Whilst my local Woolworths and Aldi are in the same shopping centre they are not next to one another as one is in the centre and one is not in the centre and sometimes if I only need 2 items from Aldi and I'm at Woolworths I'll just buy it from Woolworths. In saying that, I have reduced my grocery bill a lot in the last twelve months however it could still do with some more work.
In the past twelve months I have got into the habit of buying laundry liquid from the supermarket. I only ever buy the expensive stuff when it is half price however at nearly $9.00 it's still too much. Last year I did stock up on about 6 bottles of the Coles $1.50 laundry liquid which was great however I used to make my own using the Thermomix so yesterday I did just that. I have tried making laundry liquid about 8 years ago however I didn't like it and much prefer the powder.
Rhonda from Down to Earth has a post on making laundry liquid and other cleaning recipes.
Here is the link to my original blog post and the recipe is below.
HOME MADE WASHING POWDER
- 1 x Sunlight [or pure] soap, roughly chopped
- 1/2 x bar of Sard [or stain removing] soap, rough chopped
- 200gms Borax
- 315gms Washing Soda [powder]
- Place soap into the Thermomix bowl and chop for 30 seconds on Speed 7.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together on Speed 7 for approximately 20 seconds.
- Place into a Tupperware container with a scoop.
- Use 2-3 heaped tablespoons per wash.
To save time you can make a double batch however make 1 batch per the recipe and then put it into your Tupperware container and then make your second batch.
If you do not own a Thermomix just grate your soaps and mix together the other ingredients and you'll have your own homemade laundry powder.
You can get Borax from Bunnings as the supermarket no longer sells this although I couldn't find any Lectric Washing Soda at Bunnings and you can get this from the supermarket.
Back in 2014 I wrote a blog post about how I peg my washing and what makes it efficient. I swear by the Ikea Octopus hangers as they are sturdy and if it rains you can race out and take the whole thing off the line in a second. It's so simple to peg socks, undies, dishcloths etc. and I would recommend buying 3 of them when you are at Ikea. PS...did you know Ikea do online orders now for $9 delivery if you can't waste half a day getting there and we all know once you are at Ikea you can spend more money than you want to because everything is great and while you are there, why not. The online ordering of these will make financial sense because you only buy 3 items and don't have to spend 3 hrs getting there and home. My local Ikea store is a 45-50 minute drive, times that x 2 and add in the time spent there plus what else you buy it can be an expensive trip so $9 sounds worth it to me.
Do you make your own laundry powder or laundry liquid?