Monday, March 30, 2009

A Frugal Recipe

Okay, so my brother of all people recently started a blog. On his blog he has vowed to post yummy recipes and such that his family enjoys so that others can share in their life. I thought this sounded like fun so the big sister is now going to copy her little brother :)

I recently read the Duggars new book and loved it. They share many frugal recipes and one that I have actually tried is their recipe for laundry detergent. It works out to between 3 and 4 CENTS a load!! Gotta love that! We started using it last week and I think the batch might just last us a year :) Seriously it made a 5 gallon bucket worth of laundry detergent and there are only 4 of us...

A friend of mine suggested this website, for buying the soaps you need. They shipped out the soaps very quickly and the price seemed reasonable.

Liquid Laundry Soap

1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap
5 gallon bucket
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
4 1/2 gallons water

Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved, this takes a while. Just be patient. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. (I suggest adding the water first and then the soap...I did it the other way and I have never seen so many bubbles) Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If mixture becomes too thick, add hot water to thin it to desired consistency. Mine did become too thick and I heated some water in my tea kettle and added a little bit at a time. I worked great. May be used immediately. Mix well before each use. Use 1/2(normal) to 1 cup per load (heavy). Cost per load .04.

I also added some glass beads(marbles would work too) to help keep the soap mixed well.


1 comment:

God's Dancing Child said...

If you want to save even more money with just as good results (and less harsh on skin), you can use a 4.5 oz. bar of Ivory grated per batch. It makes it less than a penny per load. ;)


Also, if you or anyone else really wants or "needs" the laundry to be scented, essential oils are a safe and actually very inexpensive scenting idea.