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Laundry Detergent
64oz Borax
60oz Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2C Baking Soda
8 bars Fels Naptha Soap
3 gallon bucket

The easiest way: Combine the Borax, Washing Soda and Baking Soda is a really big bowl. ?Grate all 8 bars of the Fels Naptha soap. ?If you do this by hand it is a pain in the ass. ?I use the cheese grater attachment for my Kitchen Aid with the finest grater on it. ?Also be aware that if you get older bars of Fels Naptha that they get crumbly and create a lot of dust when grated. ?Fresher bars grate nicely. ?Grate 2 bars at a time and scoop 1 cup of dry mix and 1 cup of soap into the the bucket until the shreds are gone. ?Grate the next 2 bars, repeat. ?You could just combine all of the ingredients into the bucket at once, but it fills the bucket fairly full and is a pain to shake to mix together. ?Once all 8 bars are shredded, snap the lid onto the bucket tight and shake like nobody’s business. ?Use anywhere from 1/8-1/4 cup per load of laundry. ?Works in cold water even.

Household Cleaner
2 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. Borax
2 tsp. vinegar
24 oz spray bottle

Combine all baking soda, Borax ?& Vinegar in the spray bottle. ?Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water & shake vigorously to?dissolve?the soda & Borax. ?Spray on anything.

Toilet Cleaner
Sprinkle toilet with 1/4 C baking soda & a couple drops of dish soap. Add 1/2 c vinegar for lime scale. Let sit a few minutes. Scrub and flush.

Copper Cleaner
Combine equal parts white vinegar and table salt into a small container. Scoop out onto copper pots and scrub with a scrubby pad. Works almost better than the Calphalon copper cleaner (we have Calphalon copper pots).

Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray onto floors clean with a soft cloth. A microfiber cloth on a big paddle works great.



I took my mom to a localish nursery yesterday with the intent to purchase her a hanging basket. ?She argued that the were too expensive so we went to the nursery right down the road from my house. ?She still argued that their baskets were too expensive. ?Instead we wandered around their gift shop which sells some of the coolest stuff evah. ?As the boy and I were walking through the shop he turned around and whispered, “Mom… this store is for girls.” ?*sigh* He really is a boy.

5 Comment

  1. reeciebird says: Reply

    Can I buy some off of you to try it out?

  2. Liv says: Reply

    I make a laundry soap similar to that only I use liquid. I love it. I spent about $12 on supplies and they will last me forever. I made my first batch in January and I still have about a months’s worth.

  3. Mom says: Reply

    Great and useful ideas that save money!

  4. Next time you make a batch of laundry detergent- make extra to sell. Or host a cleanser-making party. I’m way to lazy to break out the kitchen aid, but I’d buy some from you or make some with you. FYI- I turned in my notice at the nursery at the end of the day you came in. Feel free to sprout off a blunt review of it! I’m looking forward to finally spending a Spring/Summer enjoying my own garden and having weekends to tour other nurseries and go on garden tours! Hallelujah!

  5. Neelie says: Reply

    Hey do you know if that laundry detergent is good for the newer front load washers? You are supposed to buy HE detergent, which makes less foam, does your recipe get very frothy?

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