Today, maybe more than any other day, I demonstrated my true hairy-legged ways. I made dishwasher soap and laundry detergent from scratch.
If you'll allow a little aside; for my birthday I was given a book called "Planet Home" by Jeffrey Hollender. There are great ideas for cleaners, reducing waste, composting and the like. Included in the book was a reference to an article I recently read about fragrance in products we use daily (ie. wall air fresheners, laundry soap, cleaners in general). It stated something to the effect that there are 500 different types of "fragrance" used in commercial products. Of those 500, 50 or so are known carcinogens. Wait for it: and those 50 do not have to be on the label of the items we buy daily.
Excellent. Now, I don't know about you, but let's just say the next time I see Cancer I'll be giving it a swift kick in the balls. That's enough for me to make a change.
That leads me to my Crafternoon today. I decided since I don't know what "fragrances" are in my household cleaners and the like, I will faze them all out one by one. We ran out of laundry soap this week and Matt was all about making the leap.
After some thorough interweb research, here is what I came up with:
1 cup Borax ($4.99)
1 cup Washing Soda ($4.98)
1 bar of soap (I used Vegetable Soap scented with Shea Butter) 2 bars/$3.99
Grate your soap bar.
Combine your soap bar, Washing Soda and Borax and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Each load should take 1 tbsp of detergent, two if you have a rough and tumble toddler. I ran my daughter's clothes through and they came out super clean; as if I had used a Name Brand detergent! Whoo!
Next up? Dishwasher soap.