Sunday, June 21, 2009

Homemade laundry detergent



Now that homemade peanut butter and yogurt are part of our routine, I decided to try homemade laundry detergent. (Sorry, am I making you jealous because my life is so glamorous? Deal with it!)

Most of the recipes I found online call for you to melt the soap on a saucepan. I don't think so. I am far too lazy for that. So I followed this recipe, though I used Dr. Bronner's castille bar soap (got it at Trader Joe's but I've also seen it at Target and I'm sure the Health Concern has it or something similar) instead of the Fels Naptha (sounds like an NPR foreign correspondent to me, not a bar of soap).

I grated the bar of soap in my food processor. I used the blade that one uses for grating cheese, but that made the chunks too big, though perfect for a taco, so I then used the regular blade to turn the grated soap into a powder. Next time I'll try just using the regular blade from the start.

The borax and washing soda (which is NOT the same as baking soda) I purchased at the Giant on York Road across from Panera.

It works well. We also just got a new front-loading washing machine today, and the homemade stuff is low-sudsing and is supposed to be ideal for front loaders.

Thanks to Johanna and her neat blog for putting this idea in my head in the first place!


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