Saving money  any way you can really makes life a bit easier. Plus I like to make things we use as natural as possible. The less chemicals the better. Making my own Powdered Laundry Detergent is about 4 cents per load. Wow that's  cheap! So here is how its done:
Ingredients:

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 bar of Ivory soap
Optional: Essential Oil for fragrance
I like to use Lavender or peppermint about 10 drops
Just do one drop at a time then  mix  to find your fragrance level.

Note: The Bar of soap called  Fels-Naptha can be used in place of the
Ivory soap. Grate the whole soap and then use 2 cups of Washing Soda and 2 cups of Borax.  Again you can add Essential oil if you like then mix.

Step 1:  Grate ONE bar of  Soap using a cheese grater. This took me a few minutes
Step 2: Add one cup of Hammer Super Washing Soda (Note: Not Baking Soda ) And Add one cup of
Borax
Step 3: Now mix until everything has blended together. If you want
unscented soap skip step 4.
Step 4: Use Pure Essential Oil for fragrance. I like using real lavender or some times I'll use Peppermint. Add a drop at a time and mix until you find your level of fragrance you like. I found 10 drops is good.
Step 5: Now mix  again until everything has blended together.
Step 6:  Your done!
Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent in no time at all. I keep mine in a cute country looking tin bucket.
Step 7: Place a tablespoon in your container. I use 4 TBS for large loads
2 TBS for small loads. I put a sticker label on the bucket so every one would know how much detergent to use per load. The funny thing is no one does laundry except me LOL
Created by Karla Cross Enjoy!
All purpose Spray Cleaner
You'll need:
1/2 tsp washing soda
1 tsp Liquid soap
2 cups hot water
Mix and pour into spray bottle


Wood Floor Polish Cleaner
You'll Need:
1/2 cup of  white vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix together rub on floor and buff then clean with dry cloth.
Easy Scrub ( Great for Tubs )
You'll Need:
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
1/4 tsp dish washing soap
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Mix together in a paste.
Carpet Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
20 drops of fragrance oil
or essential  oil ( you can us cheap perfume too)
Furniture Polish
You'll Need:
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup  white vinegar or lemon juice.
Mix and use
Oven Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1/2 tsp of dish soap
Mix and clean
Toilet Cleaner
1 cup borax
1/4 cup  white vinegar or lemon juice
mix and clean
Dish Washer Powder
1 part borax
1 part Arm & Hammer washing soda

Hint: add  white vinegar to rinse
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Window And Glass Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup Hot water (not necessary)
10 - 15 drops fragrance oil
or essential oil
mix and pour into a spray bottle


Home Made Dish Soap ( I use this all the time Now)

•Recycled Dish Soap Bottle
•one  cup Hot Water
•1/2 cup of Liquid Castile Soap or  Clear Shampoo or any one is fine just a cheap one  (I bought mine at the dollar store)
•2 tablespoon Borax
•2 tablespoon Baking Soda
•2 tablespoon  White Vinegar
Here's how you make it. Combine the water, shampoo, borax, and baking soda in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the powders. Add the white vinegar. You'll probably see some bubbles as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda. That's  normal.  Mix and stir it all up!

I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to make it smell good, but this is optional.  You can  use any essential oil you like.
Hint: if you want a little color add one drop of food coloring and mix ( only one drop)

Use a funnel and pour into your dish soap bottle. That's it!

When you go to use it, keep in mind that it won't bubble as much as regular store-bought detergents. And make sure you shake the bottle before use.




Another Dish Soap Recipe
What's the difference in the dish soap recipes? The difference mainly lies in the use of Castile soap. It is more expensive than the clear shampoo in the first recipe, and may be a little more difficult to find. I got mine at  Heath Food Store or you can order online.  Even though you'll spend a little more on the Castile soap, it has many uses from house cleaning  products  to skin  and  hair care products even pet shampoo.  I like to buy it in the  gallon size  unscented.

Here's what you'll need:

•1 cup liquid Castile soap
•½ cup water
•¼ cup white vinegar
•10-12 drops lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Add in your essential oil. Using a funnel, pour into a recycled dish soap bottle. That's it! Again, you'll want to shake before use. You can easily double this recipe if you have a larger dish soap bottle to fill.




Apple Vanilla  Dish Soap ( I put this one together and I love it)

•Recycled Dish Soap Bottle
•2 cup Hot Water
•3 tablespoons  clear unscented  shampoo 
(I bought mine online or you can buy it at  the dollar store.)
•2 tablespoon Borax
•2 tablespoon Baking Soda
•2 tablespoon  apple Cider  Vinegar
15 drops of vanilla fragrance oil.

Here's how you make it. Combine the hot  water, borax and baking soda in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the powders. Add the shampoo then apple cider  vinegar. You'll probably see some bubbles as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda. That's  normal.  Mix and stir it all up!
Now add 15 drops of Vanilla fragrance oil mix in

Use a funnel and pour into your dish soap bottle. That's it!

When you go to use it, keep in mind that it won't bubble as much as regular store-bought detergents. And make sure you shake the bottle before use.
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This is a stain remover that actually works on a seriously set in stain!
The mixture is
1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent
3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
couple tablespoons of baking soda.

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Vinegar and dish soap  kill weeds

1-gallon vinegar (with 5% acetic acid)

1 oz. dish soap

Plastic spray bottle.

Directions: Mix the vinegar and soap together and pour into a spray bottle and spray onto weeds.

Before you apply this weed killer in your garden, here are some guidelines:

– Vinegar/soap weed killer is non-selective, which means that it will also damage/kill your desirable plants. So be careful when applying to weeds.

– Apply on a sunny day with NO wind.  The sun helps the vinegar to dry out the weed.  You also want to wait for a windless day so that your spray won’t inadvertently spray onto other plants.

– Your vinegar weed killer may or may not kill the root of the weed.  You may need to reapply it if green growth shows up afterward or pour a little of the weed killer over the root zone to thoroughly kill large weeds

– Vinegar/soap weed killer will not kill all types of weeds.  Experiment in your own garden to see which types of weeds it works on.

So, next time you need to kill weeds, simply open your cupboard and make your own with vinegar and soap.  It’s natural, effective and cheap!