A couple of years ago I decided we needed to make the switch from store bought cleaners to ones that didn't contain so many badforyou things....I bought Melaleuca and I looove the products that we used from them such as Solumel, Melagel, and No Work shower spray. I bought into the makeup line and really liked those also. These are very nice products but inorder to keep my membership I found I was paying more each month then I really needed to or could afford and so I opted out. I am still using up my supply of products and we are almost out...so what was I to do now? I really hated buying back into products with overwhelming smells and bleach chemicals that I didn't want in my house or around my children especially one with asthma. We noticed a big change in her after switching and I didn't want to go back.
I started making our own laundry detergent using the Duggar recipe with a few minor changes of my own. A ten pack of ivory soap, one large box of washing soda and another of borax were all I needed for my new venture. That was over a year ago and I am still using the aforementioned ingredients with PLLLEENNNTY left. That's a money saver for sure! The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of fresh, clean smell that I love....I remedied that by buying Downy Unstoppables in-wash scent booster. I sometimes add it directly to my new batch of laundry soap or add it to my wash load. Voila! fresh smell! :)
Last but not least I use coconut oil not only for cooking with but also as a face scrub mixed with baking soda and I rinse it around in my mouth called oil pulling and folks this stuff really does whiten your teeth as well as pull out toxins from your body :) I use it in my hair every so often as a treatment to moisturize it.
So far all this has saved us a great deal of money in cleaners and that alone makes me smile! Go ahead and try it for yourself and let me know what ya think!