No more friends. No more.
Finally, I have actually followed through.
I've had Borax, Fels Naptha soap and Washing Soda sitting above my washer for almost three years. You read that right. Three years. And while I frequently use and replace the Borax, the remainder of it sits there...mocking me every time I put a load in. Trust me, that's a lot of mocking.
Here's what I made:
Homemade dishwasher detergent
|1/2 box Borax, 1/2 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 1 1/2 cups Epsom salt and 1 bottle citric acid.|
|Mix it all together.|
|Store in a container with a tight lid. |
Use 1 TBSP per load.
|1/2 box Borax, 1/2 box Baking Soda, 1/2 box Washing Soda, 1 1/2 bars grated Fels Naptha, 1 cup OxiClean.|
|Use your food processor to grate the soap.|
|Mix it all together in a bucket.|
|Store it in a container with a tight fitting lid. |
Use 1 TBSP per load.
I have less than $20 total in both recipes. At 1 TBSP at a time for both the dishwasher and washing machine, I expect it to last anywhere from 4 to 6 months. I do an average of 3-4 loads of laundry and 1-2 loads of dishes daily.
I'm sure I could make it for less if I left out the Oxiclean. I just threw it in because I had it in the laundry room and Ronnie's work clothes are a greasy mess from the aluminum plant.
One final project for today:
My sweet friend Cessna gave me some wonderful smelling foaming soap for my birthday in February. I just recently ran out and was wanting more. Luckily, I found a recipe for it too.
|Add 3 TBSP clear liquid soap to a foaming soap bottle.|
I used the last drops of Avon honeysuckle bubble bath.
|Slowly add warm water. Do not shake.|
Gently rotate to mix.
Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
|Ta Da! Foaming soap.|
And for the record, all this homemade stuff took me less than 30 minutes to do, with kids helping. I think I could pull this all together in 20 minutes on my own. Not too bad.
OK, now pick a project and just go do it!
Update: I actually made all of this on Wednesday. Since then I've done a few loads of both dishes and laundry. I'm impressed. Our clothes look and smell clean and no one is itching - the sign of success for us. And the dishwasher detergent even cleaned my icing bowls from the Angry Birds cupcakes. Getting Crisco and butter off of plastic is no small feat. So far, so good.