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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: While I was doing some late-night channel surfing, I came across an episode of TLC's "19 Kids & Counting." I am pretty fascinated by anyone with inordinate amounts of children and how they function on a day-to-day basis.


In this episode, they were doing laundry. Loads and loads of laundry that made my eight loads a week seem paltry by comparison. They were also making their own laundry detergent, which seemed insane to me. When I saw how much they used, though, I could see it was a big savings!

I then thought about making other products. Think of all the chemicals you could keep out of your house! I know about the natural cleaning properties of baking soda and citrus, but I wasn't sure how to make those into cleaning products. (I couldn't very well just rub a lemon across a table ....) However, I did find a website that has a ton of recipes for household products: It also has recipes for fragrances, which might be a fun project for my older daughter. Maybe she could make some and put them into little bottles for holiday gifts.

I wish the site had reviews of the products people made, but maybe you could submit some of your favorite tried-and-true homemade products here for the rest of us ....

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Help4NewMoms November 3, 2010, 9:55 AM

I love it when folks come up with great ideas like this. I’m no creative, do-it-yourself girl but laundry detergent is so expensive, I think I just might do it - if I had the time, and the ambition, and the energy…

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Does Tide know about this?

emily robeson January 3, 2011, 4:50 PM

this was such a great idea i loved it. Saved me alot of money, now i dont have to go out every month for laundry soap.

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