As I prepared to open my kitchen to the women in my family to spend hours up on hours preparing Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to add one more item to the cooking list.
Laundry soap. Yes, laundry soap.
I got the idea from another family member who, when her husband lost his job, got creative about pinching pennies.
She, like me, has two young boys and goes through laundry soap like water from the tap.
The internet has an endless supply of recipes for this do-it-yourself task, but all have the same basic four ingredients: a bar of special soap, borax, washing soda and water.
The recipe I used yielded four gallons of soap.
Making the soap wasn't really difficult and it was more fun since I had help. But next time, I think I'll schedule a time when my kitchen isn't so busy!
Combined, the ingredients cost less than $10 and I still have plenty of borax and washing soda to make several more batches.
While I can't be sure that I'll give up the store-bought variety for good, I found the money-versus-time investment worthwhile.
And the soap? It works just fine. After my holiday company left, I had a lot of linens to wash.