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Easy Laundry Soap

My month long challenge of slowly ridding our house of nasty chemicals began several weeks ago. My first item to replace was my face lotion. I created a Recipe for Facial Moisturizer  and secondly, I wanted to replace my dishwasher detergent DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent. This last week, I shared a replacement for face wash with my Cheap, Organic Face Wash recipe.

I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.

But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.


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If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus weeks to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.

I’ve seen a million recipes for laundry soap floating around the world wide web (as my mother calls it). I wanted to try one on my own, tweak it a little, test it out and compare it to what I’m already using. I also hadn’t seen an easy way to grate the soap, so I got a little crazy with my Oster blender.

I hope you enjoy my Easy Laundry Soap recipe.


With three ingredients, your store bought laundry soap can easily be replaced with a homemade version that will cost you only $.05 per load. And, you can store it in a cute jar with your own hand-written label. I think that’s pretty much a win-win.

 


What you’ll need to make your very own Easy Laundry Soap (this makes approx. 48 loads):

1 Bar (5.5 oz approx.) Fels-Naptha, Zote Soap or Ivory Soap
2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says “Super Washing Soda”)
2 C Borax
Blender/Food Processor

 


Cut the soap into manageable pieces for the food processor/blender. Use the finest chopping blade available, making the pieces as small as possible.

 


Add the 2 Cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda to the grated Zote or Ivory Soap.

 


Next, dump in the 2 Cups of Borax. Mix everything as much as possible with a wooden spoon.

If the pieces are large, transfer a cup at a time of the mixture back into a blender. Blend thoroughly. I have settled on using Fels-Naptha soap, which grinds down to small pieces the first time around. So, I no longer need to do this step.

 


The mixture should look like this when everything has been blended thoroughly.

 


Transfer the mixture into a cute jar or container. Add a label (I always print the recipe on the label to make it easier for refills when the time comes).

Use 1/8 Cup of the mixture for normal loads and 1/4 Cup for heavily soiled clothes.

Here’s the financial breakdown of what this recipe will make per 48 loads:

Borax $3.38 for 76 oz= 9.5 Cups
A & H $3.00 for 55 oz= 6.8 Cups
Soap $1 per 48 loads

Per 48 Loads
Borax=$.67
A & H=$.90
Soap=$1

Total=$2.57/48 loads= $.05 per load

Easy Laundry Soap
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Recipe type: Laundry Products
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Serves: 48 loads
 
With three ingredients, your store bought laundry soap can easily be replaced with a homemade version that will cost you only $.05 per load. And, you can store it in a cute jar with your own hand-written label. I think that's pretty much a win-win.
Ingredients
  • What you'll need to make your very own Easy Laundry Soap (this makes approx. 48 loads):
  • 1 Bar (14 oz) Fels-Naptha, Zote Soap or Ivory Soap
  • 2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says "Super Washing Soda")
  • 2 C Borax
  • Blender/Food Processor
Instructions
  1. Cut the Soap into manageable pieces for the food processor/blender.
  2. Use the finest chopping blade available and grind the soap up, making the pieces as small as possible.
  3. Add the 2 Cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda to the grated soap.
  4. Next, dump in the 2 Cups of Borax.
  5. Mix everything as much as possible with a wooden spoon.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a cute jar or container.
  7. Use ⅛ Cup of the mixture for normal loads and ¼ Cup for heavily soiled clothes.

This Easy Laundry Soap is simple, economical and practical. Hope you enjoy!

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Cheap, Organic Face Wash

My month long challenge of slowly ridding our house of nasty chemicals began several weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I shared my Recipe for Facial Moisturizer  and last week-my DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent.

I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.

But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.


photo source unknown

If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus week to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.

Without further ado: here is Phase 3 of ridding my house of chemicals-Cheap, Organic Face Wash made from nothing other than oatmeal.

 


First things first-this ‘recipe’ is simple-so simple in fact, that it shouldn’t be called a ‘recipe’. Oatmeal naturally exfoliates the skin, reduces redness, fades out sun spots and leaves the skin feeling supple.

 


Here’s all that you’ll need for your Cheap, Organic Face Wash:

Coffee grinder or blender
Old Fashioned Oats (not the quick oats)
Jar

 


Grind about 1-2 cups of oatmeal in the coffee grinder/blender until it has become very fine.

 


There will still be a few chunky oats here and there, but for the most part it should be almost flour-like.

 


Throw the oats in a jar and label it with a cute label.

 


To use the Face Wash, grab a handful of the ground oats while standing over a sink.

 


Add a bit of water to the oats, until it feels more like a dry dough.

 


Humble yourself and take pictures as you apply the mixture to a dry face.

 


Rinse off with warm water. Take more humbling pictures of your crazy hair, sans make-up self that you share with the world.

 


This face wash costs approximately $.01 or less per usage. And I’ve noticed my sun spots fading. That’s stinking awesome.

 

Linking to this party, amongst others (here’s my full page of parties I link to): Today’s Creative Blog http://www.thethriftyhome.com

 

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Cheap, Organic Facial Moisturizer-Phase 1 of My Month Long Challenge

I’ve been challenging myself to slowly rid our house of anything with nasty chemicals and large price tags. As I begin to use the final drop of something off the shelf, I am concocting a replacement with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.

But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.


photo source unknown

If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus week to make sure it doesn’t stink-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.

Up on the docket for replacement over the next month or so is: mascara, dishwasher detergent, washing machine detergent, eye makeup remover and tortilla chips (I know-they don’t quite fit in but they are my weakness and I need to replace the hydrogenated and fried naughtiness with something healthier), along with anything else I can get rid of.

Fasten your seatbelt. Here’s Phase 1 of ridding my house of chemicals-Cheap, Organic Facial Moisturizer.

I am quite picky when it comes to my face. I have always had very sensitive skin that dries out if I even look at it wrong.
After several tries, I came up with a recipe that works wonderfully-without greasiness or smelliness.
And it costs $.75 per 2.5 oz. Yep. That’s right-seventy five freakin’ cents.
I’ve been spending $12-14 for 2.5 oz!

 


Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own Cheap, Organic Facial Moisturizer:

4 TBS Pure Aloe Vera (drinkable kind)
1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
6 Drops Jojoba Oil
1/4 tsp Sweet Almond Oil

Container to keep the moisturizer in (I re-used my pricey lotion container).

 


If necessary, use the funnel to add the 4 TBS of Aloe Vera.

 


Next, add the 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin.

 


Add 6 drops of the Jojoba Oil.

 


And the 1/4 tsp of Sweet Almond Oil.


Shake everything up in the container and before every use. The moisturizer will be watery-either apply by squirting into a cotton pad or into a cleansed hand and applying with clean fingertips. As it dries, it will be absorbed and leaves you with soft, silky skin.

That’s it. Simple as pie.

Here’s the financial breakdown:

$8.50 for 32 oz of Pure Aloe Vera (drinkable kind)
$9 for 16 oz of Vegetable Glycerin
$13.50 for 4 oz of Jojoba Oil
$5.75 for 16 oz of Sweet Almond Oil

Needed per 2.5 oz moisturizer:

4 TBS (2 oz ) Pure Aloe Vera= $.52
1 tsp (.16 oz) Vegetable Glycerin= $.09
6 Drops (.04 oz) Jojoba Oil= $.13
1/4 tsp (.04 oz) Sweet Almond Oil= $.01
TOTAL = $.75 per 2.5 oz

Click on the following to see more of my projects:
I’ve posted a Recipe for Facial MoisturizerDIY Organic Dishwasher DetergentCheap, Organic Face WashDIY Household Green Cleaner and last week was my DIY Organic Eye Makeup Remover.

Linking up: The Thrifty Home

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Cheap, Organic Produce Cleaner

I like my produce to be sparkling clean, free of naughty dirt, and free of the money wasting store bought so-called “Fruit and Vegetable Wash”.


This recipe is super cheap, smells great and hardly costs anything. This is my simple solution to keep your produce sparkly and ready for consumption.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own Produce Cleaner:
1 TBS Lemon Juice
3 TBS White Vinegar
3 Cups of Water
Spray bottle (I bought mine from Target for $3)
Funnel

 

Using your funnel, measure out and pour in your 1 TBS Lemon Juice.

 

Next add your 3 TBS White Vinegar.

 

Pour in the 3 Cups of Water and attach the spray nozzle. Give it a bit of a shake.

 

Ta-da! That’s it. Now go get your produce sparkly clean. Have fun.

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