Cleaning With Food Stamps – Homemade Scented Purex Softening Laundry Crystals

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Last week: Homemade Washing Soda

This week’s homemade trick is inspired by a post by the good lady Karrie over at HappyMoneySaver.com. The recipe, if you can call it that, feels almost unfair in its simplicity – just two ingredients, one of which you can probably get away without:

[For those of you who can’t wait, the ratio is 15-20 drops per 1 c salts. You may use less if you find the scent too strong – I, however, like nice pungent socks! Wait, that didn’t come out right… anyway, use 2 Tbsp per load. 4 c salts will make 32 loads’ worth of crystals.]

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Cleaning With Food Stamps – Homemade Washing Soda

Full disclosure: this post includes a handful of affiliate links, which I do benefit financially from. Thanks to those of you who opt to support me and this blog by buying through the links!

Since washing soda [sometimes called soda ash, scientific name = sodium carbonate] is one of the ingredients we’ll use the most, and sometimes hard to find in some areas [and since it’s possible for my food stamps to cover it] we’ll start off this series with how to make it ourselves! It’s inedible, which means food stamps won’t cover it, but it’s dead easy to make with FS-friendly items.

Believe it or not, some serious science goes into making this stuff. I have no idea how to explain what any of it is, but you can read all about it over here from Penny, the lovely author of Penniless Parenting. The end of it is that basically if you take baking soda, and expose it to high heat, over time some magic science-y stuff happens that makes it release carbon dioxide and turn into washing soda. Continue reading

The Easy Way to Sort Laundry

Front-loading washing machine

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Let me start by saying:

I loathe laundry.

I’ve never had luck with those hanging-laundry-sorter things like this one, because the mouths of the separate laundry sections are not big enough to allow for someone with poor aim just lobbing the clothes in from across the room.  Nor do I like to have one basket in everybody’s room and then spend an extra hour every week sorting everything out.  So, I’ve devised a middle ground:

we have the full-sized laundry baskets lined up in our hallway, and just auto-sort as the week goes on.

If company is coming (and we care about the hallway being clear) or for some other reason the baskets need to move, then we just move them into one of the rooms and close the door, and hey presto, they’re gone.  We don’t have a laundry room as such, otherwise they’d just live in there.

I like this because the clothes all congregate in the same place, and when one basket is full, I just wash and fold it, then stick the basket back.  It gets rid of the piles of clothes in bedrooms, and gets rid of the need to gather laundry at the end of the week.  It also allows for water saving, an easier time on the washing machine system (we’re on a septic system, read more here, question 2) and makes it so I don’t have to do ALL the laundry at once.  If I’m keeping up with it.  If I let it go, then I do have to do multiple loads at once, but that’s not the system’s fault.

Anyway, if you’re like me and HATE doing laundry, this is great.  I’ll often just have my husband stick a load in before leaving for work, then I can grab it when I’m ready during the day and it’s done by the end of the day.  Easy peasy.

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