Over the last year, I have been experimenting with making my own cleaning products. It may sound strange, but I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from making something for myself. Maybe that's why we can all summer long -- because it feels good to know that you did something with your own two hands. I started off by making homemade laundry soap. I used the recipe from the Duggar Family and I am still using it today. Matter of fact, I made 5 gallon of laundry soap this afternoon. I have under $3.00 in that 5 gallon of soap. Right next to the sense of accomplishment I feel is the fact that I am saving a TON of money making my own cleaning products. A few months ago I used the recipe from Carrie at http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/ and made my own fabric softener and my own spray & wash. I must say I love them. If I didn't I wouldn't use them. As much as I love saving money, I want to know that my clothes are clean and smell fresh. My homemade cleaning products work just as well as what I was buying.
Well, today, I added one more homemade cleaning product to my pantry -- homemade hand soap. Once again, I used a recipe from Carrie at FarmingOnFaith (THANKS CARRIE!).
I grated 1/2 bar of ivory soap into 4 cups of hot water. I used a whisk and stirred it on low heat until it was completely melted. Do NOT boil the water. When the soap is completely melted, add 1/4 cup borax, 1/4 cup washing soda and a few drops of essential oil. Stir well to combine and pour into a clean gallon jug (I used a milk jug). Then fill the jug to the top with water and shake well. I am going to let the soap sit overnight to thicken, and then try it tomorrow. I am nearly out of liquid soap, so I am anxious to fill my Bath & Body dispensers (think $3.00 a piece on sale for 8 ounces) with my homemade soap. I know I have less than $0.50 in this gallon of soap. I'll let you know what I think but since every other recipe from my blogging friend Carrie has been GREAT, I am certain I will love this too!
It's been cold and rainy here at Down On The Farm, but I've had a great day saving money and working with my hands. What a GREAT DAY!