Thursday, December 29, 2011

Various DIY Recipes


Over the last several months I've been collecting and compiling these DIY (Do it yourself) recipes for various items that I use and make around my home.  I thought I'd share what I've done with you all.  Enjoy...and if you have any of your favorites please share them in a comment!  You might want to bookmark this page for future reference and as always...this is a work in progress.  I'll be adding recipes to it when I find ones that I trust and like.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Onion Soup Mix Credit given to Heavenly Homemakers

Homemade Bisquick

Homemade Maple Syrup
Thanks, Tina D.!

Homemade Fabric Softener

Foaming Hand Soap 

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Hamburger Helpers
This link gives directions and measurements to make your own Hamburger Helper.  This will come in very handy on a night that you have no idea what to make!  Credit given to Chickens In The Road

Homemade Sides and Seasoning Mixes
This link will show you the step by step process of making your own sides and seasoning mixes such as Rice-A-Roni, Knorr Sides and many more mixes we use on a daily basis.  Credit given to Chicken In The Road

 Homemade White Cake Mix
 link will give direction on making your own homemade white cake mix instead of using a box of mix from the store.  Credit Given to Chickens In The Road

All-Purpose Cleaner:
Fill up a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water.  I use this all over my house.  Just make sure to test it in a hidden spot if you're unsure of using it on certain surfaces.  I clean  my sinks, tubs, toilets and tile floors with this.  I've heard that it isn't good to clean marble and wood with it.

Steam Carpet Cleaner Solution:
1.  Fill the soap compartment full of vinegar and then just fill the rest up with water.  Cleans, disinfects and deodorizes leaving no soap scum behind!
I've also read where some people do this and add 1-2 drops of dish soap to the soap compartment.  However, it's the filmy stuff in soap that doesn't rinse out of carpet well and attracts more dirt later on... so use your own discretion here.

***I actually did this a few weeks ago and had amazing results.  My carpet was clean and very soft after using this formula.  I'll definitely do this again!

Homemade Spot Remover:
Make a paste with vinegar and baking soda.  Work paste into the carpet stain and let dry.  When dry vacuum and stain should be gone.  You may need to repeat this more than once!

Homemade Windex:
Here's what you need:

1 Empty Windex Spray Bottle
1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle 
Credit given to Fake It Frugal

Homemade Febreeze:
1 empty 32 oz. Febreeze Spray bottle1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top
Shake it up in your Spray Bottle and you're ready to go!

***Love this!
Credit given to Fake It Frugal

Spray Hair Gel:
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Simply mix the ingredients in an empty spray bottle. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then you are ready to style. You can add a tiny bit more gelatin to make a stronger hold, but too much will clog your bottle. Store your gel in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
Credit give to: Homemade Mamas

Homemade Hair Detangler Spray:
1 Spray bottle
1 part conditioner (any brand) mixed with 9 parts warm water.  Mix gently before using.  We've had great results with this.

Credit give to: Homemade Mamas

Homemade Baby Wipes:
Go HERE to see step-by-step directions

Homemade Daily Shower Spray Cleaner:

  • cups white vinegar
  • water
  • tablespoons generic dishwasher rinse agent


  1. 1
    In a 32 oz bottle add the white vinegar and the generic dishwasher rinse agent. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. use after every shower.
Credit give to:

DIY Fire Starters:

Fake it Frugal has a great tutorial over here on how to use your newspaper for you fire starters.

I've also heard that some people save their empty toilet paper rolls and use the lint from the dryer to stuff into the rolls for their fire starters.  Either way you choose is frugal and works great!

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