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To those of you on SNAP/Food stamps- I have something I would like to tell you!

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I have heard many people on FS/snap benefits complain about not being able to buy certain items on their FS card.  Necessities like laundry soap, house hold cleaners, and even personal products.  Let me share with you this...

When I was on FS, I ran into the same problems.  But I ran into a solution that I had never considered before ( no it wasn't get a job, because I already had one of those)  No, it was alternatives!  I learned a way to get around the whole system.  I thought, If I can't buy necessities like soap and cleaners on the FS card, I wonder if there are "food" items that I could use! And there was!  Now I know some of you already know this, but you will be surprised with how many people do not know this.  Or maybe they have heard of it before and just plain forgot.  In that case let me jog some memories!

Now, I'll admit that buying those brand names were a little bit comforting to me, because 1, I didn't have to make anything, 2 I knew what to expect, and 3... I didn't have to make anything lol... But being on the kind of budget I was on ( I had no more than 5-15 dollars to spend on cleaners out of pocket) and spending 3-5 dollars for everything, that wasn't going to cut it.  Even buying off brand or store brand household items were too expensive.  So!  I did what I had to do.

First!  I looked up recipes. And I found that the majority of the cleaners and personal items were made up of things that I could buy with my FS card!  Things like baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, and alum even!  And the other things, like rubbing alcohol and peroxide, I found at the nearest one dollar store ( or sometimes in the clearance bin at the grocery store for less than a buck)!  There were a few items where I had to pay a little bit more than a dollar for, but it stretched.  Things like borax and washing soda.. I believe the borax was under $5  and the washing soda was under $4.

I would like to give you a list of recipes I have looked up for you to use.  In case you are in the position where I was a while back.  Thinking.. well great!  My kids are fed, but what am I going to use to clean my house, or wash my clothes.  I only have 20 bucks to my name... I will also post the websites where I got this information...




All-Purpose Cleaner
    Club soda
    1 part white vinegar
    1 part water
Mix in a spray bottle



Furniture Polish
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (or 1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
Mix and polish with soft cloth



Air Freshener
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (add an essential oil or cologne for fragrance if you want)
Mix in spray bottle



Carpet Cleaner/Deodorizer
Sprinkle carpet with baking soda. Let it sit for a half-hour and vacuum



All-Purpose Floor Cleaner
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
Mix and mop (Note: Vinegar should not be used on grout or marble)



Garbage Disposal Freshener
Grind orange and lemon peels in the disposal.


Fabric Softener
Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse cycle
 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
Flush the toilet, sprinkle in the baking soda, spray with vinegar and scrub



Mouthwash
All you need for this is hydrogen peroxide diluted with water. While you cannot buy this with food stamps, since it is usually priced under one dollar, it can be obtained fairly easy. Use equal parts peroxide and water. Keep a small cup or container near the sink or in the medicine cabinet. Each time you need mouthwash, fill the cup halfway with warm water and then the rest with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse your mouth as you would with regular mouthwash. The peroxide will bubble a bit, but this okay. Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes afterwards, just like with regular mouthwash.


Hair Shampoo
All you need for this is baking soda. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of warm water. The baking soda has natural cleansing and moisturizing properties. Rub the mix over hair and scalp. Leave on for a few moments and rinse. You'll need to follow up with the homemade conditioner for best results. After the first wash, the hair will be a bit dry, but after several washings and/or use of the conditioner, it will improve.


Hair Shampoo
All you need for this is baking soda. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of warm water. The baking soda has natural cleansing and moisturizing properties. Rub the mix over hair and scalp. Leave on for a few moments and rinse. You'll need to follow up with the homemade conditioner for best results. After the first wash, the hair will be a bit dry, but after several washings and/or use of the conditioner, it will improve.


Hand Soap
This hand soap is exfoliating as well as moisturizing. It can also be used as a facial cleanser and body wash. For this, you'll need 2 teaspoons of oats, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. The coconut oil can usually be found in the organic section of your grocer or in with the other cooking oils. Grind up the oats with a blender or coffee maker. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Keep mixing until it has formed into a paste. When you have finished, massage it onto the wet skin for a deep, moisturizing cleanse. Triple the ingredients if more than one person will use this or if you need a good body treatment. For the body treatment, massage the mixture all over the body and leave on for a few minutes. Then, rinse gently. The body will feel smooth. Refrigerate any leftover portions. It can last up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Do not leave this out for long or it will separate and some portions will harden and spoil.



Deodorant
There are a few different options for deodorant. You can either use baking soda and alum (found in the spice aisle) or rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol of course is not a food stamp option, but can be found for 50 cents or less when on on sale. To make the baking soda/alum kind, just mix about 1 teaspoon of alum with about 4 teaspoons of baking soda. Keep it in a dry, cool place. Dab it with a wet cloth and spread it on your underarms. It should last 24 hours. For the first couple days, you may need to use it more than once, but then after that, it will last quite a while. The rubbing alcohol can just be dabbed onto the underarms each morning. As with the baking soda/alum, the first couple of days may require more than one application. To make it even more effective and easier to spread, here is a recipe that uses all three. All you do is add 4 teaspoons of alum to 2 teaspoons of baking soda and sift it together with a fork. Then, pour in 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol and mix it together. It may bubble over, so I recommend using a large bowl and adding the alcohol slowly. Once it has been mixed, it won't bubble again. Just pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on your underarms or even all over the body if you get hot easy. Adding a couple teaspoons of pure vanilla or almond extract can scent it well and make for a great body spray mist or perfume. Try experimenting with different baking extracts and candy flavorings for a variety of scents.



Bleach
Bleach is a necessity for laundry as well as cleaning and disinfecting certain areas in your house. While vinegar will work as a bleach substitute for disinfection and removing some stains, hydrogen peroxide whitens better and can be purchased for around only 50 cents per bottle. Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent and will work anywhere you can use regular bleach, including laundry. It does whiten, just like bleach, but usually better, so do not use it on dark clothing or surfaces. It is an excellent product for getting out blood stains, ketchup, mustard, other food stains, urine stains, stains from a soiled cloth diaper or clothing, and much more. For more tips on the use of hydrogen peroxide, you can go here on AC.


For the laundry detergent, I am going to post one of the websites that I use.. you can go here and get the recipe =) .... http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

There are much more recipes you can find here on these two website, and you can do your own research feel free to share yours ...

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/make-your-own-housecleaning-products

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-buy-household-products-only-foodstamps-393574.html



I hope some of you would find this information as helpful, whether you are needing the extra stretch of your dollar, or maybe you are just wanting to break away from harsh chemicals and use alternative solutions  to your daily house hold needs!  Please bump.. I will be bumping this for tomorrow as well =)  night ladies!

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 30, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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mattiehatter
by Mary on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:07 AM
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For anyone who hates the smell of vinegar, but loves the way it cleans. Take a quart of vinegar and add citrus peels (I prefer orange) and add them to a jar (I use and old pickle jar). Let sit for roughly two weeks. Remove the peels and you have a better smelling vinegar cleaner.

kayla7795
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:08 AM

My favorite laminate floor cleaner is 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol, a couple drops of dish soap put it in an empty spray bottle and fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.  It works better than any of the commercial brands of floor cleaners I have ever used (and I have tried a lot, all left my floor feeling sticky) it makes my laminate floors feel silky, and so clean.  I use it for more than floors now and many of my friends and family have started using it too and they all LOVE it!

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:08 AM
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Thank you =)  Like I said, I have been there.  I wasn't proud of it either, but I was thankful I was able to feed my kids when we were down on our luck.  But I know even with that help there are still things you worry about, because FS does not pay your bills or buy any of the other necessities that you need.  And although I qualified for FS, I did not qualify for any cash assistance.  So I had little to no money to cover any other expenses.  After scrimping and saving to pay my light and water bill, I had barely any money left over for personal items and cleaning items.  And people need those too.  The church ran charities were always out before I could get there.  So I was forced to find other ways to manage.  It was either that or send my kids to school with dirty clothes, or I would have had to walk around without deodorant.  Things that people take for granted, is what you really miss.  And I was very relieved when I found this information.  It was a little bit more work, but at least it did the trick. 

Quoting ashleighmama:

Oh wow, I want to thank you so much not only for the awesome info, but especially for making a positive, encouraging, non bashing post about FS. I get so angry when I see really cruel, hurtful, bash type posts about FS or PA of ANY kind. For a lot of us, life isnt easy, esp. now in this economy, and those who ARE on FS arent proud of it and would rather be able to feed their family without govt. assistance, but for one reason or another, just cant manage to right now. When we got FS, I was so thankful that it was available for those in need. I was never ashamed of it, but I was never proud of it either. It just was. I was thankful and appreciative for it, just like I am about food banks and the Christmas present help Ive recieved in the past. People need to stop the FS bashing posts imo. Thanks mama, hugs to you!


Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Oooh!  I did not know that!  Thank you so much for sharing!  I will be doing this tomorrow! lol

Quoting mattiehatter:

For anyone who hates the smell of vinegar, but loves the way it cleans. Take a quart of vinegar and add citrus peels (I prefer orange) and add them to a jar (I use and old pickle jar). Let sit for roughly two weeks. Remove the peels and you have a better smelling vinegar cleaner.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Heres another one:


Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Then you just strain it, add water to the solution until it’s about 50/50 and put it a seal-able bottle. It works great on floors, tiles, fixtures, kitchen and bath, etc. It’s antibacterial, smells good and it’s tough on dirt and grease. Best of all, there are no harmful chemicals :)

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Thank you for sharing this!  I will have to try this one out too =)

Quoting kayla7795:

My favorite laminate floor cleaner is 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol, a couple drops of dish soap put it in an empty spray bottle and fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.  It works better than any of the commercial brands of floor cleaners I have ever used (and I have tried a lot, all left my floor feeling sticky) it makes my laminate floors feel silky, and so clean.  I use it for more than floors now and many of my friends and family have started using it too and they all LOVE it!


Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:14 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this!  I will try this one too =)

Quoting Anonymous:

Heres another one:


Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Then you just strain it, add water to the solution until it’s about 50/50 and put it a seal-able bottle. It works great on floors, tiles, fixtures, kitchen and bath, etc. It’s antibacterial, smells good and it’s tough on dirt and grease. Best of all, there are no harmful chemicals :)


Homeschoolmom99
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:14 AM


Quoting Nikki286:

even if your not on FS those are good budget helping ideas 


Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:16 AM

Well its getting pretty late.. please keep this bumped if you can.. I will bump this up for others to see, tomorrow =)  Thank you all for your input.  I am so glad I can help out in any way I can =)  Good night ladies! 

raczac
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:17 AM
Thank you. I will be trying some of these.
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