I thought I would let you all have a little bit more time to finish day seven's assignment and get your soil testing done, so we are taking a break from the gardening side of the challenge this week.
If you are new to the challenge, start here.
I used to make my own laundry detergent a few years ago, but didn't quite like the consistency and build up in the washing machine that it caused. It was a gel-like consistency and got a little messy. Once we moved farther north, we bought a front loader and had to use certain detergent for HE(high efficiency) washers. I quit making my own as I didn't want to ruin the washer.
Not until recently did I come across this recipe that is compatible for HE washers. So far, I love it and I think you will too. All together it cost around $30-$35 to make, depending on where you purchase the ingredients. One such ingredient is Purex Crystals. This is not a natural softener, but I did find that the lavender crystals were 92% natural.
If you'd like, the crystals can be omitted and you can just add vinegar to your washer(not the detergent) as a softener.
This is a dry detergent, so no more mess. I found this recipe at One Good Think by Jillee. Not only does this keep you from buying detergent from the grocery store for quite some time, but it is more natural and less expensive. And, it really was pretty simple to make. Grating the soap was probably the most difficult thing to do. Oh, and I inhaled a little too much powder at one point when I was pouring it in a trash bag and started sneezing like crazy!
I'm sure it will not last me a whole year as I do believe that it is intended for a family of four, but it will last a good while with my family of seven. It only takes two tablespoons per load!
Day Eight Challenge-Try Your Hand at Making A Year's Worth of HE Compatible Laundry Detergent
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