You May Think I’m Crazy!

Over the past five years, I’ve learned a lot about being frugal.  Going from a pretty decent two teacher yearly salary to living on one quarter of that same amount has not been the easiest adjustment.  Seriously.  I’m just like most women in the world…I like pretty things.  I tend to have expensive taste.  Point me to 3 nearly identical items and this chicky will pick up the priciest one nearly every time.

Little did we know at the time God called us both from our teaching profession, that His ultimate plan would bring us to seminary.  Well, maybe we did know, but never seriously considered it because, really, how could we EVER afford to pay for school?!?

Let’s just say, our GOD is AWESOME!!!

Now, back to the crazy.  Part of adjusting to this low income lifestyle meant learning how to save money everywhere possible.  I took up learning to coupon.  I feel I do pretty well, but southern Louisiana isn’t the most coupon friendly area.  Every now and then you’ll find a great deal, but with no stores that double…I find only minimal savings, but still, pennies add up, so I’ll keep at it with items we regularly use.  (We just don’t have space in seminary housing for stockpiling.)

I did really great our first year here and managed to score enough sales to stock what space we do have with laundry and dish detergent (seriously, like 6 months worth).  But when the stocks ran low, and those same great sales non-existent, I started looking elsewhere.  That’s when I listened to a few other ladies on campus who made their own.

WHAT?!?  That’s just pure craziness, right?  I mean, who has time for that extra work?!?

Yes, it is a little extra work, but I tried anyway.  Guess what?  I LOVE it!  In about 30 minutes time this evening, I made several months worth of laundry detergent.  It just took a little soap grating (which the kiddos LOVE to help with) and some measuring & mixing of ingredients.  I’ll never go back to the store bought stuff.  I seriously am so happy with the results, that I’ve been looking into all other sorts of DIY supplies.  As I try them out, I promise to share my results.

Give it a try…save yourself some $$$$$

I use the Duggar Family detergent recipe.  Find it Here.

Be Blessed!


“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”  Proverbs 31:27

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Review

Well, I ran my first load of dishes with my homemade dishwasher detergent.  I must say, I’m very pleased.  It cleaned just as well, if not better, than the gel detergent I had been purchasing.  I can already tell that there will be some clumping in the mix, so I’ll probably head to the dollar store for some cheap stockings.  Then I will make a small rice pouch to help absorb the moisture in the mix.

Here’s my vote:

Now, to share the recipe.  (I chose the one on DIY Natural‘s blog.)

Homemade dishwasher detergent recipe

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid (or Lemi Shine) (some recipes use a few packs of plain lemonade Kool-Aid)
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt (or plain salt)

Fill rinse agent compartment with white vinegar.

Use 1 tbs per load

Jabs also included a FABULOUS price breakdown using the exact brand detergent we used.

Prior to making our own, we were using Palmolive eco+ liquid detergent.  Here is the breakdown in cost analysis:

  • borax | 76oz = 4.29 | 8oz=.45/batch
  • washing soda | 55oz = 2.19 | 8oz=.32/batch
  • citric acid | 80oz = 27.00 | 4oz=1.35/batch
  • kosher salt | 48oz = 1.99 | 4oz = .16/batch
  • total for 24 oz = $2.28/batch
  • white vinegar (as rinse agent) | 1gal = 1.79 | 4oz=.06/fill

(**note** you only need to use 1 rounded tablespoon of this homemade detergent per load.  If you feel it necessary… you may use a heaping tablespoon, but I do not.)

  • Palmolive® eco+ gel 75 ounce detergent – $3.79 – 28 loads = $0.14 per load
  • Jabs Homemade powder 24 ounce detergent – $2.28 – 48 loads = $0.05 per load

Here are the cost savings for my homemade rinse agent that goes along with this recipe:

  • FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent 4.22 ounce solution – $3.99 – 1 fill = $3.99 per fill
  • White Vinegar as a Rinse Agent 1 gallon solution – $1.79 – 1 fill = $0.06 per fill

That is a huge savings of 6650% on an effective rinse agent!  Sounds too good to be true… but it is indeed true!

Those are the kinds of numbers I like to see!! (Also, substituting Lemi-Shine and regular salt, will provide extra savings!)



A New Stage of Frugal-ness

So, today begins a new stage of saving money everywhere we can. I officially created our first batch of home-made cleaner…specifically dishwasher detergent. I’ve read mixed reviews about the whole idea, but with the cost savings, I’m definitely willing to give it a try.
Dishwasher detergent will soon be followed by laundry soap. I can’t wait to review the recipes, and hopefully enjoy this savings adventure!
Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe and review.

Now I need to make a cute container like this one!