Each year, resolutions are made to save money or spend less. Western helps you do both with our affordable insurance policies as well as our many member benefits. Yet, everyday items like laundry detergent and fabric softener are the usual culprits for busting budgets. These two Do It Yourself recipes can help you save money and show off your creative abilities when used as gifts.
DIY Homemade Laundry Powder
-2 cups (finely) grated castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s works well, and comes in many different scents. One 0.5 oz bar makes approximately 2 cups. You can find this soap in most health markets.)
-1 cup borax
-1 cup baking soda
-1 cup soda ash (washing soda)
1. Mix everything together, and store in an airtight jar. Depending on your water, you might need to adjust the sodas a bit, and the amount used per load. Try starting at 1/8 cup per load.
2. You may need to give the jar a shake once in a while to prevent the soap flakes from settling to the bottom. To help combat caking from moisture, you can also add in a silica gel packet to each jar you make.
These make fantastic gifts! Dress up the mason jars you put the powder in, and add a cardstock tag attached with ribbon. On the card you can give specific directions for use, what scents are used, etc.
DIY All Natural Scented Fabric Softener
Yield: 4 cups
Serving Size: 1/4-1/2 cup
• 1 quart white vinegar
• 15 drops of favorite essential oil (try mixing scents! Lavender and lemon are a fantastic combination).
1.Remove the lid from the vinegar and drop in 15 drops of your essential oil of choice. If you decide to mix scents, divide the 15 drops by however many scents you are using.
2.Securely put the lid back on and shake well.
3.Fill your laundry up as you usually would and in the fabric softener AND bleach container fill it up with the scented fabric softener you just made. This will vary from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup depending on how big your laundry load is.
4.Proceed with washing your clothes as normal.
You can purchase essential oils are most health food stores and even at grocery stores with health and wellness sections.
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