Merry Christmas and Clorox Wipes

Flu season is in full swing.  I got my flu shot last fall, but they are saying it wasn’t the correct strain.  OK. Some protection is better than none, but I am hoping this year will be as mild as last year, but in any case, I like to be prepared.  And I like to know my bathroom is clean.  The easier THAT chore is the better.  The more cost effective and chemical free the better.

Here’s a great cleaning hack from One Good Thing that I have found to be exceptionally cost effective and works great.  Homemade Cleaning Wipes.

“CLOROX” WIPES
1 C water
1/4 C rubbing alcohol
2 T Dawn Dish Detergent
2 T ammonia (optional according to the original recipe)
Old T-shirts cut up into wipe-size pieces.  Even a little larger won’t hurt.
Stack your T-shirt pieces into a glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid.  I used an empty plastic coffee “can”.  Mix all the ingredients together and pour over the T-shirt pieces.

Every once in awhile, if I remember, I turn the can upside down just in case the wipes need to be remoistened.  I stuffed so many in the can that I don’t think there is any of the mixture settling in the bottom, but yours might not be so full.  I have had this large coffee container with these wipes in them for months and what’s left are still moist.

Use like Clorox wipes all around the house. If you leave out the ammonia you can even use these to wash your armpits and your feet.  I wouldn’t use them on any sensitive areas, but maybe you’re tougher than I am! 😉  I LOVE these. Easy on your pocket book and easy on the environment.

IMHO it doesn’t hurt to have another container on hand to put the used wipe in until you have enough for a washing.  It probably doesn’t matter if you throw the used wipes into the laundry basket, but I just don’t like that idea so I keep a separate container for the soiled ones. This is at home.  In the van the process is different; I wouldn’t hesitate to put these in with other dirty laundry.
Hugs from the Two Dogs blog!  Shawna
Save where you can, so you can spend where you want.

Update to Laundry Soap II

Hi there!  Thanks for reading Two Dogs today.  This is a quick little post to update the laundry soap formula.   The original post has the ingredients listed as:

3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda (washing soda, not baking soda)
2 Tablespoons Dawn Ultra Dish Detergent

I have increased the amount of Dawn Ultra Dish Detergent to 3 T instead of 2.  I thought it might give a tiny bit more oomph, but it’s mainly because 3,3,3 is easier to remember!

I also want to report that I have not had a sinus headache since I started using this formula (original or new proportions either one).  Still have chronic sinusitis, but the all-too-frequent headaches that were so dibilitating are gone.  I am sooooo thankful for that.  Ban those yucky chemicals added to the cleaning products we use to clean our homes, do our laundry, and freshen our bodies, and make your own!!!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised, not to mention you’ll have a quite a few more coins to rub together. 

My motto has become:  ‘Scrimp where you can, so you can spend where you want’.  Hmmmmmm, I think I will add that to my banner. 

OK , gotta run.  Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Shawna

The Chiweenie Brothers and a Tip

Before I get into today’s quick tip, I simply must share these photos of The Chiweenie Brothers.  As we transition from summer into autumn the cooler mornings have my crew scrambling to find some warm sunshine.  As the sunny patch in the living room slowly disappeared, I let them out front and they quickly jumped into the wicker chair I have on the front stoop and cozied up for a sun bath.  Burger, ever faithful and wanting as much attention as possible, stayed inside with me.  Sweet Burger is beginning to slow down like all the rest of us seniors.  Hard to see this happening to him, but it’s the way with dogs.

I love my dogs, and I love this quote from Roger Carras — “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole”.  Indeed they do.  Oh yes— indeed they do.

OK, better get to today’s frugal tip and leave all this cuteness.

Having dogs means loving them, feeding them, exercising them, and putting up with a few little unpleasantries.  One of these unpleasantries is the sometimes noticable “doggie smell” that can get into the carpets.   I refuse to shampoo my carpets every month– I do it about every quarter– and in between shampoos just a little something may be needed, and something a little more than just covering up the scent with room sprays.  A much-cheaper-than-store-bought carpet deodorizer to the rescue.  Sprinkle liberally, let it sit for an hour or so (I like to let it sit overnight.  Not that it works any better, it’s just that it makes me feel like it’s doing a better job), then vacuum it up.  Easy peasy,  Lemon squeezy.  🙂

CARPET DEODORIZER
Mix together:
1/2 Cup baking soda
1/2 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
20-25 drops of essential oil of your choice OR 1 teaspoon ground spices (clove or cinnamon is great)
If you have an old store bought carpet deodorizer box you can cut off the top of the box, dump in your measured ingredients, tape the top back onto the box with duct tape or similiar, shake well and use.  Or if you want to get all fancy-smancy you can purchase one of those glass shaker bottles from your grocery, Walmart, or such, and put your stuff in that.  Or you could use an old jar with a lid and poke holes in said lid for a nice cheap dispenser; being careful not to hurt yourself when getting those holes installed.  Lots of choices for dispensing — let me know if you decide to try this and what you use to dispense.
I am going to treat my carpets tonight with the last of my “summer blend” (lemon scented) and then make up a batch of cinnamon and be ready for fall.  It’s just around the corner.
Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs today!  Have a great week!  Hugs, Shawna