I think I’m getting crunchier in my old age. A few months ago I switched to wool dryer balls and I love them. We cloth diaper the baby and I love it. We recycle, and I plan to start composting as soon as I can get the compost bin in our backyard cleaned out (the previous tenants filled it full of trash).
One thing I’ve tried before was homemade laundry detergent. I used what I made but I wasn’t impressed with it at the time. I decided to try again be cause it’s a good way to save money and reduce chemicals used in the home.
Here’s the recipe I used:
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha, grated
- 1/4 cup oxyclean type detergent (I used the dollar store brand, and 1/4 cup was all I had left in the container)
I put the borax, washing soda and oxy in a quart Mason jar. I grated the Fels Naptha bar on the smallest setting of a cheese grater (grated my right index finger knuckle in the process) and then ground up the grated bar in a coffee grinder. I’m sure there are better ways to do that, but I used what I had on hand.
I added the ground up soap to the dry ingredients in the jar, put the lid on it and shook it up really well. I use the oxy scoop which is a tablespoon measure to put it in the laundry. A regular sized load gets one scoop and an extra large load gets two scoops. We have one of those extra large washing machines so I usually use two scoops for a full load.
I love the smell of the Fels Naptha. It doesn’t linger in the clothes but it smells good while it is washing. The clothes get clean, and we’re saving a bit of money – I’m estimating between $4-$5 a month on laundry detergent, since I usually used the store brand free and clear. It’s not a ton of money, but it’s a little something, plus the reduction in chemicals makes me feel better.
Next up? Homemade dishwasher detergent!