|A sparkling jar of laundry soap,|
surrounded by the garbage it created.
Today's attempt at DIY is laundry soap. Thanks to Pinterest I found an awesome recipe. It is a recipe for powdered laundry soap. I have to admit I was skeptical. I haven't used powder in over a decade. I bought it once in an attempt to be more frugal, and My Vet let me know, that was one item, I didn't have to be frugal on. So why am I risking it now? One word, Pinterest. (If you've ever been there, you get it. If you haven't, go there and you will.)
|Stepped outside and then came back in|
the house, and really noticed how
awesome it smells.
As you know, my house keeping skills are sorely lacking. Consequently, My Vet is constantly complaining about musty odors in the towels. After mixing, I immediately washed a load of towels with my new soap. When I removed them from the dryer, My Vet sniffed them and gave it the MN Head nod of Approval. Comments on the original recipe, mentioned how much they liked the smell, but I found my items to be odorless. It could be that I only used 2 bars of the soap instead of 3. In typical fashion, I glanced at the picture and not at the actual recipe before shopping, Of course couldn't find it at any store in town. I will add one as soon as I can, and let you know if it changes anything.
I have now washed smelly sheets from the kids bed (still night-time potty training) using just the 1 Tbsp of soap. The are clean smelling and even passed a blacklight test!
Here is what you will need:
1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)
2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
**I found all my ingredients in the same section of my big box super store**
Update** It has been 6 months and I have only used a little over half of my mix!**