OK. So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a pinterest post. I never said I was going to do 52 consecutive weeks! I have pinned several homemade cleaning products and wanted to try them out. So I headed out to Wal-Mart this afternoon to get my supplies. (I HATE going to Wal-Mart) Not including my container costs, I spent $26.77. From these supplies, I made dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and homemade dryer sheets. All of these products should last us for a long time, so I think that I saved a considerable amount of money already. Here is what I got:
The first thing I made was dish washing detergent. Mainly because our dishwasher and sink were both full of dirty dishes! Here is what I used to make it:
I got the recipe here. As suggested, I am using white vinegar as a rinsing agent. We ran the first load through the dishwasher, and I didn’t notice much of a difference than with store bought detergent. I am very happy with how it turned out. It made a huge container and with only using 1 TBS at a time, it’s going to last for a long time!
The next thing I made was the laundry detergent. I researched several different recipes before deciding on one. I knew that I did’t want to use a recipe that involved cooking the soap. I decided on using this recipe. I didn’t get a picture of all the ingredients before I used them! It was a very easy recipe and even easier when you get your husband to grate your soap for you!
It sort of looks like cheese.
But I don’t recommend eating it!
We poured all the ingredients into a bucket lined with a trash bag. I layered all the ingredients as I poured them in to make it easier to mix together.
We ended up cutting a hole in the corner of the trash bag to make it easier to pour into containers.
My husband is going to try it out tonight on his laundry. I hope it works out well because he is very doubtful about all of this homemade stuff. I told him that I was going to make our laundry detergent and he said I was a hippie! Oh well! I guess I will use all the extra money that I save to go buy some tie-dyed shirts!
Next I made some fabric softener. It’s very easy and you can choose any scent that you like. I used this recipe.
You can use this fabric softener in your washing machine, but I used mine to make some reusable dryer sheets. I just soaked plain white washcloths that I got at Wal-Mart in my homemade fabric softener. I wrung out all the excess and put them out to dry.
Each one can be used about 10-12 times in the dryer. I have enough fabric softener left over to soak them again.
Including the trip to Wal-Mart, the whole process only took me about 3 hours. I’m very pleased with my results and will be very happy when I can by-pass the detergent aisle in the grocery store!