Living on a tight budget in LA for so long, I've trimmed basically every extraneous category from my finances. The next level possible for me will be simplifying my groceries and especially cleaning products used in my home. I've been following some eco-listservs lately, and one thing that's intrigued me is making your own laundry soap.
The main components to most recipes are washing soda, borax, and a soap such as Fels Naptha. Not knowing where to find these items in my local store, that's usually the first question asked. It's funny how much one passes by daily without really "seeing." Washing soda, for instance, is found in your regular grocery store on the same aisle as other laundry products. The washing soda comes in a box slightly smaller than borax. Here's what you're looking for:
It seemed most of the recipes I saw recommended a 1:1 ratio of washing soda and borax, but I found it simpler to pour the full box of each into a big tupperware, and add a bar of grated Fels Naptha. That's it. The end texture was somewhat like cornmeal. Here's what my finished product looked like:
I used a quarter cup per load this afternoon, and my clothes came out sparkling clean and smelling fresh. I'll let you know how it works out long term, but for now, I can survive my budget crunch with this, for pennies per load.
Here's a link to another site with ten different homemade laundry soap detergent recipes, from tipnut.com.
What's your best money-saving cleaning strategy? Let me know in a comment below.
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