08 October 2009

Tip of the Day 8 October 2009

Laundry Savers

One of the biggest spends on cleaning products is laundry items: washing powder, fabric softener, ironing aids, stain removers and such. You can still have stain free, clean and soft laundry without spending hundreds of dollars a year on these products. Just try our homemade versions and see for yourself.

Cheapskates Washing Powder
1 bar soap, grated
1 cup washing soda (Lectric Soda)
1/2 cup borax

Mix together and store in a sealed container. Use 3 scant teaspoons per load for a top-loader and 1 scant teaspoon per load for a front loader. You can use up the small slivers of toilet soap you collect if you like, ordinary bath soap or laundry soap. This recipe is ideal for using up all the leftovers you collect in the family bathroom. This detergent won’t produce masses of suds, but it will get your clothes clean.

Give the washing powder an extra boost if you wash really dirty or greasy clothes by adding one small box of bi-carb soda to the mix.

Pre-wash Stain Remover

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup shampoo
1/2 cup water

Mix together and pour into a spray bottle. Spray spots and stains and wash as usual. This is especially good for greasy and food stains.

Ironing Aid

1 tbsp cornflour
1/2 cup water

Mix the cornflour and in a little of the water to make a paste. Stir into the remaining water and slowly bring to the boil. Cook until cornflour has dissolved. Cool and pour into a spray bottle. If using on dark clothes, spray and then gently wipe over with your hands to prevent flaking.


  1. I was desperate for a stain remover, but had only just made the miracle spray, so decided to use this as an experiment, and it worked wonders!
    my husband wears a white shirt to work and often comes home with underarm stains (and smells) blood stains (from small cuts) and grime on his collar, and from his seatbelt. Very yucky. The miracle spray works a treat though! Especially on the blood ans sweat... you can see it just eat them away, so thank you! you have saved many workshirts ( and school clothes) to fidht again.

  2. Tried the laundry powder for the first tie and loved it. Washes well and so simple to make. Won't be going back to commercial washing powder.


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