Wow! Is it November already? Seems like July was just yesterday. Where did this year go? It has certainly flown by, at least here at Six Acres. Now that Halloween is over, I’m sure when I drive through the little town nearest me, I will already see Christmas lights up. LOL
This week I will continue with some simple and cost effective ways to save money by making stuff yourself. I have countless make-your-own things to discuss, but most of them pertain to summer time activities so I will save some of those until next April or May. For now, let’s stick with laundry since that’s a costly activity that happens year round.
Last week I wrote about how to make your own laundry detergent and I received over 200 emails from readers about it. Several asked if the laundry detergent was safe for HE washers. The answer is an absolute yes. HE washers require a low suds solution and the recipe I gave last week creates a very low amount of suds. It is therefore more than safe for HE washers.
The second most asked question I received was about septic tanks. I mentioned it in that article, but my recipe is very safe for your septic tanks. In fact, it’s actually better than many commercial products because it has no fillers like so many of them do.
The next most asked question was about how to make your own fabric softener. I have to admit, Ranae and I don’t use fabric softener much, but when we do, we typically just use white distilled vinegar during the rinse cycle. Using vinegar is cost effective and suits our needs. Below are two recipes you can try if you want something a little different.
A word about using vinegar… do not use it on loads that you have used bleach on. Bleach and vinegar do not mix. The fumes can be toxic. Bleach really shouldn’t be used if you have a septic system either, for the same reasons.
Also, I would avoid recipes that call for Apple Cider Vinegar and only use white distilled vinegar. ACV can leave cloths looking dingy and somewhat discolored. I only suggest white distilled vinegar when it comes to laundry.
#1 – Homemade Fabric Softener With Conditioner
– 1 Cup Hair Conditioner
– 3 Cups Hot Water
– 1-1/2 Cups White Distilled Vinegar
Put the cup of hair conditioner in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the hot water stirring it in to mix the two very well. Finally stir in the white vinegar. Store in an airtight container. Use about 1/4 cup per load in the rinse cycle or use in a Downy Ball.
#2 – Homemade Fabric Softener With Baking Soda
– 2 Cups Hot Water
– 1 Cup Baking Soda
– 1 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
In a large bucket, stir together the hot water and baking soda. Slowly add the vinegar. It will fizz and probably remind of you the volcano project you did in elementary science class. But once it’s all mixed together it will calm down and the bubbles will go away. Store in a covered container and shake before each use. Use about 1/4 cup in the rinse cycle or in a Downy Ball.
To make your wrinkle release spray, you can use any of the two recipes above as well. You just have to dilute it more. Add a 1/3 cup of water to 1 teaspoon of either of the fabric softeners above and put in a spray bottle. To use, just put the new mixture in a spray bottle and spray directly on clothing. Stretch and smooth to release the wrinkles.
To make your own stain remover, take 1 Tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap and 2 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide. Stir the two together in a small bowl, then spoon the mixture onto your stain. Use the back of the spoon to rub the solution into the stain a bit. You can also use a small brush for this step as well. Then you have to wait… let the fabric sit for several hours before washing. Usually 3 or 4 hours is best. Once you’ve waited, then you can wash as normal. Be careful on some sensitive fabrics.
Until next week…
Vern Six is a freelance computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is a United States Army certified survival expert and former Christian missionary. Vern has been a hobby blogger for nearly five years and now has his “According to Vern” blog published in numerous newspapers around the world. You can learn more about Vern by visiting his website at http://AccordingToVern.com