I am sure many of you already know this but for those who don't I wanted to share. I've read on multiple blogs and in the land of Google that you can make your own laundry detergent which is natural and oh so much cheaper. I wish I would have done this years ago actually when all the children lived at home, ha! After searching and searching, I found a recipe I like here - at the Beehive Cottage and I followed her recipe.
What you'll need:
4# Washing Soda
4# Baking Soda
3 Bars of Ivory, Fels Naptha, or Zote Soap
All of these items can be found in the laundry isle at your local grocery store. Walmart should have everything too. I used Ivory Soap simply because I couldn't find the others but I did subsequently find Fels Naptha at Walmart and will most likely use that next time.
All you need to do is grate your soap (Ivory was super easy to grate being it's a soft soap) and mix everything together. Couldn't be easier! To laundry your clothes place 2 Tbsps in and you're set! I like to dissolve mine in hot water first and then add it. You will not see suds when you wash with this but all is good and everything comes out squeaky clean!
Now in keeping with all natural laundry cleaner, I am now using White Vinegar for my fabric softener. When I did a post on this I forgot to mention that I use 1/4 cup which I add to my fabric softener dispenser in my washer. Otherwise, you just add it to the rinse cycle. Once again, your clothes will not smell like vinegar, I promise! That come out smelling clean and there is no static cling!
Also, I have been using the Fels Naptha as a pre-treatment for stains. If you know me then you know that I am rarely without a cup of coffee in my hand and thus I spill quite often, ha! I have found that the Fels Naptha works rather well!
I found an awesome 2 gallon apothecary jar at Target.com for a good price. I also happened to notice them at Walmart too. Of course I had to "pretty" my jars by making and adding labels from graphics from the Graphics Fairy. I even made a cute little jar for my clothes pins!
I'm linking up today with Faded Charm for my very first White Wednesday - be sure to stop over and see who else is linking up today!