So in the interest of saving money and healthy living I decided to make a few of our cleaning products out of natural and inexpensive products. The first thing I tried was laundry detergent which turned out AWESOME! It was pretty simple too.
It is one of those things where when you tell people, "Oh yeah I made laundry detergent today.." They are like "What! How did you do that!" It sounds way more impressive than it is.
All you need is Borax, Washing Soda (but I used baking soda because I couldnt find washing soda ANYWHERE!) and a bar of a hard soap. I used a organic lemon verbena soap from Whole Foods. borax and baking soda are dirt cheap so you can make a lot of detergent for not a lot of money.
I found the Borax at Target and you can get a huge bag of baking soda which I plan to do next time we go :)You can buy your soap anywhere I just happened to get mine at Whole Foods.
First you want to grate your soap..I just used my cheese grater and used very short strokes so it would be in very small pieces. Afterward I just washed it in super hot water. It worked really well. I also put down a paper towel to grate the soap into so I can use it as a funnel.
Then just mix together 1 cup of the soap flakes, 1/2 cup for borax, and 1/2 cup of baking soda (or washing soda if you find it). Mix it well. I just used a spoon and it worked fine.
You only need 2 tbsp per load of laundry! I am a chronic detergent over user, so I use a little more for a large load but you still don't need a lot.
Here's to the very first Make Do Monday :)