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Hi I recently had to leave a very hostile horrible work environment and dh works but $ is now very tight. I need some good ideas from anything from possibly making laundry soap last longer by throwing baking soda in there to great coupon websites and well basically anything you can think of. We over spend on food and lots of stuff goes to waste and I hate throwing food away. We are now recycling bottles for $. I just need any and all advice. Thank you!!!
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by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM
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chrissysnow22
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM
Also if you purchase what is in season you can also save a great deal.
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zildjans_mom
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM
I used your recipe for laundry soap, it has been almost 24 hrs and it didn't thickened. Help please I followed the recipe, I don't know what happrned


Quoting chrissysnow22:

Spend less and make your own everything.



Check your bills and see if there are any ways to save. Gas and electric program, cheaper cell phone plan etc...



Sell any stuff in your house that you no longer need.



Meal plan is almost necessity.



Here are some cleaning products I make.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value



4  Cups - hot tap water

1  Ivory  soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax



Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.



Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.



Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)



Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.





Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)



Deodorant



1/4c baking soda

1/4c cornstarch or arrowroot powder



Mix together to combine.

If you want it scented I think it's best to add a few drops of essential oil now.

To the powder add coconut oil one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. I use about 5-6 spoons. It will feel like store bought deodorant. You can shape it onto a empty deodorant stick or put in a small container and apply with fingers.



Toothpaste 

3tbs baking soda

3tbs coconut oil 

1/2 sm packet stevia powder

20 drops peppermint oil



Body wash

1 bar ivory soap, grated



Put soap in saucepan and cover with water melt over med low heat until soap is dissolved. 

Pour into a 1 gallon jug and fill the rest of the way with water. Shake. Will thicken overnight. 

I add a bit more water as it thickens a lot IMO



Air Freshner

1/2 vodka

1/2 water

Essential oil



All Purpose Cleaner

2c water

2c vinegar

Few drops of EO

Pour all ingredients in a spray bottle. Don't worry the vinegar scent will disappear as it dries.



Liquid Hand Soap

1 part castile soap

3 parts water 

2-5 drops of lemon oil or any other you like.

Pour into a foaming soap dispenser.



Carpet freshner

1 box baking soda

25-30 drops EO



Pour into a container With holes

The Kraft Parmesan cheese container works great or you can make one with a Pringles can and put holes in the lid.



Shampoo

2c Castile liquid soap

1/2c honey

1/4c olive oil

In a foaming soap dispenser and you're done.



Febreeze

1/8 cup fabric softener

2tbs baking soda

Pour in a spray bottle

Fill the rest of the way with hot water. Shake and spray.



Liquid dish soap

-½ cup castile soap 

-1 tablespoon of white vinegar

-1 tablespoon of Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)

-1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)

Update: To thicken the soap add 1 tablespoon of shredded bar soap 

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and then pour in 1 1/2 cup of very hot water. Be sure to whisk/stir this mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly blended (and the bar soap is melted).

2. Allow mixture to cool completely on the counter. Stirring occasionally.

3. Store in any dish soap dispensing bottle and use as you would the commercial brands.





Homemade oxi clean 



1 cup water

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup washing soda



Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark spray bottle. 



To use: Spray on soiled laundry and let it sit overnight. Or, if you have a number of clothes that are soiled, you make up a batch of this and soak them in it overnight. Then, launder as usual.



Makeup remover

1/4tsp liquid Castile soap

1tsp olive oil

1c water

Pour in a flip top bottle. Shake before use.



Unclog a drain

1c baking soda

1c vinegar

6 c boiling water

Pour the baking soda down followed by the vinegar. Wait 10 mins then follow with boiling water.



Oven door cleaner

1/2c baking soda

1/8c vinegar

Sprinkle with baking soda. Pour vinegar over door. Let sit for 15-30 mins. Wipe clean



As you can see we use a lot of Castile liquid baking soda and vinegar around my house. I get Castile on amazon with my amazon card I get from swagbucks.com with all my points.

I get baking soda from walgreens they have baking on sale for .50 almost monthly. And vinegar I buy by the gallon for about $3



Cooking from scratch is much cheaper than prepared stuff.



If you need any specific help let us know. Good luck




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chrissysnow22
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Did you give it a good stir? Sometimes it doesn't look like it has but when you pour it you should see gelled clumps

Quoting zildjans_mom:

I used your recipe for laundry soap, it has been almost 24 hrs and it didn't thickened. Help please I followed the recipe, I don't know what happrned




Quoting chrissysnow22:

Spend less and make your own everything.





Check your bills and see if there are any ways to save. Gas and electric program, cheaper cell phone plan etc...





Sell any stuff in your house that you no longer need.





Meal plan is almost necessity.





Here are some cleaning products I make.


Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value





4  Cups - hot tap water


1  Ivory  soap bar


1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*


½ Cup Borax





Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.





Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.





Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)





Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.








Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.


Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)


Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)





Deodorant





1/4c baking soda


1/4c cornstarch or arrowroot powder





Mix together to combine.


If you want it scented I think it's best to add a few drops of essential oil now.


To the powder add coconut oil one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. I use about 5-6 spoons. It will feel like store bought deodorant. You can shape it onto a empty deodorant stick or put in a small container and apply with fingers.





Toothpaste 


3tbs baking soda


3tbs coconut oil 


1/2 sm packet stevia powder


20 drops peppermint oil





Body wash


1 bar ivory soap, grated





Put soap in saucepan and cover with water melt over med low heat until soap is dissolved. 


Pour into a 1 gallon jug and fill the rest of the way with water. Shake. Will thicken overnight. 


I add a bit more water as it thickens a lot IMO





Air Freshner


1/2 vodka


1/2 water


Essential oil





All Purpose Cleaner


2c water


2c vinegar


Few drops of EO


Pour all ingredients in a spray bottle. Don't worry the vinegar scent will disappear as it dries.





Liquid Hand Soap


1 part castile soap


3 parts water 


2-5 drops of lemon oil or any other you like.


Pour into a foaming soap dispenser.





Carpet freshner


1 box baking soda


25-30 drops EO





Pour into a container With holes


The Kraft Parmesan cheese container works great or you can make one with a Pringles can and put holes in the lid.





Shampoo


2c Castile liquid soap


1/2c honey


1/4c olive oil


In a foaming soap dispenser and you're done.





Febreeze


1/8 cup fabric softener


2tbs baking soda


Pour in a spray bottle


Fill the rest of the way with hot water. Shake and spray.





Liquid dish soap


-½ cup castile soap 


-1 tablespoon of white vinegar


-1 tablespoon of Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)


-1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)


Update: To thicken the soap add 1 tablespoon of shredded bar soap 


Directions:


1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and then pour in 1 1/2 cup of very hot water. Be sure to whisk/stir this mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly blended (and the bar soap is melted).


2. Allow mixture to cool completely on the counter. Stirring occasionally.


3. Store in any dish soap dispensing bottle and use as you would the commercial brands.








Homemade oxi clean 





1 cup water


1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide


1/2 cup washing soda





Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark spray bottle. 





To use: Spray on soiled laundry and let it sit overnight. Or, if you have a number of clothes that are soiled, you make up a batch of this and soak them in it overnight. Then, launder as usual.





Makeup remover


1/4tsp liquid Castile soap


1tsp olive oil


1c water


Pour in a flip top bottle. Shake before use.





Unclog a drain


1c baking soda


1c vinegar


6 c boiling water


Pour the baking soda down followed by the vinegar. Wait 10 mins then follow with boiling water.





Oven door cleaner


1/2c baking soda


1/8c vinegar


Sprinkle with baking soda. Pour vinegar over door. Let sit for 15-30 mins. Wipe clean





As you can see we use a lot of Castile liquid baking soda and vinegar around my house. I get Castile on amazon with my amazon card I get from swagbucks.com with all my points.


I get baking soda from walgreens they have baking on sale for .50 almost monthly. And vinegar I buy by the gallon for about $3





Cooking from scratch is much cheaper than prepared stuff.





If you need any specific help let us know. Good luck






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zildjans_mom
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I'll check again but it seems like straight liquid still thank you
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zildjans_mom
by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 2:49 AM
I found the super washing soda at Walmart by the borax in the stain for remover section of the laundry aisle it was $3 for a big box
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mommystiebler
by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

bumping to come back to later! Thanks!

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