Tightwad Tuesday

I found this on a yahoo group I belong to. Planning on giving it a try.

Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner

1 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons (or more) liquid soap
2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)

Blending Procedure:
1.Measure the baking soda into a bowl with a tight fitting lid.

2.Add approximately 2 tablespoons of liquid soap (either regular dish washing soap or a natural brand of liquid soap such as liquid Castile soap).
Mix well to create a paste-like consistency.
If you need more liquid soap to do this, add it a little at a time until the mixture is like a paste -- pliable but not soggy.

3.Once you have a consistency you feel like you can work with, add the essential oils and mix well again.
The addition of vinegar last helps to boost the cleaning power.

4.To use, scoop out a little of the cleanser and use a sponge or other cleaning tool to gently scrub your tub, shower and sink surfaces.
A little goes a long way and the antibacterial effect of tea tree gives you extra peace of mind.


I cleaned out my fridg freezer and chest feezer this week. Found some lost goodies ( pork roast mostly) and enough meat to do two weeks of meals. ( even though both freezers looked emptyish. You all know I love to plan meals ahead. In my search for new to me recipes I found this wonderful food storage site. It has a recipe index. Lots of recipes for using what you already have on hand. Very frugal ideas.


The Christmas Box. I talked about this in my weekly wrap up but wanted to share here too. I am enjoying keeping a notebook, hunting for treasures, and wrapping and labling them as soon as I find them. It is my goal to purchase  or make a treasure for everyone on the list long before the holiday season. So far I have found five brand new gifts for 1.50!  I have two gifts in the making using scrap fabric and materials on hand. I will try to post a photo soon.

Here are some sites with easy to make gifts ( good for kids and family to make together)



 My goal is to make a gift each week with the kids. ( or at least get them started!)



  1. Yay! I'm so happy for you that you're getting a jump start on Christmas gifts. I am, too! Even the boys have started a list of gifts they're making. No failing to plan here this year!! Off to check out your frugal abundance link - thanks for sharing that.

    I use only homemade cleaners - I hope you enjoy them like we do!!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday (cleaning day big time here)~



  2. I loved reading this ! I think I will apply this for birthdays too ! I can't wait to see what you all are sewing up. I am going to convert a wardrobe into my fabric stash wardrobe . I really want to improve my sewing skills this year.


    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

    In Him<><


  3. I have all of those supplies, so I may try this tomorrow on my day off. Thanks so much for posting it.

  4. I think I need to clean out the freezer too, to find extra goodies hiding there. Thank you for the frugal abundance link. It sounds good, and will help in emptying the freezer and pantry.

    I'm so impressed with your Christmas planning! Maybe next year....


    Annie Kate

  5. Was looking through the archives and found this. I will add it to my newly revamped recipes!


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