Ray Romano once compared life with twins to living in a frat house. As he put it, "no one sleeps, there is a lot of noise and a lot of throwing up." I find this very true with 4 young children, including twins. However, though things are always crazy, we always try to have fun and, most certainly, always love each other.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks!
1 box Borax- $4.00
1 box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda- $2.50
1 bar of ivory soap (or 1/3 bar Fels-Naptha)= <$1
1 bucket with lid= $3.00
Laundry Detergent for about 1 Cent per load...... Priceless!!!!!!!!!!
No, I am not joking. I had heard of home made laundry detergent before, but assumed it wasn't really worth it cost or time wise. I was wrong. An amazing person introduced me to this concept a few weeks ago and I had to try it out. In a family of 6, I do about 12-13 loads of laundry a WEEK! I would buy the large jugs of detergent at Sam's Club for about $20 and it would last approximately 5 weeks. That is over $200/ year on laundry detergent! I just spent $10 on these supplies and, aside from buying more bars of soap, it will last a YEAR! Each bucket works out to a cost of about 70 cents per BUCKET which does about 65 loads! That is just over 1 cent per load!!!!
Hmmmmmm....... less than $20 total for a whole YEAR or over $200 a year?!?! It wasn't hard to decide- especially since it only takes less than 10 minutes to make a bucket! Here is exactly how to do it:
Grate 1 whole bar of Ivory soap or 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha into a sauce pan. It will look like this: Add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts. It will look like this: Add 1/2 cup EACH of the Washing Soda and the Borax (seen in measuring cups above). Stir until dissolved:Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups HOT water into the bucket. Now add the soap mixture and stir (I use a large FREE stir stick from the hardware store). Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups water and stir. Put lid on and let sit for 24 hours and it will gel. When you open the bucket again stir well. It will be kind of a semi-liquid/chunky mixture- kind of like noodle soup as I have heard it described.
Use 1/2 cup per load.
A few observations: -using my usual fabric softener, it comes out of the dryer smelling as good as my laundry ever did. (there are recipes for your own fabric softener too- I may do later....). If you prefer a scent to the detergent itself, you may add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil.
- it is low sudsing so it works for high efficiency washers or regular cheap washers like mine. If you open the lid during the cycle, you will notice no suds. They are not needed. It isn't suds that cleans the clothes but the components of the above ingredients.
- you can pre-treat as usual for tough stains.
Homemade dishwasher soap: Use 1 cup EACH of the Washing Soda and Borax shown above- place in a Tupperware container and shake well. Use 2 TBSP per load. Use vinegar as a rinse agent! (No need to buy detergent or Jet Dry anymore!)
What's next? I am thinking I will start making my own household cleaners too! So much better for our systems and the environment and so much cheaper. I think I can get into this!!
I love being a mom to my two boys and twin girls. No matter how crazy it gets, I wouldn't change a thing! I believe that chocolate and peanut butter are two of the worlds most perfect foods! (especially when combined!) I truly believe we could end the war in Iraq simply by having the world leaders sit around the table together with some Reese's cups. You just can't help but feel peace with this kind of perfection there!