Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--What It Is--Homemade Laundry Detergent

January 24, 2013

Hidee ho, campers! I’m tryin’ out a new idea to my blog—THRIFTOLOGY THURSDAY. I will be discussin’ my own thoughts and methods for savin’ money and time. Let’s see how it goes, and if ya’ll find anything I have to say useful—please comment and let me know, or if there are any questions—ask.

First—what is THRIFTOLOGY? Well, I coined the term to differentiate myself from other frugal systems that may not be based on a Biblical perspective. Thriftology is my term for ‘the faith based science of frugality’.

Thriftology is faith based, because you simply acknowledge that everything comes from God—money, time, possessions, food, clothin’, shelter—EVERYTHING.

Scripture supports this wholeheartedly, as we find in the followin’ verses:

1 Corinthians 10:26 “For the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”

Psalm 111:5 “He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him”

Deuteronomy 11:14 “I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your new wine, and your oil.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 “The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides.”

Psalm 132:15 “I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.”

Luke 12:24 “Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and yet God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you then the birds!”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

There are so many more that speak of His provision for His people. Pretty much what I’m sayin’ is…


We clear on that principal? Good, now we move on to the science part.

Thriftology is a science, due to the ways you learn through EXPERIMENTATION, how best you can be a good steward of the things that God provides.

See? Pretty simple when ya look at it.

I have built up my practice of Thriftology through years of studyin’ frugality. I had to go through a process of getting’ to where I finally understood that frugality is NOT about getting’ more stuff for less. Instead, it is about settin’ and maintainin’ goals pertainin’ to the priorities in your life, and usin’ frugality to help you do it.

How can Thriftology help in reachin’ these goals? As the weeks go on, I will let ya’ll know about a few of my personal priorities and explain my views on how Thriftology can help me in these priorities.

Thriftology is NOT about deprivation. I don’t do what I do because “I’m poor and can’t afford to do anything else.”

I practice Thriftology because I have better things to do with the money I DO have. I want to spend the money that comes in wisely, so that I can have and do what is truly important to me as an individual, and to us as a family.

So…sometimes I do what a lot of folks consider weird or too much work, or dull. I will share several of those things with you as I go along, and I hope you look past the odd to the possibilities.

I will repeat myself to say that what I’m tellin’ you is MY way of doin’ things—I am NOT sayin’ EVERYONE must do these things. They are simply what works for my family.

If you have tips and ideas that you and your family do—please, SHARE THEM. That is, after all, how we learn.

So, real quick, let me share one thing that saves SCADS of money for my family--

Makin’ liquid laundry soap.

While many of you have heard of this before, I recently came across several folks who had never heard of such a thing. So in the interest of those of you who have never tried this, I provide the followin’ recipe:

By the way—this detergent doesn’t ‘suds up’. It is not the suds, but the chemical action along with the machine’s agitation, that does the cleanin’.

The recipe is split into two different batch sizes—a one gallon and a 5-6 gallon size. I make the larger batch, ‘cause while it’s easy to make either size…

…I have other things I’d rather do, and havin’ a large batch made up frees me up for more fun things. However, if you aren’t certain this is for you—start with the small batch.

Small Batch
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or Zote Laundry Soap bar
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder (I use 20 Mule Team. I honestly dunno if there IS another brand)
You can also put in 2-3 oz of essential oil, but I don’t, and the clothes smell fine to my family.
Small plastic bucket—about 2 gallons

Large Batch
1 Bar Fels Naptha or Zote Lundry Soap Bar
1 ½ cup washing soda
1 ½ cup borax powder
Large plastic bucket—5-6 gallon size

I use an old stock pot to heat my mixture in, and I have wooden sppons dedicted to detergent makin’. I also have an industrial sized whisk to keep the mixture stirred up with in the bucket. I found mine at a yard sale for a dollar. However, you can use a very long handled spoon just as well.

 Grate the soap bar into your pot
 Pour in 6 cups of water for small batch, 18 for large. Heat until soap is melted
 Add in washing soda and borax, stir until all of it is dissolved
 Remove the pot from the heat
 Pour the mixture into your bucket, and add water to bout an inch from the top
 Stir well, then let sit for 24 hours

There you have it. Simple, huh? If, like me, you need to WATCH somethin’ done to really understand it—hop over to YOUTUBE and type in Homemade Laundry Soap. There are several good videos.

You can now leave the mixture in the bucket with a lid on it, and just dip out ½ cup per load when you need it. Or you can pour it into salvaged liquid detergent bottles and store them. Either way works well.

I found that by makin’ this solution, I can make FIVE gallons of detergent for about the same price as buyin’ ONE gallon of the cheapest commercial brand.

One other laundry tip—those ‘dryer balls’ they sell DO work. However, if you come across a couple of old tennis balls—they work just as well.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

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