Monday, May 26, 2008

Detergent and Flowers

It dawned on me the other day how expensive laundry detergent is. We use Tide Free for Natalie's sensitive skin, and that stuff is 15 dollars a gallon! Almost 4 times the cost of fuel! For suds! I kept thinking, there has to be a better way. I did some research online, and found a recipe that other's swore by, costing pennies to use per load. So the homemaker in me took over and I tried it. It worked! The clothes looked nice, smelled nice, felt clean, and I was impressed. I know this isn't going to make a huge difference in our bank, but I'd rather spend a few dollars more/month having fun, than on laundry detergent!

If anyone is interested, here's the recipe I used:

1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.

I substituted Ivory Bar soap instead of Fels Naptha soap. (that was recommended for sensitive skin) I filled an empty 80-load Tide box with all of this, which will last for a long time b/c you only need 1-2 tablespoons, which is enough. If you'd rather have liquid recipes, you can find more of them here.

You can also use 2 of those ingredients for dishwasher detergent.

1 Tablespoon borax
1 Tablespoon washing soda

(substitute rinse aid for distilled white vinegar)

My other project today was hunting for more house plants. Natalie loves to help me water my one and only indoor plant. So we made a trip to pick out 3 more. (lilies and impatients) We potted those today and she was thrilled to get to water all of them.

1 comment:

The Honsal Family said...

You know, I've never thought about it. You have me thinking, and definitely inspiring me! Keep your good ideas coming! I love it!!