April 17, 2012 by Heather
OF COURSE our landlord shows up to fix the bathtub right after I conclude my morning coffee-induced #2 ritual. Of COURSE that’s when he chooses to come. How perfect. I sincerely hope he enjoyed such a pleasant environment. Not to mention my appearance, but let’s not delve into wonders such as that.
Now, onto other matters.
At the risk of sounding like the how-to blog that this will never become (I am sooo not crafty or super diy-ish), I want to tell you what I did last night.
I made homemade laundry detergent. Pause for reaction.
Not the gloopy kind that you store in a 5-gallon bucket and have to stir before each use. (Who has room for a 5-gallon bucket in their laundry room anyway?) I made a powdered version from this recipe I found after researching a few different ones.
I wanted to make the stuff last month, but every time I went to Wal-Mart they would be out of borax, so I just kept checking whenever I was there and yesterday was my lucky day. What does that mean exactly when you get really excited about Wal-Mart finally getting in a shipment of borax? Please, don’t answer.
The bar of soap will yield roughly 3 cups of shredded curly-Q’s. To that, add 1.5 cups of washing soda and 1.5 cups of borax. Mix it all together with a fork and inhale deeply because it smells so fresh and so clean, clean.
Note: After making this batch, I still have over half a box of both the washing soda and the borax. The only ingredient used in its entirety was the fels-naptha, which costs a whopping $0.97.
Now, to answer your burning question of BUT DOES IT WORK? I too was very skeptical: A.) I’d never used any form of powdered laundry detergent, and B.) This was homemade. I decided to really put it to the ultimate test….
Andrew’s workout clothes.
Into the washing machine went a couple of towels, some socks, and my dear husband’s absolutely disgusting clothes he wore while exercising. Listen, y’all. The soaked-with-sweat shorts were turned inside out with the soaked-with-sweat boxers still attached to them. I can’t even explain the vileness of it all. Love you, honey.
To answer your question, the stuff worked like a charm. I even smelled the freshly laundered crotch of the aforementioned shorts just to make sure. Since it was a small/medium load, I used one tablespoon of the detergent. For a large load I’ll use two tablespoons.
I read online about how much $$$ is saved by making your own detergent, but I don’t remember exactly what it said (See? If this was a proper how-to blog then I would have all of that information…dang it). It was a pretty substantial amount though. Plus it just makes you feel like a bad-@$$ trophy wife/pilgrim, which is the combo I am always striving for in life.
Now, I have a question for YOU.
Come on, Target. Really? The sculpted abs? Were those really necessary?