Do Homemade Cleaning Supplies Really Work?

Liz LuscombComment
 Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966

I've always been that girl who would snort at the tee-vee or magazine articles whenever they said to make your own cleaning solutions.  They claimed that they work practically the same but I was convinced that it couldn't be true.  I also had the misconception that it took more time to make it than it did to run to the store. 

Has this ever crossed your mind, too?  

Over the last month, I've tried a couple of things out after seeing so many reviews posted on blogs & Pinterest.  

Sooo...I tried some stuff and I'm going to first post about the liquid laundry detergent.  

This stuff takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finishIt makes roughly 2 gallons of detergent. 

This recipe is adapted from this blogger.
Here is what you need:
1/3 bar of soap (ivory, zote, or fels naptha)
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
A BIG pot
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
2 empty gallon containers


Grate soap 

Put the soap into the pot along with one gallon of water.  Cook until the soap dissolves.

After it dissolves, add in the washing soda and borax.

Let boil. It will thicken a little.
Turn off the heat and add 1 gallon of water.  Stir well.
Let it cool a bit and the pour into an open container.
Use about a 1/2 cup with your full loads.

***Note, this stuff will thicken A LOT over the next few hours or day.  This is why you will need a container that will be wide enough on top to scoop it out.  If the "blob" bothers you, then you can really mix it up or emulsify it.  The blob doesn't bother me so I just scoop it out. ;D****

For two gallons of this, it cost about $0.83 cents.

This other blogger squirted mustard on two white shirts and washed them in Tide & the DIY detergent.  Here are her results.
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