A touch of frugality

March 20, 2008 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Since we’ve been preparing for the new arrival, I’ve been looking at ways I could cut back on some of our costs. Mainly, considering other options to say baby wipes and laundry detergent that are easier on the budget. When the baby comes, I’ll be staying home, so any extra cash I can save us will be good.

Homemade baby wipes
I got the idea from a fellow FPU friend, to make my own baby wipes. She gave me the link to the recipe she used and I can’t wait to use it. It’s rather simple and easy, and more importantly, much cheaper than buying baby wipes at the store. Even with coupons.

I grabbed these recipes from Sandy Sheilds at Christian Mommies:

Baby Wipes Recipe #1
Step One
Strong paper towels work the best.
Cut one roll of paper towels in half.
Take out the core so wipes pull out of the center.

Step Two
Make solution by combining:
2 cups water
1/2 cup of baby oil
1/2 cup baby magic baby bath

Step Three
Place 1/2 roll of paper towels in container.
Pour solution over towels.
Store in container.

Makes 2 1/2 rolls.

Baby Wipes Recipe #2
Step One
Strong paper towels work the best.
Cut one roll of paper towels in half.
Take out the core so wipes pull out of the center.

Step Two
Make solution by combining:
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Tablespoon Baby Lotion
1 Tablespoon Baby soap
1 Tablespoon Baby Oil

Step Three
Place 1/2 roll of paper towels in container.
Pour solution over towels.
Store in container.

Makes 1/2 roll.

Homemade laundry detergent
I found this recipe on thefamilyhomestead.com via the Living Like No One Else forums.

What You Need
The Soap: The most typical type of soap to use is Fels Naptha. It is an old-fashioned type of soap usually found in the laundry aisle. The other options for soap are Ivory or another brand called, Zote. Any of these will work. If you use Ivory or your own homemade soap you will need to use the whole bar.

Washing Soda: This is not to be confused with baking soda. They are not the same thing. Washing soda is sodium carbonate or soda ash (baking soda is sodium bicarbonate). It is a white powder. Its purpose is to help remove dirt and odors. The brand to look for is Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. Usually found in the laundry section of your grocery store. Many people have a hard time finding this locally. If so, try looking online at places like Amazon.com. It also wouldn’t hurt ask your grocery store manager if it would be possible for the store to get it for you.

Borax: Borax is a naturally occurring mineral: Sodium Borate. It is a white powder. Its purpose is as a laundry whitener and deodorizer. The brand to look for is 20 Mule Team. It comes in a 76 oz. box. You should be able to locate this in the laundry detergent aisle. Again as with the washing soda, if you cannot find it ask you store manager or look online.

Ingredients
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.

Note:

  • The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a watery gel that has been accurately described as an “egg noodle soup” look.
  • The soap is a low sudsing soap. So if you don’t see suds, that is okay. Suds are not what does the cleaning, it is the ingredients in the soap.
  • If you want your soap to have some sort of scent you can scent this with ½ to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice, like orange essential oil.
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