Category Archives: $ Saving Tips

There are many different ways that you can cut everyday costs with some simple solutions. Many people think that they do not have time, but you will be amazed at some of the quick and easy ways that you can save money with little effort.

Homeade Laundry Soap

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Want to get laundry soap for $0.54 a gallon!?!? It’s NO joke and I will show you how!

This is an awesome recipe for liquid laundry soap! I have been using it for over a year now and I absolutely love it! It works GREAT as a pretreat stain remover just by dabbing a bit on a stain and letting it sit over night. I have turned several of my friends and family onto this soap because once you try it you are hooked! The ingredients are trustworthy products that have been around for years! This recipe makes 5 gallons of liquid laundry soap so you only have to make a batch every few months depending on how much you go through laundry detergent.

What you’ll need:
A Kitchen Grater
A Funnel
A Laddle
Empty Jugs to Store your soap
5 Gallon Bucket or a Large 5 Gallon Pot
5 Gallons of Water
1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap grated (Found in the bar soaps aisle)
1 1/2 Cups of Borax (Found in the laundry soap aisle)
1 1/2 Cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Found in the laundry soap aisle)
1 1/2 Cups Dawn Dishsoap (Optional)
Marbles (Optional)

First you grate your bar of Fels Naptha Soap, either in a bowl or straight into a pan. Bring a gallon of waer to a boil, and add your shredded Fels Naptha Soap. Stir occasionally until your Fels Naptha is completely melted. Once the Fels Naptha is melted, turn off the burner. Then add 1 1/2 cups of Borax and 1 1/2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda to the pan. Stir until both powders are completely disolved. Now at this point you can add the remaining 4 gallons of water either into your pan if it is large enough, or you can pour contents of the pan into a 5 gallon bucket then add the remaining 4 gallons of water. Mix it all up really good. At this point you have made a laundry detergent but it does not have suds like traditional laundry soap. I have to have a laundry soap that gt sudsy because my memory is not very good and sometimes I forget if I put the laundry soap in. So at this point I slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups of Dawn Dishsoap. It is great for cutting grease also! Now you let your soap cool down before we add it to our jugs. After it cools I use a laddle to scoop up the soap and a funnel to pour it into my jugs leaving about an inch from the top of the jug. It’s a great way to recycle your old laundry soap jugs! I personally use old juice bottles because they are smaller, and weigh less. If you have a back or neck problems, or are making this for an elderly person then juice bottles are great way to go! I like to add one marble to each one of my jugs because over time this soap will thicken so the marble works great to help mix it up again. Before each use I lightly shake the bottle to stir up the ingredients and give it a nice liquid form again. I add about a 3/4 cup of soap per load, and get beautful results! This recipe is safe for HE washers as well.

Lets look at cost…
76 oz Box of Borax $3.12 (One box makes aprox 6 batches of this soap for $.052 per batch)
55 oz Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $2.79 (One box makes aprox 4 batches of this soap for $0.70 per batch)
Bar of Fels Naptha Soap $1.49 (One bar each batch)

That breaks down to $2.71 for 5 gallons of laundry soap! Only $0.54 a gallon! AMAZING!
You will never find a coupon that gets laundry soap that cheap!

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Homeade Glass Cleaner

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If you have ever cleaned your windshield at a gas station, then you have already tried this recipe. Most of us think they use windshield washer fluid, but they only use that in the winter to keep it from freezing. You can replace your current glass cleaner with this simple solution! Fill an empty spray bottle with water and add 2 drips of Dawn dish soap. You will be amazed how well this solution works to clean windows, mirrors, appliances and more! I am not going to break down the cost of 2 drips of Dawn, because I am sure you already see the savings here! 🙂