Monday, July 2, 2012

Save Big Money on Detergents, Soaps, and Cleaners

I recently became irate over the monthly cost of soaps and detergents my household was using.  "Surely there is a better way."  I thought to myself.   I began to read articles people have written on the topic, and decided to do some real world experimentation.  The recipes below have worked for my household.  We are saving a good deal each month, and I hope that you will find these useful...

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe:
1 Tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Tablespoon Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Tablespoon of "LemiShine"
Put it in the dishwasher and run like you normally would.
(You can mix larger batches and store in a dry place.  I mix 2 cups of each ingredient and store in a plastic container.)

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe:
1 Bar of Ivory Soap
1 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
5 Gallons of Water

Instructions for Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe:
  1. Shred the Ivory Soap (or equivalent no-name brand) into fine shreds with a cheese grater.
  2. Warm up, but do not boil, a pot of water.  
  3. Drop in the shredded soap.  
  4. Stir slowly until soap fully dissolves.
  5. Put about a gallon of cool water in a 5 gallon bucket.
  6. Dump pot of hot soap water into the 5 gallon bucket.
  7. Add 1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax and 1 Cup of Arm & Hammer SUper Washing Soda into the bucket.
  8. Stir until slowly until all is dissolved.
  9. Fill the bucket the rest of the way up with warm water.  Stir throughly.
  10. Allow mixture to cool.  
  11. Store in gallon jugs, soda bottles, etc.
(Use approximately 4 ounces per load of laundry.  This recipe should be enough for over 100 loads of laundry!)

Fabric Softener:
Add 1/4 cup of White Vinegar to the load.

Liquid Hand Soap:
Heat up but do not boil 1 gallon a water.
Grate 1/2 bar of Ivory Soap or equivalent no-name brand.
Stir the grated soap into the gallon of hot water.
Once fully desolved add 2 more gallons of water to the mix.
Stir well, and allow to cool.
Store in jugs.  Refill your dispensers as needed.
That's 3 gallons of hand soap for under $1.00!!