Saturday, 24 December 2016

Stretching Expensive Laundry Liquid 16 Times Longer




Hi folks

Here's the thing......if we are not feeling up to grating soap, boiling stuff over the stove and want to still use our favourite store-bought laundry liquid but baulk at the price of it - then we CAN!


Gather everything you need first


Here's how to do it for 1/16 of the normal price:

 1. Buy your most favourite laundry liquid when it is on 1/2 price sale.
 2. Boil the jug (minimum 1 litre)
 3. Take an empty, clean two litre container
 4. Add 1 litre of the boiled water (still hot)
 5. Add 1/2 cup of your favourite laundry liquid
 6. Add 5 teaspoons (flat not heaped) of Borax
 7. Add 5 teaspoons (flat not heaped) of washing soda
 8. Gently pour in cool water till the container is 99% full (leave a little air space)
 9. Pop the lid on and gently mix by rocking the container upside down and back for 1 minute.
 10. Use 1/3 of a cup in either your front or top loader per wash.

 Caution: Use a small funnel for ease and also be very careful of the boiling water.


Boiling water in first.....

Borax......and 

Washing Soda in....

Pouring in neat laundry liquid
from the expensive bottle

....topping up with cool tap water.


At the end of the day, the bulk of the washing action is actually done by the movement of the clothes inside our washing machine - this is proven by peoples all over the world who simply wash in a running stream and beat their clothes on a rock...you would be astounded how clean these clothes are without a trace of soap - just running clean water and a rock!

The beauty of this recipe is that it cuts the cost of our favourite store-bought laundry liquid to 1/8 of its original cost.....and if we wait for it to go on 1/2 price sale then it will only cost us a 1/16 of the standard price.

Ready to pop the lid on and
gently mix.
The net result is that we still get our clothes smelling exactly as we like for a fraction of the price. This is truly sneaky frugal.

Lean in, give it a whirl.


In other news......

We are off to the Newcastle Cathedral tonight to hear the nine lessons and carols after which we will all go out for coffee and cake (an extravagance indeed!) then come home and open just one present each....that is our little Christmas Eve tradition.



Take care folks, stay nice.


Mr HM

19 comments:

  1. Wow!! that is a clever idea...

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    1. Hi Krishna - I hope you like it.
      Regarding your blog link, I will have a look at your blog later today. Your blog link will show up when readers click on your name - it is a nice discreet way of folks finding their way to your blog.

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  2. I wish you and your family a really Happy Christmas, MrHM. I wonder what you will all get up to in 2017 :-)

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    1. Thanks Nanna Chel - you too :-)
      Yes, I am rather curious about what I will be getting - I have asked for very specific things or things of specific quality. I have made a decision to stop buying lower quality things....so hopefully some really good quality shirts for work that will last and last would be real nice.

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  3. Great idea! Thanks for the tip. I will be trying that out next week, once Christmas is over and it cools down again! Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas.

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    1. A wonderful Christmastide you you and yours too Jayne

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  4. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas Phil.
    Thank you for all the thought provoking and inspiring posts you write through out the year, I always look forward to reading them.

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    1. A merry Christmastide to you too Cheryl - relax and relish!

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  5. Merry Christmas Phil, to you and your gorgeous family. May 2016 end on a cheery note, and 2017 bring you closer together as a family and closer to your simple living goals. Bless! Xx

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    1. Thanks Eden - it certainly is ending on a cheery note - the eggnog is certainly helping the cheer too :-)

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  6. I misread that recipe the first time I made it and used ecover washing up liquid. Also we can't get borax over here only borax substitute and it still works!

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    1. You can use washing up liquid - absolutely.....I have a post on it somewhere.

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  7. Good idea, Phil. Happy Christmas!

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    1. Have a very happy Xmas at your's carrie. Savour each moment.

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  8. Merry Christmas Phil,and to your family, thanks for all the wonderful reads through the year.

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    1. thanks Melissa - a very merry Christmastide for you and yours too

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  9. I LOVE this!! Will definitely be making some as soon as my other home made batch is gone, and meanwhile waiting for that stuff to be on special. Have a lovely Christmas with your family.

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    1. 2 litre bottle will now last you 16 bottles worth. Merry Christmas Sally - all the very best over your way

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  10. We do a similar thing with our laundry powder. Saves so much money and is still very effective. Christmas blessings to you and your family.

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