Get the dish on dirt

I was raised on Dawn dishwashing detergent.  When it was my turn to establish myself, I used Dawn because my mom did.  It worked and I’ve used it for years.  It’s not the cheapest dish soap though and my kids don’t know the concept of less is more so we go through our fair share around here.  The same size bottle in this post lasts my sister for 2 or three months…we’re lucky to get just one month out of the bottle.  At a few bucks a bottle, I got to thinking surely there must be a cheaper solution.  Guess what…there was and here’s my result:

There are countless recipes on the internet for making your own dish soap.  I used a method found on this website, well sort of.  I used the recipe that calls for two cups of soap shavings and 3 cups of hot water.  I did not leave it sit overnight because I used 3 cups of boiling water and the soap shred dissolved almost immediately.  I didn’t have lemon juice so we tried it with lime juice instead.   Initially, the soap was very liquidy, but it firmed up overnight and I had to add more hot water the this morning.  It’s still pretty thick, but it’s also very effective.  It cut through Crisco with no problems.  My total cost….about .50 cents for 18 oz of dish soap.  Two cups of  shredded fels naptha is about half a bar and a bar costs me .96 cents.  We eat lots of honey lime chicken enchiladas so we pretty much always have lime juice on hand.  The instructions say this helps cut the grease, but I’m sure it’s optional with the fels naptha as it is pretty effective at removing grease on its own.

Coming up on this space, another toothpaste recipe, diy mint extract, diy butter, diy stain remover and more.  Stay tuned.



That was Ranga’s reaction to our DIY Febreeze.  Can I just digress here and tell you why this is such a huge deal for me….

I have a boy.  I love him to death, but he is the stinkiest smelliest thing EVER.  His feet just might be a bio-hazard. It doesn’t matter what we do, his feet are so stinky they could evacuate the largest convention center if the smell was piped through the ducts.  Even with BRAND NEW socks and brand new shoes, after about two days his feet are more odoriferous than a land-fill and I’ve smelled both.  We’ve tried baking soda, cornstarch, making him put deodorant on his feet, every type of shoe known to humanity, and more.  His feet can even make a flip-flop turn toxic.  In addition to this, he has an aversion to being clean.  He won’t take a shower or bath until I am dang near dragging him there myself.   He inherited his father’s sweat glands and can honestly work up a sweat playing video games inside in the winter with the heat off.  I’m telling you, Pepe Le Pew has NOTHING on my son.  In this house, we Febreeze EVERYTHING sometimes several times a day to ease some of this little boy’s stench.  It’s not uncommon for us go through bottles…yes s plural…of Febreeze a month.  In the year I’ve lived in my place, we’ve gone through at least 5 actually spray bottles of the stuff AND 3 of the huge refill bottles because I would even pour it into my wash when using manufactured laundry soap.  Thankfully my DIY laundry soap has eliminated having to do that.  That stuff is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive but I can’t sit on my couch and have my stomach turn all the time either so what’s a girl to do?

One bottle of Febreeze costs $4.97 at Wal-Mart.  Somewhere I found out you could take one cup of your favorite fabric softener and pour it into a spray bottle (I used my febreeze bottle since it was almost empty anyway).

Here’s what you need:

1 cup of your favorite fabric softener

1 old spray bottle


Place your 1 cup of fabric softener in your bottle and fill with water.  Shake to mix and spray away.  My daughter sprayed our couch before school this morning and now, two hours later, the couch still smells like Ocean Breeze and not stinky boy.  My DIY fabric softener costs 2 cents an ounce so my bottle of Febreeze costs me 16 cents a bottle.  Let’s say I ONLY used 5 bottles of Febreeze a month…here’s the savings:

5 DIY Febreeze bottles = .80 (yes you are reading this correctly…EIGHTY cents) vs 5 store-bought bottles of Febreeze =  $24.85

I think you already know what the House of Faith will be doing!!!!