Ok, enough of the reasons why....what are we doing about it? Well, take a look at what is happening with Pinterest.com's user boards lately (if you want to see mine, just go to pinterest.com/HandmadeHeritag). You're likely to find at least one or two different detergent and other household cleaning DIY tips pinned fairly quickly. The real question is, though....Does It Work? Well, after hearing a friend talking about the same pin I'd been seeing for awhile I figured I give it a shot (come on, we're a family of 6 which adds up to a LOT of laundry! lol, What better test source wouldn't you say?). So I jumped on there, looked up the blog article about it (which you can find at beingcreativetokeepmysanity.blogspot.com) and tried it out myself. Goodness, can I even BEGIN to tell you just how surprised we were at not only how good it smelled but also how clean our clothes were without fading! I'll admit, we tweaked it a little bit to fit our own purposes, but her basic recipe works like a charm and has become something we've even give out to friends to test which they've loved as well.
(Please Note: when you are mixing this you WILL want to have some kind of a face mask for the powder cloud and some plastic gloves with longer sleeves on them. The powder cloud isn't a danger, but it can be very very irritating to the sinuses and the gloves will explain themselves shortly.)
Another note: this picture is missing a couple of the duplicate items, please count them all in the recipe...it makes a HUGE difference though just a couple of ounces here or there won't.
1 box Borax (usually about 4 lbs 12 ozs of big)
1 box Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer are the only brand I've seen and the box is about 3 lbs 7 ozs)
4 lbs Baking Soda (that's 4 of those little guys or 1 big ol' box, or maybe 2 medium boxes...go by weight. Oh, and this is something you're more likely to find in the baking aisle.)
3 bars (that's right 3 bars ladies and gents) of Fels Naptha soap (we missed 2 bars the first time we made this recipe, lol) Another note: I'm told if you use Zote (you can find it at Home Depot or Lowe's) soap instead it only takes 2 bars?
3 lbs Oxy-Clean (your favorite generic brand of this will work terrifically)opt'l
For our batches, I'll also use some vinegar and fabric softener sometimes but I'll get to that in a minute.
Ok, so how do you put it all together? Super easy! First, grate your soap...I prefer using the fine grate on our to help the soap more thoroughly mix but that is just me.
Then you want to don the gas mask, rubber/plastic gloves, and dump all the rest of your ingredients into a big old bucket (we use a 20 gallon storage bucket for ours). Mix that all together, then mix in all the grated soap flakes. We actually did find that if you do this last part by hand and rub the soap in with the powders that it helps the lot of it to actually blend better for dispersing more evenly.
So, yep. That's all there is to it. That first, initial batch attempt on our part literally lasted more than 6 months and our clothes are absolutely terrifically clean and bright. I've actually experienced far less fading versus the other brands thus far, too, which I've LOVED. The ingredients cost us about $25 or so to put all together, plus the cost of the vinegar and fabric softener that we add to each load. Can you see the saving yet? :)
Do any of you have any further laundry tips to add? I'd LOVE to hear them!