Mix well. Cut two sponges from the dollar store in half. Store all in a resealable plastic container.
Throw in 2-4 semi-squeezed sponges per dryer load. It may sound overly diluted, but the mix is plenty strong. One container will last about three months. You may also opt to make several containers at one time with different scent choices. Besides being very inexpensive, a year's worth of laundry detergent ingredients can be stored in a small box and tucked away for rough times. The soap ingredients have a storage life of 5-10 years at least, depending on what the temperature is where they are stored.
Self-reliance and know-how is a satisfying skill. Playing and experimenting in the laundry room adds some new life and interest to a formidable chore. This recipe will prove to be a reliable standby and your friends will appreciate the cost-saving tips you when you pass them on.
Shawn Cannon currently helps teach a stake Book of Mormon class and resides in Grants Pass, Ore., with her husband Joel and their six children. She blogs at classicmomscorner.blogspot.com.
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