Sunday, May 30, 2010

DIY Laundry Soap

How does 64 loads for 55 cents AND earth-friendly sound? You only need these three things (plus some water):

  1. Grate 1/3 bar of Dr. Bronner's soap. 
  2. Dissolve soap in a quart of water over low heat while stirring.
  3. Stir in half a cup of borax & half a cup of washing soda over low heat until powders are dissolved.
  4. Pour mixture into three quarts of cool water (in a bucket or container of choice). Stir thoroughly. 

Use 1/4 cup of this detergent per load and bask in your thriftiness!

I made this stuff today and also whipped up a batch of armpit/earth-friendly deodorant with a simple recipe from Abi's blog. I used orange essential oil in it and my pits are smellin' mighty fine!

Other things I've done today:
Sunday bike ride.
Started an embroidery project.
Planted five tomato plants in the alley.
Admired this

for a long time. 

Camping was great, with the exception of a whippoorwill that decided to camp ten feet from our tent and carry on all night. We rescued two turtles from the road, one water snake from the creek (well, Marvin did), and saw a tarantula and a baby beav! I had forgotten how good s'mores are and how nice it is to fall asleep looking at the stars. I also ate a hot dog, some bacon, and a hamburger this weekend. Holiday lapse in vegetarianism. It happens. My digestive tract pays for it.   

Now I must get back to the crafting challenge that Courtney has given me. And bea arthur mountains pizza.


Betty the Bruiser said...

I may have to try your earth friendly laundry soap. We actually just ran out of our regular detergent.

And what are you embroidering? I've thought about making and then framing a goofy, embroidered portrait of Molly in a pink tutu or standing on a mountain of green tennis balls or something. Yeah, nerdy crafts!

vanessa said...

This is great!!! Where did you find the washing soda? I too am a homemade cleaner nerd, but feel like I can never find that stuff. And I only have the liquid dr bronners stuff, I wonder if that would work!

And hooray for embroidering! You should most definitely do that and then show us all what you made.