March 23, 2012

Laundry Detergent

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Making your own laundry detergent may seem like a daunting task, but don't be fooled! The folks over at DIY Natural created an easy and effective recipe. It saves money, reduces unnecessary chemicals, and is better for the environment. We've been using it for quite some time now and it seems to work great. Check out my simple photographic tutorial below:

1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1 bar soap (Ivory)

Grate one bar soap (as finely as possible) in large bowl.
Add one cup washing soda, and one cup borax.
Stir to combine for about 5 minutes.
Store in container.

To Use
Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2 Tbsp if you have a large washer).

I usually make a couple batches at a time and store in a larger container. One batch makes enough for 32-64 loads depending on how many Tbsp you use.

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About the ingredients
Bar soap - found Ivory for about $0.44/bar at Target
Super Washing Soda - found a 55 oz box in the laundry aisle at Fred Meyer for $3.49
Borax - found a 76 oz box in the laundry aisle at Target for $3.49

Well stocked, larger grocery stores usually supply all these ingredients.


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