What you will need to purchase:
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Tea Tree oil Aura Cacia .5fl oz $4.97
Jojoba Oil-Desert Essence 2fl oz $4.65
Local Grocery Store
vinegar 128oz $1.79/ 16oz .65
washing soda $5.98 for 110oz(two 55oz)
borax 76oz $4.19
Fels Naptha Soap 2 bars(5.5oz) $2.38
liquid soap-Dawn .99 9.5oz
baking soda 16oz .67
Kosher Salt 13oz $1.19
Citric Acid lb $3.25
Roughly $30 for supplies
Savings $30-$150 on Laundry Soap (for 640fl ounces)
Savings $10 all other products (for one bottle of each)
=$160 to $40 savings and no chemicals ;-)
Duggar's Liquid Laundry Soap
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
I have revised the recipe:
1/2 bar soap
1/2 C Borax
1/2 C Washing soda
Grate the soap and melt in a pot of boiling water. It doesn't matter how much b/c as you use the soap you dilute it. Once the soap is melted add the borax and washing soda SLOWLY. Use a stove fan. You don't want to inhale the Borax. Yes it's safe diluted but not when it's inhaled.
I fill one bucket with the solution and fill 85% full with additional water.
It will form a paste over night. I fill a quart container 1/4 with the solution and add hot water to fill. I use 1/2 cup per large load.
This is my 3rd revision and favorite. The previous recipe was one bar, and one cup of each powder. I don't recall the water amount. I made it in April and it lasted till January 2013.
Recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1 cup Washing soda
1 cup Borax
½ cup Kosher salt
½ cup citric acid
Mix together and store tightly covered in a Mason Jar. Use one tablespoon (.52 oz) per load. Add vinegar to the rinse dispenser for the best results.
Makes 24 ounces.
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2 teaspoons tea tree oil (not safe for pets)
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and
spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.
Furniture Polish $3.36 savings compared to Pledge
1/2 tsp oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft
rag into the solution and wipe onto wood
surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store
All-Purpose Cleaner $1.59 savings compared to store brand (nearly free to make)
1/2 tsp washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and
shake until the washing soda has dissolved.
Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.
Tip: If you're out of washing soda, use 2 1/2
tsp of borax, instead.
Update Jan 2013
I have family members requesting this recipe made for them. Yes some are that lazy. It's also how good it works.
Window Cleaner $3.79 savings compared to windex (nearly free to make)
1/4-1/2 tsp liquid detergent
3 tbs vinegar
2 cups water
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle,
shake it up a bit, and use as you would a
Update Jan 2013
Love this stuff. You do have to scrub dry to avoid streaks but it does work.
Oven Cleaner $3.975 savings compared to Oven off (barely .50 to make)
1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface it totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top, then let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess,
dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the
oven. If this recipe doesn't work for you it is probably because you didn't use enough baking soda and/or water.
Mix 1 cup baking soda with 2 cups hot water. Stir until the powder is well mixed (it will not fully dissolve).
Add 1 cup white vinegar. The soda and the vinegar are going to react and bubble all around.
Stir until well combined.
Add ¼ cup to your rinse cycle.
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