Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How Do You Do It? Recipes

I told you yesterday that I would share some of my recipes for the homemade items I make to save money. So, here they are.

Laundry Detergent
1 bar soap
2 C baking soda
2 gallons hot water

Grate one bar soap. You can use whatever you have on hand, I like to use Ivory. Put grated soap in saucepan and just cover with water. Cook on low until soap melt, there will usually be a few small undissolved pieces, that's ok. In a five gallon bucket (with lid) pour in the 2 gallons of hot water. Add dissolved, melted soap. stir well. Add baking soda, stir again. Cover and allow to sit overnight. Stir in the morning and add to an empty detergent jug that you've used or just use a cup to dip what you need from the bucket. Use 1/2 c for regular loads or 1 c for heavily soiled clothes.

Dryer Sheets
Container of fabric softner
3 sponges

Rinse or clean an empty plastic ice cream container. Take fabric softner and pour into container. Fill jug with water and add to softner, do this two times, so you have 1 part softner to two parts water. Take the sponges and cut each in half. Add to the container of softner until saturated. Each time you dry a load of laundry, squeeze out a sponge and throw into dryer as you would a dryer sheet. When finished with load take dry sponge and put back in with the softner.

Baby Wipes (Duggar recipe)
1 - 1 gallon ice cream bucket
1 roll Bounty paper towels
2 C water
2 Tbsp. baby oil
1 Tbsp rubbing alcohol
opt. -1 Tbsp baby bubble bath

Cut a whole roll of Bounty towels into two halves. (Brand name counts.) Use an electric knife for best results. Place one of the halved rolls vertically in an empty and thoroughly cleaned one gallon ice cream bucket. In a jar mix water, baby oil, and alcohol. Pour over towels in ice cream bucket, and soak for thirty minutes. Remove the cardboard center. Pull towel from center roll and push through the X-shaped slit you've cut in the lid of the ice cream bucket so you can pull out and tear off one "wipe" at a time.

All-purpose cleaner
Empty spray bottle
1/4 C Dawn dish soap

Recycle an empty spray bottle that has been cleaned and rinsed. Add Dawn (must be Dawn) and then finish filling with vinegar. Shake and use.

Hope you will find these recipes as frugal as I have. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I definitely need to try that dryer sheet recipe! It sounds so easy!