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    Change How You Do Laundry, Save Money: Homemade Laundry Detergent, Homemade FabricSoftener, and Frugal Clothes Drying

    The below Homemade Laundry Detergent and Homemade Fabric Softener recipes can save you a lot ofmoney and your health too. They are also more eco-friendly laundry alternatives.

    Many expensive store bought laundry detergents and fabric softeners are some of the most toxichousehold products in the average home. Expensive heavy duty chemical laundry cleaners and fabricsoftener have been implicated as being possible causes of breast cancer.

    So the below safe, simple, and cheaper homemade alternatives will possibly extend your lifespan as wellas your dollars.

    These simple, cheap, and easy batch recipes are also great family fun to make together. The kids willlove helping with these diy "kitchen sink experiments". It's like applied chemistry and ecology meets homeeconomics.

    Best of all, the below easy frugal home-made laundry recipes will cut your laundry bill to just pennies perload. You can make 5 gallons of the below liquid laundry detergent for about $3. And it works great inboth top load washers and high efficiency washers, though you may have to experiment a bit to see how

    much works best for you and your machine.

    Tip for those with sensitive skin:In place of the Fels Naphtha or Castille soap bars below, you may want to give Dove Sensitive Skin barsoap a try instead.

    How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

    How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent Option 1:

    This homemade liquid laundry detergent is simple to make, much safer, and much cheaper than namebrand detergents.

    To make a 5 gallon bucket of this cheap detergent first get a large pot and heat on medium about one halfgallon of water in it. While your water is heating up, grate a whole bar of Ivory soap, or Castille soap, orFels-Naptha soap.

    Add the grated soap to the hot water and heat on medium heat. Stir continuously until all the soap meltsinto the water. Remove the pot from heat after soap has totally dissolved into the water.

    Into a 5 gallon bucket add about 3 gallons of hot tap water and then add the dissolved soap mixture, plusthree quarters of a cup of Borax, and 1.25 cups of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. Stir thismixture well until all solids dissolve.

    Then top off the bucket with more hot tap water and stir well again. Let set up over night. It shouldcoagulate into a gel or just thicken somewhat, but that depends on what type of soap you used.

    Regardless of whether it is watery or gel-like the next day, it should still work well.

    Get a clean container and dilute the laundry detergent by filling half with water and half with the detergent.If you want to make it more aromatic you may wish to add several drops each of one or several of yourfavorite therapeutic grade essential oils such as lavender essential oil, rosemary oil, vanilla essential oil,or jasmine essential oil.

    Add 5 to 10 drops of Teatree Oil (Meleluca) for extra antiseptic power.

    Shake this detergent mixture very well in the container and use about 1 cup per load. Experiment to see

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    whether more or less will work better for your washing machine type, load size, or degree of dirtiness.This will last a very long time and costs only pennies per load.

    How to Make Home-made Laundry Detergent Option 2:

    Heat 1 grated bar of Dove, FelsNaphtha, Castille, or even homemade soap in a large pot to which hasbeen added about a half gallon of water. Heat and mix until soap melts into water. Then remove fromheat and add 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and mix well untill solids dissolve.

    Combine mixture with water in a large bucket until the total volume is at approximately 2 gallons. Usearound a half cup for a full load. For extra fresh scents try adding a few drops of your favorite Therapueticgrade essentials oils (see master ingredients list below).

    How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap Powder

    Tip to avoid solid soap on clothes:In the below washing powder recipes one of the most important steps is making sure your bar soap isground up finely enough so it dissolves in the wash. This will help assure it does not leave soap nodules

    on your clothes after washing is done.

    You can use your food processor to make sure it is ground fine, but then process it some more with theother ingredients added to the food processor to get it as fine as possible. The more surface area, thebetter; and I would say that goes for a lot of things related to making a frugal living.

    Homemade Laundry Soap Powder Option 1:

    Mix together very well 4 cups of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, 4 cups of Baking Soda, 4 cupsof Borax (20 Mule Team Borax is what I happen to have right now), and 2 bars of Castille Soap, or IvorySoap, or FelNaptha Soap grated up. Use a few tablespoons to one forth of a cup per load of laundry.Experiment with amounts to suit your laundry load size.

    Homemade Laundry Soap Washing Powder Option 2:

    Grate 1 bar of Felz Naptha Soap (or 2 bars of Ivory Soap, or 1 bar of Zote). Mix grated soap with 4 cupsof Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 4 cups of Borax. Mix all ingredients very well. Use acouple of tablespoons to one forth of a cup per load of laundry. Experiment to see what amount worksbest for your size of laundry load.

    Tip: Zote Bar Soap is more fragrant than Fels Naptha Soap and can often be found in Mexican grocerystores. Or you can check the below master recipe ingredient list where I will be adding links to onlinedeals for each.

    Home-made Laundry Soap Powder Washing Detergent Option 3:

    cup clay powder, 2-3 tablespoons essential oil of choice (optional), 13 cups borax, 12 cups bakingsoda, 4 cups sodium lauryl sulfate. Mix clay powder and essential oil. Add remaining ingredients and mixwell in a 2-3 gallon pail. Use 1 cup of laundry powder per load.

    Home-made Laundry Soap Powder Option 4:

    Grate up 1 bar of Castille or Ivory Soap (or one half bar of Fels-Naptha Soap). Add the grated soap to afood processor and mix very well with 1 cup of Washing Soda (such as Arm and Hammer Super WashingSoda), plus 1 cup of Borax. Use a couple of tablespoons or more depending on load size and how dirtyyour clothes are.

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    Home-made Laundry Detergent Soap Powder Option 4:If you do not have Borax, try the above recipe with 1 cup of Baking Soda in place of the Borax.

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    How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener

    Home-made Fabric Softener Recipe Option 1:

    Rather than using Fabric Softner, try adding half to a whole cup of white Vinegar to the washing machinerinse cycle. You can also add a few drops of your favorite smelling essential oil such as Jasmine,Lavender, Peppermint, or Vanilla.

    Vinegar is great for removing stubborn odors, dissolving stains, and it will make your clothes soft andfluffy. The Vinegar also helps reduce static cling and it will also clean the soap scum from your washingmachine parts.

    Make sure Vinegar is rinsed out of clothes very well though to avoid Vinegar odor on washed clothes.Double rinse f you have to and experiment to see how much Vinegar works best for you.

    Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe Option 2:

    Don't waste your money on Snuggle fabric softener or Downy. Here is a wonderfully effective andinexpensive Fabric Softener Recipe...

    Combine a cup of your favorite hair conditioner with 3 cups of hot water in a gallon container. Mix wellthen add 1 cup of White Vinegar. Mix very well.

    This homemade fabric softener can be added to your fabric softener ball or used directly in your washingmachine as you normally would. About 3 or 4 tablespoon fulls should do it. Find the amount that worksbest for you.

    Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe Option 3:Dissolve 1 cup of Baking Soda in 1 cup hot water in a bucket. Then add 4 cups of White Vinegar. Fizzingis harmless. The bubbles are simply harmless carbon dioxide gas being evolved (like the old "volcanoreaction" in Sciencefair projects).

    Once the bubbling subsides you can add 2.5 cups of your favorite aromatic conditioner plus about 6 cupsof hot tap water and mix very well. You can add a half to one cup of this softener to the rinse cycle. Oruse this softener as you normally would or try it with the below described homemade dryer sheets withoutfurther dilution.

    Homemade Dryer Sheets:

    REDUCE - To save money on store-bought dryer sheets, tear them in two rather than use a whole oneper dryer load. Using less is a great way to save on just about any product.

    RE-USE - Try tossing the used up dryer sheets in a jar with liquid fabric softener (see above recipes) tomake your own dryer sheets. Wringe one out and toss it in the dryer for a cheap alternative to the moreexpensive pre-packaged ones.

    DILUTION - Try diluting your favorite Fabric Sofener or Hair Conditioner by taking one half cup of fabricsoftening liquid or conditioner and mixing with 1 cup of water in a seperate container. Soak half of a

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    sponge with this mixture, wring out back into bottle, and toss softener moistened half of sponge into dryerto act as your home-made dryer sheets. You could also do the same thing with a wash cloth or sock.

    Eliminate - Of course you can do what we often do and skip the fabric softener step all together.

    We have found that total elimination of products, where possible, is usually the best way to go. We havefound that the use of fabric softener is not really necessary.

    Low Hanging Fruit of Frugality: Eliminate Where Possible Don't Get Duped by Big Oil