Make Your Own Frequently Used Store Bought Items

The following Everyday Savings Tip comes from, Rachael:

I have been cutting costs and helping my family avoid issues (such as unwanted chemicals) in store bought products by making them at home. Making your own starch spray is about $0.04 compared to the dollars spent buying the can. It is simply water and cornstarch, shaken well before using.

Borax, washing soda, vinegar, castile soap, essential oils and water are the main ingredients to creating a frugal and green cleaning supply closet and buying in bulk makes them even cheaper for their multiple uses.

I just made my first batch of laundry detergent (use this homemade laundry detergent recipe).  You can also add up to 10 drops of essential oils of choice to add fragrance as desired.  I use about a 1/2 cup per very large load. The cost is about $2 for roughly 2 gallons of detergent. I am excited to provide my family with something that takes me about a half hour that will help my daughter’s sensitive skin and save us money too.

There are too many recipes to share here, but there are many resources online.


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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on March 29, 2012

1 Comment

  • Vanessa - March 29, 2012 @ 6:10 pm
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    I make my detergent also but find that 2-3 tablespoons is more than enough to get even the dirtiest clothes clean.

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