Tuesday, May 20, 2014

homemade laundry detergent ¦ simply living

happy tuesday everyone!!
i apologize for no post monday, but we were enjoying a wonderful long weekend here so....i'm really not THAT sorry :P
i wanted to touch base, today, a little bit, on why i revamped my blog and what the premise is behind it. if you haven't figured it out by now...simplicity is my approach to everything. and in order to create that in my blogging sphere...it made sense to condense all my blogs into one as they are little parts of my life that create the whole
what i want to do with my blog is inspire and share in the hopes that you, my readers, might try something you hadn't done before, or make a change that's been hovering in the back of your mind, or find something relate-able that makes you feel less crazy.
for example...maybe our story of why we decided to homeschool might help you finally make the leap yourself or make you realize that you are not alone in your thoughts of what the school system is like today or maybe you will find comfort in knowing that you are facing something that someone else has gone through.
with my simply living component...well that's all about the DIY. i don't want to or like to spend big amounts of money on things...i like to find inexpensive ways to create events, recycle clothing, eat like a celebrity...it's not about bragging about all the things i do. it's literally an opportunity to show you that if i can do it...anyone can. whether you have a "creative bone" or not! or that it's not as overwhelming as you may think.
so with that being said, i want to dedicate this week to some simply living posts! our long weekend was spent doing gardening, weekly food prep, and pursuing personal hobbies...it was cozy and completely satisfying.
i finally got around to making our own laundry detergent! one more way to take out the extra chemicals in our family's life. it's super simple, completely cost effective, safe for the environment, the perfect solution for those with sensitive skin, and it works amazingly!

DIY Laundry Detergent
container to hold detergent (found mine at the dollar store for 2.50)
scoop for detergent (set of measuring spoons found at dollar store for 2.50)
washing soda
laundry bar soap (fels naptha, zotes, sunlight, or homemade soap, any of these will work. i iused sunlight as that was all i could find...i will eventually be making my own homemade soap and will use that when i do)

all of these ingredients should be available in the laundry aisle at your grocery store.

to make the laundry soap add 2 parts borax, 2 parts washing soda, and 1 part grated bar soap, mix together and store in your container. use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load.

you can also customize your laundry detergent with the use of essential oils...whether just to add a scent or to add extra oomph to the cleaning power, here is a list of essential oil combinations :)

for example, i love lavender, so i used 20 drops lavender and 10 drops rosemary. i adjust the amounts based on how strong or weak the scent is on the clothes once clean as well as how much detergent i make at a time

Flowery sweet blend: 2 parts lavender essential oil, 1 part vanilla essential oil
Flowery savory blend: 2 parts lavender essential oil, 1 part rosemary essential oil
Flowery fruity blend: Equal parts geranium and sweet orange essential oils
Herbal lemon blend: 2 parts lemon essential oil, 1 part lemongrass essential oil, 1 part chamomile essential oil
Fresh citrus blend: Equal parts lemon, lemongrass, and tea tree essential oil
Citrusy blend: Equal parts lemon and sweet orange oils

now, this weekend, i struggled to find washing soda at any grocery store...so here's one more tip. you can make your own washing soda! yup! even cheaper then buying washing soda....
all you need is a box of baking soda. empty the box of baking soda onto a baking dish, bake at 400 until the baking soda becomes washing soda! THAT simple!! if you're like me and want pictures and more steps your first time, go here.

it cost me less then 10 dollars to buy all the ingredients to make laundry soap. i made 5 cups of detergent (obviously not using all the borax and bars of soap) for my first time and i should get anywhere between 70 and 80 loads...which means it's pennies per load and toxin free and now that i know it works will use the remaining amounts of bar soap, borax and washing soda to make more :)

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