Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House
Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House. I'm so humble.

This week’s Tuesday Tip, use Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda as your all purpose cleanser. At pennies a scoop, Borax and washing soda can be combined to create all kinds of washing detergents.

Tip #18: Make your own cleansers for less! 

Making your own cleansers saves money.

  • Borax and washing soda can create all kinds of cleansers for half the price of store-bought. My husband has gotten on a “make it yourself” kick lately. He read an article and found a recipe for making laundry detergent for about 11-cents a gallon. Inspired by how much money it saved, he combined Borax, Washing Soda, soap flakes and water, then brought them to a boil and voila! laundry detergent. The same recipe, minus the soap flakes created dish washer detergent, all for just pennies a gallon. Borax and washing soda can also be combined with white vinegar for a surface cleanser. Borax can also be used by itself to clean porcelain tiles.

Creating your own cleanser is environmentally friendly.

  • Borax and Washing Soda doesn’t have the chemicals that store-bought cleansers contain making this a much safer household product for your family. Also, since the Borax and Washing Soda come in fairly large boxes, there is little packaging wasted. Mixing these products together in reusable squirt-bottles or reusing old detergent bottles makes reducing and repurposing materials all that more friendly.

Have you tried making your own cleansers? Did you like the way the cleanser worked? Do you find it too time-consuming?


  1. Benjamin Bankruptcy Reply

    Awesome. I always thought borax would be a bit hardcore on clothes or more so on my skin but I it’s actually in most products then… maybe I should give it a crack. Where do I find the recipe?
    .-= Benjamin Bankruptcy´s last blog ..Budgeting apparently I need to do it- =-.

  2. @Rebecca the Greeniac – Thanks for the info on a vinegar rinse. I’ve put vinegar in the rinse-aid slot of my dishwasher, but didn’t think to add it to the laundry! As for Borax killing ants, I think it deters them if you sprinkle it around the perimeter of a room. I know it’s not toxic to humans.

    Thanks for visiting!

  3. youngandthrifty Reply

    Thanks for the tip! They have a lot of environmentally friendly cleaning products now (Green is the new Black, I suppose)… makes me wonder why in the heck we had such toxic cleaning solutions in the first place (?!), thanks for sharing one that is so cheap to make. =)
    .-= youngandthrifty´s last blog ..Don’t Succumb to Lifestyle Inflation =-.

    • @Young and Thrifty – Some of the chemicals in modern-day cleaners have something to do with creating soap suds. However, I’m not really sure about all the other chemicals, unless it has something to do with smelling good! ;

  4. I love using Borax. I also use oxy clean and vinegar for all kinds of cleaning. (not all together…)
    .-= Everyday Tips´s last blog ..Comparing Spending Habits of Different Generations =-.

  5. Great tip! I’m going to try this once I run out of dishwasher detergent. I also use vinegar for most cleaning, but sometimes find it’s not enough (like in the shower/tub). I bet Borax will kick it up enough to do the job.
    .-= Mrs. Frugal´s last blog ..Another Reason to Eat Organic Produce =-.

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