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Laundry Detergent DIY

13 Jan

This is one of those home-remedy type of DIYs that I really should have jumped on long before 2015, but it hasn’t really been until nowadays that I’ve actually needed to pinch pennies and find ways to save a buck or two – not working’ll do that to ya! Anyway, there are endless tutorials on how to make homemade laundry detergent all over Pinterest, so I won’t go into crazy amounts of detail here, but my combination of ingredients was a mash-up between two “recipes” that I found to be both easy enough to follow and convincing enough to make me a believer (those can be found here and here) with the biggest reason to try it out being the huge money-saving advantages. This recipe makes over 285 oz. of laundry detergent.  You only need to use 1 tablespoon or half an ounce of detergent per load (2 tablespoons for more heavily soiled loads) which adds up to over 570 loads of laundry for less than $25!!! Yeah. And for our household, we do maybe 2 -3 loads of laundry per week, so we’re talking over 2 years worth of soap for less than $25, and that’s with using a full 2 tablespoons!

Just mix up the following ingredients and you’re good to go:
  • 2 bars of Zote soap (14.1 oz each) – I found Zote soap that was already grated, so I went with that instead of shredding down bars of soap, but you can do it either way
  • 1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55 oz)
  • 1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb)
  • 1 box of Borax (4 lb 12 oz)
  • 1 tub of Oxi-Clean Stain Remover (3 lb)
  • Downy Scent Crystals (9 – 26 oz depending on how scented you want your soap to be)

Most of these items will be located in the detergent aisle except the baking soda which should be located in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.

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We had enough soap to fill the large glass jar, the small Ball jar, AND the Oxi-Clean tub! I’ve already done 3 loads of laundry with it and so far so good.  Everything came out clean and fresh smelling, so I think this home remedy is definitely a winner 🙂


Laundry Room Get’s a Facelift

25 Jul

Since I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on Olive’s room this summer, I was beginning to feel the need to move my focus over to something different this weekend, something small and quick that would give me a sense of accomplishment without committing to a huge and costly undertaking.  So after being inspired by two bloggers that chose to take on their laundry rooms last week, a lightbulb went off in my head, and I decided that spiffening up our laundry room would both fulfill my desire to have a change of venue along with getting something quick and easy DONE, all the while meeting my requirement of spending little to no cash.  

Here and here are the inspiring posts from the blog Young House Love and here is another from I Heart Organizing , which includes lots of great laundry room eye-candy if you want to click over and get hit by the insperado-bug yourself!

This is what the laundry room looked like before:

Not too shabby, but also not too spiffy either.  I didn’t do much in there, just slapped some paint on the walls, added a shelf under the existing cabinets, and placed a Billy bookcase (that wasn’t getting much use in the blue-room of the house) into the corner for some good ol’ stream-lining action.  The first move was to get everything, with the exception of the washer and dryer, out of there:

The next move was to wipe down and paint the walls.  I already mentioned how I wanted to keep this project cheap, so I opted to use paint that I already had lying around instead of buying new paint.  I used leftover paint from my bedroom – Martha Stewart’s Araucana Sage:

Then I mounted a shelf that I took out of Olive’s room (more on that here), brought in a bookcase, and accessorized a little in there by bringing in some framed photos of Olive and a painting that I did early last year:

Yeah, my washer and dryer don’t match, and I’m totally ok with that.


Although the change is subtle, the space is definitely cleaner and has much more organizational potential than it did before.  Not to mention giving me the sense of accomplishment that I was looking for and for free to boot!  I plan on storing extra curtains and table linens that rarely get used on the bookcase in there, and keeping unsightly wires and things that Rob keeps around for who-knows-what reason in the clear and black storage cubbies next to the dryer.

Still on the list in here:

  • Paint the cabinets as a means of practicing my cabinet painting method before taking on the huge cabinet painting project in the kitchen
  • Adding some sort of light cover over that exposed bulb
  • And installing a clothing rod on the far left wall by the dryer.

But after getting this little project done, I feel like I can meander back into Olive’s room and scratch a couple more things off the to-do list in there 🙂

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