I can’t believe the 15 day challenge is already over!
It was so much fun to read other people’s entries and be introduced to new bloggers from all around.
So much fun!
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Now before i start into this post i have to give credit where credit is due.
I followed the instructions from Kim & Scott over at Yellow Brick Home for this home-made laundry soap. Their blog, style, and home is absolutely incredible! So take a peek at their blog and you’ll fall in love, i promise.
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Has anyone else noticed how INSANE prices are for laundry soap? I mean a small container of the incredibly yummy smelling gain liquid laundry soap is at least $12. Maybe i’m a stickler, or a penny pincher, or i’m just flat out cheap but that is a lot of money to throw down the drain, especially when you don’t get the listed amount of loads because you always use more than you should; am i alone here?
I’m trying to get better at so many things that concern money; my spending on clothes, food, house-hold products, etc. I’m also realizing that my grandmother and mother had it right –use less and save more. I grew up putting clothes out on the line to dry, eating 99% of the time at home, going to the movies on special occasions, and not spending a ridiculous amount of money on a pair of jeans. I was raised to respect the privilege of having money.
If i’m to be honest…somewhere in the last few years i’ve lost my respect for the privilege that it is to have money. I don’t always think twice about pulling through a drive through, or spending that extra money on nice smelling laundry soap, and if it has a clearance sticker DON’T EVEN get me started!
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So this brings me to my latest endeavor of making my own laundry soap.
Can i just say how easy this was?! The hardest part was locating all of the items needed. I got three separate items at three separate places because i chose to not go to wal-mart first, go figure.
Here is what you will need:
Borax | Washing Soda | Fels-Naptha Soap | Container to keep it all in.
The pictures really tell the story of how you make it so i’ll get right to it.
And for those of you who love the pictures but still prefer the written directions:
1. Grate the entire bar of the Fels-Naptha soap (watch your fingers in the end, i almost cut myself a number of times…graceful i know)
2. Use a cup of each: Borax & Washing Soda.
3. Mix it all together.
4. Pour into your container!
According to Kim & Scott one regular load of laundry only requires ONE TABLESPOON of this stuff. WHAT? How awesome’sauce crazy is that? I can buy a whole load of the bars of soap and just keep on keepin’ on with making this awesome smelling stuff.
I’ve read that you can use dove soap as well, so i’m going to give that a try on the next go’around. 🙂
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So there you have it, DIY laundry soap that won’t make your wallet cry with frustration.
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And yes, i’ve used it since i’ve made it and i love it.
AND my brother just called me “how much of that stuff do i use in the washer?”
I’m going to make him a few batches to take back to school so he won’t have to spend his money on laundry detergent, HOLLAAAAAA.