Who doesn’t like to save money on those household items used over and over and reduce chemicals in their home? A school teacher on a tight budget is one in this crowd, for sure! DCI friend Becky Justice is an elementary school teacher working hard to help kids in our area learn and grow successfully. As most teachers, she’s doing life on a budget. She’s sharing with us and you, her DIY steps for three different household and pet care products using every day items most of us already have. Bonus! You can make a large quantity to keep on hand and avoid those extra items in your grocery cart. Who doesn’t love that?

Homemade Dryer Sheets

Need:
Kitchen Sponges (cut in half)
Fabric Softener

Directions: Mix equal parts water and fabric softener in a storage container and add sponges. Gently squeeze a sponge before adding to dryer. Once clothes are dry put sponge back into mixture to use again.

Homemade “Lysol” Wipes

Need:
Paper Towel Roll (cut in half)
1 Cup Water
½ Cup Rubbing Alcohol
½ Cup vinegar
Few drops dish liquid (optional)

Directions: Place paper towel roll into a large storage container. Mix all liquids and pour over paper towel roll. Pull out paper towel tube and gently pull up the first “wipe” from the middle. Cut an “x” into the lid and feed the wipes through the top.

* Use good quality paper towels.

* Depending upon the size of the paper towel roll you may need more, or less, of the mixture.

Homemade Puppy Wipes

Need:
Paper Towel Roll (cut in half)
1 Tblsp. Dawn Dish liquid

Directions: Place paper towel roll into a large storage container. Add Dawn to 2 cups of water and pour over paper towel roll. Pull out paper towel tube and gently pull up on the first “wipe” from the middle. Cut an “x” into the lid and feed the wipes through the top.

* Use good quality paper towels.

* Depending upon the size of the paper towel roll you may need more, or less, of the liquid.

Have a great idea of your own for a DIY household item? Share it with us in the comments below!

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