Save Money on Laundry Detergent

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 Making your own detergent is so simple and well worth the savings.

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I have been making laundry detergent for our family for over a year.  We have found that we save a lot of money this way. There are plenty of recipes to be found for both powder and liquid detergents. Most recipes call for the same basic ingredients: Washing Soda, Borax, and bar soap.  I have been able to purchase these ingredients from my local Wal-Mart or grocery store.  I spend about $7.00 on these 3 items and they last me probably 5 or more times longer than bottle of liquid detergent that I used to use.

You could choose to make liquid or powder. I have chosen to use powder because it is faster and so much easier to make than the liquid laundry detergent.

The only disadvantage I have found in using powder vs. liquid is that you need to add the detergent to hot water so that it will dissolve into the water. What I do is start my washing machine on hot until it covers the bottom with water then I add my detergent to the hot water and take a wash cloth or sock or something and swish it around to help dissolve the detergent mixture.  Then I switch the water to cold and add my clothes.

So how easy is it? 

  1.  Simply pour/mix together 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax.
  2. Grate in 1/4 bar soap and stir it up.  Done!

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This makes 32 loads of laundry.  You only need to use 1 heaping Tbsp per load.

Can you use homemade detergent in the front loader machines?  I would think so considering there is almost no suds when using this mixture.

Have you or anyone you know used homemade detergent in a front loader?

    

Saving Money

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A large part of our homestead project is to save money so that Mom can stay home and raise the children.

We enjoy finding ways, some very creative, to save money.    Many times saving money takes work and energy but it comes with more benefits than increasing the size of your wallet.

A few of the ways we save:

Recycle– Our rural town has a recylce center we just bring our recyling in and drop it off at no cost.  We  reuse things like  bags, ice cream buckets, soap containers, jars, instead of consume.

Purchase used or get things free- Whenever possible we purchase from yard sales, thrift stores, classifieds, check Craigs List for free items.   Some of the items that we have either cost us very little to nothing at all:  Refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer, love seat, crib, dog kennel, an entire matching dish set, our baby’s clothes, our goat’s water bucket and feed container.

Purchase quality-We have also come to the realization that purchasing a quality product at a higher price is saving in the long run.  An example: purchase good quality cookware(stainless steel and cast iron) that will last a life time and have mulitple purpose cooking.

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DIY– Doing it yourself is very rewarding way to save and many times it is much heathier for us…  Grow our own food: garden, meat, dairy, eggs, and herbs.  Making our own homemade foods. Hunting.  We make our own deodorant and laundry soap.  We use cloth diapers instead of disposable.  Use natural cleaners.  Build sheds and shelters using recyled materials when possible. All of these things save us a huge amount of money and many are much healthier.  We look forward to learning to make more things like soap, cleaners, we would love to make cream cheese and butter.