Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I didn't organize today for this sort of thing.  I was just going about my business, and realized that today was a lot of "do it yourself" type tasks.  So, I thought it would make a good post.

First off, I made my own laundry detergent.  When I first started making detergent years ago, Dale (my numbers guy) figured out how much per batch.  Well, prices and times change, so I can't give you an exact amount per bottle, but I can tell you we are paying pennies per load of laundry.  And when you do 14-20 loads of laundry a week, that is a wonderful thing!

As always, bread making is part of our schedule 3 to 4 times a week!

This morning I cut and colored my own hair (I know the savings on this one... it is to the tune of almost $80!)

There is great satisfaction in "doing it yourself" when you can.  I've also started making my own reusable dryer sheets, but haven't perfected it yet.  Anyone have any tips on keeping the vinegar smell out?  I need to find a balance between enough vinegar to soften and help with static, and not too much to where I smell a little like a pickle.  Feel free to put your tips in the comments!



Regina said...

Try mixing your vinegar with essential oils, like lemongrass, lavendar, or thieves oil! I've done that with my kitchen towels and it works wonderfully! Just keep your vinegar at the same amount (I put mine in the bleach section of my washer) and add 6 or so drops of essential oils. The ones I mentioned are good at cutting odors, disinfecting and they smell good too! :)

Lisa said...


I do use lemon. The recipe I use is 1 1/2 Cup water to the same of vinegar. Then 24 or so drops of EO. This mixture is put in a container, then I cut up an old white t-shirt of Dale's and soak it in the mixture until use. I wring out a couple of the rags, then throw them in the dryer like dryer sheets. Maybe cut the vinegar back to a cup?