Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Nope --- this blog has absolutely nothing to do with disasters, mission trips, rebuilding this or that, warehouse space, donations or anything along those lines.

I have been repeatedly asked to post this blog and for some reason just have not until now.

A few months ago my neighbor lady shared this "recipe" for making your own laundry detergent and not only has it saved me more money than I can count ---- it works amazingly!

So . . . just in case you might be trying to pinch pennies or save dollars . . . I beg you to give this a try.  You won't be sorry.  It's oh so easy -- takes me less than 10 minutes to make.

One note from the get-go ---- this will end up a cross between a gel and a liquid.  Don't be concerned about the consistency and how it changes as time goes by -- it still works.

The BEST part = it yields 2 gallons of detergent and the total cost for those 2 gallons = less than $0.77.

YES --- you are not reading incorrectly --- and I did not put my decimal point in the wrong spot.  It does cost less than 77 cents for the entire 2 gallon!

Here is the recipe:  (if you shop at Walmart - all 3 ingredients are on the shelf next to each other)

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Bar Soap
1/2 cup Borax Laundry Booster
1/2 cup Washing Soda

Grate the Fels Naptha into 6 cups water in a very large saucepan on top of the stove till dissolved.
Add both the Borax and Washing Soda and stir over the heat until all dissolves.

Pour 4 cups HOT water into your 2 gallon container.
Add the Fels solution to that container.
Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups water to that container.
Cover and let stand for 24 hours before using.

Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.

Like I said, it's a cross between gel and liquid.  No bleach needed.  Your whites will be white and your colors will be safe.

Monty grubs around in sewer lines underneath mobile homes nearly every day so you can imagine what his clothes come home looking like!  And I send him back out each day with sparking clean clothes --- just so he can do it all over again!    :)

So here you are.  A great way to save alot of money! 
I am going to try putting it in my hand soap dispensers as soon as they are empty.  Saving even more!

Until next time . . . here's to the senior citizens in our communities who hold a wealth of knowledge - if we will just take the time to listen and then do what they suggest!

Susan and Monty

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