Make extra money without a second Job

Everybody wants to make extra money but let’s face it we are either working two jobs already or just don’t have the energy to take on another job. So how are we going to make the extra money?

By saving money from products we use often and spend too much on.

Natural products have been around for years. I’ve honestly just been too lazy and too skeptical to even try them.

Until now. I’m tired of watching my girlfriend search and clip coupons for products that I need to wear gloves to use and even with a coupon still cost more than it should.

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So I purchased all the ingredients I need to make laundry soap, dryer sheets, bathroom cleaner, window/mirror cleaner, all purpose cleaning sheets for the kitchen, air freshener, an dusting product.

I was hooked after making the laundry supplies and comparing the prices.

Using my store bought laundry detergent and fabric sheets I found that the cost was .18 cents per load. Not bad right?

My natural homemade laundry detergent and fabric sheets cost .05 cents per load!

Now .13 cents might not seem like a lot to you but over time that adds up.  I wash 3 loads of clothes twice a week. I spent $26.00 in products and made a years worth of laundry detergent and fabric softener. Think of the savings and that’s just in laundry! Add in the savings from the other products and watch your income increase!

You will spend less than an hour making the products and using your favorite essential oil will give you the exact scent you want.  I choose to use lemon in all my products for two reasons. One I didn’t want to spend the money on several different essential oils and I like the smell of lemon.

Here are the list of products I’ve made and the recipes

Laundry Scent Booster

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Laundry Booster
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cps Epsom Salt
  • 20 drops Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together; use 1 tablespoon per wash load

Laundry Detergent

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1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

2 (5.5 oz) Bars of Fels-naptha

1 tub oxygen bleach (like oxyclean or the dollar tree brand)

20 drops Essential oil

  1. Using a cheese grater, grate the Fels-Naptha soap.
  2. Add the Fels-Neptha powder to a large bucket (at least 2 gallons), then add remaining ingredients.  Stir well with a large spoon.
  3. Scoop about 1/2 of the mixture out into a smaller bowl.
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Homemade Laundry Detergent

When using the detergent, start the washing machine, let it fill up with a little water, then add 2 Tablespoons. It can also be used in front loading HE washing machines! Since homemade laundry detergent doesn’t contain a sudsing agent it is safe for a high-efficiency washer. For front-loading machines, use about two tablespoons of your homemade  detergent and mix the detergent with two tablespoons of hot water before adding to the dispenser.

 

Fabric Softening Sponges

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Reusable Fabric Sponges

These are great because they are reusable and inexpensive to make and use.

1 cup Fabric Softener (I used Fabric Softener from the Dollar Store then I spent the extra $3 and bought Downy and used only 1 capful)

1 cup of water/ or 1 capful of water

sponges

Container

In the container add the fabric softener and water; add sponges.

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When you are ready to use squeeze out excess liquid from a sponge and add the sponge to your dryer along with your clothes.

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All purpose cleaning wipes

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All Purpose cleaning wipes

1  Paper towel roll, cut in half to fit container

12 ounces of water

1/4 cup Rubbing alcohol

4 drops of dish washing liquid

Place cut paper towel roll inside of container; mix the water, alcohol and dish washing liquid together.

Pour slowly over the cardboard in the paper towel sheets. Pull out the wet cardboard and pour the rest of the liquid over the sheets. Close container and Use when needed.

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Bathroom Cleaner

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3/4 cup water

1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol

5-10 drops Essential Oil

1 Squirt dish soap

Plastic spray bottle

Mix all ingredients together and put in spray bottle. I use this in the bathroom but of course this can be used in every room you’d like.

 Glass and Window cleaner

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2 cups Water

2 tablespoons Vinegar

2 tablespoon Alcohol

5 drops Essential oil

Empty spray bottle

Place all ingredients in a spray bottle shake and use. I use a newspaper to clean the mirrors and windows.

Air Freshener

1/4 cup Fabric softener

4 teaspoons Baking soda

1 cup Water

Essential oil ( only if you want it)

Spray bottle

Combine all ingredients and pour into spray bottle. Use anywhere.

Homemade Dusting Spray

1 cup water

1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

10-15 drops essential oil of your choice

  1. Mix all ingredients together in an empty spray bottle
  2. Shake before use. Simply spray directly on a dusting cloth (microfiber works best) and wipe the dust off

Stain Remover

  • Mix one part Dawn dish detergent with 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Shake well
  • spray on stain and use a toothbrush to scrub stain

Dish Washing Liquid

2 1/2 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon Borax

1 tablespoon Washing soda

2 tablespoon White Vinegar

1/2 cup Liquid Castile soap

10 drops Essential Oil

Mixing bowl

  1. Measure and add Borax, Washing Soda to bowl along with liquid Castile soap and vinegar.
  2. Boil water
  3. Slowly add ingredients and incorporate essential oil.
  4. Let soap cool then add to container, it will thicken as it cools

This soap doesn’t suds a lot.

Take an afternoon and mix up some homemade cleansers for your home. I’ve been using them for a short while now and I love the results and even more I love the savings. After you’ve made some tell me what you think of them. Also if your already using homemade cleansers comment below with your favorite essential oil mixes.

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