It’s the first step that will be the hardest…. but when you see the results of decluttering your first room, that will motivate you to move on to the next room.


Homemade DISHWASHER DETERGENT! Really!

Filed under :Cleaning, Kitchen

How many of you have and regularly use your dishwasher?  I definitely do and for several reasons.

  • It saves me time versus washing by hand.
  • It saves me money – less water and detergent is used when you wash your dishes in the dishwasher (always run your dishwasher completely FULL)
  • My dishes are cleaner and sanitized – I always wash my dishes with the “sanitizer” on – this kills germs and keeps germs from spreading in my home.
  • It’s easy to clean the kitchen and place the few plates and other dishes into the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink – using my dishwasher helps to keep my kitchen cleaner looking!

My dishwasher gets a workout everyday it seems.  We go through alot of dishes around my house for some reason.  Well, that also means we can go through alot of dishwasher detergent.  So, I started doing a little research online to find recipes for homemade dishwasher detergent.  And I found one that is not only easy, it’s cheap and I had 2 out of the 3 ingredients (the Borax and the Washing Soda from the homemade laundry detergent that I make)!    The 3 ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 packet of KoolAid Lemonade (unsweetened)

Well, you can’t get any easier than that for ingredients can you?  And, it’s simple to make too!  Just mix everything together in your container (I am using a Ziplock plastic storage container).  Actually, I just put the ingredients in, put the lid on the container and shook it really well.

You only have to use 1 tablespoon of the homemade dishwasher detergent in each compartment.  Also, instead of purchasing the “rinse aid”, use plain white vinegar instead.  Just use your funnel and pour it in to the place that you would normally place the “JetDry”.

I think you will be pleased with the results of the homemade detergent.  I actually had a glass 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup that I thought had become severely etched.  I was almost to the point of throwing it away and buying a new one.  Well, after 1 wash with the homemade detergent, I noticed a huge difference in the measuring cup!  It was almost clear again…. then after the 2nd wash, the glass was completely clear.  I’m not really sure if it was the homemade detergent or the vinegar, but whatever it was, I’m going to keep using the homemade detergent and the white distilled vinegar for the rinse aid.  Something is working and I see no ready to change it!

I read where someone said that it wasn’t worth it to them to make homemade dishwasher detergent because they were only going to be saving maybe $10 per year.  Undoubtedly, they do not wash alot of dishes like I do LOL  But, because I already had the ingredients (except for the 20 cent packet of KoolAid which I picked up on my next grocery visit), making my dishwasher detergent saves me alot of time and money.  Plus, my dishes are coming out so much cleaner.  I couldn’t ask for more (well except for maybe someone to load the dirty dishes and unload the clean ones LOL!)