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Because of my deep-seeded desire…..

To become Ma Ingalls (I *do* live on Walnut Grove Rd), I set forth to make my own cleaners….a revamped version.  For those inquiring minds (don’t be jealous Annette), I will post the recipes. 

So far, I have learned:

-that when a friend surprises you by coming over…do not let her pour baking soda into a bottle where the ingredients are unknown.  It will appear that she is lactating because the overflow of explosion only hit one part of her body.  Can you guess which spot?  The hysteria that ensues leads to liquid in the floor….liquid from the overflow, as well as….I peed a little laughing so much.  Oopsie. 

-I also learned that when you previously make homemade cleaner and you forget to use it….when you open the lid, it can burn your nose hairs out. 

-I have learned that you can condense hand sanitizer, but due to the “clearness” of it….you can overfill the bottle and have unknowingly sanitized the bottle, your hands, the counter, and the floor.  But hey, I didn’t have to mop, so that is a plus. 

-All extra, dirty, mate-less socks will be found in your child’s toy box.  We now have matches to every single spare sock in the house.  Good times and good smells, all the way around.

-when a dog eats leftover chicken…she will barf up bones.  All.  Over.  The.  House.

-laundry never gets done.

-floors never get totally cleaned

Anyway………… are some recipes that I have made and like.  The ones I didn’t like, obviously, did not make the list 🙂


Air Freshener

1/2 c. baking soda

8 drops essential oil

Parmesan cheese holder (either the plastic kind or the glass kind…just make sure it has holes on the top)

Mix together and put around the house.


Dishwashing Detergent (powder)

1/2 c. borax

1/2 c. arm and hammer washing soda

1/4 c. citric acid

1/4 c. kosher salt

Put in 1 Tbsp. per load.

Dishwashing Rinse Agent


Dryer Sheets

5 gallon bucket, with lid

Sponges, cut in half

1 container of favorite smelling fabric softener


Pour in fabric softener in 5 gallon bucket.  Refill twice with water.  Add sponges.  When ready, squeeze excess liquid out of sponge and throw in dryer with clothes.  Once dryer is done, throw sponge back into the liquid.


Flea Deterrant

4 Slices of lemon (I used lemon juice from the bottle)

1 Tbsp. salt

6 c. water

Spray Bottle

Boil ingredients together for 2 minutes.  Steep for 24 hrs.  Put in spray bottle.  Spray on pets as often as you like.


1/8 c. ammonia

1/4 c. rubbing alcohol

1 drop laundry detergent


Spray bottle

Mix together and label bottle.


1/8 c. fabric softener (you can use some of what you made earlier)

2 T. baking soda

Hot water.

Spray bottle.

Mix and label bottle.

HE Washing Machine Fabric Softener


Wet Mops (for Swiffer type mop) – safe for laminate flooring

Microfiber clothes cut to size of mophead (I used Mr. Clean microfiber rags)

1 c. vinegar

4 c. hot water

Place rag on mop head, dip, mop.  Rags are washable/dryable/reusable

Dry Mops

The same cloths from above…only dry 🙂



This is our journey of adoption, love, homeschooling and living life to the fullest.....even if we do live in chaos (can't have anyone over syndrome).

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