Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Frugal Challenge Update - Laundry/Clothing

Wow is all I can say. You sure can see a rise in clothing prices. I am a Target shopper. Love them. They are coupon friendly and the prices are good and you can get such a variety of items under one roof. I am bummed though that they closed their garden centers. While in Target today I was really surprised at the rising prices of clothes. I have been on the hunt for some pants. The last pair I purchased was a pair of jeans six months ago. Now usually you can pick up a pair of Merona brand pants for under $20 but not now. I did find a pair but had to pay $25. Now I may sound cheap but $25 for pants at Target seems high but that was what they were asking. Don't get me wrong, I love the thrift stores too but haven't been able to find some that I liked. Heck they are even getting expensive. It's used stuff people. You can't charge what a retail store would charge. I digress.
make homemade laundry soap


Maybe I am in shock because I don't shop for clothes often. Rising cotton prices I fear and other inflationary factors are to blame. I really try to stretch out clothing budget by taking care of the clothes we own. I always check for stains and repair items that are worth keeping. No more does an item hang in my closet with the tags on it unworn. I try everything on at the store and make sure I love it before it comes home with me. Making my own laundry soap helps me to keep down the cost of maintaining our clothes. I had a couple of requests recently for the recipe. Here it the link to my laundry soap recipe. I have made one change to the recipe and that is I no longer dilute with water. I just mix the dry ingredients and use it that way. I decided to try it out to save on time and storage space and it is working great. I use the scoop from the OxyClean and only fill it half way. That is about a heaping tablespoon.



11 comments:

acorn hollow said...

I am with you every thing is getting so expensive. I try to not waste anything.
Cathy

Diane Writes said...

Wow you can make your own laundry soap! I admire you. We have some common characteristics in choosing clothes, especially pants. I really make sure that the pants has perfect fit on me. I really take care of my clothes too. I prefer to hand wash, especially the blouses with soft cotton. We really need to be thrift these days.

Mandie said...

It is really sad to see the prices rise the way they are. Gas prices are horrible! I love Target too. They have the cutest things there. Your laundry soap looks so pretty :)

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Janet said...

I've been making my own laundry detergent, too! I love it and think it works great! I use the dry ingredients with pink zote.
Blessings,
Janet

Mica said...

Terrible huh?!!!! Everything is going up...the food bill kills me too! I have been making our own laundry detergent as well. I have made it to where the batch lasts about 6 months...I have made it twice in one year...not to shabby.... It works for us!!!! Hugs,Mica

Vintage Gal said...

I made my own laundry soap and I've been using it and LOVE it~! Very economical too ;-)

Meowlissa said...

Glad you shared your recipe! When I've made my own it was different. Definitely going to try yours :) And yeah, these prices are on the rise. I'm preparing to go back to school so I'll be pinching as many pennies as I can :)

Sweet Meanderings said...

I'm with you! I love a good deal. Now days everyone has to pinch pennies. Going green is very economical too!
Candy

Sandra said...

Yes, everything has risen in price and I'm afraid it will get even higher.

I also have started making my own laundry soap and it works really well (I use a similar recipe). I've been using it for a few weeks and am very happy with how well it cleans.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks for posting your link to the laundry soap recipe because we go through bunches of it with the girls riding horses.....lots of it.....

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