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Fabric Softener – Quick, Cheap, & Easy

Sounds like the perfect date huh?   This homemade fabric softener works great for all types of washing machines and is free of chemicals you have never heard of that is included in commercial brands.  It’s extremely gentle on clothing, easy to make and can save you a ton of money compared to commercial brands. Here’s what you will need.

  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 6 Cups White Distilled Vinegar
  • 7 Cups Of Water
  • Essential Oils (Optional)

That’s it!

Now how to make;

  • Get a gallon sized container (I use old laundry detergent containers or a gallon sized vinegar containers)
  • Add the baking soda
  • SLOWLY add the vinegar.  This will cause a chemical reaction and fizz, so slower the better with the vinegar
  • Once all vinegar is added, swirl to make sure all baking soda is done reacting
  • Now add all the water.  Close lid and swirl again
  • Open the lid to allow the gases to vent out
  • Once all gases have been released add your desired essential oils if you desire, 20-40 drops is more than enough for a good strength of fragrance
  •  If you used Essential Oils shake the container before using to make sure it is incorporated before use
  • Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load of laundry (I vary the size depending on the size of the load)

This batch will make around 20 loads of laundry depending on your use and Costs around $1.38 to make.

Batch Quantities Package Cost
Ingredients Quantity Weight / Volume Cost Total Quantity Where Bought?   Cost per Recipe
Baking Soda 1 Cup 16 oz  $    7.57  192 oz  Wal-Mart  $    0.63
Vinegar 6 cups 48 oz  $    1.98  128 oz  Wal-Mart  $    0.74
Essential Oils 25+ 1.25 ml  $  17.19  118 ml  Amazon  $    0.01

Compare that to your commercial brands and you can easily save good money every load and not have to worry about what’s in your fabric softener.

How To: Homemade Toothpaste – Why Make It and How much Money Can it Save You?

I make my homemade toothpaste to ditch the ingredients I do not like in commercial brand toothpaste.  Not to mention it helps remineralize your teeth to rebuild cavities and soft spots, fights plaque, naturally whitens, and is great for treating sensitive teeth.

The ingredients I look out for and that are found in almost every store bought brand of toothpaste are:

Sodium fluoride

o   Listed as a toxic ingredient for ingestion and inhalation.  It can affect the heart and              circulatory systems in high doses.  I know there is a lot of debate on the subject and            whether or not it is beneficial for your oral health but I stay away from it if I can.

o   Yes it is said to aid in the mineralization of your teeth, but I can do that with my                  toothpaste with natural, not chemical ingredients.

Glycerin

o   There are many different types of glycerin.  You may not know what kind is in your            toothpaste, because the type is never stated, and some may be natural and same may        be chemically created.

o   I do use vegetable glycerin all the time in shampoos and soaps, but I don’t recommend      for toothpaste.

o   The debate on glycerin is that it prevents minerals from coming in contact with your            teeth.  Glycerin actually coats them with a thin layer that prevents minerals you put in        your mouth throughout the day to interact with your teeth.  It is extremely hard to              rinse off.

o   So if you want glycerin on your teeth or in your toothpaste, use it after you use this            toothpaste

Also, I use coconut oil, xylitol, and bentonite clay in my homemade toothpaste recipe, so check out those blogs on why these are beneficial products that all help with certain areas of your oral health.

Recipe:

  • Baking Soda                                        1.5 cups
  • Coconut Oil                                         1 cup
  • Distilled or Boiled Water                    1/2 cup
  • Xylitol                                                   1/2 – 1 cup
  • Salt – Sea Salt                                       3/4 tsp
  • Essential Oils                                       25-40 drops
  • Bentonite Clay                                    4 T.

Mix first six ingredients up until incorporated, then add in your bentonite clay at 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency you may end up using more or less depending on your preference.  Store in a glass container for up to 6 months, DO NOT use metal containers they can corrode from the baking soda.  To brush your teeth, just scoop out of container and brush as normal, use same amount you are accustomed to.  Makes about 32 oz by volume of toothpaste.

If you are used to normal, commercial brand toothpastes, the taste and texture can be a little displeasing at first, but it is a taste that can be aquired after about a week or so.

Cost Savings:

Below is a MS  Excel spreadsheet I created to show the cost savings of making your own toothpaste.  I compared making the 32 oz batch recipe above to purchasing Colgate brand bulk pack I found cheapest at Sam’s Club.  This shows that you can save minimally $1.17 per 8oz tube if you make your own. If you purchase a more expensive brand for sensitive teeth and whitening, this will save you a lot more per tube, upwards of $8.70 over Sensodyne.

Excel Sheet I created to show cost savings8