Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doing Laundry

I am always looking for a more sustainable way to run my home that is affordable for us. Here is one idea that I got from a friend- making your own laundry soap. While many commercial soaps have amazing cleaning powers in any type and temperature of water- think of all the chemicals that must be crammed in those bottles. My friend gave me a recipe to start with, and I tweaked until I came up with something that I felt meets our needs for our type of water. I believe it to be at least more environmentally friendly than your typical commercial laundry soap.

Here is the ingredient line-up:

I found all of those ingredients at Winco for very reasonable prices.

Powder Laundry Soap

1 Fels Naptha Laundry Bar

2/3 Cup Borax

1/2 Cup Washing Soda

Using a food processor, shred the laundry bar. Add borax and washing soda (NOT baking soda,)process to mix. Store in repurposed food jar. Use 2-3 tablespoons per load.

One reason I like to make this soap is that I love having all that cleaning power in such a small, easy to manage jar. It can be changed and adapted to meet your laundry needs. This recipe works well for our hard water. Also, there is less waste.


John and Anna said...

Made some of this yesterday (my second time making laundry detergent). I love how cheap it is and how quickly it comes together!

I hope all is well for you Celeste!

Celeste Jean said...

It's kind of fun, isn't it, Anna? This hard laundry bar also makes a good pre-wash treatment. I keep a bar in a dish on my dryer. I wet it and the stain, and rub the bar in.