Things you may find at your local Goodwill store.

I’m a bargain shopper. This being said, Every few weeks I go exploring at my local re-sale shops to see what treasures I may find. Some weeks I may find nothing but an exit out the door and other weeks my bags are flourishing with goodies that I found in one trip. So, it may vary from time to time. I guarantee it’s worth your time to check out some of your local re-sale shops as mom always says, “Where there is a will..there is a way.” For example: A couple of weeks ago, all I found was a dish set for $8.00. The condition is fabulous and looks to be brand new. I love the olive green color as well.

This is the best approach to finding good deals and living green. You are not only saving money but recycling as well. I love being a able to find an item that is name brand with the price still on it and get it way cheaper than the original price tag ( cha-ching!) Not only is this endeavor rewarding but beneficial in helping you to learn the quality of the simple dollar. My advice is to try and arrive early so you can catch the stock that has just been set out by the employees’ before the afternoon rush hits. It always goes back to the old sayings, ” The early bird gets the worm.” Here are some treasure I’ve found at my local Goodwill.

A simple solution (literally).

I have decided to make my own laundry detergent. The benefits and possibilities are endless! These are a few reasons why: I buy a 1/2 gallon of 7th generation laundry detergent every couple of weeks after it’s gone on sale for $5.00 or less. The detergent is concentrated and equals out to 33 loads. After two weeks, I refill my gas tank, drive to the store to pick up another 1/2 gallon. Some of you may be thinking, Why not 1 gallon? The particular laundry detergent I buy is specialized being it is a “greener method.” Therefore, it tends to be higher in price and smaller in size than brands like, Tide or Downy. This is my reasoning for waiting for it to go on sale.
Every-time, I start up my Jeep Cherokee, I can’t help but think..Gas=$$$

Conversely, making your own laundry detergent is cheaper and less toxic. Many generic laundry detergents contain numerous chemicals that cause allergic reactions. The internet has been a great resource for finding a variety of homemade laundry detergent recipes. Some people like adding naturally derived plant oils to their laundry detergent. Lavender and Sandal-Wood are some of my favorite’s. Being, I enjoy earthy undertones. I feel satisfied in knowing my penny’s are being saved and my family is taken care of. This will be my first time to make homemade laundry detergent. I plan to stick to a simple recipe that consists of borax, washing soda, and natural soap.

How to make laundry detergent:

4 cups hot boiled Water
1 natural Soap Bar (see the directions below for tips)
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Borax
Directions

Grate the soap bar using the coarse side of your cheese grater. I buy clear vegetable glycerin or olive oil soap bars from my local bulk food store, and many web sources suggest using Fels Naptha or Ivory soap.

Combine the soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan. Stir over a medium-low heat until the soap is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot water. Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda and the borax. Stir until all the powder is dissolved.

Fill the bucket up to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

What If It’s Really Lumpy?
I just made a batch with a new laundry soap bar and my homemade laundry soap came out really thick and lumpy.

I tried mushing it with a spoon, then with my potato masher, and then finally I just put my hands in and squished away the lumps.

It was surprisingly fun, and I’d definitely recommend making it with your kids. It’s a great alternative to squishing around in mud!

Next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap mixture.

Transfer your homemade laundry detergent to a bunch of clean used laundry jugs.

To use: Shake the bottle before each use to dissolve any lumps of gel that might have formed while it was sitting. Use 1 cup per load for top-load washing machines, and half a cup for front-load washers.

This recipe makes enough homemade laundry detergent for 45 top loads or 90 front loads. If that seems like a lot, reduce the recipe by half (although it’s not going to go bad – it’s soap!)

I hope you can join me on this journey! 🙂