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Blog: Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning
How to Save Money on Your Laundry

With the prices of everything going up, we are all looking for ways to cut our bills and have our money stretch as far as possible. What better way than to cut your laundry bill and help the environment too!

Recently, I have been doing presentations for Money Smart WI, in my hometown. One of the presentations that I do is on Green Cleaning. A woman that attended one of the presentations gave me a recipe for laundry soap that is absolutely wonderful. On the way home, I stopped at the store and purchased the items and went home to create my new soap, with great success. So I thought I would pass on the great savings to you.
The best part of this, is it is not only helping the environment, but all you need is 2 Tablespoons of this per washer load, so it lasts a 'loooong' time, it works great and cleans stains too!
It is simple to mix, here is the recipe:
1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of baking Soda
Simply slice up the fels Naptha Bar (you can use a meat slicer or food processor) into small granuales. Add the Borax and Baking soda and mix. Simple! This will give you a yellow laundry soap that is an excellent cleaner.
TIP: Be careful with Borax around children and pets, it may be toxic to them.
Need some Starch in those shirts?
Mix 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water.
Simply emmerse the item in the 'starch' and dry.
How about a good 'Bleach'?
There is nothing better than lemon juice and water. Of course the bleaching action works better if you hang it out in the sun for a while, but it can be used either way.
Simply immerse the item in the lemon juice and water, let sit for about 15 minutes and the stains will disappear and you will once again have a white white material.
Good Luck ladies and 'Happy Saving',
Jan Hayner
Jan is a Professional Organizer that shows you how to work Smarter-NOT Harder and to save money while your doing it!! Checko out her tips and hints at her website http://www.organizingandcleaning.com

posted on: 10/24/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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by JW on 1/14/2009 3:57:35 PM:

emmerse? How about investing in spell check! Otherwise, I just found this blog, and find it very useful, with some not so obvious suggestions!

by Clamshell on 1/15/2009 5:00:56 PM:

I'm not so worried about the spelling, but what about bugs that might be attracted to the sugar, especially in humid areas!! That's a pretty heavy ratio of sugar to water.

by Jan Hayner on 1/15/2009 5:10:51 PM:

Sorry JW about the spelling error somehow I didn't catch the spelling even with 'spell check'! Clamshell: This is the recipe that great, Great grandma used to use. The way I understand it, the solution causes a stiff starch on the clothes and there isn't a problem with bugs etc. attacking the clothes. I went back and checked it with all of my sources at the retirement home and all 8 of the ladies swear by it.

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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