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?

    

Organic Deodorant

We started making our own deodorant about a year and half ago.
I was hesitant at first as to whether homemade deodorant would actually work.  I am excited to say that this recipe has worked great for us and we want to share with you how we do it.
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Why make my own deodorant?
• No chemicals
• No Aluminum
• Made with natural products
• Saves $$$ -BONUS!!!
• It is very easy to make!
• Simple ingredients
• IT WORKS!

What you need:
• Baking Soda
• Arrowroot powder
• Coconut oil(organic)
• Essential oil (optional)-we use lavender
• Something to put it in: this could be an old deodorant container, a simple container with a lid, or you can purchase a new push up deodorant container/s.

How to make it:

1. Measure 4 Tablespoons of solid Coconut Oil into small pan and heat until it becomes a liquid.

2. Measure 1/4c of Baking Soda and 1/4c Arrowroot Powder in a bowl.

3. Add your oil to the Powder mixture and add a couple drops of your essential oil, mix well.

4.  Poor mixture into your container.  Set in a cool area(refrigerator works well) until it has solidified.  You can reuse one of your old deodorant containers or come up with a new one.  If you store in a container you can just apply with your fingers…this works well with this recipe.

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A few things you should know when using homemade deodorant:
Do not store in high temperature areas. The Coconut oil will liquefy at 76 Degrees F. If necessary you can store it in the refrigerator.
Apply lightly. As you rub it against your skin it will melt on it. We have found that we do not need to use a lot.