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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cleaning made easy!

Not sure if this classifies as a "sweet deal"

but it saves moolah!


  Homemade laundry soap:

1 bar Fels Naptha  (found in the laundry soap isle...about $2.99--you will use 1 bar for about 5 gallons)
1 ½ cup washing soda (found in the laundry soap isle...about $5--you will have extra)
1 ½ cup borax powder (found in the laundry soap isle...about $5--you will have extra)
5 gallon bucket  (mine filled all the way to the rim, so if you have a 10 gallon, that might be a safer way to go!)

Grate the soap and put it in a large sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.  Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 12 cups hot water into the bucket.   Now add your soap mixture and stir.  Now add 4 gallons of water and stir.  Pour (I used a pitcher and funnel) into plastic soap containers, or store right in the bucket.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.  You use ½ cup per load.

Here is a picture of the "gelled" product!
It looks a little chunky...totally fine, totally awesome...
 This really works great!  Fels Naptha is a powerful stain removing soap!
You can add essential oils to make it smelly...but I am
practically allergic to any scent, so this soap is perfect!

Next awesomeness:

Homemade Dishwasher powdered soap!
 2 cups Washing soda
2 cups Borax
1 cup salt
1 cup citric acid
use 1 Tbsp per load
(soda & borax clean, salt scrubs, and citric acid reduces film)

In this recipe...the citric acid is critical!
{who wants film on their dishes?}
Citric acid is sold at many pharmacies...however...
they charge about $23 for 1 lb!
So, I bought mine here...but I bought 25 pounds...
rounding out to way less per pound!
(if you live close to me, I can sell you just a cup at a time for $3)

Important tip:
store in container with lid.
I didn't the first go around, and the powders clump and harden together like brown sugar.  
I just pulled out chunks and chopped them up into "dishwashing tabs" on my cutting board.
***Works the same***
but saves time...

Oh yea...I made dishwasher soap last July, and just ran the first week of April...
I made 5 gallons of laundry soap last October...and we still weren't out...but made more
These both should last about a year!

Next endorsement!
I let my kids use SHARPIES!
Yes, it's true.
I instruct them to have a stack of paper so it doesn't bleed through onto the table.
Do they always listen?  No.

Here is some lovely blue sharpie on the desk:
Now it's gone!
 Here is the other side of the desk:
And now gone too:
 I would have had a conniption if I wasn't already in love with these:

yes.  Mr. Clean erasers...however you can find off brands everywhere...even the $ store.
I like the duo, because the sponges practically disintegrate, and this leaves something to hold onto.

so...Sharpies everywhere live in fear.

(side note: my sis-in-law used a bunch of these to 
clean the walls of her home...when her husband 
got home from work he asked her if she had painted!)

So, if you haven't tried them...you should!

Thanks for looking!



LadyInnominate said...

As far as the soap to use in your laundry detergent... For those who have sensitive skin you can use Zote soap. I get it at save-a-lot for a couple of bucks. Works great for removing stains as well. :)

LadyInnominate said...

Forgot to mention that you don't have to "cook" it at all. You can mix the powdered ingredients and put them in an air tight container. Just add about a tablespoon to the wash and you're good to go. :)

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