I guess it's no surprise that an artist might enjoy making just about anything herself. The act of creation in general makes me feel more connected to life rather than living on auto pilot. In that regard, I thoroughly enjoy repurposing old or unused items in my house and making things from scratch. Not only does this save big money, but it is an eco good deed and I am quite committed to respecting the earth in every way possible.
One expensive item that can easily be made yourself, and at a huge fraction of the store bought cost, is laundry detergent. You can make both liquid and powdered versions, but I currently enjoy the powdered version as it is a less involved process to make it and it also packs up nicely for storage. You can store it in a small tupperware or jar. I naturally like to keep mine in an old container that most people would've tossed in the recycling bin after using its contents.
So, here is my recipe for laundry detergent:
Use a grater to grate 1 cup of a biodegradable, vegetable based (castille) bar soap (I like Dr. Bronner's or Mrs. Meyers).
Mix 1 cup grated soap with
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads