Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Making stuff.


I'm trying a new recipe for laundry detergent today!  I've made my own before (the powdered kind) and it was okay, but I didn't love grating a whole bar of soap, and I never really felt like the soap dissolved well in the wash.

My mom showed me this recipe.  It had me at "no grate."  There's no stove-top cooking either.  I just made this laundry soap in like 3 minutes, seriously.  I already had the ingredients on hand because of my past laundry soap making experiences, but the ingredients aren't very expensive if you have to go pick them up.  (And with the amount you use you'll be able to make a bazillion gallons.)

We normally buy Planet brand laundry detergent which is around $8 for a 50 oz bottle.  Now that we're no longer washing diapers I'm more apt to try new detergents.  (Although, this one seems like it would be good for using with diapers too!)

I had a half gallon container available to I decided to go ahead and halve the recipe.  I guess that way we can see how we like it without having to commit to a huge amount too!

Recipe from "One Good Thing" by Jillee

3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap

Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Dawn dish soap. This dish soap works the best because it gets grease out. :o)

(In the comments she says she uses about 1/2 a cup per large load.)

I used Dr Bronner's peppermint liquid soap instead of Dawn, we'll see how we like it and it it's not great, I'll try Dawn!

I'll post about this again once I've tried it on a few loads of laundry.  I'd love to hear if you make your own laundry deteregent (or other cleaning agents!) and how you like them! =]