Recipe Thursday

Two things that I personally strive to do for my family: save money and live better (not the way Walmart suggests it though!).  Below is a recipe for a household item that will save you money and reduce toxins in your life. Plus, it has many more wonderful uses!

Homemade Laundry Detergent make approximately one gallon

3/4 cup Borax
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 bar Kirk’s Castille Soap – grated*
3 pints (6 cups) of water
favorite essential oil – optional (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree)

Grate soap, set aside. Measure out powdered ingredients into one bowl and set aside.  Add water into a large (2 gallon) pot (stainless steel, glass or ceramic) and heat on high just until steam begins to rise.  Add the grated soap and stir until it dissolves.  Then add all powders, borax, washing soda, and baking soda.  Stir until all the powders are dissolved with no sediment.  Turn off heat.  Add hot water until the 2 gallon pot is almost full – 3 inches from the top of the pot.  Allow to cool overnight.  Use a stick blender to blend the soap well a few times.  Add 20 drops of essential oil if you choose and blend again.

I then pour my mixture into 1 gallon plastic jugs – leftover from distilled white vinegar use.  Shake well before each use, use 1/2 cup in HE washers and 1/2 – 1 cup in regular machines.

This batch will cost you less than $1!

You can also use this wonderful cleaner for many other uses, here’s what I use it for:

  • Automatic dishwasher detergent (add 3T of distilled white vinegar to about 16oz. of the laundry soap and only use 1-2 teaspoons per load or it could oversud)
  • Baked on dirty dishes (add a spoonful of detergent to the dirty pan and swish around. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes then use a scrub brush and hot water to clean). I learned this one by accident while making my detergent. Some fell off the stick blender onto a very dirty egg pan and it cleaned up SO fast!
  • Clothing stain remover (pour a small amount of detergent onto stain as soon as possible and let sit for at least 30 minutes prior to washing).
  • Toilet cleaner.  (all the powdered ingredients state they are great for cleaning and deodorizing, added together they’re even better!)
  • Sink, tub and shower cleaner. (replace your toxic cleaning products with this one!)
  • I’ve even washed the car with this detergent!

* Grating soap can be a big pain, so to save time and energy use the grating tool on your food processor.  When I make this detergent I triple the recipe and make 3 gallons worth so that I don’t have to continually make it every week.

Keep it clean!

~ Daedra


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