Taking care of minions is hard work. The stuffed ones well, those are easy. You hug them every once in a while, tell them that someone will adopt them soon and put them to bed. They really take care of themselves. Its the other minions that are hard. They are the real minions.
Minion Maddie, is 10 years old, cute as any stuffed minion and a daily inspiration. Minion J is well older (almost x 5!!!) He is a bit more difficult. His socks and white tee shirts require special care. He is a meat eater (Maddie and I are more Herbivors) and has his own interesting and unique way of doing things.
While taking care of all my Minions, (because they do help in return), I like to think of ways to save money. The latest money saving tactic has been to make cleaning supplies. Minions Maddie is a bit of an environmentalist, and thinks this is a great idea. Minions J is supportive, though sometimes he gives me that strange “what are you doing?” look.
First was the laundry. Detergent is so expensive, so I did a little research to see what was out there in the land of DIY. Two recipes were prominent and I have tried both. The first was the liquid soap. It works great, but makes a gooey gel. (Links to recipes are below) For this post I will be focusing on the powdered form. It is much easier to store and I feel it works better.
Here it is the recipe:
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 bar grated Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
I then put it it the food processor and it was done. If you grated the soap finely enough you could skip this step.
I tried this on cold because I was a little skeptical about it disolving, but it did!!!!! I think that this works better then the liquid version.
Cost for 1 batch powder (64 loads) $2.75 This comes to about .04 cents a load
Tide (64 loads Liquid) Cost $12.02 about .18 cents a load
Tide (Powdered 40 loads) Cost 10.00 about .25 cents a load
Check out Tipnut for others Laundry Soap recipes!!! http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/