Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Arm Hurts! But I have laundry detergent again!

Confession time.  I've been a very baaaaaad eco-friendly and frugal lady lately.  Chalk it up to a slight depression (not about life, but about not being able to find a job), lack of interest, whatever you want.  I have been using *gasp* store bought laundry detergent since we moved back to California!!!  It's a shocker, I know.

Last week, we ran out of detergent.  And because of the whole lack of a job thing I didn't really have the money to buy the brands I would normally buy (Seventh Generation, Ecover, etc.).  So what's an eco-friendly girl to do?  Get off her lazy butt and start grating up bars of soap!

That's right!  I went back to my green roots and made my own detergent again!  Let's flash back to January of 2010 when I first got into making detergent but was far too ADD to grate detergent.  I used liquid Dr. Bronners and it actually worked!  However, I had a coupon for some bars of soap (Dove, actually, not the best option but according to the interwebz, it works!).  So I used my lovely coupons and then sent my fantastic fiance to the store to buy the rest of the ingredients.  You should have heard him on the phone: "BORAX?  WTF is Borax?  20 Mule what?  OK, Washing Soda?  What's that?"  Ah.... love him!  But he found it all!

This time around I was able to find washing soda (yay!) so here is the recipe I used:

-2 Bars of Soap (yielded about 5 cups of soap)
-2 cups of Borax
-2 cups of Washing Soda
-1 cup of Oxygen Whitener

I'm told 2 tablespoons of this combo will work great for an HE front loader washer.  I did a load and thus far, I'm very happy!  No stains, the clothes smelled and felt clean, and it seems like this will last us a while, a heck of a lot longer than the store bought stuff, anyway.  All for just under $9!

The upside?  Lots of great detergent and I know exactly what went into it!  Plus it was affordable, I even have lots of Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxygen Whitener left so all I need to do is buy some more soap and I can make more anytime.

The downside?  My arm is soooo sore today from grinding up those two bars of soap!  It only took about 10 minutes per bar but since I can only use my left arm to grate it up all the stress and work went to the muscles in that arm.  And they are mad at me today!  But... it's worth it!


Jen @ Lita's World said...

Good for you!!!! OMG I get so lazy sometimes too, but then try to remember how good it feels to be frugal and eco-friendly!! I'm inspired by you and your site. I have all the ingredients to make my own and now, like you said, I need to get off my butt and do it!! Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't believe you grind your own soap! Good for you! I'm a newbie within the world of green~there are so so many simple things you can do to make a HUGE difference. So far, I'm really liking Pure and Gentle Soap - - but I do want to try your "recipe"

Have a green day!