In my goal to save us money and find alternative green ways to keep my house and laundry clean I came across a great laundry soap recipe that only cost us $15 for 2 months’ worth of soap.  I had been spending a good $10 or more a week on cleaning supplies and now that is down to almost nothing.

Baking soda and white vinegar have become my go to cleaning supplies. I had tried a few different recipes for dish soap but could not find one that I felt was really working so I am still buying a green friendly dish soap but other than that one product I am buying no weekly cleaning supplies.

Craig runs a Geo-tech drilling rig and gets really dirty each day but this laundry soap has stood up to his test to my laundry duties each week. I have been using white vinegar as a softener and it keeps my laundry static free and helps soften them.

Here is the recipes I have been using…try it you will never go back to paying $6.99 for a bottle of laundry soap again:

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (fine grated Fels Naptha)

  • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

These are the cleaning tips I have been using to keep my house sparkling and clean.

  • Soap scum removal: Apply baking soda (it is nonabrasive). Scrub with a damp cloth or sponge. You can use Borax or vinegar too; but Borax can scratch. Vinegar can be applied directly, left to sit, and scrubbed down.
  • Everyday toilet cleaning: Sprinkle some baking soda and lemon juice into your toilet and walk away. Eventually you’ll want to return and scrub it with a toilet brush.
  • Basic furniture polish: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 3/4 cup olive oil OR mix 1/4 cup lemon juice with 1/2 cup olive oil. Wipe down furniture with a soft cloth and the solution.
  • Window / glass cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with one gallon water – spray and wipe.
  • Sink cleaner: Scrub with baking soda and water.
  • This one comes from my mother-in-law…
    Drain Cleaner:

    3/4 cup baking soda, 3/4 cup white vinegar; put those in drain and cover. Let set at least 10 minutes and then pour 1 qt. boiling water down drain.

Here is a list to some of my favorite homemaking tools and resources:
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Amish handmade broomHand Made Amish All Broomcorn Broom

apronCotton, Printed

Damask Chef Kitchen Apron 

Shark vacummShark

Navigator Lift-Away Vacumm

wet mopCotton Wet Mop

with Handle

bucketNeat ‘N Tidy

Bucket, 11-Quart

large wooden drying rackLarge Wooden Drying Rack
clotheslineCotton/Polyester Blend Clothesline clothespinsWhitmor Natural Wood Clothespins, 100 pins

oilsEssential Oil-

Beginners Set – Aromatherapy