Make Your Own – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is such an amazing addition to our pantry, and I have recently decided to make my own.

Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The health benefits include gut health, immune boosting to fight colds, alergies and more. It can be used to help clear acne, repel fleas on pets, soothe sunburns, as a hair conditioner and much more.

Homemade Laundry Powder – BORAX FREE

Did you realize how easy and frugal it is to make your own laundry powder or liquid? I have shared two recipes in the past that both contained borax (a naturally occuring substance), but the health warnings and requests to reduce exposure to borax have prompted me to find an alternative recipe. 
This is the simplest two ingredient recipe I have come up, that I like, for keeping our clothing clean and fresh. 

Frugal Tip: Making Washing Soda


Frugal Tip: Making Washing Soda

I make my own laundry soap, both powder and liquid. Recipes are found below.

I was getting ready to make a batch of powder today and realized, I have no Washing Soda. So I made some.

Did you know you can turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda very easily? They are chemically different, but you can cook the H2O out of the baking soda and you have Washing Soda!

Pour Baking Soda on a cookie sheet, and bake at 200° for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

You can stir part way through to ensure all the moisture is being evaporated. Store the washing soda in a glass container with tight fitting lid to avoid any moisture from entering. 

Here are my 3 recipes for DIY Laundry Soap:

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Dishwasher Detergent


Just finished whipping up 72 Dishwasher Tabs or Scoops.
I had left over Washing Soda from making my laundry detergent and figured I would try the Dishwasher Tabs.

These are so easy and quick to make. I used a scoop to make mine, but you can use ice cube trays as well, if you prefer the blocks.
They dry fast and you can store in a container with tight fitting lid.


What you need: 

1 cup borax powder

1 cup washing soda(not baking soda)

1/4 cup lemon juice Two ice cube trays.

  • Mix together dry ingredients. 
  • Mix well since this will be separated into cubes.
  • Then add the lemon juice this will fizz up. 
  • Put into your ice cube trays and evenly distribute over two trays. 
  • Press down and voila let sit and dry for 24 hours.

Here is the cost break down for me. I lucked out and Borax was on sale. 4.99 for borax 2kg which is 8.45 cups equals .59 per cup(regular price is .83/cup) 5.79 for washing soda 3kg which is 12.68 cups equals .46 per cup 1.99 for lemon juice 945 ml which is 3.99 cups which equals .12 for 1/4 cups 19.99 for 5 kg of Epson salt which is 23.25 cups equals .22 per 1/4 cup(bought last year) Now add that all up is 1.39 for 32 cubes equalling .04 per cube.  Regular price would've been .05 per tab. This is before taxes. 

DIY Shower Cleaner

DIY Shower Cleaner


One of my least favourite chores is cleaning the shower. It often get's overlooked until it is bad enough to need a good scrub. I have tried the daily sprays and just cannot seem to get everyone in the house to use it, plus we end up inhaling the chemicals as we spray, and there are just too many chemicals around us these days. Many commercial cleaners are harsh or over scented. This recipe is my solution to help cut down on the chemicals floating in the air, and it is super simple and frugal!

In the past I have tried all kinds of soap scum removers, homemade solutions and store bought cleaners. This is my version of a cleaner that you often see using Dawn Dish Soap. I substituted Avon Bubble Bath in this version(I use it for so many other things too). It not only works fabulous, it smells amazing! If you are looking for a rep, you can purchase AVON Bubble Bath from me! Visit my Facebook Page for current brochures and to place an order.

Here's how to make and apply the cleaner.


  • Baking Soda
  • Avon Bubble Bath *(or blue Dawn Dish soap)
  • Vinegar

Some recipes call for this to be mixed in a bottle or bucket, I am too lazy for that!

Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the bottom of your tub or shower. Next add a squirt (about 3-4 cap fulls) of bubble bath.

Next comes the fun part. Add enough vinegar to wet baking soda and make a foamy coating on the bottom of your shower.

Using a sponge, spread the paste-like, foamy mixture up the walls in a circular motion. You simply need to coat it all, no heavy scrubbing.  If you don't have enough, add more and mix.

I letit sit for an hour then using a wet cloth (old towel cut up) wipe down the walls. If you have a movable shower head, you can rinse it off by spraying down the shower.

You can use this cleaner and method as needed. This is a deep clean method.


*Avon Bubble Bath Tip: Always select a scent that is clear, not opaque. The opaque varieties contain oils that will leave smears. The clear ones leave a streak free finish!

DIY Laundry Detergent Liquid

While experimenting with Laundry soap, cost, ingredients, etc. I came to realize that although the Powdered version is very fast to mix up, and more compact to store, THIS recipe is much more Frugal.

This recipe is very Easy and the most Frugal so far!

The previous post for Powdered Laundry Detergent was much faster, but this one is worth the time, AND SAVES YOU EVEN MORE $$

What you will need:
  • 2 ltr boiling water
  • 1/2 bar Sunlight Soap Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 6 ltr warm water
  • Grater
  • Large Pot to hold 2 ltr water
  • large spoon to mix
  • Measuring cups/jug
  • Container/bucket for mixing to hold 8 ltrs +
  • containers to put liquid detergent in (old, washed containers from your current brands)

1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in pot with 2 ltr boiling water. Stir until soap dissolves, reduce heat with bubbles get foamy. It should not bubble much more than the picture below.

2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and stir to dissolve.
3. Mix well and pour into container large bucket and add 6 ltrs warm water, stirring to mix.
4. Pour into jugs to store. Let cool then put lids on.

**Shake well before each use.

Use 1/2 cup per load. This recipe will yield approx. 64 loads of laundry.

I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far. You will find this to be the pretty standard recipe. Some add 2 ltr solution to jugs and top up with water, I prefer to mix all together then put in jugs. You have to have buckets large enough to do it this way though.
NOTE: You may need to add a little water if it becomes too solid. It will gel up a bit. SHAKE WELL before each use, then add water if needed.
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1/2 bar) = $0.50
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.13
Borax $5.58 (used only 1/2 cup) = $0.23
TOTAL COST 64 loads: $0.86

Works out to just $0.013 per load! JUST OVER A PENNY A LOAD!!!

Let's put this into perspective:
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.013 per load = ONLY $3.49 per year!!!
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $6.98 per year
Let's say using coupons and salesyou can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)

DIY Laundry Soap: Powder

Do you realize the cost of doing your laundry these days? I have been using coupons and paying less for commercial laundry detergent for years, but it was still alot of money going down the drain, literally.
I started looking and checking out recipes over a year ago and have found a few to try. This one I am currently using and love it.
This recipe is so Easy, FAST and Frugal! My 3 favourite words.
I searched many online recipes and this is the one I like the most so far.
What you will need:
  • 1 bar Sunlight Soap (more if desired, 1 is good for HE machines)
  • 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 1 container of OxiClean
  • Container with lid to hold 8 cups +
  • Grater
  • large bowl or bucket
  • large spoon to mix
1. Grate the bar of soap (or use food processor). Place in bowl or bucket. 2. ADD Washing Soda, Borax and OxiClean. 3. Mix well and pour into container to store.
Use 1 Tbsp per load. This recipe will yield approx. 125 loads of laundry.
Sunlight soap 2pk $1.99 (used 1 bar) = $1
A&H Washing Soda $3.99 (used approx. 1/8 of box) = $0.50
Borax $5.58 (used approx. 1/6 of box) = $0.93
Oxi Clean $4.99 - $2 coupon = $2.99 TOTAL COST 125 loads: $5.42
Works out to $0.04 per load!
Let's put this into perspective:
If you are doing 5 loads of laundry a week = 260 loads per year.
At $0.04 per load = ONLY $10.40 per year!!!
Let's DOUBLE the loads to 10/week = $20.80 per year
Let's say using coupons and sales, you can get your favourite laundry detergent for
$2 / 32 loads = $0.06 per load
260 lds = $15.60
520 lds = $31.20
If you do not use coupons you could be paying much more.
Regular Retail (Walmart's current price)
  • Arm & Hammer 140 load = $13.97 = $0.10/ld ($26 for 260 ld/ per year)
  • Tide 96 loads = $19.94 =$0.21/ld  ($54 for 260 ld/ per year)
If you choose make this without the OxiClean, it works out to only $0.02 per load. I prefer the OxiClean as I usually add it to my laundry anyway. Some recipes also include Downy UNstopables or other scent boosters. This is completely up to you. ** TIP: Add Vinegar to your rinse cycle for softer laundry. If you give this a try, be sure to share your thoughts. I am also making a batch of liquid detergent and will let you know how that works out too. Enjoy and Happy Saving! ~ Ruth Ann

Make Your Own: Dryer Sheets

I shared this tip in December on the Facebook page, and have had a few requests to share more details. Well, here you go, this is how I make my own "dryer sheets" What you need:
  • Liquid Fabric Softener (we get lots of samples, that is what I use! = FREE)
  • Water
  • Old Facecloths or cut up towel (You can purchase new ones as well if you prefer)
  • Resealable Container (mine is one that came with Margarine in it)
My cost for these things was FREE. I had them all on hand, so figured I would reuse and recycle some items in my house already 🙂 Realistically, you can start with a jug of Fabric Softner $2-3, dollar store faceclothes (or sponges cut in half, if you prefer) and a good resealabe container (costs vary). You can do this easily under $10. The only costs involved after initial set up will be occassionally replacing the cloths/sponges, and restocking the liquid fabric softner.
  1. Start by measuring out the Liquid Fabric Softner and Water. You want 2 parts water to 1 part fabric softner. The first time I followed a tutorial I had found on Pinterest, while it said half and half, I find that you can use less fabric softner. (even more $$ saved)
  2. Stir together in your container and place Cloths/Sponges in the container to soak up the liquid.
  3. Store in a dry place. Out of reach of children.
  4. When ready to use, simply wring out the cloth by hand, and place damp cloth in dryer with your wet clothes.
I love using samples for this because I can change the scents more often and try different brands.
I hope you found this useful. Be sure to comment below and share your frugal tips.
Happy savings, and hears to a static free and wonderfully smelling load of laundry!
~ Ruth Ann