Homemade 409 & Shout Recipes…

07/27/2009 9:00 am · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Thanks to Frugal Girls for this Thrifty Tip

Today I wanted to share with you one way I’ve personally found to really save money ~ making your own cleaning solutions!

It honestly took me awhile before I was willing to try this, but after I did a quick analysis of how much money I could save, I knew it was time to start making up some frugal cleaning solutions of my own!  These solutions literally cost about 40 cents or so to make, as opposed to the $3 – $4 price tag you’ll often see on cleaners at the store.

Following are some tried and true “recipes” for homemade cleaning solutions.  Just a few simple ingredients, and you’re on your way to some effective and thrifty solutions!

Homemade 409

2 Tbsp. Distilled White Vinegar

1 Tsp. Borax

1/8 cup Dawn Dishsoap

1 cup Hot Water

Pour vinegar, borax and hot water into spray bottle.

Then continue filling spray bottle with cool water.

Add dawn dishsoap last.  No need to shake.

This is a great cleaner, because the vinegar acts as a disinfectant!

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover

I was skeptical of this one at first, but I’ve got two boys that are dirt and grass-stain magnets, and this stain remover has never let me down!

1/3 cup Dawn Dishsoap

1/3 cup Ammonia

3 Tbsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Water

Mix all ingredients together and store in an empty spray bottle (I use an old “Shout” spray bottle)

*Note: Do not combine ammonia with bleach.

If you haven’t tried making your own cleaning solutions, I’d highly encourage you to try!  It’s easy to do, and you might be amazed at how much money you’ll save!

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On the homemade stain remover how does it do on grease stains. I am forever getting grease on my shirts from cooking. Maybe I should invest in an apron? :)


Can the use of ANY dishsoap work or is dawn used on purpose?


I make my own laundry soap out of most of the products that you use for dish soap. Here is the recipe. It only cost me about $10-15 to buy the initial ingredients and I haven't bought laundry soap for my family of 6 in over six months. Here is the recipe I have a front loader that requires HE soap and it works fine. You can find the 3 ingredients at Winco in the laundry soap isle. HOMEMEADE LAUNDRY SOAP 1/2 bar Fels Naptha soap ½ cup washing soda ½ cup borax powder ~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~ Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load. Optional: If you want your soap to have some sort of scent you can scent this with ½ to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice. (these are very expensive and will raise the cost of your soap a ton) It looks like egg soup when it is done. If it is really thick I add a cup of water and then use my hand mixer to thin it out. After Im done making it I put it back into my old laundry containers.

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