At the beginning of the year I shared with you the ministry transition that Mark and I felt God leading us to make.  Mark resigned from his pastoral ministry and we are now speaking, writing, and encouraging families through Hearts at Home full-time….with a part-time income.  It was a very scary step of faith, yet God has taken care of our needs every step of the way.  (Eventually Hearts at Home will be able to have full-time staff.  That won’t happen, however, until we can substantially increase the donor side of the ministry…if you’d like to be a part of our $5/month Every Piece Counts to help us do that you can find more info here.)

Little did we know how real the words “living with less” would become when we were writing the book last year!  While it’s been challenging many times over the past few months, it’s also forced us to get creative and to think outside the box.  

When someone shared with us a recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent, we decided to give it a try.  And we LOVE it!  The mom who shared the recipe with us says that the recipe lasts 6 months (and she had a house full of kids!)  We haven’t been using it that long so we can’t vouch for how long it will last but we can vouch for how easy it was to make and how well it cleans clothes!

Here’s the best part…it cost less than $8.00 to make.  Seriously.  $8.45 purchased all of the ingredients AND I have enough Borax and Washing Soda for several more recipes.  I’m guessing that we’re getting six months worth of laundry detergent for about $2.50! 

If you’re interested in trying it out…here are the details:

You need:

  • 5 gallon bucket w/lid
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1 c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

Note: I couldn’t find the ingredients at Walmart, but I did find them at Cub Foods and Kroger.

Grate and melt bar of soap in 4 cups water on stove.  Add to other ingredients in bucket.  Fill bucket w/hot water and stir.  Cover and let sit overnight. Stir and then pour your homemade detergent into left over laundry detergent bottles only until 1/2 full. Add water to fill to top.  Shake before using each time.  (FYI–This detergent does not create suds in the washer, but it cleans just the same.)

This is the best detergent we’ve ever had.  It removes stains extremely well and our clothes look and smell great!

What about you?  What homemade recipes do you use to help cut expenses at your house?

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