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Homemade Laundry Detergent

This past weekend was my daughters birthday. She is officially 4 years old! It’s crazy how time flies and yet it feels like they have been here forever… ya know? Forever in a good way. πŸ˜‰

She decided she wanted a Little Mermaid/Ariel party. And do you know how she decided that? She saw pictures of my nieces Ariel birthday party elevenΒ months ago. This girl has an insane memory! So we went for it! We hung Ariel streamers and made seaweed streamers throughout the kitchen. We got beads and pearls to make jewelry as our take home gift. (What’s better than a gift they make themselves, right?)

I baked a paleo cake from Rubies and Radishes: http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2013/08/16/babyfriendlycake/

This cake was insanely delicious. It tasted like banana bread! I also added 1/2 cup cocao powder to it so it had a hint of chocolate to it too. I had absolutely no luck with the icing recipe though. It didn’t set for me at. all. I have some ideas on how to make a paleo icing recipe from trying to tweak it again and again and again. I have an idea for a completely different one… I’ll let you know if it works!

Instead of icing, we covered the cake in coconut whipped cream and because it wasn’t an icing consistency, I couldn’t decorate it how I had planned! So, I let the birthday girl decorate it herself. She loved it and thought it was “beautiful”, of course. She had a blast with her friends and fell asleep in record time once bedtime came.

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And what does a kids party make you think of? ….. Laundry. Duh. Β  πŸ˜‰

If you don’t already make your own laundry detergent, after reading this – you’ll want to.

Let me break it down for ya –

  • I use one bar of Dr. Bronners baby mild soap. You can find it here. I find mine at my local whole foods for $3.99/bar.
  • One heaping cup of washing soda
  • One heaping cup of borax
  • Just under 5 gallons of water
  • 5 gallon bucket

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I find both the washing soda and the borax at my local Fred Meyers in the laundry aisle for about $3.99/each. Each box has lasted an average of about TWO years. I find I make laundry detergent once every 2-3 months. So let’s say I have to buy one box of each of the borax and washing soda once a year and one bar of Dr. Bronners soap once every 2 months. This would be a total of: $31.92 a YEAR for laundry detergent. And that would be doing A LOT of laundry. And I do A LOT of laundry! 2 kids, 2 adults and cloth diapers in this house! Like I said – I’m pretty sure the last boxes of borax and washing soda lasted me 2 years and I make a new batch of laundry detergent every 3 months so my total is more like: $20.96 a year for laundry detergent.

So the money savings just by itself make it worth it! And you wanna know what is doubly awesome? It’s super easy to make!

Directions:

Fill 5 gallon bucket with hot water 3/4 full. Add 1 heaping cup of borax and 1 heaping cup of washing soda to the hot water and stir well.

Grate the entire bar of Dr. Bronners soap of choice into a small pot. Slowly pour hot water into the pot and heat on the stove until all of the soap has dissolved.

Add the dissolved soap into the bucket. Stir well. Fill the bucket almost to the top! Cover for at least 12 hours.

After 12 hours, stir well and it is ready to use! Use 1/2-3/4 cup per laundry load.

If you use cloth diapers – only use 1/2 cup per cloth diaper load.

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So go make it and use it! You can thank me later. πŸ˜‰

-Tarrin

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