Cleaning

Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering Your Home

  Clutter can be a huge source of both stress and mess. It’s hard to think straight when you’re constantly bumping into things in your own home, and it can make you feel really messy. This is not what home should be. Home should be the place you come to escape stress....
Liquid Laundry Detergent

Liquid Laundry Detergent

  This is a great recipe that you can use to save money and help cut down on the chemicals you use around the house. It makes a beautiful creamy mixture. To make it even smoother you can mix it with a paddle mixer on a drill or in smaller batches with a stick blender....
Cleaning in the springtime

Cleaning in the springtime

    Spring cleaning is a great time of year for getting your home in order. From giving everything that thorough cleaning it deserves to sorting through your stuff, there’s a lot that it does to bring your home a new sense of balance. That being said, it should...
When enough stuff is really too much!

When enough stuff is really too much!

  I recently had the pleasure of helping a friend do a little spring cleaning. It’s not something I get to help with too often, but I actually really enjoy cleaning out clutter and my friend was willing to team up on hers. She found that with three kids, a husband,...
Dishwasher Cleaning Bombs

Dishwasher Cleaning Bombs

  You might know by now how much I love to make my own cleaning products, well when it came time to give our dishwasher a thorough clean I decided to try this recipe – and it worked perfectly! So if you’re into saving even more money around the home and are sick of...

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

  Ingredients: 2 cups Washing soda (From the supermarket) 2 cups Borax 1/2 cup Epsom salts 1/2 cup White vinegar 20-30 drops of Lemon essential oil   Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon or gloved hands. Now simply place...

Before You Go Toilet Bombs

    Materials: 1 1/3 cup Bicarbonate of soda 1/2 cup Citric acid 30 drops each of three essential oils: (I actually used 90 drops of Blissful Essential Oil Blend) 3 drops of blue or green natural food colouring (optional but pretty) Directions: Combine the bicarbonate...

5 Savvy Cleaners To Make

  Note: These recipes are to fill 500ml spray bottles. Here’s what you’ll need: Savvy Cleaning Spray 1 1/2 cups White Vinegar 1/2 cup Fairy Dish Washing Liquid 1 tsp. Laundry Powder This cleaning spray cuts through grease and grime quickly and will clean...

How to clean wax from candle jars

  The easiest way I’ve found to get the last bit of wax out of a glass jar is to put the whole thing into the freezer overnight. The next day you can easily pry the harden wax out of the jar with a blunt knife. If you have any residue wax left over try rubbing it with...

DIY All Purpose Spray

  Keep a spray bottle of this under the sink and one in the bathroom for quick and easy clean ups. 4 cups hot water 1-1/2 teaspoons liquid castile soap 6 drops pine essential oil 4 drops rosemary essential oil Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle. This is a...

Easy Peasy Carpet Cleaner

  This carpet cleaner is great for stains (including pet pee) as it will lift them completely if you keep scrubbing until they’re gone. Environmentally friendly is one plus for this cleaner as well as being extremely cheap! You only need two ingredients: Liquid...

How to Clean Dining Chairs

  The first step is vacuum the dining room seats thoroughly, this alone can bring the chairs new life. You want to prevent the dust and crumbs from working their way into the back of the chairs where they can become a real problem. Vacuuming will reveal the extent of...

The Cheapest and Easiest Way To Clean Your Oven

    Let’s start with the oven itself and then go onto the oven window. You’ll need: Bicarbonate of soda Water Bowl for mixing Spray bottle with white vinegar Rags The Oven Take out the oven racks and set aside. In a bowl mix together about ½ cup Bicarbonate of...

General Household Cleaner

  1 cup White Vinegar 2 cups Water 1 Tbls Liquid Castille Soap 20 drops Citrus Essential Oil Simply combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before using. Use to clean benchtops, stoves, cooktops, bathroom sinks etc.    ...

Cleaning With Ammonia

  To clean jewellery, soak in a solution of one part ammonia and one part cold water. To clean grease from stove burners: Place the burners in a Ziploc bag with 1/4 cup ammonia and let sit overnight. Remove scuff marks and dirt from white shoes by scrubbing with a...

Cleaning With Methylated Spirits

  Methylated spirits is a good general cleaner and so cheap! You can pick some up at any supermarket and also at Bunnings and Masters in the cleaning isle. It’s great as a glass cleaner! Use full strength or 70% Metho with 30% water for stubborn stains Methylated...

Carpet Cleaning Machine Recipes

Many people are concerned about the chemicals contained in commercially available carpet cleaners, while others are concerned about the cost. Money Savvy Mums have listed below an assortment of homemade carpet cleaners that we have used in our carpet cleaning machine....

Savvy Carpet Stain Remover

What You’ll Need: Spray bottle 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon baking soda Clean absorbent towel Clean sponge Directions: In a large bowl add the dishwashing liquid and white vinegar, then add the warm water....

Fabric Softener Crystals

  Commercial fabric softeners tend to create a build up of residue on your washing over time and can actually make towels repel water, and we wont even mention the chemicals they can contain. Money Savvy Mums have come up with a great fabric softener that saves you...

Deliciously Easy Homemade Fabric Softener

Making your own cleaning products not only saves you heaps of money but you get to make something that is safer for your family to use and customed to the scents you love! As with any of our cleaning recipes it is up to you to determine if they are safe to use with...

Microwave Cleaner

  It doesn’t get any easier than this! Heat about 2 cups of water in the microwave until it is boiling. (Add a sliced lemon and juice for a fresh scent and to help cut through grease and grime.) Leave for about 15 minutes so the steam loosens all the dried on...

Homemade Oxygen Bleach Recipes

  This homemade Oxygen bleach is a good stain remover for clothes and a good pre-treatment soaker for a load of laundry. I’ve never had a problem with it bleaching my clothes but to be on the safe side perhaps you should test your mixture first. It’s a...

Window Cleaner

  This cheap and cheerful window cleaner recipe is perfect for spring cleaning or just quick touch ups. Ingredients: ¼ cup vinegar ½ teaspoon dish liquid soap 2 cups water Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. To use simply spray onto the...

Furniture Polish

  This is a beautiful natural wood polish that leaves wooden furniture hydrated, protected and smelling wonderful! Ingredients ½ cup sweet almond oil ⅛ cup of grated beeswax 10-15 drops essential oil (Try lemon, lavender or rosewood) Method In a pan over hot water,...

Oven Cleaner Recipe

  Oven Cleaner This is a safe and natural oven cleaner that will keep your oven clean without too much effort – the secret is to clean it out regularly so the gunk doesn’t build up out of control. If it already has then use the ammonia cleaner first then...

Dishwasher Detergent

  TIP: If you’re using commercial dishwashing powder then when you’ve used half from the container top it back up with bicarbonate of soda. The results will impress you and hopefully then you’ll want to make your own using the recipe below to save...

Cleansing Powder

  This cleansing powder works great on surfaces such as the bath, shower, benchtops, sinks and toilet. It cuts through grease and grime easily. You’ll need: 1 cup bicarbonate of soda ½ cup grated bar soap (I use sunlight soap) 15-20 drops essential oil (Try...

All Purpose Cleaner

  All Purpose Cleaner This all-purpose cleaner is great to have on hand in the kitchen. (Always spot-test before trying it on a new surface.) 2 teaspoons borax 1 teaspoon washing soda (not baking soda) Hot water 4 Tablespoons vinegar ½ teaspoon natural liquid soap...

Scented Linen Sprays

  The power of smell, a guide to aromatherapy Aromatherapy has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Did you know that scents have the power to effect your mood? That’s right, that’s what I said, they can relieve stress,...

DIY Disinfectant Wipes

  I keep my homemade disinfectant wipes on the kitchen bench because I seem to use them mostly in the kitchen. There are 2 recipes here – one using paper towels and the one I use with face washers. I use white face washers for my kitchen cloths and for all my wipes,...

Powdered Laundry Detergents

  Easy to make, economical powdered laundry detergents that wont disappoint you!  Low Sudsing so they’re Front loader friendly too!   Ingredients for Powdered Laundry Detergent 2 cups Borax (sodium borate) found in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets 2 cups...

Everyday uses for vinegar

    Vinegar is a substance that’s probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now, and is often used in cooking. However, there’s a lot of other uses for vinegar that you could be taking advantage of. This article is going to go through some of the best...

Cleaning on a budget

  Cleaning is a part of every day life, and cleaners with it. But cleaning supplies can really add up to a bigger grocery bill if you’re not careful. This article is going to overview tips to keep your home as clean as ever on a budget. Buy store brand...

How to make your spring cleaning go smoothly

    Spring cleaning has become an extremely popular way to start off the season. A fresh start, why not sort of thing, and for good reason. A clean house has been associated with a lot of health benefits, and really can just be a great way to lift your mood. But how...