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DIY Household Products

Postby firgela » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:32 am

So here it is, I told Kelli about joining... she's down and more into making our own cleaning products.

Here's a website that has a recipe for laundry detergent, though the site owner doesn't want anything quoted on messageboards saying the content is copyrighted? weird. Anyhow http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm I mentioned over yonder Kelli made 4-5 gallons for about $5, she found the Fels Naptha and the borax at the dollar store I believe. Once she's on here she can correct me.

We also reused an empty Windex bottle and fixed up some leather cleaner which was 2:1 olive oil to vinegar, it works great. You could also use linseed oil.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby matt walker » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:12 am

So, how has the detergent been working for you guys? I always buy the fragrance free ones, 'cause that stuff messes with my skin. I would imagine this would be way gentler, or I hope so. That's a lot of detergent for $5. I'm gonna have to try this.

Ok, just read the recipe. $0.01 a load? That's cheap. So I guess the way it smells depends on what bar soap you use? What did you guys use?
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby missusmlaargh » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:54 am

I'm really into this kind of stuff. I haven't done too much in this realm, but would like to. There is so much you can do with vinegar, I use it mixed with water as a floor cleaner and it's a great disinfectant. It'll make your house stink for awhile, but if you don't mind that kind of thing it really works.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby the north wind » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:10 am

We've never really looked into this stuff, but I am intrigued. We've done the vinegar on the floors and such, but making our own detergent sounds awesome.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby the north wind » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:25 am

Here's another helpful article from the same website : http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/timesjesus.htm
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby missusmlaargh » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:11 am

jesus.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby msfirgela » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:14 am

Hi. I'm Kelli. Danny only had it a little wrong:) I used this recipe http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/st ... -detergent (not the super Christian website:). The batch is a bit bigger than the Christian site one so you can make it less often. I only use 1/4 cup of this detergent along with some vinegar(I buy vinegar in gallon size bottles from Sam's for around $2/gallon) and it works well. I do the liquid version because I don't like to wash things in hot water all the time and I don't think the powder version does well in cold water. My daughter has sensitive skin and I think this is better than most store bought detergents for that. I think I spent a little less than 10 for all the supplies and all I have to do is buy the bar of Fels Naptha for a dollar to make more since the boxes of washing soda and borax are pretty big. And for stains you can make a paste from vinegar and baking soda. I'm going to try to find more natural/homemade cleaning product ideas as we run out of the store bought stuff and see how much we can make.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby eeldip » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:11 am

can i debbie downer this a bit? most mass marketed detergent works just as well with cold water as with hot. so depending on how you get your water heated up, and how much it costs to heat up, there might not be as much savings as meets the eye.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby firgela » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:31 am

eeldip wrote:can i debbie downer this a bit? most mass marketed detergent works just as well with cold water as with hot. so depending on how you get your water heated up, and how much it costs to heat up, there might not be as much savings as meets the eye.


Sure hidden costs are something to consider, we don't use hot water that often for laundry. Our whites consist of one load, they get the warm treatment once, maybe twice a week. And Kelli makes the detergent at off peak hours (3AM) so the rate for dissolving the soap is $1.26/kwh...um, that part was a joke... But it does seem to save in the long term, just guessing but we'd have gone for more detergent twice by now at what $8ish per name brand gallon? Buying in bulk and adding the diy to it does save. Electrons be damned.
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Re: DIY Household Products

Postby matt walker » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:29 am

Hey Kelli, glad you are here. I'm so into this idea. I'm kinda feeling silly right now, 'cause I love this kind of thing but for what ever reason, it never occurred to me to think along these lines. I think the savings are significant, and more important to me is that i know what's in the stuff. I'm glad to hear it's gentler in your experience, that's pretty much the number one criteria for me. I'm gonna try it, for sure.
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