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!)