i am finding time ….it is more than i have had before….but it is just plain different as i write…the laundry is tumbling….iTunes radio keeps me company these days not the buzz of my phone from business related texts and phone calls like before….
it is an ADJUSTMENT people….. so while i am adjusting i decided to try some things that i thought i never would….. why not make your own detergent? isn’t that always the first thing that comes to mind? so it has been tested here for a number of weeks and gets a big HUGE thumbs up for price, smell, and ease….making and use. easy is what i was after….i am not “that mom” who can make all things seem like the seamlessly fold into an ordinary day….
my new laundry products have huge shoes to fill… commercial detergent comes in cute pods and the lavender sachets have made me happy for a long time….
here is the recipe…. (honestly who knows who to give credit to?….the same recipe is on so many blogs) but i decided to make the dry detergent (as opposed to liquid) because it didn’t involve a 5 gallon bucket….who has time or a place for a 5 gallon bucket of detergent….
1 cup borax (find at a grocery store or walmart- really only $3 for the whole box)
1 cup washing powder (find at a grocery store or walmart- really $3 for the whole box)
1 grated soap (i used pure castile lavender) – i got mine at earth faire but whole foods etc has this…. $4.45
****use 1-2 T for each load!!
the only time this really took was grating the bar soap….like the whole thing…but i am on the 4th week of using the new detergent and loving it.
reasons for making/using detergent:
smell – i love having the freedom to add scent or not…..
no chemicals– yay for one more thing that i don’t loosely worry about
frequency/quantity– no more spending $20 on pods that disappear so quickly, the big huge $3 box of borax etc. will last for a lot more batches…you don’t use the whole box for one recipe….less times hauling heavy detergents home!! yay!!
price- most blogs say that the price comparison is .25 for store bought loads vs. .05 for those you make…
on the subject of laundry….. (the curtain hides wire shelves, wink! why spend on the laundry room? make it cuter with a curtain when the door is open!)
for us laundry seems to never end…anybody else have that handled? i decided to lighten my load (literally), and teach responsibility through the chore of putting laundry away ….
3 sprouts…one of my favorite gear providers from the store….organic materials too
the kids can carry their own laundry up the stairs by putting it over their shoulder and still holding on to the rail….no fear of falling when coming down either…precious and easy to use the laundry baskets from 3 sprouts made this chore a little cuter and safer!!
in addition to detergent and awesome baskets i have also added wool dryer balls (instead of a fabric softener or a dryer sheet)….add drops of essential oil to the ball and you have a fabulous smelling load of laundry!! the only downside i have found to these is that they do make a substantial bumping noise…no joke i had to get used to the sound…sounds a whole lot like someone is trying to break into the house….yet another adjustment!!
kinda these two…..forever ago…. 😉
happy Monday…working on household cleaners & dish washing detergent!!