30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Dust & Polish

SpringCleaningTFF Incase you missed it yesterday spend a few hours on your Spring Cleaning Challenge by Taking & Putting Items Away in every room.

Now that your closets are de-cluttered and the surface is now cleaned and organized it’s time to go a bit deeper. The next few days will be a thorough process of cleaning and organizing, while keeping the goal of decluttering in mind.

Repeat after me, I will not be a hoarder, I will not be a hoarder, I will not be a hoarder……

TIP 1. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom.
First, we are going to work on dusting, cleaning and polishing. Reducing the amount of dust in your home can greatly reduce the symptoms of allergies and even asthma and will make your home smell and feel fresher and cleaner.

Start with ceiling fans, then move onto wall hangings, mirrors and picture frames. You want to start at the top so that any dust or dirt that falls will only have to be cleaned once instead of doing double the work. In the kitchen and bathroom, make sure you dust above light fixtures, medicine cabinets and don’t forget in the corners where the shower curtain rod meets the wall.

TIP 2. Grab a pair of old cloth gloves and an old oven mitt.
When everything up above is dust free, it’s time to move on to any trinkets, knick knacks and decor that is placed on top of the furniture, on shelves and on counter tops. A great way to dust small or fragile items is to put on a pair of fabric gloves and gently rub the dust off and polish to a shine.

Once complete you will then dust and polish the furniture. Use one side of an old oven mitt to apply your polish of choice and use the other side to buff the furniture. In case you were wondering, we will focus on the rest of the kitchen and bathroom a little bit later.

TIP 3. Use newspaper with your glass cleaner of choice for clear, streak free windows and glass.

After you complete all of your dusting you will then clean any mirrors, glass furniture, tv or computer screens and any other glass items. Make sure you clean your glass after dusting so that you aren’t left with another layer of dust to clean. We want to work smarter, not harder!

I like to allow myself 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the room, so that I can take my time. If you are faster than me (don’t brag, it’s not too hard to achieve, lol) or if you need more time, just adjust the length on your playlist to fit the necessary time.

I’m not the only one that dance and sings while I dust, right??

Your assignment for today is to be a lean, mean, dusting machine!

Then take a hot bubblebath, with a glass of wine and a good book. Just kidding, go get dinner ready, help with homework, get the kids ready for bed, get lunches ready for tomorrow, put in a load of laundry, fold the load you just took out of the dryer, wash and put away the dishes, and maybe get a 5 minute shower in before you pass out, exhausted, but still wondering if you forgot anything! Yea, that’s more like it, lol, see ya’ tomorrow!

30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Take It Out, Put it Away


So last night your homework assignment was to call your Girlfriends and get them on board with a Clothing Swap by Clearing Out Your Wardrobe. I hope they are on board and joining us for the 30 Days of Spring Cleaning Challenge!


Now that your closets are neat and de-cluttered, it’s time to tackle the next steps. Instead of going right into one room and attempting to get it under control in a single step, you are going to begin with two full run-throughs of your home. Sounds like a lot of work, but it’s quick, easy and really makes Spring Cleaning a whole lot easier. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

TIP 1. Watch the clock.
Arm yourself with a trash bag, and set the timer on your watch or cell phone for 10 minutes to keep track of the time. Go through every room in your home and put any visible trash in the bag. Allow yourself no more than 10 minutes per room for the 1st run-through. This is not the time to do any deep cleaning, but if it’s garbage,throw it out now.

TIP 2. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate or sell and put the rest away.
Now that the trash is gone, grab a box and don’t forget to keep an eye on the time.

On this second run through, allow yourself up to 15 minutes in each room. Put any small items that you would like to give to someone or sell, in the box. As you go through each room, if anything is out of it’s place, put it back where it belongs. If you have books that aren’t in the bookcase, DVDs on the coffee table, kid’s toys on the floor, put them away.

When you are done, you will see a noticeable difference. In less than a half hour in each room, you can de-clutter and straighten up. You will be able to see dirt that was hiding out, and get a much better picture of what you need to do in the next few days to give your home the most thorough cleaning possible.

Your homework assignment is to “Put It Out or Put It Away”. Unless you live in a fancy mansion, (in which case you probably have a staff of maids on call anyway and have no need to deal with the tasks us common folks face,lol) this should take about 2 to 3 hours and will make the rest of your Spring Cleaning routine a breeze!

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30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Clearing Out Your Wardrobe

SpringCleaningTFF Yesterday we focused on Getting Your Spring Cleaning Motivation going. Now that you have your motivation let’s get to Clearing Out Your Wardrobe!

With Spring finally here it’s time to say goodbye to Winter and welcome all the sunshine and brightness of Spring into your home. Spring Cleaning can seem like a daunting task and sometimes you just don’t know where to start, but, having a plan makes it easy. If you open the windows and turn on some music, Spring Cleaning can actually become fun!

TIP 1. Start from the “inside” and work your way “out” and “down”. The wardrobe is where I prefer to begin.

Keep in mind, the goal here is to de-clutter, not try to create more storage for things we don’t want to get rid of.
Begin by removing everything from your closet and lay everything out on your bed. Dust any shelves and sweep, mop or vacuum the closet floor. Once that is done, it’s time to start organizing.

TIP 2. Plan 4 piles: keep, donate, garage sale, clothing swap, throw away.

Remember those Printable Signs I shared with you in Day 2? It’s time to utilize them beginning with the clothing!

Start with your piles – Keep, Donate, Garage Sale, Clothing Swap (if you’re having one!) and Throw Away.

Once you pick up a piece of clothing up you must decide which pile it goes into. Which brings us to Tip 3.

TIP 3. Utilize the 1 year rule.

If they haven’t seen the light of day in 1 year or more, it’s time to say goodbye.


When sorting is complete, put all of the clothing in the “keep pile” back in your closet. Organize them in whichever order works best for you. One way I like for the kiddos closets to stay organized is utilizing a Shoe Organizer hung up in their closets. Then they can pick out their outfits for the week on Sunday evening. This keeps the chaos to a minimum in the mornings ;)

TIP 4. Turn your hangers.
You can face all the hangers in one direction and each time you wear something, turn the hanger in the opposite direction. When it’s time to clean your closet out again, all the items on hangers that haven’t been turned can be donated or swapped since you haven’t worn them.

TIP 5. Make a one year box.
For items that you are not 100% ready to get rid of, put them in a box and any time you wear something from the box, put it back in your wardrobe. After a year, whatever is still in the box can be donated or swapped.

TIP 6. Set up a clothing swap with your friends.
One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure, so take all of the clothing in the “swap pile” and put it neatly in a box, set up a date to get together with the girls and your “swap piles”, have a few drinks, and go “shopping”! This is a great money saver as well.

Next, box up all the clothing in your “donate pile” and choose which organization or person you would like to give them to and then make sure to follow through with the donation. The last pile is the “trash pile” and you know exactly what to do with that!

Now you have a beautifully organized closet! Now, do the rest of the family’s closets before you move on to the rest of the house!

Tonight’s homework assignment: Call your friends, get them in the mood to spring clean and set up your Girl’s Night Clothing Swap. Let them know the date you’ll be hosting the Clothing Swap. By the time the night of the swap arrives, you and the rest of the girls will be ready to “shop” and add some “new” items to your Spring and Summer wardrobes!

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30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Getting Motivated


Wahoo! It’s day 3 of 30 Days of Spring Cleaning. Did you get your Spring Cleaning Printables printed out yesterday?

It’s that time of year again, time to deep clean, organize, get rid of clutter and start fresh. Yes, it’s Spring Cleaning time! No sweat, you got this, right? Wait, what did you say? Oh, no you don’t got this? No worries! We are going to get prepared, mentally and physically, to tackle Spring Cleaning and conquer the clutter!

TIP 1. Find your motivation.
Let’s face it, cleaning is not fun for lots of people, it’s just more work. So, if you are one of those people, you must find something to keep you motivated from start to finish. It doesn’t make sense to throw yourself full force into something, only to lose steam and lose your motivation before you finish. If you are going to do it, do it well, and do it all! For me, music is what keeps me going. I set up a playlist using my  iTunes account with enough music to keep me going for hours! Some people love to listen to audiobooks while they clean. Find what works for you and incorporate it into your cleaning routine each and every time.

TIP 2. More storage, more clutter.
One of the important things to keep in mind during Spring Cleaning is that the goal is a clean, organized and de-clutter the living space. Anyone can go out and buy bins, storage boxes and shelving, but this will only lead to a more cluttered living environment. We don’t want to create more storage space for things we don’t need, we want to get rid of them whether that’s donating them or hosting a garage sale.

TIP 3. Keep memories in your heart and special treasures on display.
De-cluttering can be a difficult process, we get attached to items and we connect them to something or someone. We say things like, my great grandmother gave me this before I got married, that reminds me of that great vacation we took, this reminds me of when the kids were little. If this sounds like you, you need to keep telling yourself that the wonderful memories you have are never going to fade.

You will cherish the memories forever, but the memories are not in the items that are cluttering your home, they are in your heart. Don’t get me wrong, some things may be too special to part with, and you don’t have to part with them. Because once you start removing the clutter, you will have more space and you will finally be able to put those really special things on display and enjoy them, instead of them being in the basement or attic in a box where nobody even sees them.

TIP 4. Think of this as a lifetime change.
You can clean and organize your little heart out, but if you don’t implement some changes into your routine, in a couple weeks your home will go right back to being a cluttered mess.

TIP 5. Utilize the “1 In, 1 Out” rule.
This means that if you are about to buy something new that isn’t a necessity, you need to decide which other non-necessity it will be replacing. So, if you have 6 ceramic cats on the coffee table and you see another really cute one that you simply can not resist, you must part with 1 of the original 6. You may think that just one more isn’t going to make a difference but 1 can easily become 100 and before you know it you are the star of an episode of “Hoarders”.

Your assignment for today is to find your motivation. If music is your thing, get your playlist ready. If you would rather “read”, download an audiobook. Hey, if a bottle of wine is going to get you going, I’m all for it, just don’t get so tipsy that you forget what you needed the motivation for!

30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Printable Signs


Our 30 Days of Spring Cleaning is now at Day 2! Did you get your Spring Cleaning Coupons printed yesterday?

These Printable Signs are going to help you with your 30 Days of Spring Cleaning. To utilize these Printable Signs all you need to do is find a spot in your house to place each sign. These can be placed in the same room or designate a spot where you will have enough room for your expected items.

The Printable Signs are two pages and contains of a Donate Sign, Garage Sale Sign, Throw Away Sign and Keep Sign.

Print your Printable Signs for FREE Now!

In your Donate are be sure to keep boxes and bags that way you can stick items to be donated in them and easier to load into your car to drop off!

In the Garage Sale pile consider using plastic bins (like a Rubbermaid bin) and keeping them organized. This will help your Garage Sale set up go smoothly.

With the Throw Away section keep garbage bags and cans on hand. In doing so, taking the trash out will be less messy.

Now for the Keep Section, take the items to their home. Everything should have a home, whether it’s on display, in the medicine cabinet, a hall closet or in the kitchen. If the item doesn’t have a home, consider putting it into one of your other piles.

The next printables are a Spring Cleaning Checklist and a Monthly Cleaning Checklist. These are a must to have so that you can see what is needed to be done and what you have completed. This is also great for assigning tasks to the other family members in the home!

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Reader Question: Ordering in Bulk


We have a question today from Melissa M.:

Over the past few months I have begun to eat cleanly. That means no dyes, GMO’s, processed foods, etc. While we feel amazing I’m beginning to notice it’s a bit more expensive! I know that I don’t want to go back to eating like we use to and looking for ways to save. Do you know where I can begin ordering in bulk on things like cacoa, flax seed, whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, coconut oil, etc.?

If you have any insight for Melissa please leave her a comment!

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Lemon and Eucalyptus Homemade Dish Soap Recipe


Lemon and Eucalyptus Scented Homemade Dish Soap

Ok, there may be more exciting ways to become a goddess, but meanwhile, here is one you can achieve in an afternoon. And yes, this homemade dish soap recipe doesn’t have bubbles, but it does work, has a lovely aroma,  and  is easy on your hands.  (and not only that… at about $2.48 for 16 oz, it’s a great little project to do with your little one!)

what you need:

  • measuring spoon
  • measuring cup
  • funnel
  • 24 oz squeeze bottle ( I use an empty dishwashing bottle)


all  you do:

pour all ingredients into bottle using the the funnel, and shake well to emulsify.

Voila! You are now a cleaning goddess.  How easy was that?

Check out the other Recipes we have…they are grrrrreat!

~ Homemade Foaming Soap Recipe ~ Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe ~ Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe ~ Glass Cleaner Recipe ~ Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Save Money On Haircuts at Home (Plus Wahl Clipper Deal)

One of the ways we are “frugal” in our household is we save money on haircuts and cut the kids hair at home.  For a while this meant a nice clean buzz cut but I’m learning the trade and getting better each time.  I think I can finally do a “little boy’s cut” which is what my youngest requires – now don’t start inspecting his hair, lol.  He’s got super fine blonde hair – a buzz cut just wouldn’t work on him. Not to mention he is VERY picky about his hair.  This child sleeps with a comb, I kid you not.  Now my daughter and I still go to have ours done at a salon, I’m not ready to take that scary leap yet.  I think it’s a very different story with long hair.

All that to say a good pair of clippers is definitely needed.  I learned this recently when during our move I packed up our clippers too early and everyone needed cuts – badly.  So we went to Supercuts (way overpriced imo). I did however learn that it should NOT take 30 minutes per person!  My clipper blades were dull, very dull and the motor on my clippers was very weak.  I got them at CVS during a Conair ECB promotion.  Well, they just didn’t make the cut….

We recently upgraded to a Wahl set and they are SO MUCH better!  I’d highly recommend Wahl clippers, sure you can get a $100 clipper set but really any of the Wahl clippers will do.  There are a few really good deals on Amazon right now…

Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit - $25.99 (Reg. $40.95)

Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit - $17.99 (Reg. $40.99)

There’s LOTS of other great deals on Wahl Clippers on Amazon.com.

If you aren’t a Amazon.com shopper you can check out the Wahl Home Pro Hair cutting kit for just $11 at Walmart.com!

Do you cut your families hair at home? I’d love to hear your tips!

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DIY Wall Hanging: Easy and Inexpensive Way to add “WOW” to Any Room


This is a guest post from my friend Leslie who is a whiz when it comes to decorating on a dime! Read on and learn how she made this great wall hanging that she now has hanging in her dining room. It is so pretty and really adds such a nice pop of color to that room.

Born from the need to decorate my new condo on a dime, I created an easy way to add a big splash of color and texture to a wall in just an afternoon.  This fabric project is a no-sew  marvel and really quite easy.  (Not an artist you say?  Not to worry…if you can read, you can do this project! This project cost me about $10 (the fabric I used was on sale).

What you will need:

  • heavy fabric the the size of the wall you want to cover, plus about 6 extra inches in each direction  (I like outdoor canvas the best)
  • scissors
  • double stick tape – the stickier the better
  • ruler

Good to know: - this project is loosy-goosey – in other words, nothing needs to be perfect.  The measurements, cutting, ripping should all be done as if a cute little being was on your shoulder whispering sweetly into your ear, “Don’t worry, don’t worry….it looks good no matter how you do it.”

What you do:

  • cut or rip the fabric into approximately 3/4″ strips    

-hint: Make a few test strips and tape to wall and twist just to make sure you like the look. Some fabrics rip well and some don’t, so experiment. The loose threads add to the texture which I like….but you decide.


  • stick 4-6 inches of the double stick tape on the wall where the top of the fabric strips will sit     

-hint: start in the center and work your way out

  • stick on one strip at a time, firmly pressing the fabric onto the tape.  (let the ends hang loose)
  • repeat until the wall art is as wide as you would like
  • starting on one side, twist a strip as much as you’d like and put 4-6″ of tape down where it ends.  Repeat until all strips are used up  

 -hint: some strips. may be shorter than others…these can be trimmed after they are all up.

More good things to know:

  • this project can be done with either solid or patterned fabric.  Remember that the pattern will probably only be printed one one side, so when you twist it you will see both sides.  This is actually a good thing.  In fact, any idea you come out with is a good thing…so experiment, experiment, experiment!
  • this can be customized to fit into any unusually sized spaces…so take a fresh look at your home and see what could be brightened up
  • when you are done you can impress your visitors  with your newfound artistic talent…and talk just how wonderful the effects of light and shadow play on the piece are  (see? you will even sound like an artist!)

Voila!   Now thank your cute little shoulder-whisperer and say ‘Yes, it doesn’t pay to worry! It all works out!’

Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener


Are you looking for a Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener recipe? Look no further! This is another guest post from my friend Leslie, the artist. When she is not making beautiful art, you can find her in the kitchen experimenting with frugally-inspired DIY recipes!

DIY Healthy & Inexpensive Fabric Softener

Continue to explore  your goddessess-cleaning self with this simple recipe.  This is another one that you can make into a project with your little one. The vinegar is not only cheap and non-toxic, it’s antimicrobial, softens fabric and helps reduce static.  The baking soda is another inexpensive and natural softener, as well as a cleaner and deodorizer. Essential oils – an optional ingredient here – are also antimicrobial, but really, the importance here is that all goddesses need an ‘aromatherapy moment’ to get through such earthly tasks.

Shake before each use:

  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (lemon, lavender, sweet orange, eucalyptus, or peppermint) This is optional, but oh so lovely.

Good to know:  You will need about a 1/4 cup for HE washers, and about 1/2 cup for regular washers. Experiment with the aromas that most appeal to you!  The final clothes won’t keep the aroma, but mixing and using is a pleasure, and pleasure is what cleaning goddesses discover.

There are so many ways to make homemade recipes. Check out another Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener Recipe we posted a few years ago. This one is super easy and uses 3 simple ingredients.

Complimentary Mini Classes at Craftsy


The more and more I’m over at Crafsty.com I’m beginning to not want to leave! You can grab complimentary mini class at Craftsy.com that include a FREE Knife cutting class, longarm quiliting, photo basics, bsaic quiltmaking skills, painting flowers in acrylic and so many more.

There are also TONS of online classes that are just $39.99…so if you have a New Years Resolution to learn a new hobby or trade this is the site for you!

What hobby do you enjoy doing?

Homemade Leave In Conditioner

Let’s face it! Leave in conditioner is more expensive than conditioner and I don’t think I’ll ever understand why. I mean all it is is conditioner that’s been liquified with water. So after my hair was feeling a little dry and looking a little frizzy this past summer; not sure if it was the sun or hair color or what, I decided to try my hand at making my own Homemade Leave In Conditioner.


Supplies Needed:


  • Spray bottle
  • Conditioner of Your Choice (or whatever was on sale!)


It’s pretty simple really…Fill the spray bottle about 1/8 of the way with conditioner and then the rest with water. Shake it a little to ensure the conditioner dissolves within the water. You will being to enjoy softer, smoother hair for less! This also works great as a detangler for the kiddos!

You may also wanna check out the Homemade Dry Shampoo recipe. This works really good!

Have you ever made your own Homemade Leave-In Conditioner or other beauty products?

Frugal DIY: How to Reupholster a Chair in 6 Easy Steps

Please, do tell me how cute this Reupholstered Shabby Chic Chair is?!? I’ll show you how to reupholster a chair is simple and will save you hundreds of dollars. Plus you’ll get the look you want!

Cute Desk Chair – $5 + $2.99 for materials = $7.99 total!

We’re on a very tight budget, but I’m determined to (re)furnish several rooms in our home including my daughter’s bedroom.  She has never had a “theme” and now that she’s 10 we’ve pinned down her style as shabby chic.  She’s an old soul and would have loved to have been born during the times of horse-drawn carriages and chivalry.  So when she said she loves roses, antiques, and lace I knew that the popular shabby chic style would fit her well.

I’m a part of a community Facebook group started by local moms who buy and sell from each other, it’s an invite only group so it keeps the Craigslist flakes at bay.  Yesterday a sweet lady posted the adorable chair pictured above for just $5 and I knew I had to have it!  I picked it up today and stopped by Goodwill with Haley in search for some material to recover the seat.

We found a fabric shower curtain for $2.99 – it’s the perfect material, sturdy and thick!  This was my first time reupholstering anything and I can’t believe how easy it was.  It literally took me less than 15 minutes which plays into my appreciation for a simple DIY tasks.  Let’s just say that patience for long term projects isn’t one of my strong suits.

Here’s how you reupholster a chair in 6 easy steps…

  1. Turn the chair upside down
  2. Remove 4 screws
  3. Remove lots of staples holding down the current fabric
  4. Roughly cut the new fabric using the old as a template
  5. Pull the fabric back over the seat cushion and staple it down
  6. Screw it back to the chair frame and you’re done!

If you hadn’t read in our previous posts, we’re very excited to be in the process of buying our very first home!  We have moved a great deal in the 12 years (and 4 kids) of marriage and we are very eager to settle into our “forever” home.  Moving to Bend has been such a blessing in so many ways for our family, and buying a home is just icing on the cake – something we could have never done in CA.

Being frugal is great, but I’m still a woman who wants to decorate and furnish her first home!  So on that note, I’ll be sharing a few posts this summer about frugal ways to repurpose, redecorate, or refurnish your home on a budget.  So stay tuned for more Frugal DIY posts!

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Homemade Mod Podge

If you are an avid crafter, you know about Mod Podge. And if you are like me and love to craft, but only pull out the decoupage about 2 or 3 times a year, the lid on your Mod Podge may be impenetrable because it’s been glued shut for who knows how long. That is the situation I found myself in when I sat down to make my own Advent Ornaments. I needed decoupage and I didn’t want to break my crafting stride by going to the store, so I made my own Homemade Mod Podge!


Supplies you will need:

  • A jar
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Water


  1. Empty the glue into a jar. My jar is just an old pickle jar and a great way to recycle!
  2. Add Water 1/4 cup at a time. Essentially you need it to be 50% glue and 50% water.
  3. Shake it up!

And you are done!!

Price Costs

  • Mod Podge 16 oz. $7.37
  • Elmer’s Glue 4 oz. 4-pack – $4.40

One 4 0z. bottle of Elmer’s will make 8 oz. of homemade decoupage. So, for $ 2.20 you can make 16 oz. of the homemade kind.



Frugal DIY: How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Have you ever wondered how to make h0memade laundry detergent in your own home? If so, you are in luck! The initial investment is about $11 for the first 5 gallons, but after that, you will have Borax and Washing Soda left over and will only have to buy the bar of soap.  To make it easier to stir, you may want to try a drill attachment for stirring paint.

Here is what you will need:

  • 4 Cups – hot tap water
  • 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar – $0.97
  • 1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda *It must be sodium carbonate!! – $3.24
  • ½ Cup 20 Mule Team Borax – $2.98
  • 5 Gallon bucket with lid (about $2.75)

We have found all these at Wal-mart. If they are out, Ace Hardware is the next best place to find look.

Here’s how you put it all together:

Shred bar of soap (we like to use a cheese grater) and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

  1. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. (It will gel.)
  2. Stir once again and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser. Shake before each use.
  3. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Remember the FREE $10 VitaCost credit through this link?  You can order essential oils there for as low as $2.08, so grab a few bottles for FREE just pay the $4.99 shipping!

Suggested Measurements

  • Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
  • Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

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