Call me Suzy Homemaker.
Not only am I growing tomatoes and and doing all kinds of "sewing" projects, I've now made my own laundry soap.
I read about it at my friend Allison's blog. I'd heard about how great it was from friends. I figured it was worth a shot.
And I've been using it for a month+ and I like it.
It's pretty cheap, and extremely easy to make. Who knew? Josh ran the numbers on it for me, and I think we figured it was about 7 cents cheaper per load than Tide Free & Clear powder.
Overall I'm not too far into the "all organic, all natural, all green" thing, but I do appreciate that this soap is all of those things. And it didn't cost me a fortune at Whole Foods.
I bought the Castile Soap at Trader Joe's, and everything else was from Meijer. If you're not so lucky as to have a TJ's in town, I know it's available on Amazon. (What isn't available on Amazon?) And if you don't have Meijer either, I'm sure you can get everything else at Wal-Mart.
Here's the recipe:
Homemade Laundry Powder
(Makes approximately 5 cups)
2 cups (finely) grated castile soap (One bar was approx 2 cups when I grated it)
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup soda ash (washing soda)
Mix together and store in an airtight container. I use 1/8 cup per load.
Dr. Bronner's Castile soap comes in a variety of different scents, but I chose peppermint because that's all TJ's had to offer. I might try lavendar sometime, however.
The only real difference I've seen between this and the store-bought stuff we used to buy is stain fighting power. So I simply remember to pre-treat our stains with spray before they go into the machine. Not a big deal. And once I started doing that, everything has come out nicely.
Now, for those of you who are old pro's at this laundry soap making thing...
1. Is there any reason why I couldn't wash Nugget's clothes with this stuff? (Do I have to buy Dreft?)
2. Is there any reason why I couldn't wash Nugget's cloth diapers with this stuff? (We're going with bumGenius 4.0)