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Dishwasher tabsThis is a great money saving recipe, so you don’t have to buy dishwasher tabs! By making the tabs yourself, the tabs end up costing you roughly 3 Cents each!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 8-10 tablespoons of Lemon juice
  • Wax paper

Here’s what to do:

  • Spread 1 cup of Baking soda onto a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes. This turns the baking soda into Washing Soda.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice to the dry mixture, starting with 8 tablespoons, and increasing as needed.
  • The mixture should be sticky and thick enough to form.  If it’s too crumbly, add more lemon juice.
  • Place wax paper in a baking pan.  Using a melon baller, scoop out a ball of the mixture and place on the wax paper.
  • Using a spoon, flatten the ball a little, so it’s the rectangular size of dishwashing tabs, or so it will fit in your dishwasher’s detergent compartment.
  • Let them dry overnight.
  • Store in an empty, sealable container – an old dishwashing tab container would work perfect.

Helpful tip:  Rather than placing the mixture onto wax paper, you can use ice cube trays.  Just be sure to fill them only half way.

Thanks Cuckooforcoupondeals!

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DIY veggie spray ingredientsThis is a great Do It Yourself item for those of you that regularly purchase fruit/vegetable cleaners – or if you’d like to rinse your produce better to free them from pesticides!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar

Here’s what to do:

  • Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and pour into a spray bottle.
  • Spray onto produce (except mushrooms) and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse well.
  • Store fruits and veggies properly (either on the counter top or refrigerator).
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Fudgesicles

This is a super idea for those of you who want to save a little money and plan a fun activity with children!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of Chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • 3 oz Dixie Cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Here’s what to do:

  • Dissolve pudding mixture in milk and whip in Cool Whip
  • Spoon into Dixie Cups
  • Insert Popsicle stick
  • Freeze
  • Enjoy!

Extra tip:  add some sliced bananas for a choco-banana treat!

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Flower Soap PetalsHere’s what you’ll need:

  • Melt and Pour Soap
  • Fabric Flower Petals
  • Tweezers
  • Wax Paper
  • Double Broiler

Here’s a tip on where to get your supplies:

You can purchase melt and pour soap on Ebay for about $3.25 a pound – it’s best to use a clear soap, and not necessarily fragrance free.  Just be sure to choose a scent that you and/or your guests will enjoy.

Fabric flower petals are a cinch to find as they’re often sold in local dollar stores (this would be your cheapest solution). You can also visit a craft store, pick up some faux flower stems and cut off the petals for dipping in the soap.

  • Slowly melt the “melt and pour” soap in a double broiler.
  • Using tweezers, dip an individual flower petal into the melted soap.
  • Gently shake off any excess soap, then place the petal onto wax paper so it dries and hardens.
  • Repeat the steps above until you have dipped all of your petals.
  • Arrange the petals in a dish for you and/or your guests to use.
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Oatmeal ScrubStop throwing your money away on facial scrubs!! You can make your own with items in your own cupboard and refrigerator!  Think of how much you’ll save!!

Here are some foolproof instructions on how to make your own oatmeal facial (or body) scrub!

What you’ll need:

1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (it’s best to use regular oats and not instant oatmeal)

1 tsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. yogurt

This Oatmeal scrub acts as a 3 in 1 scrub which hydrates your skin, smoothes the surface and tones your face and neck.  Simply mix well all of the ingredients and smoothe it on your face.  Rinse the scrub off with either a washcloth or by cupping your hands under the water and splashing it on your skin.

Handy tip: You can also use the scrub as a mask. Just leave it on your face for a few minutes until it dries, then rinse it off.