Sunday, January 6, 2013


In an attempt to be a bit more frugal, I've decided to try making a few things I use around the home.

I don't know about you, but I've noticed the price of groceries has gone up crazily!
I have a budget that I stick to, but I'm finding it's not buying as much as it used to- and I'm the type that spends at least an hour in the supermarket making sure I have the lowest prices and best deals! I remember being able to spend $200 and have a bulging trolley, now it's not so bulging!

It also seems that when we're out of one cleaning product, we're out of them all.
Cleaning and beauty products can be quite pricey especially when buying a few- it can eat up a large chunk of the shopping budget.

The first thing I decided to try was laundry powder.

I did a bit of research and saw quite a few different recipes for this.
I put together a recipe from a few of the most common products that I saw used, but one thing I saw a lot of debate about was Borax. I decided to use bi-carb soda instead to avoid the nasties.
If I'm gonna go to all the trouble of making the powder then it may as well be as people friendly as I can make it!

So here's what I used:

2 cups washing soda
2 cups bi-carb soda
1 bar goats milk soap, finely grated
1 bar of Sard, finely grated

All you do is mix it all together in a bowl.
You can leave it as is but it's recommended to give it a quick go in a blender to chop the soap bits up fine so it dissolves better in the wash.
Also at this point I added a few drops of lavender oil to give a lovely fragrance.

You only need 1 tbsp per load, so it's very concentrated.
This batch makes up around 1.lkg and cost me $7.50.
That didn't seem like I was saving at all when I first looked at it, but when I saw the difference in how much you need per load, that's when it clicked.
1/2 a scoop of a store bought powder is approx 30ml, where the home made one is only 15ml.
So there you go.
I've also worked out each load to cost 12 cents, which seems pretty good compared to others.

Easy hey?

I've done a couple of loads and so far so good!

Next I'm trying fabric softener, I'll let you know how it goes.

Do you make any of your cleaning products?
I'd love any suggestions or recipes x


  1. You really make my look slack girl LOL.I have a friend who makes her own stuff like soap etc You get addicted to doing it apparently.

  2. I love homemade laundry detergent! It so much cheaper, more natural and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling of being a part of the things you use.


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