Monday, November 22, 2010

megasimple money saving tip {7}

#7 My friend taught me how to make laundry detergent last week.  It is super megasimple and will save us a ton of money.  This recipe makes almost 2 gallons of detergent and takes less than 20 minutes. 

1/2 c. 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2 c. Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 bar Ivory Soap (can also use 1/3 bar of fels naptha soap)

Directions: Grate the soap with a cheese grater.  In a pot add 6c. of water and the soap and stir until it is melted.  Add 1/2 cup of the borax and 1/2c. of soda and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 4c of hot water to a large bucket. Add the soap mixture to the bucket and stir.  Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water. Stir and pour in storage containers.  I used a recycled milk and orange juice jug. Let it sit overnight to gel. The detergent may get a little chunky, but you just need to give it a good shake before using if it’s chunky. 

Use 1/2c of detergent per load.  It’s safe for high efficiency machines too.

See megasimple money saving times 1-3 here and 4-6 here.

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