purplejuli (purplejuli) wrote,

Cheap and Green!

I've been reading The Simple Dollar blog for awhile now and have been waiting to run out of laundry detergent so I could make some of my own.

Yes, I said "make some."

It's not a difficult process.  The ingredients are cheap and readily available.  It's not a lot of work.  The result is a detergent that is about $.03 per load, instead of $.70 a load for Tide. 

So, here's what I had to get:
1 bar of soap.  I used Lever 2000 because there's a bunch of it in the closet.
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  (I'd never heard of it but there it was in the laundry aisle at my grocery store)
1/2 cup of Borax

That's it!

I grated the bar of soap on my box grater and put it in a pot on your stove with 4 cups of simmering water.  I stirred until the soap dissolved.

Dump the soap water into a big bucket with 3 gallons of hot water and stir.

Add the washing soda and stir.

Add the borax and stir.

That's it!  Now I have to let it cool.  Apparently, according to the recipe on the web site, it will gel or slime up once it's cooled.  I can't wait to see how it works.  Plus, there's still a mostly full box of washing soda and borax, so I can make tons more.  Considering I do about 8 loads of laundry per week and use the clothesline to dry everything except socks, this should make me feel waaaaaaayyy less guilty when I run the air conditioner in the summer.
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