Make Your Own Laundry Soap
Today's economy is forcing almost everyone these days to cut back on spending it seems! Lately, when I've gone to the grocery store, I can't get out of the store spending under $100! How about you?
Frustrated beyond belief, I can't imagine raising kids in this day and age. I have three grown kids and being totally honest here, I know it was tough at times to make ends meet 20 years ago, but today, I just wonder sometimes how families manage. I spend for my hubby and I and those rare occasions when we have company and I can spend over $100 each time.
I've experimented with several ways to cut costs over the years. When I was home with the kids, I was able to do a lot of cooking, baking, freezing and making caseroles that were to die for! (At least I thought so! Now my kids to this day still talk about how they ate hot dogs every single Monday for most of their teenage years!) But, today's families of working couples don't seem to have that option to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
So, I've come up with another idea to save a few dollars! After I saw the price of Laundry soap, I had to research making my own! Unless you buy the store brand or no name brand that may or may not work well, depending on how dirty your clothes get, it can cost a small fortune to keep your families laundry in tip top shape.
Homemade Laundry Soap|What you will Need
1) One box of Borax (4 lb. box) - Found in most grocery stores or you can order online via Amazon.com. I usually pay anywhere from $2.75 to $3.50 a box.
2) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda(3 lb. 7 oz box) - Detergent booster found in most grocery stores or online via Amazon.com
3) One bar of any kind of bar soap. (I usually go to the dollar store or at the grocery store you can find cheaper bar soap to use) *Just as a note, some people who have very dirty clothes use Fels Naptha, which can be found in a grocery store, Kmart or Walmart. I believe it has lye in it though. I have used it before and do like it, but I prefer flowery smelling soaps, but that's just me!
4) Kitchen Grater - I found mine at the Dollar Store.
That's it, that's all you need to make your own soap. Get yourself a plastic container or any type of container with a tight lid from your kitchen cabinet. Grate the soap up with the grater until you get 1 cup of grated soap. Throw into container. Add 1/2 cup of Washing Soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Mix well. I usually tighten the lid and shake, shake, shake like crazy to mix it all up. Then I throw a teaspoon in the container and keep it in there.
You will use 1 TBSP for normal loads and 2 TBSP for heavy loads. That's it!
FYI - I usually like to triple my recipe so I don't have to mix it up very often. This mixture will last you a long time depending on how often you launder.
Would you like another recipe?
Homemade Fabric Softner
6 cups Water
3 cups Vinegar ( I use white)
99 cents Hair Conditioner (Dollar store again ! Ocean scents smell similar to Downy)
Find a container that will hold about 10 cups of fabric Softner. Perhaps you have an old fabric softner jug you can use. Add all the ingredients together and shake, shake, shake! I use about 1/2 cup for each load. I have a downy ball too that I use. I used a gallon jug, copied the recipe to a piece of paper and pasted it right on the jug so the next time I make a batch, directions are right in front of me! This will not stain your clothes, it makes them very nice!
I truly hope these recipes will help you in the long run to save a few pennies at the store and for your families budget.