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Finally- Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time, but I’ve somehow ended up with free or crazy cheap detergent for the last two years. (Tough life, right? ūüėČ ) I actually still have some from the store, but I got impatient.

I made this in the beginning of December and this is how much I have left.¬†Most of the recipes I read said¬†1 tablespoon per load, but I always 2 because that seems so teeny. The second picture is of my tablespoon scoop to give you an idea of just how much detergent is left. I’ll be using this forever! That said, my laundry always smells so fresh now. It’s been especially nice for my towels, which I always felt like I was fighting the water funk smell with. Not anymore.

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This is what I ended up doing after reading- I don’t know how many recipes.

 

  • 1 4lb? box Arm & Hammer Washing Powder
  • 1 4lb box Borax
  • 3 bars Fels-Naptha
  • 1 3lb box of oxi-clean

 

I wish I had written down the exact pricing, but as I recall, the total came out to something under $20 and I figured out that using 2 T would make it 2 1/2 cents a load. It would be even cheaper if I had used off brand oxi clean or had a coupon, but I was afraid to try on off brand for something I knew nothing about, on a project that would produce this much stuff I would have to use….

Anyway, I grated the bar soap in the food processor, and then I send it through again with the blade to make it powder. After that I poured it, along with everything else into a trash bag and mixed it up. Don’t do this in the kitchen, by the way. No reason, other than the powder that will try to escape everywhere.

That’s it! It was very fast, and I LOVE the final product.

 

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A Few Projects

I started making our fabric softener some time ago. It was one of those, hit-me-at-11pm-most-do-now things. It tends to happen around here.

I wasn’t worried about this because I have been using just vinegar forever, so I figured, how could a little water and conditioner ruin it? I made it from this website, but I use half the conditioner. The first time I tried to skip the whisking step. Don’t do that. You’re only making more work for yourself:)

Without further ado- cellphone pictures.

I use an old gallon vinegar bottle and it works perfectly.

I also ripped up an atlas from 1926 to put it on my wall. Don’t look at me like that, it was already in pieces and I saved it from the trash bin

I have a desk that I reeeeeeally didn’t want to repaint. It has a hutch (so much to paint!) and it looks just fine in my room! Except for the drawers. The previous owner tried to paint the¬†recessed¬†part a different color and it was ugly. Very ugly. Even without the sharpie marks. So I got creative to avoid having to paint the whole thing

Turns out we DO use that menu board. Go us.

And I painted the toddler’s dresser today. Pictures, not of my feet, to come.

And do you see that paint covered bandaid on my toe? That’s from stepping on a nail that fell out of the dresser (GHFMSNWKGHJEK!!!!!) and dangled from my foot for a little bit while I stared in shock. ¬†And if you can believe it, I forgot that if a nail was wedged into my foot- it might bleed. I stepped down after I took it out, thinking to get on with my project… only to bloody the floor.

I might be the most ridiculous person on the planet.

Homemade Cleaners

This is right up my alley because it saves money, and it saves plastic (someone stop my bleeding heart). However, it wasn’t either of those reasons that finally convinced me to read about a hundred different “recipes” for homemade cleaners. It was straight up being wary of spraying chemicals all over my house.

Seems like we need ten different bottles of formula this, and extra strength that, but as often at not, we don’t even know what we’re spraying around. I don’t want to get into that though.

I still have several bottles hanging around that I’m going to slowly make my way through (can’t let the stuff I already have go to waste), but you’re about to see my main bottle stash. The things I prefer to clean with, in the bottles I will refill instead of throwing out.

Everything you need

First I filled up my “all purpose cleaner” bottle with all purpose cleaner. No confusion that way. This is what I clean counters, mirrors, windows, etc, with. Are you ready for my special mix?

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • fill the rest of the bottle with water. This one is about 24 ounces.
I know the smell bothers some people, but that diluted, it’s really not strong, and the smell is gone quickly. Vinegar is a favorite of mine in the cleaning world. I also use it as my fabric softener. It’s effective, and works as an antibacterial, without going overboard.

My second bottle is my heavy duty cleaner, for bathrooms and such.

This is a smaller bottle, about 20 ounces. In here we have:
  • 2T borax
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 t liquid soap (OK, this was a squirt, I wasn’t about to bother with measuring that!)
  • Fill with water, stopping half full to swish until the borax¬†dissolves
  • Few drops of food coloring to make it look dangerous;)
I personally wouldn’t use this on my counter, but I did try it out on my stove. You know how it’s always getting nasty by the burners? Yeah, it’s amazing actually.
So there you have it. And it took me longer to write this post than to make and try out my new cleaners.

All purpose, heavy duty, water.

I like to hang my bottles over the washing machine.

Bar to Liquid Body Wash

I get LOTS of free samples. Honestly, I’ve had to cut back on what I will order for free because it was starting to clutter up my house. I also coupon, so I have lots of cheap to free shampoos, conditioners, and lotions hanging around. I’ve noticed that body wash isn’t free or hanging around just for pennies very often though.

Well, maybe if you’re willing to store hop, which I am not. I think you spend more money on gas and time then it’s worth. Personal opinion from a lady with a toddler.

So body wash. I saw a bar soap to liquid hand soap recipe on pinterest and I thought, why the heck couldn’t I do that for body wash? We currently had a very nice, homemade bar of soap in our shower getting washed down the drain, because you can never quite keep it out of the line of fire.

I started googling around, and I mainly followed this blog. It’s the one I recommend because she has fairly exact directions, measurements, and she answers questions in her comments section.

I, however, did not measure exactly, but here’s how it went down.

Hubs grated what was left of the bar (about 2/3 of a bar, I think) from the shower into the pot. When he got down to about a square half inch nub, I encouraged him to throw it in the pot and be done. This was a mistake. It took forever for that nub to melt. (Although my hands still smell quite nice from stirring for so long)

The dog wanted to eat it. Seriously, that’s some good smelling soap.

I added about (I think) 8 cups of water, not really knowing how much soap I had in there, and about 1 tablespoon of glycerin. The glycerin was in the pharmacy at publix. About $2 for six ounces, and what did I use, half an ounce? So it will get you pretty far.

I may have used the grater to stir just a little bit.

Once is was all melted, I just turned off the stove and left it over night. It will be more runny than syrup at this point, but don’t be discouraged. It has to be left to cool for at least 8 hours.

I’ve read a lot about people having trouble with it coming out in a “snot”¬†consistency, which I wondered to myself about. Well, wonder no more because mine did.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, by the way. If I’m being honest, ¬†it was kind of nauseating to look at as I moved the pot.

I whipped it up with a whisk though and voila! However, I probably should have let it settle a little after that before pouring into containers…

It got the seal of approval after its trial run.

Most people have bar soaps hanging around the house, so we’re talking a $2 investment in glycerin to make ? gallons of body or hand wash. After I’m done with the homemade bars, I plan on using those bars you pick up at hotels. I plan to add a little coconut oil to those because I’m suspicious of them. I cook with coconut oil, so this is another thing just hanging around my house.