last week i finally had ALL the ingredients to make my own homemade laundry detergent. i bought my washing soda from ebay for the bargain price of $4.99 ($4.75 shipping). i got borax from walmart for like $3 and the soap flakes for $12.90 (shipping included). total: $25.64. those are the items that a normal household would not have. the baking soda, i already had, and that's a few bucks a pop. all the ingredients will last me a good amount of time that i won't have to replemish. normally detergent, liquid or powder, costs about $7 already and for the pricier brand names like Tide, they cost even more. i'd say i spend about $25/year for commercially made detergent. and i think with what i have, my homemade stuff will last me about year, maybe more... and it's eco-friendly. i dig that.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
adapted from The Habit of Being
basic recipe for soap flakes
using a cheese grater, grate a bar of gentle
castile soap or gentle glycerine soap.*
*do not use non-foaming varieties
all-purpose washing machine laundry soap
1 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cups unpacked soap flakes*
1/2 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1/2 cup borax
mix the ingredients together and use as you would a commercial washing detergent (about 1/2 cup per full load). the finer and dryer the soap flakes before mixing with the other ingredients, the longer shelf life.
*the soap flakes must be from glycerine or castile bar soaps.
i also added 15 drops of lavender essential oil. i left the lid off to allow the mixture to completely dry out. i also didn't make a lot on purpose just to make sure i don't break out etc.
so far, so good. :)
Today's soundtrack: Anggun, In Your Mind (french version)
i discovered anggun in college and i've been a fan since.
"`cause a woman should do/What she wants to do/Nothing wrong with this dress I wear/Nothing wrong with this smile I dare/Nothing wrong with my long black hair/It's all in your mind, in your mind..."