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Laundry Detergent – Easy & Inexpensive! September 7, 2011

I never knew what it meant to do laundry (I mean real laundry) until I had kids!

I remember being able to do a couple of loads on my day off when I was in college and I would be set for the rest of the week, maybe longer. At that point spending $8-$15 per container of laundry detergent was no big deal because it would last me a long time.

Once you have kids – whether babies or toddlers (and I am sure teenagers and on up, I am just not there yet) you will never again be caught up with laundry! It doesn’t have to be overwhelming – do a load every day and set a day each week or every other week to wash all the bed sheets and big stuff. But – it does get expensive. I prefer to use detergent that is fragrance free, and as natural as possible – so that means it usually costs even more.

Living on a frugal budget I needed to find a solution – and I have! It doesn’t help find socks lost in the dryer – but it does help save money and clean my clothes all naturally!

I make my own liquid laundry detergent (and have made powdered as well)! It ends up being less than .10 cents per load and cleans my clothes marvelously without any harsh fragrances or chemicals!

Here is how I do it:

Ingredients and Supplies needed:

  • Borax
  • Bar of Soap (I used Dr Bronner’s Citrus this time!)
  • Washing Soda
  • Water
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Saucepan

That’s all folks!

The process:

Put 4 cups of water into the saucepan and start to heat up while you take your bar soap and either grate it or cut off shavings with a knife (I did the shavings, easier than grating for me!)

Once the water just about boils add your soap and stir it steadily (without boiling) until all soap has dissolved.

*Caution – If you walk away and forget about this and it gets too hot it will OVERFLOW SUDSY WATER all over your stove (not that I know this from experience or anything….)

Once the soap has completely dissolved remove from heat.

Add 3 gallons of hot water (I just used hot tap water – didn’t have to be boiling hot) to your 5 gallon bucket.

Pour the soapy water in and mix well for several minutes.

Next add 1 cup of washing soda – mix well until completely dissolved!

Finally add 1/2 cup borax (this can be omitted if you do not want to use borax – but it does help with set in stains and really dirty camping clothes) – mix well until completely dissolved.

Cover your bucket and let sit overnight.

The next day you will have a mixture of slimy awesome goo. I use about 1/2-1 cup of this liquid detergent per load.

Have fun and enjoy your laundry!


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*This post was shared on my Gather Page on 9/10/2011!


Homemade Dish Soap! August 8, 2011

Someday I will not have to buy any ready-made cleaners because I will know how to make them at home all naturally.

That day is not today.

But – I am getting there.

I attempted my first homemade dish soap today. Not for the dishwasher (I have tried that – unsuccessfully – several times…) but for when I am washing dishes in the sink.

I found a recipe for a “Lavendar Dish Soap” that looked good on this site.

I had it up in my browser window for about a week before my dish soap was dangerously low and I needed to either go to the store or buy some, or make some! I had all the ingredients on hand so I went to work.

The recipe calls for making a gallon worth – but I really didn’t want to make that much not knowing if I liked it and I didn’t want to have to store a gallon of the stuff somewhere (out of reach of prying Bizz & BooBoo hands).

So I quartered it!

I used:

  • A bar of Dr Bronner’s unscented soap (1/4 cup grated)
  • 1/4 gallon (4 cups) of water
  • 7-8 drops of sweet orange essential oil (I prefer a citrus smell for my dishes than a lavendar)

First I grated the soap that I would need

Then put the soap flakes and water over medium heat.

Once it boiled and simmered I removed from heat and let it cool for a little while, then I added about 7-8 drops of the essential oil and stirred well.

I let it cool for awhile longer, then used a funnel to put into an old dishsoap container I had, and I put the extra in an old maple syrup jar!

Now the verdict – how does it work????

Pretty good! It is a lot more liquidy (be careful when squirting it into the sink or on your sponge, lots comes out quickly!) then store-bought dish soap. I have used it several times for a quick washing of some plates and utensils and been completely happy with it.

Last night I used it for a sinkful of dirty dishes, one of the dishes was very oily from some olive oil I had used in a recipe and it made the dishwater rather oily. I noticed the dishes still had some oil on them after washing & rinsing. So I ran those under some clean hot water with some more soap on a sponge and it turned out fine. Probably next time I will use the advise on the site where I found the recipe and add some vinegar or lemon juice to the water if it is exra oily or greasy.

Looks like it should last me for at least a month or so and then I will decided whether to make this one again, or try my hand at another dish soap recipe.

Have you made any homemade cleaners?

How did you like them?

Have a beautiful day!


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**This post was shared on my Gather Page on 9/9/2011!