A year or so ago I started looking at what I spend money on and where I could cut back. I don't think I have ever been what most would call a "big spender," but, sometimes we buy things without realizing that they are costly. I have always used Tide. I love Tide. But when I figured out that I could make my own laundry detergent for PENNIES per load, and that it would clean my clothing just as well, I decided to give it a try and I have never gone back. As a matter of fact, I posted on making my own laundry detergent last summer. I used the recipe from the Duggar Family (you know, the family in Arkansas with 19 kids).
Recently, I came across a recipe for making my own liquid fabric softener. My blogging friend, Carrie, at http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/ is a frugal lady too and she shared her recipe, which I am now going to share with you:
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner (I used Suave)
6 cups water
1/4 cup essential oil (use whatever scent you like)
I used warm water and a whisk and stirred everything up in just a few seconds to make
my fabric softener. If you prefer "dryer sheets" (I DO!), put
3 parts water and 1 part homemade fabric softener into a separate container,
take a plain sponge (no SCRUBBER SIDE) and soak it in the diluted mixture,
wring it out a bit, and throw in the dryer with your wet clothes
and run your dryer cycle as normal.
I have been using the homemade "dryer sheets" since this weekend and I can tell you that I LOVE THEM!!! And frankly, so much cheaper than Bounce or even the store brand of dryer sheets. Plus, I don't have all those pesky dryer sheets flying around my house.
I was so excited about the fabric softener I used FarmingOnFaith's recipe and made homemade spray and wash. Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup powdered detergent (I used Purex as it was the cheapest)
1/2 cup water
I rinsed out my empty Spray and Wash bottle, added all 4 ingredients,
shook it up and voila' - HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SPRAY!
Again, I am using this and I absolutely love it. All of these homemade items are, in my opinion, just as good as what I was buying at the store AND I AM SPENDING SO MUCH LESS ON CLEANING SUPPLIES!!! My next venture will be homemade dishwashing detergent. As soon as I use up what I have, I will make my own.
I would rather spend my money on something fun for my family, donations to missionaries, or on our family vacation this summer to Las Vegas (more on that later) than on cleaning supplies. So head on over to my FarmingOnFaith friend's website for lots more ideas on how to, in her words, "live this wonderful life in a frugal but fancy way." Frugal but fancy . . . my new motto!!! I want to be a good steward of God's blessings in my life.