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March MAIDness: Day 14 – Greener Laundry

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Well…I didn’t get yesterday’s challenge done because I have a back problem that I have been trying to work out on my own for a while.  Turns out it is bigger than me and I need to go to the chiropractor and take it easy for a couple of days.  The mopping will have to wait.

So, I am thinking I need to work today on something a little more stationary.  How about laundry?  I have been hearing for a while that you can save lots of money by making your own laundry detergent.  And I have even seen some recipes for it online, but I have always had laundry detergent on hand and so didn’t see the point of making my own.

Today, I am on my last bit of regular laundry detergent and have most of the items to make my own on hand.  I also have a beautiful glass vase just waiting to be filled with something lovely and placed on my laundry room counter.  I think it is time to get to making my own detergent!

Here is the recipe I have settled on:

Simple. Home. Blessings. Laundry Detergent

  • 2 cups washing soda (I am using Arm & Hammer)
  • 2 cups soap flakes (found in the laundry aisle at the market)
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 1 cup powdered OxyClean
  • 1 cup baking soda

This is basically a mix and stir kind of recipe, but you may want to stir after the addition of each ingredient to make sure the mix is consistent.

To use:  Place 1/4 cup mixture into washer, as with usual laundry detergent.  For easy fabric softener, pour 1/4 cup vinegar into the fabric softener/rinse compartment of your washer.

I am hoping this works out well.  I think it will prove to be a great savings over traditional laundry detergent.

The challenge for today is to get 2 loads of laundry done (with my new detergent).  That means sorted, washed, folded and put away!

Have a wonderful day! Leave a comment letting me know how you are doing on the challenge!


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  • Reply Jen Fischer March 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    What I love to do greener laundry is my clothesline! Now that it is bright and sunny again, we will be using it a lot more. I still have not tried my own detergent yet, but have been wanting to for awhile.

    • Reply ussleah March 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      We don’t have a clothesline set up, but I hear it does wonderful things for your clothes in the freshness department. Great suggestion!

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