It's everyone's favorite subject......LAUNDRY!
Ok maybe not that exciting.....but here's a little something to make it more.....interesting.
I have been seeing this "recipe" for homemade laundry detergent all over the www, and I finally decided to give it a try.
You see, the girl has THE fairest, most sensitive skin in all the land.
I finally found a laundry soap that I love and doesn't irritate her skin-as-white-as-snow.....but it's not cheap.
Someone did the calculations on this homemade stuff (not I), and found it to come out to 1¢ per load!
If you're adding essential oils, it may come out to a tad bit more.....but you still can't beat that.
I have also talked to friends who have kiddos with sensitive skin, and they didn't have any problems with this, so one more reason to give it a try. The Fels Naptha soap does have a bit of a fragrance, so I decided to go with a small batch to test it out and see how her skin does, and we will go from there.
I'm trying to find a good balance between delicate for her, but strong enough for stinky sweaty armpit smells (ahem, my own).
For the big batch of detergent, check out abi's blog.
3tsp Fels-Naptha soap (grated). You can find this in the detergent section of a grocery store.
It acts as a stain remover.
4tsp Borax. Found in the detergent section of most stores.
Borax disinfects and neutralizes odors (like those from your stinky armpits)
4tsp Washing Soda. Found in the detergent section of grocery stores.
This fights stains and grease.
few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional) I used lavender.
-Add grated soap and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan on low heat, and cook until soap is dissolved.
-Add borax and washing soda, and continue to cook and stir until dissolved, and mixture is thicker.
-Pour into an empty container (if you are making the big batch I would use empty detergent jugs if you have them). I used a jar since I just made a little bit.
Add 5 cups of cold water, and a few drops of essential oil.
Give it a good shake, let it sit overnight, and shake it again in the morning and you are good to go!
Use 1/2cup per load.
Have you made your own detergent? What's your recipe?
I will report back on how the little girl does, and let you know if I make a different version for her.