Money Saving Washing Powder Tips

OK, let’s face it, you gotta do laundry. My family runs the washing machine at least four times a week. Can you imagine the amount of laundry powder we go through? DIY washing powder

I get so frustrated because I love the good smelling strong powders but I also want to stay away from the strong toxins many of them have while saving money. It was a few years back that I decided to learn how to make my own. Now I have the best of all three worlds. My clothes smell dreamy, feel of toxins and we save money with each load.

Try these recipes and see how you too can be toxic free like me….. well, at least in the laundry room. This mixture will wash about 60 loads.  Enjoy!


  • bar bath soap, grated (your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent (a laundry booster)
  • 12 cup borax
  • hot water

Then do this:

  1. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour into 5 gallon bucket.
  3. Add washing soda and borax.
  4. Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.
  5. Stir  & let sit overnight to gel.
  6. Use 1 cup per load.

NOTE: You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket.  For fresh, clean laundry without chemicals, make your own powders and sprays.

Even simpler: label it for safety


16 cups baking soda

13 cups of Borax
12 cups washing soda

8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes*
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, Borax, washing soda and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1⁄8 cup per load. Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of eight for six months.

*Pre-Wash Stain Spray

1⁄2 cup white vinegar
1⁄4 cup baking soda
3 cups water

Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on soiled spots just before washing. Always test a hidden spot first.

Bleach/Brightener Substitute

1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1⁄4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice
12 cups water

Store in a labeled plastic jug. Add 2 cups per load along with detergent.

Extra tips:
For extra-clean clothes, follow your detergent with 1/2 cup of washing soda, an all-natural laundry booster. Add baking soda to wash water at the same time as detergent to soften and freshen clothes and linens.
These work well for us. The children love to help with these projects, also. I allow them help select the soap pieces, pour dry items and capping bottles. It makes them happy, so have fun with it!

laundry time

Okay, now here’s a little from my son’s game Monday. We had a ball! It was so clear that it’s More than just a game.

Keep it Clean, ~QC Supermom

Wednesday Wow: HBCU’s

If you have ever been to a African American church in the South East, you know what a spirit filled testimony is. Let’s pretend it’s Sunday morning for just a bit shall we.

I grew up in a church very similar to this one in SC.

I grew up in a church very similar to this one in SC.

This is The Day The Lord Has Made. I will Rejoice And Be Glad In It.

First off, I want to give thanks to the creator of everything good, bad and down right ugly. For each of those things have humbled me and kept me grateful. This morning when I woke up, I had NO doubt that it was a gift from God.

I stand before my you with greetings from Bedside Methodist Living Water- All ways on time Church of God. Where the pastor is none other than Pastor Isis Brown.

Many attend HBCUs to become closer to their  roots, learn more about their history, and be in an environment with other black students who wanted to do the same.

Many attend HBCUs to become closer to their roots, learn more about their history, and be in an environment with other black students who wanted to do the same.

I wanted to give thanks today. 21 years ago when they said you’re pregnant, I wanted to pull out my happy hand and slap everyone. Starting with myself, the person that read the results, took my urine samples and the guy that gave me the sperm. I didn’t know then but it was a blessing in disguise. I was blessed to have parents that was willing and able to help out. To them, the focus hurry up learn something and get your child.Over the years, we walked along the path of life with other amazing people. Life as a teen mom had its ups and downs. But there were always angels to help us along the way. I would share the list but I know the food is waiting for us in the kitchen.

Janelle Linnen.

Janelle Linnen.

I had the honor of attending my very 1st HBSU college basketball game this week at South Carolina State University. Hampton tore their behind up! Church ya’ll should’ve seen them dunks, plays, pep squad, incredible band, attending Greeks, vibrant fans; ooowee! We had a great time. Well in that moment, I realized that every minute of the nine months, calls to the coach, having his dad take him to the ” Scared Straight”program, making him sleep in the car, getting him to help in the garden, and every other strategy used was well worth it. My son is a student at Hampton University. He’s happy, and doing what he loves most while bringing much joy to the world. So church, I won’t take up much more of your time. I just wanted to say, Thank God for the village!


(If you have never attended a Historically Black College and University basketball game, find the nearest one to you and go.If you need to rent a car, like we did (ours got total lost; call Joy over there at Crown Rental on Orr Rd., she’ll hook you up). It’s an amazing experience!) Well, I’ll have my seat now. Thank you for ya time and let’s worship!

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