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Tidbit Tuesday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

We are always looking for ways to save money. Always. So when our friend Bridget M. told us about making her own dishwashing detergent we immediately wanted to give it a try. When we went looking for a recipe for dishwasher detergent we stumbled upon a blog post from happymoneysaver.com that had a recipe for laundry detergent.

We were big fans of the new Tide detergent pods that look like dishwasher pods, but not fans of the price, especially since we kept forgetting to take a coupon to the store and were running out of detergent when it was not on sale.

IMG_5325When the post for the homemade detergent promised that the recipe, which could be made with about $20 in ingredients, would last for about a year, we were sold. Most of the ingredients for homemade detergent can be found at your local supermarket or Walmart. Just look on the lowest shelf in the cleaning supply or laundry detergent aisle.

You can get some of the supplies at Target, but we were unable to find all of them there. If you are one-stop shopper, Walmart likely is your best bet for finding all the ingredients you need in one place.

IMG_5323When we initially attempted the recipe we used Ivory soap, because we couldn’t find the soap recommended in the post, or flaked-soap. It was an EPIC FAIL. Putting soap in your food processor is not the business, and in fact, is not what the instructions call for doing. Reading is clearly fundamental.  We encourage you to not waste your time with trying to grind up Ivory soap and hunt down some flaked-soap like Zote.  It will be so much easier to mix. Trust us,

We have been using our homemade laundry detergent for about four months and all of our clothes look and smell fresh and clean. And by all, we mean our stinky running clothes (not that we’ve been running so much this year) too.

IMG_5348But we do have a confession: Our first batch of detergent has not lasted a year and it is totally our fault. See what had happened was…we use more than the recommended amount of per load. The recommended amount is just a couple of tablespoons per load. We use a scoop that came with the Oxi-Clean and sometime, Ricks even uses two scoops. ::Kanye shrug:: Looking at our pictures and happymoneysaver.com’s photos, it didn’t seem that we’d made 18 lbs. of detergent. We could be wrong, since we didn’t weigh it. Again…::Kanye shrug::

IMG_5311The ingredients are inexpensive enough that even if we made it three or four times a year, we would still come out ahead in the laundry game.  When we consider the time and effort it would cost us to clip coupons, diligently wait for sales and then not forget the coupons at the house on sale day and have to turn around and  drive back home to get them? Nawl. Just…nawl.

This project is Too Thrifty Chicks approved. It’s easy, cheap and works. Try it.

– R&R


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Roommate Chronicles: Too Thrifty Chicks Move in Together

Everything happens for a reason. When Ricks mentioned she needed a roommate on the very same day I told my partner that I was thinking about looking for a roommate, everything clicked….like within a span of two days. We share similar values, interests, and work ethics (and not to mention we do a lot of stuff together), so why not try it? Too Thrifty Chicks have taken on another adventure: Merging two households into one.

If you know either of us personally, then you probably know that we are both really hard workers who wait until we feel inspired to do most things [read: we’re procrastinators]. I lived alone, which means I had acquired a lot of stuff that needed to be packed in a three day period. Though I was super excited about us living together, I was not excited about packing. Luckily, Ricks came over one night to help me get the ball rolling.

After our lovely Thanksgiving adventures in Philly, the real work began. Let me pause for a second and say this: I have the best partner a girl could ever ask for. He used his vacation to come to town to help me move. That’s love!

Anyway, he and I packed the U-haul (don’t be fooled. This smiley girl has muscles) and moved my life from one side of the DMV to the other.

Packing chaos. These pics don’t do it justice. I have a lot of stuff!

Turning a house into a home. It’s getting there.

When we got all my stuff into the new place, I was completely overwhelmed by the thought of unpacking it all. Ricks kept reminding me to think about one thing at a time (I think she knew I was on the verge of taking a nap to avoid the madness). We spent the day unpacking dishes, setting up bookcases, sorting through stuff to give away. By 7pm, we were exhausted. I don’t think anyone wanted to touch another box or reusable bag. But, all our hard work paid off. At the end of that first day, we had the semblance of a home with visions of how to make it reflect both of our styles and spirits.

Our living room and the art that we need to hang

Our living room and the art that we need to hang

Dining room and kitchen. We don't have much cabinet or counter space so we repurposed wire shelving to hold our cookbooks, spices, crockpot, and rice cooker.

Dining room and kitchen. We don’t have much cabinet or counter space so we repurposed wire shelving to hold our cookbooks, spices, crockpot, and rice cooker.

We’ve been roomies for about a week now, and we’ve already shared Chipotle twice, three bottles of wines, and many laughs as we made it rain on a video game. I’d say our roommate adventures are off to a great start. I’m so grateful that things always work out as they should.  In this season of thanksgiving, I am reminded that life is so much better when lived in community with others. Looking forward to laughing, living, and creating.

Stay tuned for updates on our DIY projects!


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Get Some, Give Some

We love the idea of recycling. Aside from how fun it is, thrifting is one way we choose to contribute to reducing waste on this planet.  But we don’t simply relish in the thrill of our finds; we also give back by donating to our local thrift stores or local charities. We all know people who take and take and take some more. And we all hate to see those people come our way, don’t we? So don’t be that person.

If you incorporate thrifting into your lifestyle, get some and give some. Get some really great stuff, but also give really great stuff for others’ benefit. Thrift stores and charities thrive on our generosity. If you expect someone else to give, why shouldn’t you?

FYI: If you’re looking for an opportunity to clean out your closet, consider donating items to Emory Fellowship’s Bridges of Hope Great Clothes and Coats Giveaway. On Nov. 10th, the ministry will give away  (at no cost) clothes to women, men, and children in need. If you have gently worn clothes or coats, blankets, or comforters, let us know! We’d be happy to pass on more information or even coordinate picking up items if you’re in the DMV.

We believe in giving back, ya’ll. We hope you do too! Support your local thrift store or charity!

— R&R


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Disinfecting Used Shoes

 I was very wary of buying used shoes. Wouldn’t even look at them. However, while thrifting with Ricks and friends in Atlanta, I found the cutest pair of Seychelles (retail between $70-$100) that I couldn’t pass up.

Ricks suggested I disinfect them. I had never thought of doing that before. I bought the shoes, immediately sanitized them with lysol, and let them sit for a few hours to dry. When I got home, I scoped out tutorials on how to clean them more. Check out the video below for more info on sanitizing your [new] used shoes.