Let's do some quick updates on the challenges because you know I'm the worst at sticking to things.
- Money saving thing - yeah I suck at this. Doing the auto deposit to Ally was the best idea because I rarely remember to move money from one account to another. I made it about 15 weeks so I'm only like what 9-10 weeks behind? I guess that's not too bad.
- Goodreads Challenge - well if you haven't figured it out yet I'm a legit nerd who loves books. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that I'm 3 books ahead of schedule.
- Meal Planning - Generally speaking once summer hits I tend to stop planning. I know this sounds very weird but I get so excited to see sun that I forget about stuff in my fridge and I just want to throw some meat on the grill. Also, if you have been using ZipList to keep track of the Food Winners and Meal Plan, I got an email that says stuff is changing soon so yay?
Random thought here - I just realized that I have a Food and Dessert Winners board but not one for other pins. Looks like I'll be making a new one shortly!
So the two new things for today were homemade laundry detergent and homemade cleaning solution. I do have to say that both were kinda awesome but I'm going to start with the laundry one first since it's got the most crap to work out and type up.
Here is a list of all the stuff I bought along with my local Walmart prices. (Don't judge so much ... if Target had all this stuff, I would have bought it there.) Also, here is the pin and blog that gave me the rad idea.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Shopping List
- 1 box of Borax - 3.97
- 1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda - 3.24
- 1 can of OxiClean (1.3 lb) - 3.86
- 6 bars of Fels-Naptha soap - .97 each (5.82)
- 1 can of Bounce bursts - 6.97
- 1 gallon sized plastic canister with lid - 2.97
- 1 coffee scoop (2 Tbsp) - 1.67
So my total investment today was 28.50. And now to do some real math and pray I don't break my brain. Okay, here goes ... I found this website to convert dry gallon measurements to Tablespoons since that seemed the easiest way to calculate cost per load. Per the site, there are approximately 298 Tbsp per 1 dry gallon. Since I'm doing one scoop per load, that means 149 loads. I bought enough product to make 1.5 gallons but since I didn't think things through enough and my container was tiny, I only made 1 gallon. So if you bought all the stuff to make this and just went balls to the wall and made it all then you would have approximately 223 scoops of laundry soap. If I include the cost of my canister and scoop, then the cost per load is 13 cents. The next time I make this I won't need to buy those things so the cost will be 11 cents unless something goes up in price. We are halfway through the year so 26 weeks left (that's math I CAN do :D lol). I think we do about 5 loads a week ... I say I think because the Hubs is the chief laundry dude. He's awesome! So this should last us well into 2015 and that would be f*cking awesome!! Also, feel free to check my shady math and let me know if I derped it up hardcore because that's very possible.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe (1 gallon)
- 4 cups of Borax
- 4 cups of Washing Soda
- 4 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, grated
- 1.5 cups of OxiClean
- 1.5 cups of Bounce bursts
If you decide to just make the whole 1.5 gallon, you will still need to measure out the Borax but everything else would be a dump job. Also, the bars of FN soap do need to be grated. I have a food processor so I used the grating plate then pulsed it to make it fairly fine and match the size of the Bounce bursts. Of all the ingredients listed, the only ones you really need are the Borax, Washing Soda and FN bars of soap. The recipe from the pin used Downy Unstoppables to make stuff smell better but after smelling lots of things like that at the store, Bounce was the one calling my name. I read through loads of comments and found that a lot of people were adding OxiClean to their loads to make things whiter and thought to just mix it in and be done. Simple is the way to get the hubs to try these weird ass ideas that I have.
Hopefully this inspires you to try something new and now deep breath and lets talk homemade cleaner. This was silly easy. You just need to buy two things. Vinegar and Dawn. The blue one and if you can find the Classic (not concentrated) kind then this will make your life much easier. If not, don't sweat it just work out the parts per differently. Here is the pin and the website with the directions. Originally I was going to use 1 part Dawn to 2 parts Vinegar until I saw that I had purchased Dawn Ultra. So it's really more like 1 part Dawn to 4 parts Vinegar. You just pop all that into a spray bottle and give it a gentle mix/swish and that's it. I used it to clean up the bathrooms and the kitchen and the dishwasher sides/front/seals. I did see that someone loaded this mix into a dishwand with the sponge at the end. I totally bought one of those and cleaning the shower/tub was a snap. Mine looks like this and was 2.97. My goal the next time I have off is to pare down my bottles of cleaner and simplify my closet and the cleaning crap under my kitchen sink.