Ok, file this one under frugal hints.
This week I made a triple batch of laundry detergent. Nothing fancy or earth-shaking here but it seems folks have forgotten that you can make such things and cut down on your expenses. So I just thought I would share the recipe for anyone who might be interested.
First I will say that we don't always use the homemade version. If I can get laundry detergent inexpensively I will. Usually the case lot sales have decent prices on it in bulk but when Alan picked up our order last time, they were out of the detergent I had ordered. Since he did not know the prices himself, he opted not to buy the other detergent they had in stock (which was not at all a bad choice). Coupons and matching sales can bring the prices down at the regular stores but sometimes I just am not on top of tracking those things. When I've run out of the cheaper stuff and am not in the mood to pay the regular price for detergent, I make it.
The version I use is 1 bar of soap, 1 cup of borax, and 1 cup of washing soda. Grate the soap and mix it with the rest of the ingredients. You want to use a soap made for laundry or something that lacks extra ingredients. Fels-naptha, zote, and ivory are all great choices. Ivory is probably the best option cost wise since you can easily get it for free with coupons. I had 9 bars stashed away that I paid less than 10 cents a bar for earlier this year.
Next week I'll mix up a batch of all-purpose cleaner (once I find the missing spray bottle). When done alone, these things won't make a bit of difference to the budget but when added together you will see a difference.