DIY Homemaking Tips – Clever DIY Tips, Ideas and Solutions for Making Your Life Easier and Your Household Run Smoother

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DIY Homemaking Tips - Clever DIY Tips, Ideas and Solutions for Making Your Life Easier and Your Household Run Smoother
Looking for ways to make keeping a house easier? Then grab the ebook, Real Clever Solutions and Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money, by Naya Lizardo! It includes lots of homemaking tips to make your household run smoother and easier.
There are cleaning tips and ideas for the kitchen and bathroom as well as general cleaning and laundry tips. You’ll also find organizing and kitchen solutions, beauty tips and ideas, health and wellness solutions, travel solutions and more. Find ideas on things like cleaning your microwave faster and easier, restoring tarnished silverware, freshening your garage disposal, removing soap scum, making homemade air fresheners, removing permanent marker from clothes, making easy peel hard boiled eggs, fixing mushy pasta, adding moisture back to dry meat, quick and easy beauty recipes for hair and face masks, and so much more!
Headover to Amazon now to instantly download Real Clever Solutions and Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Moneytoday! If you don’t have a kindle, it’s no problem. You can download the free kindle reading app for any device you own from smart phones to desktop computers!

How to Use Baking Soda, Vinegar, Salt, Lemon and Honey for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use

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Practical DIY Solutions for Using Baking Soda for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use - Plus Other Free eBooks on the Uses of Vinegar, Honey, Salt, and Lemon

Looking for practical solutions to help save you money and live a more natural lifestyle? Then check out the practical uses series of books by Patricia Briggs! Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda contains information on just what bicarbonate soda – more commonly referred to as baking soda – actually is, its uses throughout history, as well as baking soda cleaning solutions, personal uses, and cooking uses!

There are also some fun activities for both kids and adults including things like fizzy drinks and sherbet dip, rocket science and volcanoes!

You can download Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda instantly to your computer or kindle. If you don’t have a kindle, you can still download this ebook by downloading the free kindle reading app.

Other books in this series include: Practical Household Uses of Lemon,Practical Household Uses of Salt,Practical Household Uses of Honey, and Practical Household Uses of Vinegar.

For more ideas on how to save money, be sure to read my article, Frugal Tips for Saving Money, and share your own suggestions!


Frugal Tips for Saving Money

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Feeling the sting from the expiration of that 2% payroll tax credit that expired at the end of the year? It affected everyone who works as it raised social security taxes another 2% on our income – back to what we all paid before the tax credit was passed. I know I could still use that extra money, so I’m always looking for frugal tips for saving money in the everyday little things I buy. (And so I can have a little extra to occasionally splurge on the luxuries I love – like handcrafted artisan goods. *wink*) Following are some ideas on how you can stretch your budget.

Frugal Tips for Saving Money

Frugal tips for saving money - One way to stretch your dollar is to make your own diy household cleaners - Distilled white vinegar is a key staple in my home!

One huge way to save money is to make your own household cleaners.

If you have sensitive skin you can start by making your own handmade soaps. Try using soybean oil in lieu of olive oil for a great bar of soap that’s much cheaper to make. You can also go in with a few friends to buy a 50lb. bag of lye from a local chemical supply company for soapmaking for a lot less than buying individual 2lb. containers of Roebic lye from Lowe’s or buying online and having it shipped.

Use your handmade soaps to make your own laundry detergent. Or, if you don’t have the time or resources to make your own soap, you can use Fels Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Soap – beware if you have sensitive skin as I’ve heard this has a strong perfume like odor – Zote Laundry Soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile Soap or Ivory Soap. (Basically you’ll want to use a true soap, not a body bar that’s made with cheap commercial foaming agents.)

Simply grate your soap, then mix in a blender or food processor until it is rendered into a powder. Then combine two parts Arm & Hammer All Natural Super Washing Soda – or Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda– with two parts 20 Mule Team Borax and one part grated soap. Use 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup per load depending on load size. You can also use Borax to clean your toilets and baking soda to clean your sinks and tub. Add orange, lemon, or lime essential oils to your concoctions for any application in which you need to cut grease.

Buy distilled white vinegar by the gallon at the grocery store for a fraction of the price of smaller containers and use it in most all of your household cleaners. Not only is great straight out of the bottle for cleaning windows and mirrors, but it’s also super effective at preventing mold and mildew in the shower. You can also use it in lieu of fabric softener. Just add 3/4 cup of vinegar to your final rinse cycle.

Handmade Wool Dryer Balls - Great Way to Save Money - Never Buy Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets Again
Handmade Wool Dryer Balls from Devon’s Creative Design

Alternately, you can use Nellie’s Dryer Balls which are re-usable and act as a lint and wrinkle remover, soften clothes, and help your clothes dry faster. (I used these for a long time with great success. Though they now offer a newer version that is PVC free and has a place for inserting scent sticks if you’re a fan of fragrances.)

You can also make your own homemade wool dryer balls or buy them from any number of sellers on Etsy, including Devon’s Creative Design. These dryer balls help to soften clothes and reduce static cling and drying time. (It’s the same principle as Nellie’s dryer balls but these are made from a natural material rather than plastic.) You can scent them by adding a few drops of essential oil to them before tossing them into the dryer. They are also great if you or your family have sensitive skin.

Here are a few recipes for crafting your own DIY cleaners:

More Tips for Saving Money

Additionally, you can also craft and use reusable Swiffer covers that get tossed in your laundry instead of buying more which is healthier both on your pocketbook and the environment. Switch to cloth napkins versus buying paper towels – I never buy paper towels anymore because they are so expensive. Instead I own quite a few handmade napkins I have purchased from various Etsy sellers over the years. (I just love her fabric choices and color combos!) You may also try hanging more of your clothing out to dry, such as on a drying rack – or drying part of the way in the dryer, then hanging to dry the rest of the way. You can also use the energy saver option on your dryer if hanging clothes to dry is just not an option.

Other ways to save money including changing your habits.

There are so many pre-paid phone options now available that almost doesn’t make sense to pay for a cell phone contract. Plus you can keep your smart phone – even your iPhone – and use a pre-paid plan. I personally use Virgin Mobile with an HTC smart phone and pay just $35 a month for my phone. $35 a month gets you 300 minutes a month with unlimited texting and internet. (I don’t really make a lot of phone calls except for doctor appointments.) $45 a month gets you 1200 minutes with unlimited texts and internet and $55 a month is unlimited everything! You might also consider getting rid of your home phone and switching to a mobile only.

Stop paying for cable or satellite tv. These luxuries are insanely expensive if you can’t afford the luxury. Most of the people I know who have cable or satellite tv pay over $100 a month for it. You can use a digital antenna instead and get all of your local stations. I pay $8 a month for Hulu Plus – which also takes place of a digital recorder – to watch all of my favorite shows. In the summer I put my subscription on hold while it’s only re-runs showing. I also pay $8 for Netflix streaming for movies and other shows. My dvd player also lets me stream shows from these services on my tv – although I am currently without one at the moment. And if there’s a movie I really want to see I wait and rent it from Redbox. Redbox often sends out coupons for fifty cents off so I can usually get a movie for eighty cents. All in all, Netflix, Hulu Plus and a Redbox or two a month is still less than paying for basic cable. And if none of these are options, most networks offer free streaming of various shows online.

Of course, the less options you have for watching television, the more likely you are to get up and do something which can be a very good thing. Or try reading a book instead. Amazon offers a free free kindle reading app for your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, Blackberry or Windows phone. With this app you can download hundreds of free books from Amazon’s Bestseller list without having to make any additional purchases!

When grocery shopping, plan your meals ahead of time. There are so many great recipes online now as well as sites that will spit out a grocery list for you, that you don’t need to wing it in the grocery store. Planning out meals saves a lot of money in long run as it’s much cheaper to buy this way rather than buying pre-packaged or ready made meals. It also makes sense to stock up on staple foods with a longer shelf life by buying them in bulk when you see them on sale. You can also use coupons, though this is the one thing I have never been able to really grasp as it’s a little too time consuming for me. Also, don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. This is one of my worst downfalls.

You can also save money on clothing necessities by bargain hunting. I have heard time again that shopping at thrift stores and the Goodwill are great ways to get clothing cheap. Personally, I have a hard time shopping at these places and finding things both in my size and that fit properly so I don’t frequent them. Having worked in retail for many many years, I have found that it is possible to buy clothing new at a comparable price as buying something used. And you can find name brands for not a whole lot more. Hit stores at the end of a season and buy for the following year. Generally these are the times to find the best sales. Last year I found three pairs of pants for work at Sears for just eleven dollars and change with tax. One January, I was able to buy a dress after Christmas from Ann Taylor Loft for just $12 – it retailed at over $100. And don’t forget to shop online. Don’t impulse buy and wait for sales. I have been able to find clothing at Abercrombie & Fitch for example for just $12 per article – shorts, shirts and jeans that ran $60-$90 full price. If you have a brand you really love, sign up for their emails. They send out multiple coupon codes every month so you never have to pay full price.

Stop buying things on credit – especially if it’s not something you don’t have to have. Buy what you need, not what you want if your budget is especially tight or if it means you’ll have to charge something on credit. Instead, save for those things you really want. Look at how much money you can afford to put into a savings account if you are budgeting. Allow yourself a little for entertainment luxuries so it doesn’t feel like punishment putting money into savings. Whether you can only put away $5 in savings a week or $50 or more, the point is to save. Once you have the money to buy that item you wanted, you may realized you don’t want it so much anymore or a better option may have come along. And sometimes a newer version of whatever it is you wanted may come out by the time you have money saved, and you’ll find you can get last year’s model for a hundred to several hundred cheaper than the version that was just released. Even better, if you no longer want what you were saving for, you’ll have some money put away for emergencies like tires or car brakes.

But more importantly, as my ever so brilliant son likes to point out, you should always be grateful for what you do have because there is always someone who is worse off and less fortunate with less than what you have now. Putting perspective on what you do have and not the things you want to own can go a long way in helping you to budget better and curb your spending habits. And when you do have some extra flexibility with your budget, be sure to put some of the money you spend back into your community by supporting local farmer’s markets and craft artisans!

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products

Save Money on Natural Household Cleaners

If you’re looking for other affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home, then you must check out Grove Collaborative! Not only do their lower than retail prices save you money, but there’s a great, fully customizable autoship option that cuts down on unnecessary trips to the store. I also love that their eco-friendly products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Sign up for Grove Collaborative now and receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges! You’ll be thrilled discover some of the cleanest and greenest cleaning sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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Books for a DIY Lifestyle – From living frugal to homemaking, organizing and decorating for the holidays

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Books for a DIY Lifestyle - From living frugal to homemaking, organizing and decorating for the holidays

Books for Living Frugally

Looking to live a more frugal lifestyle? Then I recommend checking out the book, Back to Basics. Regularly $12.95 for the print edition and $8.20 for the digital edition, you can instantly downtload the ebook to your Kindle or your own device with the free Kindle reading app if you don’t own a kindle.

This book contains information on why we are in debt, how to live a truly rich life, how to save money on most things, traveling on the cheap, the art of de-cluttering, how to make your children earn their gifts, how to create beautiful gifts from ordinary items, how to save on everyday household bills, growing your own food, natural beauty and making your own beauty products, natural herbal remedies for common ailments and more!

This book is a great resource for those just starting out on their own and those who have undergone a recent income change. It contains a lot of solid, basic information that serves as a foundation we can all use along with links to helpful resources on the web.

My favorite section – obviously – is chapter 20 on how to make your own beauty products. This section includes recipes for a basic balm, baby ointment for rashes, powdered blush, quick and easy hand cream, facial masks and scrubs, after shave lotion, basis soap, toner, toothpaste, nail anti-fungal oil, soothing joint ointment and more. You can get this resourceful book here.

Other informational books that you might like.

Homesteading Magazines

You can also check out back issues of Backwoods Magazine which include resourceful information and projects for homesteading, personal independence and self-sufficiency. Issues available include:

  • Backwoods Home Magazine – May/June 2009 (#117) – Contains information on fascinating people and detailing how each makes a living in today’s down economy; how to survive difficult economic conditions by practicing a variety of self-reliance techniques; making homemade pre-mixed foods; living on less by simplifying your life; using whole wheat in various bread recipes; tips on how to stretch your food budget; a garden primer; and more.
  • Backwoods Home Magazine – Sep/Oct 2011 (#131) – Information on building a homemade 12-Volt DC generator; how to extend your garden’s growing season; starting a small-scale sawmill business; making bean, rice, and chicken soup; how to cook with millet; making buckboard bacon; how to keep a sharp edge on a knife; and more.

Additionally you may enjoy: Backwoods Home Magazine – Nov/Dec 2009 (#120), and Backwoods Home Magazine – Jan/Feb 2011 (#127). You may also like the books Homesteading Ideas For Growing What You Eat In Your Garden (No BS Guide On Homesteading And Self Sufficiency) and Food Self-Sufficiency: Reality Check.

DIY Homemade After Shower Spray and Window Cleaner – Natural Non-Toxic Household Cleaners for a Healthy Home

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This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend.

Homemade After Shower Spray + Window Cleaner! This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend. 

I’ve been making all of my household cleaners as of late and have been very pleased with the results. One of my favorites – which makes cleaning my shower a lot simpler – is my homemade after shower spray. Not only does it keep my shower clean and help keep mold and mildew away – my bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan and it’s too cold right now to open windows – but it also works beautifully as a window cleaner. I use it on my mirrors and there are no streaks!

Following is my recipe for making your own homemade after shower spray.

Homemade After Shower Spray + Window Cleaner


1 Tablespoon Original Dawn Dish Liquid or Organic Liquid Castile Soap
Distilled white vinegar
1 mL lemon essential oil
1 mL lime peel essential oil


Using a clean, empty spray bottle – I recycle my Method cleaner spray bottles – add approximately one tablespoon of Dawn dish liquid to the bottle. If you prefer to opt for an all natural spray, simply substitute a natural liquid Castile soap. Using a funnel fill the bottle just over three fourths of the way full with white vinegar. Add a mL each of lemon and lime essential oils, then screw on the lid and shake well.To use, simply spray on your shower walls and tub after every shower to help keep it clean and mildew free! Or use it on mirrors and windows to clean without streaks.

If you prefer to shop for natural non-toxic cleaners as well as organic foods and skin care products, be sure to check out the great deals at Thrive MarketThrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families. Learn more about Thrive Market here.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin and promoting skin elasticity, apple powder also has moisturizing properties that make it suitable for even dry or mature skin.

Want to learn how to make your own homemade soap from scratch? Be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make homemade soap from scratch here.

For even more natural, non-toxic household ideas to keep your home clean be sure Conquer Clutter: 3 Books in 1 – Declutter Now, Organize Your Home, Simple Storage Systems – Discover the Secrets of a Clutter Free Lifestyle. This ebook bundle is available as an instant download for your Kindle or the free Kindle App. You may also like the book, The Briggs Book : Recipes, Remedies and Household Hints from Way Back When.

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