THRIFTY CLEANING AND ORGANIZATION TIP OF THE DAY 4/21

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Each day we will be posting our readers “Thrifty Cleaning and Organization Tips”.  At the end of the month, one of you will win a $25.00  Gift Card For all the details click here.

Cheryl
Not sure if you have a septic or not but we do… AND recently had it pumped (maintenance) we were told that it is very bad to use the powder detergent for your laundry or dishwasher because it does not break down all the way and then prevents the good bacteria from forming in your septic which is needed to breakdown solids. He said we should only use half of the recommended soap per load of clothes. To confirm this I filled up my washer with water, and let it agitate for a min. (I put no clothes or soap in) I had bubbles GALORE! Fabric softner is a really bad no no too. He also informed us that charmin is terrible for septic (any quilted t.p) because it does not breakdown either.
Kleengal
Cleaning the microwave can be a chore, especially with teenagers that refuse to cover the items they are heating up. So to clean it fast and without effort, put a bowl of water in the microwave and let it come to a good boil. 5 mins or so. Then, I just wipe everything off!
Kim C
I have made both liquid and powder laundry detergent and I must say that I much prefer the powder. It seems to work better when it comes to cleaning clothes. The powder is simple to make, store, and is not messy to use. I made mine using a bar of Zote, Washing Soda, and Borax. Your detergent will be a pretty pink and white and will have a wonderful lemon smell thanks to the Zote. Good Luck!!!!

I stopped using this when I got my front loading washer and dryer, has anyone used homeade laundry detergent like this in a front loading washer?

Holly R
I stretch my dishwasher detergent with the following recipe , It can also be used as paste for all purpose cleaner

DISHWASHING DETERGENT

1 C BORAX
1 C BAKING SODA
1 C SUPER WASHING SODA
1 C CASCADE DISHSOAP

MIX TOGETHER AND PUT IN SEALED CONTAINER USE 3TSP IN DISHWASHER
OR FOR ALL PURPOSE CLEANER 1 T MIXED IN ONE QUART OF WATER.

I HAVE A RECIPE FOR LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP BUT GENERALLY FIND THE BEST DEALS AT THE CASE LOT SALES AND BUY 1 YR SUPPLY AT A TIME

Brittany
My thrifty top for dusting: Don’t throw away your old fabric softener sheets after they come out of the dryer! These are great for dusting and they are disposable when your done.

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