Choosing a Mother’s Day Out Program is coming next week. Sorry, I got ahead of myself!
A couple of months ago, I read a blog post about making your own laundry detergent. It sounded so…Austin. It also sounded seriously cheaper than the $16 bucks I was laying out every month or so for the “HE” stuff for my front loader. But, it was a liquid version and looked a little too complicated and messy for me. In a stroke of genius, I googled DIY powder detergent and found a winner. I had to make a run to the grocery store anyway, so I got myself the ingredients and whipped up a batch. I gave it a test run on Saturday night – oh the exciting life I lead, I know. But, it was awesome!
HDYDI: MAKING YOUR OWN LAUNDRY DETERGENT
The way I calculated it all out? With a batch that can do 100 loads, it cost me less than 5-cents/load compared to 21-cents/load with the old stuff. It took about five minutes to whip it together and it smells great. Just call me an Austin Hippie. This one is winner winner, chicken dinner. All I know is that my great-grandmother must be looking down from heaven saying, “Sweetie, you’re not hippie, you’re just doing what we did!”
1 c. Borax
1 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of laundry soap, grated (I used Fels Neptha)
Grate the laundry bar. And, if you can, find a smaller grater as it makes it more of a powder consistency. I found all those items in the laundry aisle at HEB, but I’m sure Target or Wal-Mart has them, too. I used the Fels Neptha bar, but I think next time I’ll try and find Ivory just because I like the white instead of the yellow color.
Add the Borax and washing soda, mix it together and put into an airtight container. I found mine at the Container Store (shocker) and then popped a cheap measuring spoon (the set was 99-cents) in with the detergent.
Use 1-2 T. per load. I use 2T. on really dirty loads and 1T. for the lighter stuff. Translation? 2T. on the kids’ clothes and 1T. on mine.
I’m already feeling better about less waste: no more big detergent bottles to recycle and less gas to get to the store to buy said bottle. Plus, it’s made me think about what I’m washing, too. It’s not uncommon at all to have the kids, or me, wear the same item of clothing more than once before it’s washed. In college I used to joke that my jeans had been worn so many times without being cleand that they could just walk themselves to the washing machine.
The detergent feels a bit like cutting cable (post on that next week!): why in Sam Hill did we not do it sooner?