Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Make your own laundry soap

Buying organic or earth friendly everything is A. probably not possible and B. really expensive. I thought about picking up some eco-friendly laundry detergent but thought I could probably make some instead.

Goggle "make your own laundry detergent" and you get tons of sites (all the recipes are about the same.) I found this recipe and tried it. Several websites break down the price.... I am not going to do that but with all the borax and washing soda I have left I can tell you right off the bat it's a hell of a lot cheaper than the Tide I had been using.

Borax and washing powder are non-toxic and free of harsh chemicals so making your own is both more eco-friendly and more wallet friendly.

Here's what I used:
Washing soda
Bar of soap
I grated the soap and mixed it with one cup of both the borax and washing soda and put it in an air tight container.

That was it.

Then I used 2 tablespoons for my admittedly very dirty whites (mostly kitchen rags)


It certainly smells clean. I did have to wash a few things along with the second load... although since it was used for things like cleaning up spilled coffee and stuff I am not sure my Tide would have done much better.

The lavender sent I really hoped would would stay is pretty faint. I saw some instructions to make your own dryer sheets which might be next.

I'll certainly keep using it and probably keep making it. Some light stains were removed completely, and I like that it's both green and cheap.

Bonus: making it made my whole kitchen smell like yummy lavender soap.

For more uses for borax click here.

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