Saturday, February 9, 2013

A fun weekend project... NO GRATE LAUNDRY DETERGENT!

Lets face it. We are all looking for ways to save a quick dollar. 
When my family grew by one more this past year I was amazed at how many loads of laundry was needed to keep this family clothed... When I dug deeper I was even more amazed at how much doing laundry was costing us... So I went over to my trusted friend pintrest and found a few recipes on homemade laundry detergent. 

In total I have tried 5 different recipes. 
When I first starting my testing... My husband would come home excited to see me standing at the stove slaving over what he assumed to be dinner only to be disappointed to find out that I was actually making laundry soap.... OH husbands. 

Today I give you the easiest, most user friendly recipe. 
Trust me. Once you use this you wont go back to store bought...Think I am crazy than I dare you to try it!

3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap (Choose which ever scent is most appealing to you / Use dawn because it will get out the grease)
1 Gallon Jug (empty -clean- milk carton will do the trick)

Place 3 Tablespoons Borax3 Tablespoons Washing Soda and 2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap into a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups (approximately) boiling water into the jug. Carefully swirl the ingredients until they are dissolved in the liquid. 
DO NOT COVER THE JUG especially if you are using a plastic contaner. The plastic could expand. The hot steam needs an outlet. 
Let the liquid cool. Then fill the container (almost to the top) with cold water. 
Bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.

I have been using this as our family detergent for the past year. 
I have never looked back. The craziest part is that I cant tell the difference between using this detergent or store bought. 

I use approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load. 
I know you think this might sound like a lot but it is a thin mixture and since it costs NOTHING per gallon It doesn't bother me one bit.
For those concerned with using this with their HE washer... Have no fear - this recipe is what I use with my HE washer and since this recipe doesn't make hardly any (if any at all) suds, then I consider it to be HE friendly.

Now get in the kitchen and start cooking up a batch of fresh, homemade laundry detergent. 

(Photos will be added when I make my next batch)

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