So I just had to share this wonderful Frugal tip with all of you because I thought it was the most impressive thing that I have learned in a long time about how to be frugal, plus it makes for a GREAT FHE with the family and kids. I got this wonderful tip from none other than the mother on the TLC channel with 18 kids. I know what you are thinking..... but in a way I actually look up to her for the fact that she is sooooo patient, teaches her children about God and how to work, and most of all she is VERY frugal. I have a lady in my ward who watches the show too and her and her family made it for FHE and she said it works just as good as TIDE. So I am going to give it a try and I will blog about it after my first load of Laundry with my Frugal TIDE;) Here is what you will need.........
*In a saucepan bring your water to boil on med/high
*While the water is boiling, grate one bar of your soap.(She recommends Fels -Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, or Zote's bars. But after researching online, I found another lady who changes the recipe and buys whatever soap is on sale.
*Slowly stir in soap flakes, a handful at a time, into your boiling water.
*Stir until soap is dissolved and melted
*Fill your 5 gallon bucket halfway full with hot tap water.
*Add your melted soap mixture, baking soda, and Borax.
*Stir until powder is all dissolved
*Fill the rest of your remaining bucket up with more hot tap water.
*Cover with lid and let sit for overnight or 24 hours to thicken(all liquid concoctions will be different depending on the type of soap you use.
*After your liquid detergent sits for allotted time frame, Stir. And fill a liquid soap dispenser (I used an old fabric softener container) and fill halfway full with mixture.
*Fill the remaining container full with hot water. (So every time you dilute your mixture)
*Shake before every use
Yields: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons
*Top load washer -5/8 cups per load (approx. 180 loads)
*Front Load washer- 1/4 cup per load (approx. 640 loads)
This is so easy to make and It really cleans well . YOu can use non-scented soap or scented. All the supplies (including bucket and lid and tax) cost $8.96. After I did the math on how many loads I can make out of the baking soda & Borax it cost us$1.86 for the ten gallons. (640 loads)
If any of you try this I want to hear what kind of soap you use and how you like it to!!