When I find a product that I truly LOVE I tell everyone I know about it! After a car accident left me with back and shoulder injuries, I began shopping for products that would make life easier on me. If I try to mop with a standard mop and bucket, I will pay for it for several days. The weight of the bucket filled with solution and the force you need to scrub back and forth is unbearable. It is not worth it for me to have clean floors if they are dirty by the time I can get out of bed again. That is how I found the Steam Mop Max by Bissell. I first went online and read product reviews for several different steam mops, and I was glad I did. The first mop I had thought of buying had very poor reviews, so I opted to try the Bissell because it seemed to be worth the money based on other reviews that I have read. Before I bought my steam mop, I had a Swiffer Wet Jet which eliminated the mop bucket, but required a lifetime of buying the Swiffer cleaning solution and disposable replacement pads. By the time I purchase pads and Swiffer Solution over and over again, I could have bought several steam mops. I really like the fact that the Bissell Steam Mop cleans with just water making it very eco-friendly. There are no harsh cleaning solutions to buy for this machine. If you have pets or small children who spend a lot of time on the floor, water is much safer than some of the chemicals found in cleaning solutions! The Bissell Steam mop heats up the water and with a push of a button, cleans your floors with steam. With three children, I have found some pretty sticky messes that require a lot of time and energy to clean up. The Bissell Steam Mop will conquer those jobs with ease! The microfiber head is machine washable so when you are done using it, just run it through the washing machine and reuse it time and time again. There are no replaceable pads to buy EVER! The only thing you have to purchase while owning this machine is a water filter which costs $16.99 to replace. I am not sure how often this needs to be replaced because I have had my steam mop for over a year now and have not had to replace it yet. In fact, you replace it when the beads inside turn blue, and mine is not even close yet. The Steam Mop Max is incredibly light weight making it perfect for elderly people, disabled, or for those who don’t want to break a sweat cleaning. This machine will make cleaning floors effortless, and cut your cleaning time in half! In the long run, you will save yourself time and money with this incredible little machine. This review is based on my personal purchase and honest review of this product. I was in no way compensated for this review!
Want to get laundry soap for $0.54 a gallon!?!? It’s NO joke and I will show you how!
This is an awesome recipe for liquid laundry soap! I have been using it for over a year now and I absolutely love it! It works GREAT as a pretreat stain remover just by dabbing a bit on a stain and letting it sit over night. I have turned several of my friends and family onto this soap because once you try it you are hooked! The ingredients are trustworthy products that have been around for years! This recipe makes 5 gallons of liquid laundry soap so you only have to make a batch every few months depending on how much you go through laundry detergent.
What you’ll need:
A Kitchen Grater
Empty Jugs to Store your soap
5 Gallon Bucket or a Large 5 Gallon Pot
5 Gallons of Water
1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap grated (Found in the bar soaps aisle)
1 1/2 Cups of Borax (Found in the laundry soap aisle)
1 1/2 Cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Found in the laundry soap aisle)
1 1/2 Cups Dawn Dishsoap (Optional)
First you grate your bar of Fels Naptha Soap, either in a bowl or straight into a pan. Bring a gallon of waer to a boil, and add your shredded Fels Naptha Soap. Stir occasionally until your Fels Naptha is completely melted. Once the Fels Naptha is melted, turn off the burner. Then add 1 1/2 cups of Borax and 1 1/2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda to the pan. Stir until both powders are completely disolved. Now at this point you can add the remaining 4 gallons of water either into your pan if it is large enough, or you can pour contents of the pan into a 5 gallon bucket then add the remaining 4 gallons of water. Mix it all up really good. At this point you have made a laundry detergent but it does not have suds like traditional laundry soap. I have to have a laundry soap that gt sudsy because my memory is not very good and sometimes I forget if I put the laundry soap in. So at this point I slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups of Dawn Dishsoap. It is great for cutting grease also! Now you let your soap cool down before we add it to our jugs. After it cools I use a laddle to scoop up the soap and a funnel to pour it into my jugs leaving about an inch from the top of the jug. It’s a great way to recycle your old laundry soap jugs! I personally use old juice bottles because they are smaller, and weigh less. If you have a back or neck problems, or are making this for an elderly person then juice bottles are great way to go! I like to add one marble to each one of my jugs because over time this soap will thicken so the marble works great to help mix it up again. Before each use I lightly shake the bottle to stir up the ingredients and give it a nice liquid form again. I add about a 3/4 cup of soap per load, and get beautful results! This recipe is safe for HE washers as well.
Lets look at cost…
76 oz Box of Borax $3.12 (One box makes aprox 6 batches of this soap for $.052 per batch)
55 oz Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $2.79 (One box makes aprox 4 batches of this soap for $0.70 per batch)
Bar of Fels Naptha Soap $1.49 (One bar each batch)
That breaks down to $2.71 for 5 gallons of laundry soap! Only $0.54 a gallon! AMAZING!
You will never find a coupon that gets laundry soap that cheap!
Some online resources allow you to load ecoupons directly to a stores savings club cards. These are my favorite sources for printable paper coupons that you actually cut out and use. A couple of & saving tips I can offer are to print your coupons in black ink & don’t waste paper! Color ink is always more expensive than black ink, so don’t waste it while you are trying to save money. Most coupons will print 3 per page. However, there are times when you only print one coupon. The bottom 2/3 of the sheet is pretty much waste. I suggest you cut the coupon from the top part of the paper and save the remaining piece for when you need to print one coupon again. You will really appreciate that piece you saved when you run out of paper! 🙂
If you have ever cleaned your windshield at a gas station, then you have already tried this recipe. Most of us think they use windshield washer fluid, but they only use that in the winter to keep it from freezing. You can replace your current glass cleaner with this simple solution! Fill an empty spray bottle with water and add 2 drips of Dawn dish soap. You will be amazed how well this solution works to clean windows, mirrors, appliances and more! I am not going to break down the cost of 2 drips of Dawn, because I am sure you already see the savings here! 🙂
Quite frankly I stink at making eggs over easy. I always end up breaking at least on during the flipping process! This is a simple and creative way to make an egg over easy and toast at the same time! When you are done they look like a basket with an egg in it. A perfect breakfast idea for Easter morning right before the kids devour all that candy!
First you butter both sides of a piece of bread. Then you use something circle shaped, about 2 inches around to cut a circle dead center in the piece of bread. I use a drinking glass, but cookie cutters work well too. Keep the little 2 inch circle that you cut out of the center because you will fry that also to dip in your yoke. Begin cooking the bread on medium heat until the butter on the top side of the bread has melted. Crack open an egg and add it to the circle in the center of the bread. Add salt and pepper if you like. Once the bottom side of the bread is browned, flip over the bread and cook until the yoke is cooked to your liking. I just gently push on it with the side of the spatula to make sure it is not too runny. There you go! Egg in a basket! 🙂
I purchased this product on my own and am sharing my review based on my own honest opinion because I love it enough to waste my time bragging about it! I began using this kit about a month ago and I absolutely LOVE it! It comes with the microdermabrasion treatment and a bottle of peel activator serum. I’m not sure why they call it that, because I haven’t noticed any peeling. You start out by gently massaging the microdermabrasion treatment onto your face. It is gritty because it contains derma-crystals in it. It is an excellent exfoliant for getting rid of those dead skin cells! I go over my fine lines, and laugh lines really good. Let’s face it, I would take an electric sander to my face to get rid of those! But this treatment is really gentle! Leaving the microdermabrasion treatment on your face, you next add the peel activator serum. It warms up a bit as it melts the derma-crystals into a nice foam. Then you wipe your face clean with a wash cloth. The first time I used this, I was in awe at how soft my face was. It actually felt like a new baby’s skin! I have continued to use this kit over the past 3 weeks noticing great results from it! My fine lines are slowly disappearing and my complexion has never been clearer! This kit really helps with break outs. I use it twice a week as directed so this kit should last me about 3 months. At around $20, I will never be without this product again! Many thanks to you Olay!
I am an animal loving, coupon cutting, deal seeking, clearance shopping, internet surfing mom of 3 teenagers. It seems the older they get, the more they want! If I can grow it or make it instead of buying it then I will. I do whatever I can to save a few bucks! I grew up shopping at garage sales, and playing with farm animals. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and I still love my garage sales! I just recently started blogging so please bare with me as my blog is a work in progress!
My kids (Of Course!)
Finding ways to stay looking young
My dog Bailey
Getting a great buy
Shopping for free items
Scrapbooking (Though I’m slacking lately!)
Trying out new products
Paying for cleaning supplies
When people steal my coupons out of the paper! Grrr!
Missing a great deal
Paying high $ for gas