I am a saving money addict. Yet I refuse treatment.

I have always been a lover of “the deal.” Often times I get more excited of the deal I got that the actual article. I have recently found a change of opinion. I am more interested in saving money than just the deal. For example.

Upon returning from a trip to Utah I learned from a long time friend that she is a major couponer. She sent me to a website where I was able to learn how to save a lot of money. I recently went a step further and stumbled upon a recipe to make laundry detergent. I have tried it and now am waiting for it to set. I have also sought out more home made recipes for cleaners and will be doing each of them and reporting back to my blog over the next few weeks.

Here is the laundry detergent recipe. I am in the “overnight” stage so I will be able to report back after I actually wash with it.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores (I found all of the ingredients in the laundry isle at Red Apple store in Ontario OR.) . Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!


~ by Bri Clark on October 10, 2009.

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