Ball Jar Soap Dispenser Tutorial

DIY Ball Jar Soap Pump What you will need:

Ball Jar
Soap Pump (I bought a dollar store soap dispenser and just used the pump)
Glue (Some people use heavy duty dishwasher safe glue, I hot-glued mine)
Scissors, drill or xacto knife

 

 

 

 

 

Take the flat ball jar lid and draw a circle in the center where you want the pump to go through the diameter of the pump (you can eye-ball this). You have a choice now as to how you wish to cut the hole. I started mine with an xacto knife (really watch your fingers if you choose this option) and finished it off with scissors. Others have had success drilling a hole through the lid. Whichever way you choose to go about this, just use caution.

Once the hole has been cut, slide the soap pump through and center it on the lid in the direction you want it to face. Hold everything together with one hand while you glue around the base with the other. If you want things to be extra secure, you could place some glue around the top of the pump before sliding it through the hole as well. I found it easier to put a few dabs of glue around the base to help hold things in place so I could seal it all the way around with glue using both hands.

Ball Jar Soap Dispenser Tutorial Once your glue is dry, just add your favorite soap to the jar, place the lid on top and twist on the band. Done!

I was able to get a pack of 12 Ball Jars for just 8.59 (with tax!) and the soap dispenser at the dollar store, so total cost was right around $1.81 for this cutie.  Not too bad considering these can cost upwards of $20 if you buy them premade.

Happy DIY!

How To Make Your Own Labels

DIY organization labelsAfter learning to make my own homemade household cleaning products, I needed a better way to store and organize them.  I was lucky enough to find some spray bottles and swingtop sealed jars at the dollar store of all places (JACKPOT! I absolutely love the sealed jars!).

 

Now that we have all these containers, I wanted to label them so I would know what was inside each of them.  I like the idea of a clear label, but the kits to make them are rather costly. I thought about perhaps printing onto a transparency, but I didn’t have any in the house. So, out of cheapness (and laziness) I decided to just print onto plain paper. If I get tired of the labels, I can always change them to something else at a later time.

Required Materials:
Printer With Ink and Printer Paper
Clear Packing Tape
Scissors
X-Acto Knife and Ruler (Optional)

Homemade LabelsI started by designing some labels on the computer – you can use any digital image software to do this. If you don’t have one currently, Gimp is a good free program that can get the job done. I then arranged all the labels to fit on a single 8.5×11 sheet and printed them out.

 

Next I trimmed the labels with an xacto knife and ruler leaving a small white edge around the sides.  If you don’t have an xacto, scissors will work if you have a steady hand.  Then I placed each label print side down onto a piece of clear packing tape and trimmed the excess with scissors.

DIY labelsFinally, take your new label and place it onto your container starting in the center and working your way outward.  Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles.  One tip when working with containers that have irregular edges is to make the labels slightly smaller than the even surface.  This will ensure that they can be adhered smoothly.  As you can see, these cheap little labels don’t look too shabby!

Total cost out of pocket if you already have everything on hand = $0, can’t beat that!

While these won’t be dishwasher safe, they are good enough to survive a hand washing if you are careful.

Dishwasher Detergent Tutorial

How To Make Your Own Dishwasher DetergentI’ve been on a mission lately to figure out how to make things myself using only natural ingredients. Commercial dishwashing detergent can be pretty expensive and honestly it hasn’t been working that well for me. I’m pretty sure that I am not the only one tired of having to re-wash things like stained tea mugs by hand after they come out of the dishwasher. Not to mention the chemicals that might stick behind and end up in our food. No thank you!

I was able to find many homemade dishwashing detergents using borax, but I wanted to make something gentler using only natural ingredients. After a little bit of experimentation, here is what I came up with. I made this recipe for a small batch, it makes approx 8 tablets so you can try it out. Once you have tried it and want to make larger batches, just increase the amounts in the same proportions.

Ingredients:
30g (1/8 cup) of Citric Acid
1/2 cup Baking Soda
30g (1/8 cup) of Kosher Salt
Water in spray bottle
White Vinegar per directions

First put on some vinyl gloves to protect your hands, measure and mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Dishwasher Detergent RecipePut some water in a spray bottle (makes this easier) and do a few sprays of the water into the bowl. Mix quickly to incorporate.

 

 

 

DIY Dishwasher DetergentContinue to spray and mix until the mixture reaches the consistency of ever so slightly damp sand and holds together as shown. Don’t over water or you risk losing some of the chemical reaction.

 

 

 

Homemade all natural dishwasher detergentQuickly pack mixture into whatever molds you have. Ice cube trays will work just fine if you don’t have any decorative molds to use. I am a craft-dork, so of course I have to use the pretty ones. It is important that you only fill the molds about 1/2 – 3/4 full in case you added too much water (they will expand if this happens).

 

Let the mixture sit undisturbed for a few hours so it can dry and harden. You can then unmold them and they are ready for use right away.

I usually put these dishwasher tablets in the cutlery compartment and add about 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a measuring cup placed in the center of the top rack. I also ditched the jet dry and put white vinegar into the rinse compartment as well.

If your dishes turn out cloudy (with an almost powdery substance on them) you probably have hard water. Try increasing the amount of citric acid to twice the original amount. If you have already made up your dishwashing tablets, instead of throwing them away and starting over just add the extra citric acid to the detergent compartment when starting the cycle. This is why I made up a small amount of tablets at first – gives us a chance to figure things out and get them perfect. Once perfected, they can be made in bulk! You can also add more vinegar for a spot-free rinse.

Store tablets in a dry place – ball jars and swingtop containers work great for this and look cute too!