a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Make Your Own "Windex" and "Shout"

There may be more types of commercial cleaning products than there are things to clean! 

And billions of $$$$ are spent making sure we know about them! 

In addition, there are hundreds of Internet sites with multiple copy-cat recipes for household products----yours for the giving them a chance.

You can search them out or you can give the following a try.

Last August I posted the recipe for Sandy's Laundry Soap at the cost of  $2.00 for 72 loads worth of clean!

It received rave reviews! If you missed it the first go round, check here:


Each time I go to the store I am appalled at the increase in price of just about everything. The news tells us our cost of living is not going up. What they neglect to tell us is that the method of tracking this so-called cost of living takes neither food nor fuel into account.

Further more, the manufactures are up-pricing (the product) at the same time they are down-sizing (the contents).

And counting on us to 1) not notice or 2) ignore it.  Not us! How dumb do they think we are? Savvy shoppers find more and more ways to stretch their dollars and pinch their pennies. Our life may not depend on it ----- but, our lifestyles sure will.

At the same time Sandy gave me  the laundry soap recipe she also provided recipes for spray-on stain remover and window washer.

"Almost like Windex" window and glass cleaner

Into an empty and clean gallon jug, pour 1 pint rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup ammonia and 1 teaspoon liquid detergent. Add water to make one gallon. Mix well.

"You can almost  Shout" out spots and stains

Combine the following in an empty and clean squirt bottle: 1/2 cup liquid Wisk, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup water. Shake to mix.

More and more, before I buy something, I will  do an Internet search to see if I can recreate it myself ---- creatively, cheaply, safely and easily. It's a challenge and . . .

I love a challenge!

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