I am on a mission this year to make as much as I can "Homemade". Prices are going up on so many products and the packaging is getting smaller at the same time. I am trying to be a "Good Steward" with our budget and I know making homemade will help the budget with many of the things I plan on doing homemade! I also like the fact that "homemade" for food also means less preservatives and "bad stuff". The list will include Convenience Foods, Health and Beauty Products, Household Products and much more. I have accomplished this task in 4 different products this month. I made Instant Oatmeal Packets last weekend and a couple weekends ago I made Homemade Laundry Detergent and Homemade Detangler/Leave In Conditioner. I also made Instant Hot Cocoa Mix. This post will be about the Homemade Laundry Detergent and the Homemade Detangler/Leave in Conditioner. The Hot Cocoa Post will come later.
Homemade Laundry Detergent:
I had made Homemade Laundry Detergent a couple years ago and it works really well. I just got "lazy" and hadn't made it again after 2 small batches. We were purchasing Laundry detergent from wherever it was on sale. Last April we purchased a 130 load box of Surf from Costco for $13.99. I was able to "stretch' the box to last 9 months because I only use 1/3 cup of detergent per load instead of the recommended 1 cup. Our Laundry got very clean, as clean as if I was using 1 cup. I decided that as soon as it was gone, I would go back to the Homemade Version. I purchased the supplies about a week before we ran out of Surf and made the detergent up. The internet is "loaded" with many blogs, websites and more with the instructions for making both Powdered Detergent and Liquid Laundry Detergent. I prefer powdered detergent, so I found the Powdered Detergent recipe (this link also includes 9 other laundry detergent reicpes) that I used before and got to work. My 7yr old, Danny, helped me "blend" the Zote Bar down to a powder(I actually used 3 Zote Bars) and my hubby helped me mix the 3 powders together as I don't have the strength to mix it.
The Simple Dollar Price Comparison and the Saved Quarter Price comparison of Tide vs. Homemade. I tripled the recipe and still have enough Washing Soda and Borax to do another triple batch. I already had 3 bars of Zote that I used for this batch, so I would just need to buy 3 more bars of Zote to make another triple batch. The total upfront costs for buying the products is $9. I only have to use 1 TBSP, yes that is 1 TABLESPOON, per washload! The batch that I currently have should last about 6 to 8 months. I will be saving money in the long run on the cost of laundry detergent and using products that whiten and brighten laundry all in one soap!
Homemade Detangler/Leave In-conditioner:
I have very long hair, it goes 1/2 down my back. My hair is constantly getting tangled and frizzy. I have been taking my comb into the shower and combing through my hair while the conditioner is "setting" in my hair. I comb through and then rinse the conditioner out and it helps get the tangles out, but it is also painful and tiring. I was viewing Pinterest one evening and ran across a "pin" for Homemade Hair Detangler. I remembered making something like this quite a few years ago. I also remember using VO5 Leave in Condtioner many years ago, though it is no longer made. Hair Detanglers at Beauty salons are very expensive and the ones in store are mostly for little girls. So when I saw this blog post I knew I had to try this. I already had the conditioner, hubby picked me up a bottle a Wal-Mart for .99¢ and water is the only other thing needed.
I am sooooo happy with this Homemade Detangler/Leave in Conditioner. I am absolutely amazed how much softer my hair is to comb and brush and it my hair is also not frizzy and out of control now! It costs just pennies to make is soo easy! I purchsed a bottle of conditioner just to be making this. I am sure the one bottle will last me about a year or more!
I am just beginning my "Homemade Mission" and so far I am very very satisfied with results! So excited to try more Homemade stuff in the future! I will be sharing everything here!