Back in January I was experimenting with making my own laundry detergent. In reviewing the family finances, I was sickened by the amount of money we were spending on every day items such as laundry detergent and dish washing detergent! It’s ridiculous! A good friend of mine gave me a recipe for home made laundry detergent and said she loved it! So, I thought what the heck?? Might as well try it!
Well, I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! It smells SO fresh and it’s so so so simple! Also, I spent a total of $10 in January for the items to make it… and I JUST ran out this month. That’s 8 months worth of Laundry detergent for $10!!! I am going to make some more this weekend and I still have PLENTY of ingredients left. The only thing I need to buy is the bar soap which is extremely cheap! So, all in all, I might spend $15 for a years worth of laundry detergent. That will save us so much money and it cleans the clothes extremely well!
I had attempted to make my own fabric softener and I was not impressed with it at all. It kept clogging up the area that you pour the softener in my washer. However, when my mom was visiting after I had Jude she advised me I was using it incorrectly! ha ha! That MIGHT be where the problem was! So, I may venture and try that one again! We will see… for now, I love Downy! It’s worth the money to me!
If you guys remember, I also tried to make my own dish washer detergent and my glasses came out cloudy! Well, that problem was remedied! It wasn’t the detergent, it was the water! Our water softener had messed up! I have been using the detergent ever since and it’s very effective. I love it! I use the same ingredients I bought for the laundry detergent! Just equal parts of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soap and Borax… put about 1 Tablespoon in the dishwasher and voila! You have homemade dishwashing detergent that works great!
Also, have you ever noticed how expensive drying agents are for your dishwasher? Yeah, like $10 for 1 bottle? And it only lasts for a short period of time. Well, use white vinegar and it works just as good as the leading drying agents! And it’s pennies compared to the leading brands!!!
I’m all about saving money where I can! ESPECIALLY since I’m no longer working!!
So, I know a lot of you have tried making the laundry detergent… let us know how it has worked for you!!! I’m really curious to hear!