All the ExtrasPosted: December 2, 2011
Ohhhhh what is that you say?! You didn’t see any laundry detergent, fabric softener or household cleaner on my shopping list….
That’s because I have officially gone over the deep-end (Thank you very much, Pintrest <—–evil!) and have been MAKING. MY. OWN!!!! WHAT?!? I know. I know. I know. I thought you had to be a hippy to do that or a member of the Duggar family (but hey…I am having THREE kids…that is getting up there :))
No-serioussssss….this all started with uh-hem PINTREST (dont’ do it!!) and my hyper sensitive sense of smell thanks to the baby-on-board. I couldn’t handle the smell of laundry detergent or fabric softener and Mike thought all of the Free & Clear’s left our clothes smelling musty (which apparently baby-on-board likes :)) soooooo I looked into making my own. Found it! Then I realized how cheap it was and voila-enter my insanity trip.
You have to do this. It totally works. IT’S A-OKAY FOR HE FRONT LOADERS…I HAVE THEM! You can make it in a sec. The kids help.
It’s cheap, family fun. Okay-so that is a little stretch but thought I’d throw it in there for you truly frugal folk 🙂 Jackson had a grass stain on the knee of his uniform (oh well) and it never really came out with the other laundry detergent. Washed it in “mine” and ta-da! So-just try it.
I made powdered simply because it was faster. Liquid is cheaper but takes more time (’tis the way) Either way we are taking $.01-.03 cents a load!!!
Box of Borax $2.98
you can make 9 1/2 containers of your laundry detergent (64 loads each) with this baby!
Arm and Hammer Washing soda $3.24
you can make 7 containers with this!
a bar of Fels Naptha for .97 (2 bar for each container if you make powdered. 1/3 if you make liquid…see how liquid is a smidgen cheaper?!)
Baking Soda (I didn’t calculate this because I just always have it in my fridge)
Okay….so here comes the nerd in me….that is $1.74 for a 64 load container!!!!! Or .027 cents per load! Liquid would be like 1 cent!
The recipe is simple…
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer WASHING soda (not the same as baking soda)
1 Fels Naptha bar (or Zote)
1/2 cup Baking Soda (optional and I opt too!)
I found all ingredients on the laundry isle at Super Walmart
Grate the Fels Naptha bar. Take 2 min and is easier than cheese! Use your cheese grater (fine side)
Mix it all up really good in a container. Stir, stir, stir for about 5 min. Tip: I put mine in the blender and made it very, very fine. Love it!! Although my blender did start smoking…not sure if that is a good thing 🙂
Use 1 tablespoon per load. You can use up to two for heavily soiled items. Oh and you can download that cute little label here
Note: Still can’t find anyone around here to actually DO the laundry 🙂
And now for the fabric softener. Whoda thought you can use straight up white vinegar?!? Yep-it’s true. Fill up a Downy Ball 3/4 of the way and toss it in. Clothes come out soft and fragrance free! Or this is the concoction I have been using since Baking Soda helps everything (I’ve discovered :))
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup Baking Soda
20 drops of essential oil
The Baking Soda settles so give it a really good shake before each use and fill Downy Ball 3/4. Orrrrr just use vinegar.
Okay….WAIT there’s more…I’m tellin’ ya…insanity trip….
So while I was at it…I remembered how much I HATE my dishwasher or dish soap…since I can’t get a new dishwasher I thought I’d try to revamp a dish soap…thanks a lot, Pintrest! What would you know…The ingredients are….
BORAX…WASHING SODA…sound familiar?!?
Here’s the recipe:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup citric acid
Distilled vinegar (in the rinse compartment)
Use 1 tablespoon for each load. Fill your rinse dispenser with the vinegar.
About $1.50 for a full bottle (48 loads) of dish detergent!! Or….$.03 cents a load 🙂 nerd.
I found the citric acid on Ebay for a gonga deal ($27.90 for 10lbs which will make 40 batches and that included shipping). If you buy it at a health food store you are going to pay a lot and it will make your price comparable to a store-bough dish detergent. It will still work better but it will end up costing you about the same. So…you may want to buy on-line or at least shop around.
Okay…I’m outta time today and the kids have broke free from their straps so I gotta run but will post the miracle cleaners I have found later.