Frugal Tips

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this earlier. Now I don’t recall from where I got this recipe- but it’s out there in lots of places in cyberspace– kudos to who ever came up with it. It is ridiculously cheap and easy to make. Being the slight germ-a-phob that we all are in this house, hand sanitizer is in constant demand. So here goes. Oh, btw, in one bottle I added a few drops of essential lavender oil, in another bottle I added a few drops of baby oil- cause I like the smell of babies!~well clean babies.

1 bottle of aloe vera gel – the plain-not the kind that is green for treating sunburns, although you could probably use that, it has other added things in it that aren’t necessary for hand sanitizing. I found 2, 12 oz. bottles at my local dollar store for $2

1 bottle of alcohol

couple of drops of either essential oil or baby oil (optional)

recycle either one or two empty bottles with pumps.  I had an empty bottle of hand soap that I used. Fill the pump bottle 2/3 of the way with aloe vera gel- it helps if you buy a bottle with a squeeze top. Fill remainder of the way with alcohol and add your essential oil if you like. Put the top on and shake to mix ingredients. Now with the remaining aloe, I went ahead and poured about 1/2 c. of alcohol in there and mixed it and filled another bottle and I still have some left over. Now try it so you will be convinced it works just the same! It does. = )

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 T. Borax

3 T. white vinegar

2 c. water

1 T. dish soap

1 drop essential oil for fragrance (tea tree oil, lavender, and rosemary are wonderful for disinfectant qualities too)

put all ingredients into spray bottle and shake well to mix. Use as household cleaner

Almost Soft Scrub

1/2 c. baking soda

liquid soap (enough to make a frosting like consistency)

5 drops of essential oil, tea tree, lavender or rosemary

Liquid Pump Soap

2 c. mild laundry soap flakes

10 oz. hot water

2 T. baby oil

In a 1 qt. bowl mix together with a long handled spoon until well combined. Transfer to a recycled 24 oz soap pump bottle.

Dishwasher Detergent

1/2 c. liquid castile soap

1/2 c. water

1 t. bottled lemon juice

1/4 c. white vinegar

3 drops tea tree oil

Combine all ingredients together and stir until well mixed. Use 2 Tablespoons per load.

Sidewalk Chalk

recycled toilet paper tubes or dixie cups

1 c. plaster of paris

almost 1/2 c. cool water

2-3  T. liquid acrylic paint

If using recycled toilet paper tubes, securely cover one end with plastic wrap or wax paper and secure with a rubber band.  Pour plaster of  paris in a disposable container, an old cool whip container works just fine. Using a paint stick (free from the paint store) or plastic utensil , stir in most of water. Add paint and mix well. Add a little more water as mixture thickens. Stir well and quickly pour into dixie cups or toilet paper tubes that have one end covered. Allow to dry 24 hours. Peel off paper and you have sidewalk chalk!

Almost Oxi-Clean

1 c. hot water

1/2 c. baking soda

1/2 c. hydrogen peroxide

Mix well and use immediately. Recipe can be halved or quartered. Mixture will not keep, make only what is needed and use promptly. Mixture will bubble up quite a bit when peroxide and baking soda are combined together.

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