From granola to the easiest homemade laundry detergent
If you’re old enough to remember, granola people were from California, the land of Â nuts and flakes. Â Of course it’s not politically correct, but we weren’t PC back in the day! Â I picture in my mind the type of person I thought was a granola: Â gauze skirt, Birkenstocks, graying hair, home grown, homemade food from scratch, homemade soap, Â shopped at co-ops, had hairy arm pits and was hippee-like. Â I’ve noticed these granola-types for years. Â The other day I asked my daughter if her boyfriends’ parents are granolas (because I had my suspicions) and she said “Not as much as you are, Mom”. Â Then it hit me. Â I AM a granola! Â Let’s get one thing straight, though….I don’t have hairy armpits. But, I’ve been lazy about touching up the grays, I make my own soap, I shop at a local food co-op, I wear Birkenstocks, I bake my bread from scratch, as well as make my own yogurt and kombucha. Â This simple, natural lifestyle has become so normal to me, that I hadn’t even noticed that I’ve become a granola. Â
Speaking of granola, I have a fantastic recipe for homemade granola that I’ll post here sometime soon….but I digress…
I’ve been living more purposeful. I’ve been trying to live simpler, healthier, and I’m working real hard on reducing the amount of toxins and poisons in my home. Â I can’t go half a day without running across yet another article about how toxins are making us sick. They are compromising our immune systems, and making us weak. Â If I can help my little corner of the world be more aware of healthy living, then I’ve succeeded.
In an attempt to become greener, reduce toxins and save money, I started making my own laundry detergent. Â Of all of the natural lifestyle changes I’ve made, this is, by far, the easiest. Â There are only 3 ingredients, all very easy to find.
I’ve used several batches of my easiest homemade laundry detergent, and I like it as much as commercial laundry detergent. It cleans just as good, if not better, is cheaper, and I know exactly what is in it.
Here is the recipe for the easiest homemade laundry detergent
Â 1 bar of shaved soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, but Fels Naptha, Zote, or plain old Ivory will work)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing SodaÂ
Put all ingredients in a container and shake. Â That’s it!
Use 1 TBSP per load. For a big load or heavily soiled load, use 2 TBSP.
A few notes about making the easiest homemade laundry detergent
- If using an unscented bar of soap, add 10-15 drops of Lavender Essential OilÂ (Find it here)Â and shake well.
- You can use your own homemade castille soap.
- I don’t have a food processor, so I shred the bar of soap by hand, then put it in my magic bullet to pulverize it into a powder.Â
- Borax and Washing Soda can be found in the laundry detergent aisle. Wal-Mart has both, Target does not have Washing Soda. I found the Washing Soda at my local grocery store.
- Washing Soda is not the same as Baking Soda. Baking Soda: Sodium Bicarbonate. Â Washing Soda: Sodium Carbonate
- For HE washers: Â Because HE washers use less water, they require low sudsing soap. Â This easy homemade laundry detergent is extremely low in suds. Â I sometimes think the ‘special’ HE detergent is just another way to push us consumers to buy Â more expensive soaps. Try making your own laundry detergent and see how much money you will save.
- Â This is the best laundry soap to use with septic tanks because does not contain phosphates or fillers (like montmorillonite clay) that cause commercial powder detergents to clog lines. It is Â non-toxic will not harm necessary septic bacteria like toxic detergents and antibacterial soaps can.
- Is Borax toxic? Yes, and no. In high levels, yes, just as salt and baking soda is. Â Click here, for further reading about borax.
If you’d like to start living more naturally, reduce toxins, and save money at the same time, try making your own easiest homemade laundry detergent, and you’ll soon see how easy it is to live simply.