Ok, so I very easily get obsessed with new things. I was into scrapbooking for a while and collected all this stuff. I did a couple of albums and even set up my own scrapbooking area in our house when we moved about 6 years ago, and haven't scrapped since. Pathetic! I know!
Anyway, thanks to Pinterest I'm trying things I haven't ever wanted to do. I am all about making my own laundry detergent, fabric softener etc. My friend gave me a recipe and I got one from Pinterest. Since, I'm me, and I never just follow a recipe, I made my first batch with some alterations.
The first recipe from Pinterest actually comes from this Blog post. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/make-a-years-worth-of-laundry-soap.html
Jillee has a pretty cool blog and I'm excited about all the ideas I've gotten so far. Here is the basic recipe.
1 box Borax
1 box Washing Soda
2 cups Baking Soda
2 containers Oxyclean
3 bars Fels-Naphta (grated)
1-2 containers Purex fabric softener crystals.
My friend Lori, who is FABULOUS and all things natural, and Zen gave me this recipe.
1 box Borax
4 lb Box Washing Soda
4 lb Baking Soda
2 lb. oxyclean
3 bars Fels-Naphta or 2 bars Zote
I made the recipe given to me by my friend. Because, I'm nothing if not Loyal! However, I did adjust it a little. I couldn't find the bars of Zote, and the Fels-Naphta had too strong a scent. So, I used Bars of Ivory instead.
It was great, I do think I got the measurement per load wrong though. I have been severely oversoaping my laundry. Even so, my clothes are clean and smell faintly good.
I can't have perfumes in my detergent, activates my allergies so much that I can't even go into my laundry room. Bummer!
My next batch will be the Pinterest/Jillee recipe except for the Fels/Naphta adn the Purex fabric softener crystals. I'll leave the crystals out altogether and substitute Ivory, unless I can find an unscented Fels-Naphta bar.
Is there a detergent recipe that you have used? How did you like it? Feel free to share!