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In this installment of Hippy Corner, I’ll be showing you how to be a penny pincher and make your own laundry detergent.
Im very sensitive to laundry soaps and have been wanting to make one thats free of dyes and perfumes for ages. Once we settled in here at the farm, the couple who own it don’t like to use many chemicals and had a batch of this already mixed up. She just throws everything in a food processor, and voila. It has been doing a bang up job on the clothes! She has been using Sunlight soap, because it’s the most economical, but you can use whatever soap you like. Its really just for the scent, I think. The baking soda and vinegar is what really blasts off the stains.
If you need to get a spot out, I just make a paste of baking soda & water, spread it on and wait 10-15 minutes, and then throw on some vinegar. It fizzes and blasts the stain out. This works for.. most stuff.. don’t know about wine stains yet though!
Home Made Laundry Detergent
Yield: 4 cups or 32 loads (comes out to about 5 cents a load)
2 bars soap
1 cup soda crystals – or “washing soda” or Borax would work as well
1 cup baking soda
Mix in food processor until fine. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use the finer side of a cheese grater to grate the bars of soap. into Use about 2-3 tbsp per load in the detergent slot of your washing machine, add a glog of vinegar to the softener spot for extra cleaning power.
You can find all the ingredients at a Binn Inn or Bulk Barn and it makes every load just a few pennies. Not too shabby.
Mary called these Soda crystals, Ive heard of it being called Washing Soda as well.. Not sure of the Kiwi vs Canadian terms for this stuff but it’s cheap and it looks like this. If you cant find it a box of Borax will work great and run you about $4 a box.