Home Made Solutions

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Stain Remover

Goodbye to yellow armpit stains!

1 tsp. Dawn,
3-4 tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide,
2 tbsp. baking soda.

Mix together, rub in, and be amazed!

Also works for grease stains.

Winter Sore Throat "Tea"

2 lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
2 piece of ginger about inch thick sliced into thin pieces
Honey (about 1 cup-maybe more)

In a 12-16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger. Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly.

This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.

Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.

Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly".

To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it.

Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner

I ONLY use this and it leaves floor spotless.

1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1 cup baking soda,
2 gallons tap water, (very warm.)

It leaves everything smelling amazing.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid)

Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine :) or just an empty detergent box you have.

To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup).

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 C. powdered milk
2/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. boiling water
3 T. margarine
2 T. white Karo® syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Makes 1 1/4 cups, the same as one can sweetened condensed milk.

Carpet Shampoo Solution:

1 cup oxiclean*
1 cup febreeze*
1 cup distilled white vinegar
*The homemade versions work fabulously!

Pour contents into shampooer tub and mix with hot water to fill tub completely.
This will not only clean your carpets it will also deodorize. It will smell slightly of vinegar until the carpet is dry.

Be sure to test spot with the solution just to be safe, however this should be safe for ALL carpets.

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Lemon Herb Seasoning

1/4 cup + 1 tbl. Dried basil, rumbled
1/4 cup dried oregano, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons whole celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried grated lemon zest

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients until well blended.
Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 6 months

Heloise's No-Salt Substitute

5 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dark place.

Tip: Never store spices near the stove....they lose their zip!

You can double the amounts to make extra and store as stated above.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

1 C. Borax
1 C. Washing Soda
1/4 C. Epsom Salt
Lemon Juice

Mix all of the powders together. If your not sure about the borax you can omit it from the recipe. It won't harm the recipe at all.

Put 1 cup of the powder mixture into a bowl and pour oin a litlte bit of lemon juice.

For 1 Cup of powder I used 4 Tblsp. lemon juice. You don't want it to be dry, but not soaking wet either.
4 tblsp. lemon juice will make it a bit sticky which is what you want.

The lemon juice will foam up when it hits the powder..

Glass Cleaner

Try cleaning glass or mirrors with club soda.

The sodium citrite is the key ingredient.

Drain Cleaner

To unclog a drain, mix a cup of salt with a cup of baking soda.

Pour the dry solution into the drain, and then add a pot of boiling water.

You can also pour about 2 C. of white Vinegar down the drain, Wait 10 minutes (or longer) before pouring the boiling water down..

Homemade Soft Scrub

1/4 cup borax
Vegetable-oil based liquid soap
1/2 teaspoon lemon oil

In a small bowl, mix the borax with enough soap to form a creamy paste.
Add the lemon oil and blend well. Scoop a small amount of the mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse well

Homemade Febreze

4 tablespoons Ultra Downy Clean Breeze fabric softener
25 oz. water

Mix and dispense from a 32 oz. spray bottle.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 (16 oz.) bottle rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap, like Dawn or Joy

Pour ingredients into empty gallon container or empty gallon milk jug.
Fill the rest of the container with water.
Put into spray bottle and refill as needed

PERGO floor cleaners

(came from a PERGO Distributor)

1/3 part white vinegar
1/3 part rubbing alcohol
1/3 part water
3 drops diswashing liquid
Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of the Pergo floor cleaner.
Just spray and mop; also great for
deodorizing a room and for a fast cleanup.
I also use this on my tile floors with great results

Apple Pie Spice Blend

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground nutmeg*
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Combine all ingredients for desired mix and blend well. Store in a small, airtight container.
Feel free to experiment with amounts to get a blend that works for you.

*If using freshly ground nutmeg, you might want to cut back a little bit because the flavor can be quite strong. Since you’re going to be storing the
mix anyway, it is not crucial to use freshly ground here.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg*
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Combine all ingredients for desired mix and blend well. Store in a small, airtight container.
Feel free to experiment with amounts to get a blend that works for you.

*If using freshly ground nutmeg, you might want to cut back a little bit because the flavor can be quite strong. Since you’re going to be storing the
mix anyway, it is not crucial to use freshly ground here

Homemade Zote Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap (or Fels Naptha)
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (optional)
1-(3 lb) Container of OxyClean-(optional)

Mix all ingredients together, well.

Use 1-2 Tblsp. per load.
for whites or clothes that heavily soiled you can presoak the clothes for 15-30 minutes (or overnight) before washing. Wash and dry as usual.

How to Make Pastry Flour

If you've ever come across a recipe calling for pastry flour, but cannot find it locally, pastry flour can be attained by mixing equal parts cake flour and all-purpose flour.

Brown Sugar

All you do is mix:

1 cup granulated cane sugar
1 Tablespoon unsulfured molasses.

That's it.

You mix it with a fork, your electric beaters or your hands (that's what I do).
If you want darker brown sugar, just add more molasses.

Recipe can be doubled

Window Cleaner

¼-½ tsp liquid soap
3 tbsp white vinegar
2 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle

Will keep indefinitely.
Presenting this recipe does not imply that regular window cleaner contains dangerous compounds, but that this is simply a known safe alternative.

Silver Cleaner

Here is a recipe for cleaning silver that is just like the 'plates' that are for sale, but it is much cheaper!

Combine the following in a clean container or sink (no specific amounts of any of the ingredients mentioned):
Aluminum foil
Baking soda
Very hot water

Soak silver in this solution till tarnish is removed.

Home Made Oxiclean

1 C. Water
1/2 C. Peroxide
1/2 C. Baking Soda

Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 Minutes to overnight,
Wash as usual.

Swimming pool hair care - to keep blonde/highlighted hair from turning green

2 TBSP baking soda
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 tsp mild shampoo

Mix together all ingredients until well blended.
Wet hair and massage mixture well into hair and scalp, making sure hair ends are coated.
Cover hair with plastic bag or shower cap and leave on 30 minutes.

Rinse hair well and shampoo as usual

Raisin Oatmeal Mix (Instant Bulk Mix)

6 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apples or dried banana chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans etc)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 teaspons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
additional ingredient when preparing..
3/4 cup water or milk

In a bowl combine first 8 ingredients Divide into 2 batches. Store in air tight containers in a cool dry place for up to 1 month

Yeilds 7 cups of mix!

Self Rising Flour

1-1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix well.

Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Biscuit Mix

Homemade Biscuit Mix

10 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

1.Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add oil and mix with a fork or pastry blender; you should have small lumps throughout the mixture.
2.Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months

Chocolate Chunk Coffeecake Mix in a Jar

Mix ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chunks
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in mixing bowl.
Transfer mixture to 1-quart wide-mouth jar. Add sugar, then nuts and then chocolate.
Seal jar.

Decorate jar and attach the following instructions on a gift tag:

Chocolate Chunk Coffeecake:
Makes 12 to 16 servings

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Lemon Skin Toner

1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup distilled water
2/3 cup witch hazel

Combine all ingredients. Pour into a clean bottle or decorative cosmetics container. Shake well before using.
Apply with a clean cotton ball.

Note: Lemon is a strong astringent, dilute with water before using, being careful to keep away from eyes

Lemon Astringent

1/2 C. witch hazel
1/4 C. lemon juice


Apply to face and neck with a clean cotton ball.

for oily skin