Friday, April 22, 2011

The Laundry & Dish Detergent Makeover!

This week I did something
 I said I'd never do - I made my own cleaning supplies!

Behold, my new laundry detergent & dishwasher soap!
Once I read the {incredibly easy} directions on how to many your own household detergents, and how cheap they are {we're talking around $0.014/load} I realized I'd be a fool to not try this.

The recipe I used for the laundry detergent can be found all over the internet, I found it here, on the Duggar's website. {They have two versions, I made the powdered, but they also have a recipe for liquid detergent.} Borax, a Fels-Naptha bar, and Arm & Hammer's Washing Soda {ALL found at Walmart in the cleaning aisle} was all that was required. I have plenty of borax & washing soda to make many more batches.
You can substitute for the Fels-Naptha bar, using Zote {which makes the detergent a pretty pink!}, Ivory, or I've even seen recipes where folks use their own handmade castile soaps. My mom is a soapmaker, so I'm going to have to ask her for some when it's time to make my next batch...
For the dishwasher detergent, I used this recipe from Homestead Revival {an awesome blog, if you haven't already been there}. She has a recipe for the laundry detergent here, also. I also stole her idea for using a sugar dispenser for my detergents...

I love the way the sugar dispenser looks next to my sink. It's always nice to have a clean, homemade look to your container as opposed to some commercialized box with bright colors and advertising...

I do recommend, if you chose to try these recipes for yourself, to designate some measuring cups & spoons specifically for these soaps and not for food use. {My mom gives me a set of measuring cups every year in my stocking, so I had plenty to spare... love you, mom!}
 

Finally, I needed a durable way to label my new soaps since they'd be around water. I decided to use my new metal stamping supplies {for jewelry making} to create labels. What do you think? I love the look on the sugar dispenser {I picked those up for about $2.00 each at Walmart, and they're the perfect size & design for this task!}

3 comments:

  1. Love this... very adorable! Made the mind start turning on all sorts of great ideas!

    http://craftdonkey.blogspot.com/

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  2. Oooh these look great!
    How does everything clean up with homemade detergents, compared to shop-bought?

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  3. This totally makes me want to make my own. Do you know if this laundry detergent is safe for high efficiency washing machines?

    Love those tags you made for the sugar dispensers!

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