Monday I posted basically a start to how we put ourselves on the road of being frugal. I told you what we did, but not how we did it. You see, we saw the writing on the wall back in early 2010 that Chrysler was on the verge of closing dealerships. We had deeply invested in a business that we still had hopes of it becoming a success.
I made the decision to come completely clean about how badly I spent money with my husband. He had made a major mistake (as he saw it) investing into a business that had not been even a tiny bit successful. We just saw it as a clean slate for both of us and our marriage. We moved on together. The reason frugality is working in our family is because we worked together.
We made a very conscience decision to stock up on food and personal products until I lost my job. We would then not go anywhere, spend anything unless it was absolutely necessary, and generally go without until we had saved every dime we could. The goal was to purchase a house for cash. We wanted the truck paid off and to have no monthly bills that had contracts attached to them.
To be honest this was the easy part. We were together in our goals. We needed stability period. It took us a while but we eventually got the money to purchase our home and fix it up. We then worked to pay off the truck. Our Jeep was already paid off.
I was challenged to find cheaper ways to clean, cook, and generally take care of my family. You see my mother and grandmother always told me that you may be poor, but you don’t have to have a dirty house. They also taught me how to cook. The very first item I researched and developed was the laundry soap. I truly loved that recipe. I hated grating and melting the soap. I hated stirring it every time I used it, but I thought that only a liquid laundry soap would work correctly. It cleaned our clothes well, it was just messy, It was also so much less expensive than the previous name brands I had been using. Let’s face it, the no name brands don’t always clean as well as the name brands.
Sue’s Laundry Soap
1 quart boiling water
2 bars of grated bar soap. I use Ivory and Lava.
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups Biz
1 cup of OxyClean.
Slowly add grated soap to boiling water. I use a 12 quart stock pot to cook in.
Stir until the soap is melted. You can leave the pot on the stove on low if necessary. Just keep stirring!
Pour the soap water into a 3 gallon clean pail. I actually recycled a very large Kitty Litter container. Add the last 4 ingredients and stir until dissolved.
Add 1 gallon of water to this and mix well. Cover the pail. I use about 1/4 cup per large load. You will need to stir before use and it will expand. I add more water to mine once a month. About a quart of warm water works well.
Then I found One Good Thing By Jillie and my life was changed twice! She had a link to a no grate laundry soap! I had ran out and I had the ingredients on hand so I tried it. I don’t have the actual link, but her link is http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com. I was happy that it was so easy. No muss no fuss, I used it on a couple loads, my parents were here and they used it and then the bottle just up and disappeared! No fooling that bottle 3/4 full of laundry soap just disappeared. That was last February in 2012 and I still haven’t found it!
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap
Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
In the mean time I took my laundry soap that I was making and just took the water steps out of it and it worked great, but being the kind of person I am I just couldn’t resist then next laundry soap that Jillie posted. The link is this http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/make-a-years-worth-of-laundry-soap.html#more-1306.
This is supposed to last for 1 year for a family of 4. I broke the recipe down by 1/3rd and tried it. This is the best for us. It has smelly stuff to make my husbands clothes not smell like mildew when he sweats. Living in Central Florida he sweats a lot. It cleans very well and I love it!
The recipe I am giving you is for 1/3 of the original recipe. Please click on Jillie’s link above to find the full recipe. I made the 1/3 recipe in August and didn’t have to make more until early December. I do a lot of washing with 2 stinky dogs and a cat. Can’t stand all that fur.
Laundry soap for one third of a year
1 bar Fels Naptha soap, cut in chucks and chopped in a food processor until fine*
26 ounces of Borax
16 ounces of Washing Soda
2/3 cup of Baking soda
2/3 of a large tub of Oxyclean ( I used Sun brand)
10 ounces of Purex fabric softener crystals
*When chopping the soap add washing soda. This keeps the soap from sticking to the blade. you can also grate by hand the soap. Basically combine all ingedients and mix. The author of this recipe said to put into a garbage bag to mix. I put into a stock pan and mixed. Use 2 tablespoons of mix for a large load. This is safe for an HE washing machine.
The best thing is it cleans my husband’s uniforms just as well as it cleans my brights.
This wasn’t going to be a laundry soap post, but sometimes things happen! Have a great day everybody!
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