Frugal Updates

I’ve begun trying some recipes for homemade items and I thought I would give you a bit of an update and share what I’ve been learning.

Vinegar… I knew it worked on pee stink, but it really does clean lots of things. I used it while cleaning my bathroom and I was surprised at how well everything just wiped right off with it. I won’t like though, the smell of vinegar can get downright potent in a small bathroom, but I’ve used commercial cleaners that were even worse, so this is doable. It dissapates pretty quick and doesn’t leave a lingering unpleasant smell, so I like that.

I now have, sitting and infusing (like that word?), apple cider vinegar, a little Dawn and two oranges in a container. I love oranges, but can’t eat them, so I just chucked the entire orange in, pulpy part and all instead of just the peels. We’ll see how it goes.

Making this up tomorrow. This comes from If you get a chance to visit there, she has awesome recipes for food as well. πŸ˜‰

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/2 C. vinegar* (a great disinfectant)
1 tsp. borax (add water softening properties)
1 tsp. liquid soap (use castille or dish detergent)
2 tsp. baking soda (add disinfecting and odor removing)
15 drops Tea Tree essential oil (a great antibacterial-antimicrobial oil) (Or use your favorite essential oil)
warm water

I don’t have my Tea Tree yet, so I’ll make it without that, but will add it when it comes in.


Homemade deordorant:

Ok if you’re a fella, look away or just get over it. πŸ˜‰Β  Menopause is not as wonderful as I had once thought it would be. Yes, I said wonderful. We have no kids and aren’t going to have kids, so that was a lot of monthly misery I could live without. Cut to two years ago when this all started and I found out that hot flashes is the most common sign, but there are MANY effects you don’t hear a lot about. I got those. (figures!)

Anyway, one of those effects is that I have yet to find a deodorant that 1) actually works for me, or 2) doesn’t make my very sensitive skin get all rashy and broke out. When you put those two things together with the fact that I now have the worst BO of my life thanks to the hormones, it can get pretty gamey around here. πŸ™‚

So I tried one recipe I found. The recipe I tried was as follows:

5 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or corn starch
essential oils (optional)
Mix the ingredients together with a fork until well combined.

I did end up nuking my coconut oil first because I had it frozen, but mixed everything else very well and stuck it in the fridge to reharden, which it did just fine.

Now, near as I can tell, it was working pretty good, but I could only wear it one day at a time and only if I didn’t get hot and sweat. Good trick in summer, eh? I really don’t know what caused the problems because all of those items are pretty innocuous by themselves. I did not use an EO in it, either. But the burning! Oh my Lord…burning, itchy and rash. It was ugly and really very painful.

I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for someone else, but it definitely was not good for me. Next recipe I’m going to try is:

Witch Hazel Tea Tree Double Whammy Deodorant Spray

10 drops tea tree essential oil
1 ounce of witch hazel

I ordered 3 bottles of Tea Tree Oil, for several recipes I want to try, and am hoping this may work better. I’ll keep you posted, not that I think you want to hear about my pits, (laughs) but to let you know how my new journey to frugality is going. πŸ™‚


S.O.S. = Soup or Sauce

I made some of this up and will be using some this weekend. I LOVE soups and stews and always want to make just enough for me when the sweetie is away at work for 2 and 3 days rather than make a giant crockpot full. I’m hoping to adjust my big recipes down to me, myself and I sized portions. πŸ™‚

We eat a lot of soups and stews, not just because I love them, but because they are so economical and I make a GREAT soup. πŸ˜‰Β  The Sweetie likes them, too, but the poor guy needs something he can rip and shred in between batches. <giggles>


I got my Lilac/Lavender EO that a friend makes up for me yesterday! Tomorrow is soap making day, so heads up on the soap making post that will be coming, too. TakingΒ lots of pictures for ya’ll and lots of explanations. πŸ™‚

If any of you have any ideas or recipes or advice I’m more than happy to hear them! I have a lot to learn and many of you are absolutely brilliant at this stuff. πŸ™‚

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