As I write this note to you I'm having a cranberry/orange juice mixer... yummo! It's 1 part Cranberry Juice, 1 part orange juice and crushed ice. Mmmmmm.
I have been hearing a lot of my friends talk about laundry detergent, as of late. Home made laundry detergent to be more specific.
To be completely honest, I haven't been terribly interested because I assumed it would be ...
...too time consuming
...a waste of my time
Last week I was reading an article about what all goes into laundry detergent. It's really not that complex a subject, let me tell you. That article reminded me of all my susie-homemaker friends who have been telling me about homemade laundry detergent.
So, I found the most common recipe, asked a couple friends their recipe and decided to give it a go.
Here's what I used:
1 glass canister.....$7.99
1 box 20 Mule Team Borax....$4.49
1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda....$2.89
1 bar Ivory soap....$.79 & 1 cheese grater.....$1.00
Here's what I did:
First, I grated a bar of Ivory bar soap into my glass canister. I chose Ivory because it's 99.9% pure and I know my family does not have any skin allergies to this product. I used the whole bar. Information says this is what does the actual cleaning.
Second, I poured in 1 cup of Borax Detergent Booster. I just poured it right on top of the grated Ivory soap.
Thirdly, I added 1 cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda. I also chose this product for it's all natural qualities. I just poured it right on top of the other two ingredients.
Finally, I took my tiny spatula and stirred it all up.
That's it. That's the whole recipe; the whole process.
Now, because I purchased enough bar soap to make a quadruple batch, I grated the other three bars of Ivory soap and added in the Borax and Arm & Hammer, and again, I mixed.
Then the test of all tests. The laundry. Now, I know I'm a bad blogger, but I failed to take photos. But let me share with you a few of my results.
First, I have a high efficiency washer, so I only have to use 1 TBS of this super duper homemade wonder. My clothes came out so clean. My son had spaghetti on his ecru shirt - his BRAND NEW shirt, I might add. And all the stains came out - without pre-treating.
And bonus, of all bonuses, my clothes rinse clean...that means NO fabric softener is needed. I just throw them right into the dryer and presto-chango, they're dry.
The very last thing I love about all of this is the price. You can see from my list above that the cost for the whole recipe is approximately $9.50 without the canister. Now, I have enough of the washing soda and Borax to make a couple more recipes, but I ran out of soap. But because I only use 1 TBS of this detergent I figured it's going to cost me $0.17 per load. Can you believe that? $0.17 per load!!!!
I'm sold on this project. In fact, I would recommend you give it a try... see what you think... then drop me a line and tell me about your experience!
Only By His Grace,