27 Uses for AVON Bubble Bath

27 Uses for AVON Bubble Bath

 

Avon Bubble Bath is always on hand in our house and ready for cleaning, freshening or having a bath!

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If you plan to use Avon Bubble Bath for cleaning, be sure to pick a scent that is clear and not opaque. The ones that you cannot see through have moisturizers in them, that may cause streaks when cleaning. If you are looking for a rep, you can purchase AVON Bubble Bath from me! Visit my Facebook Page for current brochures and to place an order.

  1. Use to wash down the tub surround, shower walls and doors (Need a scrub? Check out this DIY Shower Cleaner)
  2. Leaves bathroom fixtures and mirrors shining
  3. Cleans the vanity top, cabinets, any surfaces, even your walls
  4. Can replace your body wash.
  5. Use paper towels soaked in 1 part bubble bath to 3 parts water. They make great baby or hand wipes. Store in Ziploc bag in the car for easy cleanup.
  6. Works as a shampoo (I have done this, amazing!!)
  7. Good refill for liquid soap, it’s mild on hands
  8. Use to clean combs and brushes, leaving no residue
  9. Helps reduce toilet bowl build up. Place 1 cap full in the take every week.
  10. Wash your appliances for grease removal and a streak free finish.
  11. Can be used to hand wash dishes in the sink. DO NOT use in a dishwasher.
  12. Use on cabinets and walls. Perfect for removing grease spatters.
  13. Clean the fridge inside and out. It will help remove odors. Choose a fruity or non flowery scent.
  14. Use as a laundry detergent and you no longer need a fabric softener. 1 cap full is all that’s needed to do a great job and to remove stains.
  15. Great for hand-washing delicate items. Frugal substitute for Woolite.
  16. Pre-treat stained items, this works especially great on grease stains. Just dab the stain with bubble bath and let sit 10 minutes. Then wash as normal.
  17. Can be used to shampoo carpets, either the whole carpet or just spot cleaning (I used it in my carpet cleaner. Pick a scent you enjoy, it will keep room smelling fresh for days.) Use 2 cap fulls to a large cleaning machine.
  18. Remove stains from upholstery by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in bubble bath. Blot to remove stain and dampness.
  19. Cleans windows to a streak free shine.
  20. Polishes all chrome household fixtures.
  21. Can be used to wash no-wax floors – use 1 cap full with 4-6 ltr of warm water.
  22. Will clean your jewelry.
  23. Use to clean your eyeglasses.
  24. Add to the children’s wading pool to keep the pool clean.
  25. Add to cleaning water for cars, campers or trailers. (interior and exterior surfaces)
  26. Use to test tires, blow up pools or gas lines for leaks.
  27. Use as Snail Repellent  in the garden – mix equal parts water and bubble bath and spray on flowers. Do not spray directly on edible plants, spray soil around base.

Frugal Tip: Making Washing Soda

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Frugal Tip: Making Washing Soda

I make my own laundry soap, both powder and liquid. Can't decide which I like more 🙂

I was getting ready to make a batch today and realized, I have no Washing Soda. So I made some.

It is different from Baking soda, BUT you can turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda very easily.

Pour Baking soda on a cookie sheet, and bake at 400° for 30 - 45 minutes. Voila, washing soda!

Here are my 2 recipes for DIY Laundry Soap:
(both contain Borax, trying a couple new formulas without and will share soon)

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

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Just finished whipping up 72 Dishwasher Tabs or Scoops.
I had left over Washing Soda from making my laundry detergent and figured I would try the Dishwasher Tabs.

These are so easy and quick to make. I used a scoop to make mine, but you can use ice cube trays as well, if you prefer the blocks.
They dry fast and you can store in a container with tight fitting lid.

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What you need: 

1 cup borax powder

1 cup washing soda(not baking soda)

1/4 cup lemon juice Two ice cube trays.

  • Mix together dry ingredients. 
  • Mix well since this will be separated into cubes.
  • Then add the lemon juice this will fizz up. 
  • Put into your ice cube trays and evenly distribute over two trays. 
  • Press down and voila let sit and dry for 24 hours.

Here is the cost break down for me. I lucked out and Borax was on sale. 4.99 for borax 2kg which is 8.45 cups equals .59 per cup(regular price is .83/cup) 5.79 for washing soda 3kg which is 12.68 cups equals .46 per cup 1.99 for lemon juice 945 ml which is 3.99 cups which equals .12 for 1/4 cups 19.99 for 5 kg of Epson salt which is 23.25 cups equals .22 per 1/4 cup(bought last year) Now add that all up is 1.39 for 32 cubes equalling .04 per cube.  Regular price would've been .05 per tab. This is before taxes. 

DIY Shower Cleaner

DIY Shower Cleaner

 

One of my least favourite chores is cleaning the shower. It often get's overlooked until it is bad enough to need a good scrub. I have tried the daily sprays and just cannot seem to get everyone in the house to use it, plus we end up inhaling the chemicals as we spray, and there are just too many chemicals around us these days. Many commercial cleaners are harsh or over scented. This recipe is my solution to help cut down on the chemicals floating in the air, and it is super simple and frugal!

In the past I have tried all kinds of soap scum removers, homemade solutions and store bought cleaners. This is my version of a cleaner that you often see using Dawn Dish Soap. I substituted Avon Bubble Bath in this version(I use it for so many other things too). It not only works fabulous, it smells amazing! If you are looking for a rep, you can purchase AVON Bubble Bath from me! Visit my Facebook Page for current brochures and to place an order.

Here's how to make and apply the cleaner.

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Avon Bubble Bath *(or blue Dawn Dish soap)
  • Vinegar

Some recipes call for this to be mixed in a bottle or bucket, I am too lazy for that!

Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the bottom of your tub or shower. Next add a squirt (about 3-4 cap fulls) of bubble bath.
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Next comes the fun part. Add enough vinegar to wet baking soda and make a foamy coating on the bottom of your shower.
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Using a sponge, spread the paste-like, foamy mixture up the walls in a circular motion. You simply need to coat it all, no heavy scrubbing.  If you don't have enough, add more and mix.

I letit sit for an hour then using a wet cloth (old towel cut up) wipe down the walls. If you have a movable shower head, you can rinse it off by spraying down the shower.

You can use this cleaner and method as needed. This is a deep clean method.

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*Avon Bubble Bath Tip: Always select a scent that is clear, not opaque. The opaque varieties contain oils that will leave smears. The clear ones leave a streak free finish!

DIY Laundry Detergent Liquid

While experimenting with Laundry soap, cost, ingredients, etc. I came to realize that although the Powdered version is very fast to mix up, and more compact to store, THIS recipe is much more Frugal.

This recipe is very Easy and the most Frugal so far!

The previous post for Powdered Laundry Detergent was much faster, but this one is worth the time, AND SAVES YOU EVEN MORE $$

What you will need:
 
  • 2 ltr boiling water
  • 1/2 bar Sunlight Soap Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 6 ltr warm water
  • Grater
  • Large Pot to hold 2 ltr water
  • large spoon to mix
  • Measuring cups/jug
  • Container/bucket for mixing to hold 8 ltrs +
  • containers to put liquid detergent in (old, washed containers from your current brands)

1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in pot with 2 ltr boiling water. Stir until soap dissolves, reduce heat with bubbles get foamy. It should not bubble much more than the picture below.


2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and stir to dissolve.
3. Mix well and pour into container large bucket and add 6 ltrs warm water, stirring to mix.
4. Pour into jugs to store. Let cool then put lids on.

**Shake well before each use.


Use 1/2 cup per load. This recipe will yield approx. 64 loads of laundry.

 
I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far. You will find this to be the pretty standard recipe. Some add 2 ltr solution to jugs and top up with water, I prefer to mix all together then put in jugs. You have to have buckets large enough to do it this way though.
 
NOTE: You may need to add a little water if it becomes too solid. It will gel up a bit. SHAKE WELL before each use, then add water if needed.
 
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COST BREAK DOWN:
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1/2 bar) = $0.50
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.13
Borax $5.58 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.23
TOTAL COST 64 loads: $0.86


Works out to just $0.013 per load! JUST OVER A PENNY A LOAD!!!

Let's put this into perspective:
 
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.013 per load = ONLY $3.49 per year!!!
 
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $6.98 per year
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Let's say using coupons and salesyou can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
 
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
 
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
 
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)

DIY Laundry Soap: Powder

Do you realize the cost of doing your laundry these days? I have been using coupons and paying less for commercial laundry detergent for years, but it was still alot of money going down the drain, literally.
I started looking and checking out recipes over a year ago and have found a few to try. This one I am currently using and love it.
This recipe is so Easy, FAST and Frugal! My 3 favourite words.
I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far.
What you will need:
  • 1 bar Sunlight Soap (more if desired, 1 is good for HE machines)
  • 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 1 container of OxiClean
  • Container with lid to hold 8 cups +
  • Grater
  • large bowl or bucket
  • large spoon to mix
1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in bowl or bucket. 2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and OxiClean. 3. Mix well and pour into container to store.
Use 1 Tbsp per load. This recipe will yield approx. 125 loads of laundry.
COST BREAK DOWN:
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1 bar) = $1
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used approx. 1/8 of box) = $0.50
Borax $5.58 (used approx. 1/6 of box) = $0.93
Oxi Clean $4.99 - $2 coupon = $2.99 TOTAL COST 125 loads: $5.42
Works out to $0.04 per load!
Let's put this into perspective:
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.04 per load = ONLY $10.40 per year!!!
 
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $20.80 per year
Let's say using coupons and sales, you can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)
If you choose make this without the OxiClean, it works out to only $0.02 per load. I prefer the OxiClean as I usually add it to my laundry anyway. Some recipes also include Downy UNstopables or other scent boosters. This is completely up to you. ** TIP: Add Vinegar to your rinse cycle for softer laundry. If you give this a try, be sure to share your thoughts. I am also making a batch of liquid detergent and will let you know how that works out too. Enjoy and Happy Saving! ~ Ruth Ann

Make Your Own: Dryer Sheets

 
I shared this tip in December on the Facebook page, and have had a few requests to share more details. Well, here you go, this is how I make my own "dryer sheets" What you need:
  • Liquid Fabric Softener (we get lots of samples, that is what I use! = FREE)
  • Water
  • Old Facecloths or cut up towel (You can purchase new ones as well if you prefer)
  • Resealable Container (mine is one that came with Margarine in it)
 
My cost for these things was FREE. I had them all on hand, so figured I would reuse and recycle some items in my house already 🙂 Realistically, you can start with a jug of Fabric Softner $2-3, dollar store faceclothes (or sponges cut in half, if you prefer) and a good resealabe container (costs vary). You can do this easily under $10. The only costs involved after initial set up will be occassionally replacing the cloths/sponges, and restocking the liquid fabric softner.
  1. Start by measuring out the Liquid Fabric Softner and Water. You want 2 parts water to 1 part fabric softner. The first time I followed a tutorial I had found on Pinterest, while it said half and half, I find that you can use less fabric softner. (even more $$ saved)
  2. Stir together in your container and place Cloths/Sponges in the container to soak up the liquid.
  3. Store in a dry place. Out of reach of children.
  4. When ready to use, simply wring out the cloth by hand, and place damp cloth in dryer with your wet clothes.
I love using samples for this because I can change the scents more often and try different brands.
I hope you found this useful. Be sure to comment below and share your frugal tips.
Happy savings, and hears to a static free and wonderfully smelling load of laundry!
~ Ruth Ann

Uses for Vinegar – frugal and natural

 
I am always looking for more frugal ways to clean. These tips are not only frugal, but avoid harmful chemicals. You will know exactly what you are using and not have to worry about harmful chemicals you may be inhaling or touching.
Did you know White vinegar is made from Corn? It’s distilled into corn alcohol then fermented with water and nutrients until the alcohol is depleted. It’s Natural, No Additives or Preservatives
These are just a few uses for white vinegar. If you have more uses for vinegar that you have tried, please add them in the comments below.
GENERAL CLEANING
Cleaning drains: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Let sit 5 minutes then run hot water for 2 minutes. This mixture foams as it cleans and deodorizes the drain. I do this once a month to keep drains clean.
Clogged drains: Pour 1 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let settle and if not draining add more vinegar. This may take a few applications depending on the clog. Flush with HOT water once drain clears.
Scouring cleanser: Combine 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough vinegar to give it a thick creamy texture.
Mildew on plastic shower curtains: Put the shower curtain in the washing machine with light-colored towels; add 1 cup white vinegar to the detergent and wash.
Soap scum on shower: Spray on vinegar, scrub and rinse.
Shower head deposits: Pour white vinegar into a plastic bag, tape to the shower head and leave overnight. Brush the shower head to remove remaining deposits.
Hardwood Floors: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to 4 L hot water. Use a damp mop or rag to wash floors. This will leave floors spotless. (use damp, not wet mop)
Vinyl floors: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to 4 L hot water for spotless floors.
Windows: Mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray glass surfaces and wipe dry.
Baby toys: Add some vinegar to soapy water when cleaning. This will disinfect them. Sticky scissors: Wipe with a cloth dipped in vinegar. Clean and deodorize mattress stains: Use a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry.
GARDENING
Clean hummingbird feeder: use vinegar to clean feeder. Soaps and detergent can leave behind harmful residues.
 
Clean any garden pots, statues or bird feeders: Mix 1 part water to 1 part vinegar.
 
Kill Weeds: Full strength vinegar works especially well in walkways and crevices.
 
Ant Hills: Pour vinegar over ant hills to eliminate them.
 
Kill slugs: Spray them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.
 
LAUNDRY
Softening laundry: Fill dispenser with 1/4 cup white vinegar to soften laundry without leaving odors.
Prevent lint from clinging: Add a ½ cu of vinegar to your wash cycle to prevent lint from sticking to clothes.
 
Stains & Odours:Spray full strength vinegar on clothing before tossing in washer.
 
Washer odours and soap build up: Run washer with 1 cup of vinegar only through a wash cycle.
PETS
Neutralize pet odors: Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Pour on stained areas and blot until dry/damp; do not rub.
Kids sandbox, not a litter box: Discourage cats from using kid’s sandboxes by pouring vinegar into the sand and mix.
KITCHEN
Keep eggs from cracking when boiling: Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to water.
 
Wash vegetables & fruit: Mix 1 Tbsp of vinegar with 1.5 L of water and soak produce.
 
Clean your oven: Sprinkle bottom of oven and door with baking soda. Dip a sponge in pure vinegar until soaked and use sponge to scrub oven. Just scrub enough to get the foaming action and cover the surface. Leave for 30 minutes and then wipe clean.
Clean your microwave: Place a microwave safe dish with 1 cup of vinegar in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Open door to release steam, then wipe clean with a cloth.
Greasy dishes: Mix 2 tablespoons white vinegar to liquid dish soap to boost its cleaning power.
Clean your dishwasher:Pour 1 cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher and run through a cycle. Do this monthly to reduce smells and soap scum buildup.
 
 
Plastic containers: To remove stains and smells from plastic containers, soak paper towel in vinegar and place in container. Let sit 20 min and then wipe clean with paper towel. Rinse with water.
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Please feel free to add more uses for vinegar in the comments. I know there are many more uses, these are just a highlight of things I have tried.
 
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Happy savings and cleaning! 
 
Ruth Ann Swansburg
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