All Natural Room Freshener

Before I start this post, I have to give credit where credit is due. I found this on Pinterest. Here’s the link to the original genius: One More Moore  

I live in an apartment (as seen on my post about my living room makeover) which was unfortunately inhabited by smokers just before I moved in. Consequently, my home smells like cigars every time I walk through the front door (on top of the tiny, old apartment smell they all have). I have tried everything to cover the smell, including air fresheners, scented plugins, and shampooing the carpet. Nothing helped damper it enough to last. The plugins worked for a while but they make me sneeze and I hear they’re full of all kinds of horrible chemicals we shouldn’t be breathing. I wanted something that smelled natural, like cooking or baking. So I found this on Pinterest, added my own twist to it, and immediately tried it the next morning.

You simply put a pot of water on the stove (about halfway to 2/3 of the way full) and add what you think smells good. The original post I found said to use rosemary, lemon, and vanilla. Unfortunately, I’m out of rosemary so I opted for something a little simpler. I sliced a whole lemon and sprinkled a good amount of cinnamon in the pot, brought it to a boil, and then set to simmer. It smells so good in here! It smells kind of like someone is baking ginger snap cookies! You can do whatever combination of scents you enjoy. I think I’m going to try orange & mint, something with lavender, orange & cinnamon, and definitely the one she suggested.

Hope this helps cheer up your day!

Homemade Laundry Soap

I live in a tiny 655 sq. ft. second floor apartment in Southwest Michigan. Thank goodness there’s a dishwasher in here because there’s no washer or dryer 😦 In order to do my laundry I have to walk down two flights of stairs to the basement floor of the building connected to mine. The washers and dryers are decent but each machine costs $1.25! It costs me $10 just to do my regular loads of laundry.

As you can imagine I don’t have extra change laying around for expensive laundry soap and the cheap stuff breaks both my husband and I out. Naturally, I was really excited when I learned how inexpensive and easy making your own laundry soap is.

Everything you need: Arm & Hammer washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda), Borax, and your choice of a scented bar soap.

Put 1/2 cup of washing soda with 1/2 cup of Borax into a tupperware container. Grate one bar of soap (I like Lever 2000) and add to the mixture. Close the lid and shake to mix. That’s all there is to it! You only need three heaping spoonfuls for a regular sized load.

This is what the finished product should look like. It smells great and gets your clothes clean without leaving an icky residue! Have fun happy housewives and househusbands!