Sunday, 30 September 2012

31 days of Homemade Solutions - Day 1

In this day and age, there are so many people jumping on the 'Green' bandwagon and for good reason.  Our world is fragile right now and we have to take steps to change how we live so we can cherish the world we live in.

I chose to bring you 31 days of Homemade Solutions that are made from scratch.  These are awesome 'recipes' to kick start your green living.  A lot of these solutions have been around for years.  I think that the world we live in now a days is all about convenience.  We buy foods that are preserved and prepared cause they are convenient and take less time.    We buy beauty products cause its an immediate gratification to just open a bottle and use it.  We all know that there is NEVER enough time in the day, for us to do everything we want to get accomplished.  But by taking a few extra minutes, you will probably get an even better result, it is good for the planet, and it is cheaper in the long run.

So to begin our great series we are going to talk about homemade cleaning wipes.  Wipes are always expensive, because of their convenience and a lot of people are willing to pay for that convenience.  But there are others who choose to make it themselves and others who need to budget and this is a great solution.  Whatever reason you have, these are easy and work great.

You will need the following ingredients.

1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
1 Good roll of Paper Towel
1 essential oil (this is up to each individual as to what oil you want, it is to simply mask the vinegar smell, something like lavender would work)
A few drops of dish soap
1 container (the container you use is up to you.  It could be an empty baby wipe container, it could be a Tupperware or plastic container with seal tight lid)

  1. Using a serrated knife cut down the paper towel roll in half or to the size you need for your container.  Please measure what size you need in the container so you will be sure it will fit once cut.  The ends will be a bit messy but not to worry.
  1. Pour the ingredients into the container you are using, adding a couple drops of the oil of your choosing and a few drops of the dish soap.
  1. Gently mix the solution.
  1. Now its time to remove the cardboard roll inside the paper towel, you may need to wiggle it a bit to get it started.
  1. Place your precut towels into the solution and attach the lid tightly.  Turn the container over so that the towels in the middle will soak up some of the solution.
  1. Once the towels are saturated turn it right side up and they are ready to use.

See how easy that was?  I know that at this moment with G without work for almost a year now we need these easy do it yourself solutions to help make ends meet.  I love the convenience of having cleaning wipes around.  It is so easy to grab and wipe down the counter in a jiffy, and they are safe for your kids to use to clean up after themselves too.

Have you ever made this?  If so did you do it this way or another way?  If you  made them differently please comment and let the readers know of other options.  I hope this works for you and if you choose to make these, feel free to stop on by and tell me what you think of them.

Thanks for stopping by,

PS.  Below will be the links to the 31 Days whole series for you to easily read each post.

 Day 1 - Homemade Cleaning Wipes
 Day 2 - Homemade Dryer Sheets
 Day 3 - Homemade Facial Masks
 Day 4 - Homemade Air Fresheners
 Day 5 - Homemade Sand Dough
 Day 6 - Homemade Furniture Polish
 Day 7 - Homemade Hand Cream
 Day 8 - Cleaning Burnt Pots and Pans
 Day 9 - Homemade Body Spray
Day 10 - Homemade Make-up Remover
Day 11 - Homemade Modge Podge (Glossy and Matte)
Day 12 - Homemade Lotion Bars
Day 13 - Non Toxic/Edible Glitter
Day 14 - Goo Gone Recipe
Day 15 - LCD Screen Cleaner
Day 16 -Dish Detergent
Day 17 - Face Scrubs
Day 18 - Dishwasher Rinse Agent
Day 19 - Washing Machine Cleaner
Day 20 - Bathroom Cleaner
Day 21 - Foot Scrub
Day 22 - Contouring Bronzer
Day 23 - Carpet Cleaners
Day 24 - Various Bath Recipes
Day 25 - Hand Lotions
Day 26 - Bath Cookies
Day 27 - Cream Eyeshadow
Day 28 - Drain Cleaner
Day 29 - Fixing Water Rings on Wooden Furniture
Day 30 - Body Oils
Day 31 - Shampoo and Conditioner


Mandy Jean said...

Such a great idea! I make my own cleaners but never thought about making my own wipes.

Jess @ Just by Jess said...

Looking forward to reading your 31 day homemade solutions! What a great idea!

SJ@SweeterStill said...

Love the idea of homemade solutions! I've been trying to phase out strong chemical products in our home ever since my first baby was born so I'm excited to see all that you share this month.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much ladies for stopping by.

@ Mandy Jean You will have to make them and come back and let us know if you liked them or not.

@Jess Thank you, I struggled for weeks to figure out what I could possibly write about for 31 days LOL

@SJ Thank you for stopping in, i understand what it is like to slowly try and remove cleaners from our cupboards. It often takes a lot of experimenting to get just the right cleaner for our personal tastes. But I do hope that you will find something here that works for you.

Anonymous said...

Great article and a great start to 30 days!
Have you tried this yourself?
Have you tried any of the others? I'm just working my way down the list. Some neat stuff! It's always nice to have first hand knowledge from the person writing the blog.
Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I posted some time yesterday but it's not showing up here. Must be lost in cyber-space! lol
This is such a great idea for 31 days. Green and saving money all at the same time - can't ask for more than that.
I'm wondering if you have tried any of these yourself? I've seen other "recipes" on the web and through Pinterest and most of the poster have tried what they've posted (at least they say they do). You have some that I haven't seen elsewhere and like to know that it has been tried first. I've tried to find your resource links but can't find them. Probably staring me right in the face and just can't see them.
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide these great ideas!
All the best.