Friday, January 22
D-I-Y Laundry Detergent
I like that the products I have to buy come in cardboard or paper rather than plastic. The detergent I make from these items lasts me far longer than commercial detergent of equal weight, thus my quest for clean clothes requires the burning of fewer fossil fuels in transport.
There are many recipes out there. I chose a powdered one and doubled it so I don't need to make it as often. Powder is quicker and less messy to make. However, if liquid is your thing, making that just requires an extra step or two.
Here's what I do:
Finely grate three bars of Fels-Naptha soap into a plastic tub. Add six cups of borax and six cups of washing soda (not baking soda.) Mix well. This definitely takes less time than it does to stand at Target and figure out which size bottle is the lowest cost-per-load.
Most recipes recommend using one tablespoon per load. I have found that 2-3 works best for us. At that rate, the above recipe will wash about 95 loads of laundry. I pay $8.10 for the ingredients which works out to less than 9¢ per load.
How does it work? GREAT!
Our laundry (and basement) smell wonderful.
Pretreating stains is largely a thing of the past.
It's perfect for sensitive skin.
Be forewarned -- this does not produce suds. We think bubbles equal clean but they don't.
I don't have an HE machine but have read many comments that this is suitable for them.
If you're not already making your own detergent, give it a shot. Let me know how it works for you!