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 haveI 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".
sinnedvisited 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!
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,