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Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review

Alpaca Balls

Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review: Go GREEN and save money was the promise when purchasing a set of 100% Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls. After a month of using them for all of our laundry I am definitely sold.

Alpaca dryer balls are felted alpaca yarn designed to bounce around the dryer with the laundry to shorten drying times and reduce wrinkles without exposing your clothes to any of the chemicals in dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls. You can re-use the alpaca dryer balls for years. The best results come when using 3 dryer balls.

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As they tumble around the dryer the alpaca balls fluff the laundry and gently pummel it to make it softer. They can also reduce drying time by about 25% by absorbing moisture, which can result in saving money on utility bills.

The alpaca balls help reduce static, but be careful not to over dry the clothes, which can result in the dreaded static cling. I have only noticed minor static in a load of towels which I had accidentally set on the extra dry setting. Speaking of loads of towels, the alpaca dryer balls won’t affect the absorbency of the towels like dryer sheets do.

Alpaca Balls Specialty Meats & Gourmet

The first use is best with a load of wet towels. The balls may initially become a little fuzzy. If this happens, carefully trim off the fuzzy hair with a pair of scissors, and you’re good to go. The dryer balls may shrink slightly with continued use, which is normal.

Do you really like the scent of dryer sheets? Use essential oils to scent your dryer balls. If you do use essential oils send the dryer balls through alone on a short cycle to dry the oil, otherwise you may get oil spots on your clothing.

Do you have a money saving tip or product we should try? Comment below we would love to hear from you.

We purchased our Alpaca Balls at Specialty Meat & Gourmet in Hudson, WI. Thanks Linda and Steve for the recommendation I will be in to get some for Christmas gifts.

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Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review

DIY Dryer Sheets Weve Tried It

Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review – We have been searching for a chemical free dryer sheet recipe and finally found one that looked easy enough to make, so we gave it a try. When we search out recipes we like to keep it simple and this is simple.

Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe and Review

Ingredients:

1 cup of distilled water
1 cup baking soda
2 cups of white vinegar
25 drops of your favorite essential oil (Optional)
Coffee filters

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk water, baking soda and essential oil. Then SLOWLY pour in your vinegar. You will start to see the fizzle from the vinegar and baking soda. Once mixed thoroughly set aside.

Separate a package of coffee filters. Put them in a container and pour the mixture over them until completely saturated. Allow filters to soak for 15 minutes. When time is up, wring them out as best as you can (you can pour what is left back into a jar to use as fabric softener in the washer if you want). Separate them as best you can and lay them out on a cookie sheet to dry. It may take over night. Once dry, put them loosely in a large covered container or Ziploc bag and they are ready to use.

Results:

We were a little concerned that when the sheets were dry they might leave some baking powder residue on the clothes. We tested them out first on a dark load of laundry. The clothes came out great, they were soft, static free and no powder on them. In our book this was a success!

Another great idea for chemical free dryer sheets are Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls. You can read that review here.

Do you have any chemical free cleaning tips for us? We encourage you to comment below! New ideas and DIY projects are always appreciated from our followers.

Tips

Vinegar and Baking Soda Works Wonders

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Vinegar and Baking Soda Works Wonders: We love finding ways to take harsh chemicals out of our daily lives and there are so many different things we have found that baking soda and vinegar work wonders on.

Unclogging Drains: One of our readers sent this idea to us and coincidentally we needed to use this tip just before guests were arriving and water was pouring out from under the kitchen sink.

Directions: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let the mixture work for around 15 minutes then rinse with hot water. Our sink was running clear and we haven’t had any problems since.

Cleaning Scorched Pans

Cleaning Burned Pan: Recently we accidentally left one of our good pans on a hot burner, which resulted in scorch marks.  We believe this would work well on baked on food as well.

Directions: Fill the bottom of the pan with a small amount of water, add 1 cup of vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn off the heat. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the pan (watch out for the bubbles.) Let the mixture and pan cool down. If the pan is not completely clean, pour out the liquid then use more baking soda to scrub the remaining marks off.

Clean Your Toothbrush

Disinfect Your Toothbrush: It is estimated that most people’s mouths have literally millions of organisms thriving just on the surface of their teeth. Vinegar and baking soda are both effective disinfectants and can be used to disinfect your toothbrush.

Directions: Pour 1/2 cup of water into a glass, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tsp of baking soda and mix well. Place your toothbrush (es) into the glass and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

Do you have any great ways you use vinegar and baking soda in your home? Comment below so we can give them a try!

Dish soap diy

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe: We have made the change to many different homemade cleaning products and figured it was high time we try out a homemade dishwasher detergent.

After looking around the internet it seemed almost all recipes were basically the same. We ended up going with a recipe on FromFaye.com.

2 c Borax
2 c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 c Citric Acid or Lemi Shine (we used Lemi Shine)
1 c Kosher Salt

Directions: Mix all ingredient in a medium size bowl and leave out for a couple of days to dry. Be sure to stir often. Keep stored in an airtight container.

Dishwashing Detergent

Use 1 tbsp per load.

We had read several complaints about the detergent getting clumpy and hard, so we left ours out on the kitchen counter and every time I walked through I gave it a good stir. After 2 days of doing this we haven’t had any problems with clumping.

After purchasing all these items we were questioning whether this was actually a money-saving tip. We compared the prices and amounts used, calculated that the price per batch is around $4.50. 80 loads per batch when you use 1 tbsp. which comes out to 6 cents per load. The cost for our regular brand Cascade Complete is $7.25 for 155 ounces which comes out to 13 cents per load when following the guidelines. That really is quite a savings for just a couple of minutes of work.

Do you have a great homemade cleaning product you love? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

If you missed our post on how to make laundry detergent you can find that here.

Foaming hand soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap: Want to save a bunch of money on hand soap? This is so easy and as long as you are making yourself some you might as well make a bottle for a friend too.

If you were to buy foaming hand soap in the store it would run you anywhere from $2.50 – $3.50 per bottle. Never throw away empty foaming bottles, save them and make your own.

Simply pour 2 tbs of regular hand soap into your foaming hand soap container and fill the rest with water. Shake gently and it is ready to use.

Foaming Soap

I tried this about a month ago and was worried that the mixture would separate while sitting, but it didn’t.  My DIY foaming soap has worked great every time.

My Earth Friendly hand soap was $3.49 for 17 oz. I will be able to make 8 bottles of foaming hand soap from this one bottle. That is a savings of between $17.00-$20.00 just using the one bottle of hand soap.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your soap to add a pleasant fragrance. Don’t want a plastic bottle sitting next to your beautiful sink? Go for a fancier look and purchase a reusable foaming bottle.

Do you have any great money saving tips? Comment below we would love to hear from you.

soap scum

How to Remove Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

Homemade Hard Water Remover

How to Remove Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains: Hard water stains and soap scum on shower doors, tubs and tiles can be very frustrating, even after you have cleaned them, the glass still looks foggy and dull.

We were searching for a way to clean the hard water stains without the using harsh chemicals in today’s commercial products. We are very pleased with the recipe we found on savvysugar.com. Easy to make and worked like a charm.

What you need:
Small mixing bowl
1 cup Epsom Salts (Naturally softens the water breaking up the stains)
1/2 cup baking soda (Gently scrubs)
1/4 cup liquid dish soap (Gently cleans)
Cleaning cloth
Paper towels

Lucky for us, we had all these ingredients already so we mixed up a bowl and tried it right away.

Directions:
This works best on a dry shower door, so wipe down any wet areas before cleaning. Scoop a bit of the mixture on a damp cloth and rub in a circular motion over the tiles or glass doors. We found it worked best to put a couple of paper towels under the glass door to catch any of the drips for easy clean up of the floor.

Let the mixture sit on for a couple of minutes, then give it a one more quick rub. Then just wash away with warm water. We were worried about it making a lot of soap suds from the dish soap, but this wasn’t an issue.

The results were immediately noticeable! It was hard to get a photo without a glare, but we hope you can see in the pics above how clean and clear the shower door turned out.

We will definitely be using this recipe again to get all our bathrooms sparkling clean. Do you have a great homemade recipe you would like us to try out? Comment below and let us know.

Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend Product Review and Giveaway

Bar Keepers Friend Product Review and Giveaway: Let’s start off by saying Weve Tried It believes that this is one of those products that needs to be in every household, we think it’s amazing!

We tested out Bar Keepers Friend on a plate that we have that looks old and beat up, look at the photo below! After scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend, it looked brand new.

Bar Keepers Friend Weve Tried It

Bar Keepers Friends has been around since 1882, their premium all-purpose specialty cleaning products clean without bleach.

Use on stainless steel, clean cookware, kitchen & bathroom surfaces, remove stains, tarnish, rust and lime.

BKF is giving away this gift basket filled with their awesome products to one of our readers. Details below.

Bar Keepers Friend Giveaway

We asked out Facebook followers if they use BKF and what they love about BKF:

Tammi said: “LOVE Bar Keepers Friend! My mom used when I was a kid (I’m 40). I have used it on my glass flower vases to get that water line off. Have not noticed any scratches…but I usually make a paste and apply it for a bit then wet it and lightly rub it with a dish cloth. I have used it on cement that was stained orange from hard water, my porcelain Princess House cooking pots, my son’s white baseball pants, oh the list…”

Mary said: “We have a lot on iron in the water at our lake place bar keepers friend is great to clean the rust out if the toilet and the shower.”

Trischa said: “I’d be interested in seeing a showdown between Bar Keepers Friend and Bon Ami… My husband and I are at odds on this one.”

Jenni said: ” I was hoping and thinking this was an obscure product that only I would buy! It’s cheap and cleans everything including my stainless fridge! Love this stuff. It kinda stinks..but I can’t have it all?!?!”

Melissa said: “Cleans our stainless sink.”

To win this BKF gift basket (includes bag and apron) leave a comment in the comment section under this post and let us know why you should win.  Comment must be submitted by 11:59pm on July 7, 2014. Bar Keepers Friend will pick a winner that will announced by July 9th. Be sure to follow BKF and WTI on Facebook.

Laundry Soap DIY

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap WTI

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe: We took suggestions on what the best homemade laundry soap was and we were told to try out the recipe from The White Silk Purse.

Ingredients:

2 bars Fels Naptha
2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
6 cups of hot water
Quart Canning Jars with Lids

Start with heating up the 6 cups of water in a large kettle. While the water is heating, grate the 2 bars of Fels Naptha. Once grated add the soap to the hot water, and stir frequently. We stirred for about 15 minutes until it was completely melted. Don’t boil or you will have a big soapy mess.

Grating soap

Once Fels Naptha has melted turn off the heat and add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Continuously stir for three minutes. The powders will dissolve into the liquid.

jar soap

Pour the liquid equally into 4 quart jars. Then add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” of the jar. This will leave about 1 ½ inches of head space. Put lids on the jars and let them sit overnight.

The soap in the jars will separate while it is standing. This is OK. There will be semi firm coating of soap on top and kind of gel-like soap on the bottom.

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Now stick a knife down into the jars and cut through them like a pie, so that they will come out in pieces. Pour the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl or blender. We used an electric mixer. Start mixing on the lowest speed and gradually go up. Mix until it is a pale yellow whipped cream like consistency. We mixed two jars at a time.

Pour the mixed soap back into the jars, fill all the way full. There may be some extra for another jar. Put the lid back on and your soap is ready to use. It will get a little firmer when it sits, but it stays spoon-able. For a large load use a tablespoon of soap and smaller loads use 1 teaspoon.

homemade soap

Add the soap to the washer as it it filling. One quart will last for around 65 loads of laundry. The broken down cost equals out to be just under two cents per load.

This can also be used as a stain remover, rub a small about of the concentrated on the stain and wash as normal.

Do you make your own laundry soap? Let us know what you do different in the comment section below.

Resolve

Easy Tile Grout Cleaning

Resolve

Easy Tile Grout Cleaning: We have found a great alternative use for Resolve High Traffic Carpet Cleaner, it can also be used to clean the grout on your tile floors!

With the direct stream dispensing it is very easy to spray directly into the grout lines you want clean.

Simply spray the cleaner onto the area you are wanting to clean and leave it sit for about 15-20 minutes.

We used two methods to wipe off the Resolve Carpet Cleaner and they both worked good. In one area we simply wiped off with a wash cloth and in the other area we scrubbed the grout lightly with a tooth brush. Both methods got the grout back to the original color.

All of the grout in my home is a darker color, so it is hard to see the dramatic difference in them from the pictures, but it really is amazing! I had no idea that the bathroom grout was actually maroon!

We can’t wait to finish all the hard areas in the house!

Do you know of a product that works wonders in a way that it is not advertised? We would love to here about it in the comment section below.

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mildew remover

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Shower

How to remove mold and mildew from shower. Over time black mold can build up on bathroom caulk and it can be hard to remove. Not only is it a health hazard, it looks terrible.

Moldy shower

If you’ve tried cleaning this stuff, you know it’s nearly impossible. Over the past years I have tried many different way to clean it and nothing has worked. My next step was going to be to remove all of the moldy caulking and re-caulk my shower to get it looking clean again.  I did a little more online research and found a cleaning method that worked amazingly well with no scrubbing required.

Bathroom mold remover

All you need is some liquid bleach and some cotton pads. I soaked the cotton pads in the bleach and pushed them into the moldy caulk area. I placed the cotton over the moldy area and let them soak overnight and in the morning my caulk was white again.

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I am absolutely thrilled with the results. My shower looks new again or like I re-caulked it. I will for sure be using the bleach and cotton ball method again. Quick and easy!

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Do you have a great cleaning trick? Comment below, we would love to hear from you.