One of the things I do to live large on a little is I make a lot (almost all) of my cleaners. This saves me a fortune alone! When I first started, I was spending an estimated $50 a month on cleaners and stuff, between laundry detergent, window cleaners, commode cleaners, floor cleaners and the like. A box of good laundry detergent was over $10 alone—and I do a LOT of laundry!
I started collecting recipes, modifying some to suit my needs and ended up with a book’s worth and at my auntie’s insistence published them as The Minimalist Cleaning Method.
This particular recipe is completely original. Octagon soap is designed for washing dishes, but I didn’t like having to use a bar (just felt strange). I knew how to make liquid soap, and that in the old days they used to use washing soda to keep their dishes clean, so I came up with this.
It costs about fifty cents to make a whole gallon, which is a lot less than what you pay in the store, and a gallon will last quite a while:
Note that to make this you need to use Octagon Soap, which is designed for washing dishes as well as other things. You can substitute Octagon soap with Zote if needed; this soap is used for washing dishes in Mexico and can be found in a number of stores across the world. I don’t recommend trying to substitute any other soaps for these two for safety reasons. You can find Octagon and Zote at soapsgonebuy.com and other places online.
Stuff like making my own cleaners saves me a fortune over time. I can take a box of borax, a box of washing soda, a few bars of Octagon soap, some bleach, ammonia and vinegar and clean my house, laundry and car for months—take that corporate central!
They tell you that you need all of those special cleaners, but if you look on them, a lot of them have these basic ingredients within. Why pay them to mix it up when you can do it yourself (to your specifications) for a LOT less?
Anyway, for more frugally minimalist tips and recipes you can check out my book The Minimalist Cleaning Method available in both print and digital editions.
UPDATE: Here is the written version of the recipe published on the Yahoo! Contributor Network for those who want to print it out. Enjoy!
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