Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

The first thing I did was … February 4, 2008

Filed under: frugal living,green living — razberiswrl @ 6:19 pm
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Note: I like ellipses … (and I don’t think that is the plural for the word either)

So the first thing I did was make my own laundry detergent. It was easy. It was cheap. I don’t know if I like it. I don’t have any valid complaints, it’s just not “the same” or “normal.” I’m sure I’ll get used to it though, I can deal, there are NO phosphates …

You wanna make yours too??? COOL! Let me share the recipe!

You will need:

Fels-Naptha soap: I got this at the grocery store. Pathmark to be exact (if you live near me) in the laundry stuff aisle. Looks like a bar of soap. Cost me $1.09

Borax: Also found with the laundry stuff in the grocery store. It’s a 4lb box of power. Cost me $2.69.

Washing soda: Guess where I found it. Come on. GUESS!!!! OK, samae place I got all the other crap. Specifically Arm&Hammer SUPER Washing Soda. That’s right. It’s SUPER! About 3 or so pounds in this box. Cost me $2.99

Water: Hope you know where to get that …

Lecithin: OPTIONAL! I do not have this yet. It supposedly costs 6 bucks or so for I don’t know how much … found at health food stores.

Essential oil: OPTIONAL! I also do not have this. The price varies a lot depending on what flavor you like best. Tea Tree oil is pretty basic, can be found anywhere, decently cheap, and it kills germs …

Three gallons worth of containers. I would suggest using old laundry detergent bottles. No one will ever know what you’ve done … I would not suggest using jelly jars. It’s just not practical, ya know?

What you need to do:

Grate about 1/3 of the Fels-Naptha (I used my cheese grater, it’s way clean now …), then toss it in a largish pot with 4 or 5c water over low heat. Once the soap is melted, add 1 cup of the borax and 1 cup of the washing soda. Stir it real good, till everything is combined/dissolved. At this point, you can do one of 2 things: go the cheap route, or go all the way!

The cheap route:

Divide mixture between 3 gallon size containers (or a combination of containers that totals about three gal), fill to the top with water, and shake well to combine. If you go this route, know this: this shit gets clumpy! And separates!! You’ll need to shake the hell out of it before every use. How do I know, you ask … Duh, this is the route I chose!!!

The all the way route:

Add a couple of tablespoons of lecithin and a couple of ounces of essential oil to the mixture, then divide among the containers, and fill to the top with water. Shake to combine.

Supposedly, the lecithin keeps this stuff from separating. I can’t vouch for that, as I haven’t tried it yet, but I will report as soon as I do!

I use this soap just like normal soap. I fill the cap of another bottle, toss it in the machine while it’s filling, then toss the clothes in, and slam the lid. I WILL be trying the lecithin and essential oil for the next batch. The clumpiness of it all is just aggravating, but I NEED my laundry to smell like French whores wore it first!

The effect on the unwilling participants: none! Aside from A, they have no idea. I do all the laundry (COMPLAIN!!! I COMPLAIN!!!) so they don’t know jack …

The main benefits of this detergent are that it contains no phosphates, which are deadly to the environment and commonly found in household detergents, and it is super cheap. For the price of about 1 or 2 bottles of commercial laundry detergent, you can easily make 20 gallons of this stuff!

In the interest of full disclosure, this laundry soap recipe was not my original idea, nor is it the only recipe on the net. Google it, you’ll see!


3 Responses to “The first thing I did was …”

  1. Elaine Says:

    I’m sensitive to most laundry soaps, so if I do this, will it make my skin hate me for a week? I need to know lady because I’m po’. So po’ I can’t afford “or”.

  2. razberiswrl Says:

    I don’t know. I’m pretty sensitive to things (but not laundry soap, LOL, so that doesn’t count I guess), and have no issues so far. You gonna be in town any time soon??? I give you some to try ….

  3. Elaine Says:

    Hah, just noticed your reply, LOL. I’ll be down either Friday or Saturday this week. I’ll know for sure come Thursday. I’ll probably just gank the recipe from you though, Elaine needs a project. 🙂

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