Monthly Archives: March 2013

I guess this is considered Grain Free…

OK maybe not food related but still health related!

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If you are anything like me and have mini fantasies about living in the woods (like snow white…minus the dwarfs) herbs hanging and drying and making all your own household needs from scratch…yes I do have mini fantasies or maybe they are flashbacks to a previous life. And YES that is a BREW of KOMBUCHA on the window sill! (another blog to come) Point is, I get GREAT satisfaction for making my own things and especially when they work.  A while back I posted about deodorant and I am happy to say I AM STILL IN LOVE!

So why bother making your own laundry detergent?  Other than the fact that is is super cheap and easy…conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and more. Many brands contain things like petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Fragrances in these detergents are made of a mix of harmful chemicals.  YUCK!  Also I am all about “doing better when I know better” and lowering my and my families exposure of harmful chemicals.

– 1- 5 gallon bucket with lid (got mine at home depot)

-1 bar of soap (Dr.Bonner’s Pure Castille)  I used an Organic scentless glycerin bar from the health food store.

– 1 cup Borax (there are alternatives if you don’t want to use borax)  I did.

– 1 cup Washing Soda

– 2 tbsp baking soda

– Essential oils (I used lavender)

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pot with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and 2 tbsp baking soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket.
  5. Put 40 drops of your Essential oil (or combination of) Stir well.
  6. Cover and leave overnight.
  7. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  8. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

A Five-Gallon batch costs $4.30 and washes at least 80 loads, costing about $0.05 per load!

another cool idea and fun project until I got the wool tangled up…just don’t do that!  Making your own scented dryer balls! 

I just went and bought some balls of 100% wool.  Wound them up into balls.  Put them in a stocking leg (put ball in bottom tie know, put in the next ball, tie knot and so on like a sausage.  Put through the wash cycle and then into the dryer (to felt them)  Took a while to dry…then I put drops of my favorite Essential Oils and ta da!!! 

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