Recipes

Homemade Baby Wipe Recipes

Homemade Baby Wipe Recipes

  We’ve collected a great selection of baby wipe solution recipes for you to try and we hope you find the one that works best for your baby. We’ve found it easiest to gently mix the baby wipe solution of your choice in a jar with a lid, then pour it into...
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....

Making Your Own Lamp Oil

  I’m really excited to show you how you can make your own lamp oils or catalytic lamp oil. I have a beautiful catalytic lamp I bought from Dusk and I love it! But it burns through the oil very quickly and the oil is SO EXPENSIVE! After a bit of research I came up...
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...

Have You Tried Oil Cleansing?

  Oil cleansing has been around for centuries but it’s a fairly new concept for us. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use a combination of natural oils to cleanse the skin and also to balance the skin’s own natural oils. Oil cleansing produces a more...

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...

School Term Lunchboxes – sorted!

  This makes enough for one child so just double up or bake some extra cakes if you need to make more. Also we are removing the crusts so we can dry them out and make breadcrumbs, that way I know they wont be wasted. There’s always the option to buy cake mixes...

Safe and Savvy Bubble Bath

This homemade bubble bath is the best recipe I’ve developed with castile liquid soap. It’s very gentle on the skin and the glycerine helps the bubbles form, stay and moisturise the skin too. Sometimes the mixture can separate, the glycerine can settle on the bottom...

Turmeric Golden Honey – The Strongest Natural Antibiotic

  Many of you have had experience using turmeric as a spice, someone for preparation of the widely known Golden Milk and the other recognized it only as a strong yellow powder found in healthy food stores. Only few know that the Golden Honey (turmeric combined with...

The Cheapest Shampoo and Conditioner

    These recipes have been around virtually since bicarbonate of soda was discovered! They really do work but they do take time for your hair and scalp to get used to so persevere for results. Once you have the mixtures to suit your hair you’ll never look back....

Lovely Liquid Washing Detergent

    Ingredients 1 cup Borax 1 cup Washing Soda 1 cup Liquid Castile Soap 10-15 drops Essential Oil 17 cups of water   Instructions In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a slight boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and stir in the Borax and...

Stone Benchtop Cleaner

    You’ll need: 1 tbls Liquid Castile Soap Water 6 drops essential oils of your choice Spray bottle * 1/4 cup Isocol (for granite)   Instructions Fill your spray bottle 3/4 full with water and then add the castille soap, Isocol and essential oils if using. This...

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...

Miracle Ailment Tonic

    This remedy has been around for ages and it is still one of the best anywhere in the world. It has amazing anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities without any bad side effects. (Unless you’re sensitive or allergic to the ingredients of...

Homemade Body Wash

  You’ll Need: 1 pure soap bar, grated or crushed in the food processor 12 cups water 2 tbsp glycerine Instructions: Bring the water to a gentle simmer in a large pot, add the soap and stir until completely dissolved. Then take off the heat and stir in the...

Bird Food Treats

  1. 1 carrot or 1 celery stick. Cover it evenly with crunchy or smooth peanut butter and roll it in bird seed. 2. Mix 1 cup of grated carrot with 6 chopped grapes and then sprinkle with cockatiel seed on top. 3. Mix together 3 cups cooked rice, 1 cup finely chopped...

Dog Roll Stretch

  Ingredients 1 large dog roll (precooked meat rice and veggies in a roll found in the supermarket for $5.00 Australian) Cooked chopped vegetables (no onion or garlic) Leftover pasta and rice Any leftovers from dinners Grated apple Chop up the dog roll into small...

Pasta and Meat Dog Food

  Ingredients 2kg pet mince 8 litres water 3 tablepoons Vegemite 1kg pack mixed frozen vegetables (no onion or garlic) 12 Weetbix biscuits 2 cups beef stock 500 grams dried pasta (and then cook it separately to add later) In a large pot add all the ingredients except...

Chicken & Vege Dog Food

  Ingredients 1.5kg chicken mince 2 1/2 cups frozen vegetables (no onions or garlic) 4 cups rice 6.5 cups water Place the chicken, frozen veges and rice into a large saucepan. Add the water and mix until the mixture is well combined. Cook over high heat, bring to the...

Water Hardness in Australia

    Laundry detergents work better in “soft water.” Borax naturally softens hard water making almost all detergents more effective so adding 1/2 cup to each full load of washing with your normal detergent will boost your detergent greatly, resulting in a whiter and...

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...

Turkey and Vegetable Dog Dinner

This basic dog food recipe includes turkey for protein and vegetables for added vitamins and minerals. Turkey has less fat than beef, making this an ideal recipe for pups that could stand to lose a few kilos. Ingredients 4 cups of water 500 gms minced turkey 2 cups of...

Peanut Butter Dog Bickies

Dogs love the taste of peanut butter and these dog bickies get some fish oil into your dog’s diet too. Fish oil will improve your dog’s coat, making it shiny and soft. Try to find organic peanut butter at your supermarket. Many commercial brands of peanut butter have...

Cat Tuna Patties

Cat Food Recipe Ingredients: 1 can tuna 1/2 cup boiled rice 1/4 cup pureed liver 2-3 sprigs parsley chopped Cat Food Recipe Directions: Drain the tuna and mix everything together. Make 6-7 balls and then pat them into patties. Store in the fridge and serve to your...

Cat Food For Finicky Felines

  Cat Food Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup Chicken, boiled or micro waved 1/4 cup Fresh broccoli, steamed 1/4 cup Shredded carrots, steamed Chicken stock Cat Food Recipe Directions: Mix ingredients with enough chicken stock to hold together. This same recipe can be used...

Cat Jelly

  Cat Food Recipe Ingredients: 3 cups chicken broth 4-1/2 tbl flour 1/4 cup carrots –diced into small cubes 3/4 cup minced meat (cooked) pieces of fish – optional, but it would be better to use this (cooked) Cat Food Recipe Directions: After the chicken...

Cat Crunchies

Cat Food Recipe Ingredients & Directions: Cut some crusts from wholemeal bread into cubes. Dissolve some Vegemite in hot water to provide an amount suitable for moistening the cubed crusts, without making them too soggy. Space out the cubes on a baking tray and...

Cat Crackers

Ingredients: 3/4 cup of undrained tuna 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 1/3 cup water Cat Food Recipe Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into...

Cat Bickies

Cat Food Recipe Ingredients: 3/4 cup mashed sardines 1/4 cup dry non-fat milk 1/2 cup wheat germ Cat Food Recipe Directions: Mix ingredients. Roll into 24 small balls. Placed on greased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees until brown....

Cat Cheese Please

Ingredients: 1/2 cup grated cheese 2 tbl plain yogurt or sour cream A little oatmeal 2 tbl margarine or low-fat spread Cat Food Recipe Directions: Mash all of the ingredients together, adding them in the order indicated above, and serve cold. No cooking is required...

Beef & Veggie Broth

Ingredients: 1/2 cup raw trimmed beef A few tablespoons of beef broth (Preferably not the canned or cubed variety) 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal 1 tablespoon dried barley grass powder (Find at a pet shop or health food shop) 1 cooked minced veggie (Your cat’s...

Wool Wash Recipes

  Wash your wool garments in cool water with a gentle handmade detergent on a delicate wash cycle or hand wash for extra care. Freshly Homemade Wool Wash 4 cups soap flakes (Grate your own soap or use Lux Flakes) 4 cups boiling water 1 cup Methylated Spirits 1...

Bites and Stings

  Natural remedies for wasp and bee stings Scrape away the stinger as soon as possible using the edge of a credit card, a knife blade or your fingernail. As long as it remains in your skin, this little sac of poison keeps pumping its contents into your body....

Congestion Remedies

  Congestion Remedy 1 I have this mixture made up and kept in the fridge at the first sign of a chesty cough or any congestion. It’s pleasant to take and works well. 1/2 – 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 1 tbls honey 2 tbls lemon juice pinch cinnamon Boil all...

Sore Throat Remedies

  Here’s an assortment of gargles for a sore throat. I prefer the salt water gargle because it really works if you do it at the first sign of a sore throat. Gargle with cool sage tea. Mix 1 teaspoon of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then...

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.    ...

Pre-wash Stain Remover Recipes

  2/3 cup Fairy dish detergent 2/3 cup ammonia 6 tbls bicarbonate of soda 2 cups warm water   Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and then, using a funnel, pour into a spray bottle. Recycle an old spray bottle if you can. To use, shake the bottle well because...

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...

Easy Homemade Buns

This recipe makes about 8 – 10 soft, white homemade buns in just over an hour. Ingredients 1 cup warm water 4½ tsp. active dry yeast ¼ cup honey 1 tsp. sea salt ⅓ cup softened butter 1 egg 3½ cups plain white flour Instructions In a measuring cup, sprinkle yeast...

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....

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

  These economical dishwasher tablets are easy to make and work just as good as the commercial varieties but wont leave any chemical residue on your dishes. Recipe 1 1 cup Borax 1 cup Washing Soda 3/4 cup Epsom Salts Zest and juice of 1 fresh large lemon Combine all...

Toilet Barrier Spray

  Having an air freshener in the toilet is pretty standard these days, but they can be quite toxic so we’ve found a recipe that takes care of the odours and the chemicals. This spray is used differently though – you spray it into the bowl before you go for a number...

Savvy Reed Diffuser Refills

  Recipe 1 Water Based Ingredients: 1/3 cup water 2 teaspoons Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (I got it from Woolworths) 30 drops essential oil You’ll also need: Reeds for diffuser or Bamboo Skewers (trim to remove sharp ends) Small Bottle with a small opening so the...

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...

Paleo mince recipes

  Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado – Joyful Healthy Eats Salted Mocha Burgers – Popular Paleo Stuffed Cheddar Beef Burgers – Delicious Obsessions Burgers with Egg and Garlic Butter Balsamic – Primaly Inspired Sweet Potato Patties –...

50 Mince recipes

Appetizers, Nachos, and Salads Beef Enchilada Dip – Add a Pinch Taco Salad – Add a Pinch Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs – Add a Pinch Taco Dip – Add a Pinch Bacon, Blueberry, Blue Cheese Salad with Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette – Eat 2 Gather Swedish Meatballs –...

Spicy Cough Syrup

  2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg’s, if available) 2 tablespoons honey (raw honey is best, if available) 2 tablespoons water 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger   Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to...

Wet Sock Treatment

  Okay it sounds weird, but give it a try before you make fun of it…When we get sick around here one of the first things we give a try (at least on the kiddos) is this Wet Sock Treatment. I had a lady teach me this method a few years ago. She said it was considered to...

Homemade Ice Pack

  2  cups of water 1/3 cup (80%) alcohol- rubbing alcohol or vodka, etc. Zipper- top plastic bag Combine water and alcohol in a zip lock bag. Seal top and freeze. The alcohol keeps it from freezing solid and creates a gel-like ice pack.I like to put this in another...

Nighttime Cold Remedy

  This remedy will help you sleep soundly when you have a cold. Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup hot water 2-tablespoons brandy Mix lemon juice with the 1/4 cup maple syrup. Then add 1/4 cup hot water, and 2 tablespoons of brandy.    ...

Hand Sanitiser

  1- cup Aloe Vera gel (or you can make your own) 1- teaspoon Isocol (Isopropyl Alcohol) 2- teaspoons vegetable glycerin 8-10- drops tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil Simply blend all of the ingredients together and store in a pump bottle.    ...

Homemade Cough Syrup

  Ingredients 1½ cups pure honey ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1-5  lemons, juiced (the more the better) Instructions Add honey, olive oil and lemon juice to a small saucepan Stir over medium heat just until steaming Remove from heat and let cool completely Place into...

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...

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, relax you, and even help you get to sleep at...