Save Money in the Laundry

With today’s economy we are all looking for ways to save money.  Our ability to stretch our dollars even further can often times be the deciding factor between really struggling and making it.  If you need to save money but don’t know where to start the entire task can seem daunting.   So here I am with a couple of ideas that help save my family money.

As a family of 3 with one on the way the amount of laundry that I have to do in a week is often staggering to me.  One of the best ways I have found to cut costs is in the laundry room.  I make my own laundry detergent and it is easy. 

Homemade laundry detergent:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Washing Powder (I use Arm and Hammer and can find this at my local Kroger)
1 bar of Ivory soap.

First off you want to freeze your bar of Ivory soap for at least 24 hours.  Once good and frozen you will shred it using a cheese grater.  Then mix together the shredded soap, the Borax and the washing powder.  Mix well and you have laundry detergent.  I use 2 tablespoons per large load of laundry.  This leaves behind no reside and there is no fragrance.  The clothes just smell clean. 

Homemade Dryer Sheets
2 cups of tap water
1 cup of plain white vinegar
2/3 cups of any brand hair conditioner

Combine all ingredients in any container with a lid and stir. Don’t shake, this will cause foaming.  Select a rag that will become your dryer sheet.  Soak in the mixture and ring off the excess.  Add to the dryer with wet clothes and dry as normal.  

I use dollar store conditioner so this mixture costs me just a bit over $.50 to make. I’ve been able to get almost 50 loads out of one batch. I keep this stored in a Tupperware container by my dryer with the rag already in it so all I have to do is squeeze and add it to the load in the dryer. 
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