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Friday, March 30, 2007

Something to Try: Laundry Detergent

Got the Modern Cottage link from Not Martha:

S.O.’s Home-Made Cheap Laundry Soap

1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (comes out to about 2 cups)
You can find this in the grocery store laundry aisle. S.O. grates it on our cheese grater.
1 c Borax
Comes from the grocery store laundry aisle and some hardware stores.
1 c Washing Soda
My sister can find this at her nice grocery store but we had to order online. Others report that they found it in little grocery stores or Mexican markets.
1/4 c OxyClean (not necessary, but we add it)
Mix it all together into a bumpy, granular mix. Don’t worry about stuff getting correctly dispersed, even if it doesn’t quite look like it does.

Use 1T for a light load

Use 2T for a large or dirty load (It’s true! Only 2 Tablespoons per load!)

Laundry Rinse (instead of fabric softener which is so bad for you and the environment, you don’t even want to know)

1 gal white vinegar
25-30 drops essential oil - optional (This was another internet purchase. We’re currently using “gardenia.” Mmmmm. Straight vinegar works just fine though.)
Use 1/4 c in the rinse cycle. I promise your clothes won’t smell like vinegar. The vinegar clears the last bit of soap remaining on all your clothes and reduces static.

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