Monday, May 25, 2015

Sustainable Laundry Detergent!

As the kids participate in various fun (and messy) activities/sports this summer, I got thinking about the extra loads of laundry I’ve been doing and the money I spend on detergent every couple of weeks, which can cost around 14.00$ each time! When browsing on the web, I came across a bunch of different sites showing people how to make their own sustainable laundry detergent and I thought to myself, YES, this will be my next experiment! I found a mix of ingredients that creates an all natural washing powder and figured I would give it a shot. 

Here are my Ingredients, Instructions & Results.

  • 1 1/2 cups Borax 
  • 1 1/2 cups Washing Soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash, which can be found at most supermarkets) 
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda 1 bar unscented soap (Castile soap) 
  • 1st- Grate the bar of soap 
  • 2nd- Mix the Borax, washing soda, baking soda and grated soap together with a wooden spoon 
  • 3rd- Pour into a glass or mason jar 
  • 4th- Use 3 Tablespoons of powder per load of laundry 
  • 5th- You are ready to start your first load! 
  • Before testing out the detergent, I was worried about how it would come out (the smell, cleanliness ect.) After the first load, I was really happy with the outcome! My clothes were not only clean but also had a fresh clean smell to go along with it! The part I am most excited about is the money I will be able to save using these ingredients! I am happy I tried this but also a little disappointed in myself for waiting this long to do it.