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Homemade Laundry In-Wash Stain Remover ~ Ditch the Oxy Clean

This recipe only last a few hours so do not make large batches. Oxy-Clean gets its powder by adding oxygen to the solution to release and lift stains. Peroxide does the same thing. Peroxide is also one of the best Blood Stain removers on the market. I have been able to remove dried on, set in blood stains from years ago. You can also put this into a spray bottle for spot treatments if you prefer.  I always buy my Baking soda from Sam’s Club so it is rare that you will ever see a small container in my pictures.

Plus another added benefit is Peroxide kills bacteria. Double win again for homemade cleaners.

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½ cup Peroxide

½ cup baking soda

1 Cup water

Don’t make large batches. Add to washer right away. Mixture only lasts 6 hours.

Soak clothes for 20 minutes before washing to remove tough stains.

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Clean You Kitchen In 15 Minutes or Less

This one I got from a blog I like to follow: One Good Thing By Jillee

I love this. It really does make the job faster and now it seems painless to do. Once you get onto a schedule you will notice it taking less time since you are on a set routine.

  1. Gather Supplies (saves time)
  2. Run Sink with Hot soapy water
  3. Scrape Dishes into the trash and soak in the water
  4. Clear out trash from Floor, counters ets..
  5. Gather all NON kitchen items to a basket
  6. Gather all Kitchen items into another basket and put away
  7. Load Dishwasher
  8. Wipe down counters, appliances etc..
  9. Sweep and mop
  10. Take out the trash.

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images (1)*Save a step and fill the sink with hot, soapy water before eating so dishes can be directly placed in the sink immediately after eating.


Killing: Dust Mites, Bacteria, Odors, and Moisture ~ At Once

Many of us already know about using Baking soda on your mattresses to kill dust mites while removing odor and moisture.

Did you all know you can use it on your other furniture as well?



Large area Rugs



1 Cup Baking Soda

4-5 Drops Essential Oil (optional)


Place the ingredients in a jar and shake.

Put into a sifter and sift over the mattress

Approximately 2 cups needed for a king size bed

Let it set on the mattress for several hours or over night.


(Picture complements of ofironandoak.com)

Slowly vacuum off your mattress using the attachment hoses that comes with your vacuum.

*Kills odors, bacteria and Dust mites. Mixture absorbs moisture and Dirt so it can easily be cleaned away. 



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Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors

This one smells great as you are showering. The citrus smell will help you awaken and become more alert. I love the double benefits of home made solutions.


To top all of the wonderful aroma the citrus will also:



(killing bacterial is one of the many benefits of citrus)

Remove Soap Scum

Remove water spots


½ Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit or Orange (lemon works best)

Small Bowl with Kosher or Sea Salt

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While showering take the ½ of your citrus fruit and dip the cut end into salt.

Rub all over the doors.

Finish showering and then rinse off the doors.

When you are finished showering and rinsing the doors, take the 2nd half of citrus and rub it all over the doors. This will help prevent soap scum build up. You can also use Lemon essential oil after the door is clean.

*We do not have glass shower doors, but everyone who I have asked to try this says it works :)

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Flat and curling Iron Cleaning

My hair straightener (flat iron) gets really gross from time-to-time. More often then not in reality. I was excited when I stumbled across this recipe. Here is a simple one for you today. Make sure your flat and curling iron are turned off for this.

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Baking Soda

Make a thicker paste out of Peroxide and Baking soda.

Rub over the iron with fingers with scrubbing action.

Careful to avoid any open cavities (you do not want the liquid getting into the holes)

 Wipe off with a wet rag when done.

I was so excited to post this that I did not clean off the top of the curling iron (red part). I had to show you right away.

before and after flat iron