We make our own dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, household cleaner, bug spray, and lotions.  In the very near future I’d like to start making our shampoo, sunscreen, and lip balm.  I’d like to share a few of the recipes with you.  These three recipes save TONS of money, and don’t take long to make.

For these you will need a box of Super WAshing Soda, and BORAX.  Together they will cost you about 5.50, but you will be getting 10 gallons of laundry soap, and about 150 Dish loads out of them.  It’s well worth it.  You will also need a gallon of Vinegar, a 5 gallon bucket, a spray bottle, and a bar of soap.


For the dishwasher detergent you will need

1 cup borax

1 cup super washing soda

mix it together and voila!  you are done.  2 tbsp, per load.  If you have hard water or your dishes are spotty add vinegar to the rinse compartment.  I keep mine dishwasher detergent in an old coffee can.


Some homemade laundry soap recipes can really irritate the skin.  You need a bar of soap, and many recipes call for Fels-Naptha which can irritate sensitive skin.  I use Castile soap which is much nicer to my sensitive skin, and my laundry still comes out wonderfully clean EVERY TIME.  I splurge and buy my Castile soap at Colonial Williamsburg (2.00 a bar… I think it’s 2.50 online), but you can also use Ivory for the same result.  You will also need a 5 gallon bucket with a lid (I use the lid from an old pot to cover a moping bucket, but Ace, Lowes, and Home Depot sell 5 gallon painting buckets with lids.

Now, this laundry soap will cost you roughly, 1-5 cents PER LOAD, depending on the bar soap you use. It takes about 20 minutes to make it, isn’t very messy, and makes the house smell really clean!

1.) Grate the bar of soap… while you

2.) Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove

3.) add grated soap slowly and stir it until it dissolves.  (if you add it to quickly it will just clump together, undoing all your grating!)

4.)  Once the bar soap is fully dissolved, add 1 cup each of the Borax and Super Washing Soda stir until dissolved, ADD to bucket

5.) fill the bucket with water and stir.

YOU ARE DONE!  Let it set over night.  In the morning it might be a solid mass, it might be clumpy, it might seem water… All are normal and the soap will still wash your clothes.  I use 2 ladles full per load, or about 1/3 of a cup.


You will need a spray bottle, an empty applesauce jar (or any large glass jar), Vinegar, and Orange, or lemon Peel.

Fill the glass jar AT LEAST half way with your peels.  I personally HATE oranges, but my husband and kids like them, so I will buy the oranges and leave out the empty jar and they just put their peels in the jar as they eat.  You can also collect them over time and freeze them.

Then pour the vinegar over the peels until the jar is full, put on the lid, and put in a sunny window sill for a week or two, be sure to shake it every so often.

Once the mixture smells citrusy, pour your vinegar into the spray bottle.  Usually the peels prevent themselves from coming out during your pour, but if you are worried you can always drain it, and then funnel it into the spray bottle.


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