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Frugal Family: Good Clean Savings

Frugal Family: Good Clean Savings
News from Patch.com:

Since many readers seemed to enjoy a past article on Frugal Cleaning, here are some ideas for good clean savings on something we all deal with — laundry.

I first heard about making your own laundry soap on the popular show, “19 Kids and Counting,” and as I’ve said before, “If anyone knows how to save, it’s a family with that many kids.”

In the laundry soap aisle of the grocery store, you’ll find your necessary supplies: a bar of Fels Naptha soap, a box of Washing Soda and a box of Borax. 

To make the soap:

* Simply grate the bar of soap into a pot containing 4 cups of water. Cover that and cook over medium-low heat until the soap is completely melted. Pour that mixture into a 5 gallon bucket and add 1 cup of the washing soda and a half cup of the borax.

* Stir with a paint stick, or in my case, a stick blender specifica…………… continues on Patch.com

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Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been widely used for a long time. In fact, the ancient Egyptians reportedly used a mixture containing the substance for soap. It’s cheap—about $ 1 for a pound—and you can use it around the house as an alternative to many different household cleaning and personal care products.

The list below covers some uses, but it’s really the tip of the iceberg. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.)

Brush your teeth. A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial nonfluoride toothpastes.

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