Now, I'm looking to save money around the house. The obvious answer led me right to my laundry room. I know I can't be the only one who has gawked at the price of laundry detergent lately. It's RIDICULOUS. I buy Tide Coldwater because, obviously, I wash everything in cold water. I also buy Dreft because Avery had eczema pretty bad as a newborn, so I didn't want anything to irritate her already delicate skin. At ten months old, the eczema has all but disappeared and I'm ready to stop spending so much on detergent. At Wal-Mart, the Tide Coldwater is around $12 for 100 ounces. The Tide website says that you can get 52 loads out of a 100 oz. So I'll base my numbers around that estimate, although I probably get less loads out of a bottle because I'm super guilty of not measuring out my detergent. Pour some in the cap, dump in the wash, close the lid. Anyway, back to the detergent. If you are a good little laundry-doer and get the 52 loads out of a container, you're spending 23 cents a load. I hear you now, Devan it's only 23 cents. What on earth can you buy with 23 cents?? Just wait. If you also count the Dreft, which is about $16, at 52 loads, I'm spending 30 whopping cents a load on baby clothes. Yeah, that's gotta stop.
Once I decided that I wanted to go all pioneer woman and make my own detergent, I started looking around on Pinterest (of course) for the perfect detergent "recipe." I was surprised by the variety of homemade detergents. Some people put scented oil in theirs to give their laundry a fresh, clean scent. Others put Oxi Clean in to make sure their whites sparkled. Still others added baking soda to give their laundry that extra "oomph." Despite all the variations, three ingredients remained consistent in all the recipes--Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and bar soap. Most used a fancy type of washing soap like Fels-Naptha or Zote, but I decided that I would stick with good old, time trusted Ivory soap. I decided to stick with the basic 3 ingredients for now and leave the recipe open to change if I decided it needed a little something more.
|Count 'em...just THREE ingredients|
|Don't be fooled...it's soap.|
Alright. Soap is grated, powders are poured. Now, stick your hand in and mix it all together. This was the hardest part for me because I'm a texture freak and this was weird. I mixed quickly and ran to the sink to wash off. And I'm D-O-N-E, done.
|Of course I had to make the container pretty. I'm a self-diagnosed over decorator.|
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