corner of the Garden State has been to start making our own laundry detergent.
The recipe I use is:
- 1 cup of Fels Naptha Bar Soap
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
I make as much as I can at one time, depends on how many bars of soap are on hand.First I cut my bars of soap in half
then I use the grater on my food processor it looks like this
then I put this in and chop it all up again
until it looks like this
then I add the borax and washing soda
After mixing it together I put it in this old pickle jar someone had left over..
dirty our load is.I usually toss it in a bit of hot water and switch the water to cold
to wash. I like not having my clothes "smell like something", but many people
make the liquid version (see a recipe here )
and add a scent with essential oils.I have no problem finding these ingredients
at my local supermarket, but if you can not locate them, try here.
It is one of those Green Up things that is putting more green in our wallets too.
Farmer Dad has very sensitive skin, I think there has been an improvement
in his level of dry skin and irritation too. We have also been air drying everything lately,
which has proven a challenge with the recent rain, but we never used our dryer for most
of our laundry any way, so I am not sure how much of a difference that will make.
My next goal is to find a High Efficiency Washing Machine, mine is old and uses too much water.
Do you have a goal to GREEN UP or , should I say,clean up your laundry area? ;-)