Friday, May 25, 2012

(no more) Dirty Laundry

I finally did it.  I've been thinking about it and talking about it and planning on it since last year.  Yesterday, after getting home & settled from Orlando, I realized that there was a large mountain where I had left a molehill of laundry.  Problem: I was out of laundry detergent (I'm sure that's the reason that Handsome didn't do any while I was gone...).  So, instead of dropping $12+ on my favorite brand, I finally went through the work and made my own for $19.

4 lb. box of Borax
4 lb. box of Super Washing Soda (or 3.4 or something)
3 lb. OxiClean
4 lbs. Baking Soda
3 bars Fels Naptha
RECIPE FOUND HERE
ASIDE: Dear Father, I have sinned visited Wal Mart.  It has been 7 weeks since my last transgression.  I'll try to not go again.  But all of this stuff was easily found in the laundry detergent isle!
I didn't have anything large enough to mix all of the ingredients in, so I got a little creative and threw it all in a kitchen garbage bag.  Now, some people might call this a redneck thing to do.  And maybe, maybe I am a bit red around the collar.  But I just call it "using what you have".





Shake, rattle, and roll, and you're ready to go!  Grating the soap (I just used a regular cheese grater, medium size holes) took about 15 minutes, which brings this entire project to about 16.5 minutes to pull off.


I poured most of the detergent into this awesome glass canister that I bought at the jockey lot a while back.  I want to get a cute little metal scoop for it (you use about 1-2 Tbs. per load), but again with the whole "use what you have" thing... So instead, I'm using the blue plastic scoop that came with the OxiClean.


I've run 3 loads of it so far, and ... my clothes are clean.  I think.  I mean, I didn't have an grass stained things, or spilt wine, so I can't really do the whole infomercial bit.  They smell... well, they don't smell.  Which is better than being musty or grody or anything bad.  Overall, I'm pretty pumped that I'm not going to be buying laundry detergent again for 9-12 months.

Have you done this? Did I miss anything?  Do you have any tips?  I'd love to know!

Clean & Shiny,
TFW

14 comments:

  1. I'm really interested in this too. It will last you 9-12 months? How about for a family of 4? How can you add some smell pretty to it?

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    1. 1) I looked around, and I should be able to make 150-200-ish loads out of it all, if that is more precise for you. 10 loads a week = 6 months.
      2) I also found sources that said you could use essential oils (mix it in with the dry ingredients somehow?) to make it smell pretty. ;)

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    2. I'm still using my first batch, by the way. It'll probably get me through to February.

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  2. i'm working my way through my first tub of this detergent, and i love it. side note - i love wal-mart. but the more of you out there who don't means more room for my buggy in the dairy:)

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    1. ha ha! I'm very pleased with the soap. I'm trying to see how long it all lasts me so I can get a better estimate of the cost savings. Let me know when yours runs out!

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  3. I've yet to find anything in 22 years of my doing our laundry and the 17 of my mom doing it with the same detergent that works as well. Even though both Mom & I are cheap the detergent hasn't been a place we will budge. Is it really that good?

    I'm with you. I had to apologize for going to wally world yesterday. No one else but the RV store has RV parts! But then we bought a bunch of other stuff too. I'm so going to hell.

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    1. I did that too, bought extra stuff. I figured, "well, since I'm already spending money here..." Oh well.

      It seems to be working really well. Plus its nice that I know whats in it, and it seems to work well for sensitive skin. There are recipes out there (check pinterest) for smaller batches, if you wanted to try it. My go-to brand was Arm & Hammer w/ oxiclean (fresh scent - smells like heaven ought to), and this seems to be doing just as good of a job. Let me know if you try it!

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  4. I started doing this earlier this year and I could not be happier! My skin is happy for it too..no more fragrant crap making me itch! I absolutely love it..and my clothes definitely feel softer which makes me happy!! My mom came to visit in the spring and she looked at me like I was crazy for using it, but after 2 weeks of washing her clothes in it, she too has made the switch. If the savings aren't reason enough, it's simply easier!!

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    1. I'm really liking it! Hasn't bothered my skin at all. I'm thinking about getting some of those wool balls for the dryer and going all-natural with my laundry... something to consider!

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  5. i love that you are a little red around the collar. will this work in an HE washer?

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    1. I read that it will work, but you want to make sure the soap is grated a little more finely than what I did. Let me know if it works for you! And thanks for loving me as I am :)

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    2. Oh, and add it to the barrel instead of the dispenser! Good luck!

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  6. June MacCloy5/08/2013

    Nice tips, excellent.

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  7. Andie MacDowell5/08/2013

    Our bedroom, bathroom, and hallway are small and narrow. There isn't any room to put a hamper against the wall. The closets are too shallow to fit a plastic laundry basket in them. Now i can easily sort out my dirty laundry and clean all clothes easily.

    Andie.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/gildan/index.htm

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