Every once in a while I take a step back and ask myself what new and small change can I make that will make our home a little greener.
A while back I significantly reduced the amount of plastics we use in our home and invested in lots and lots of glass storage. (Now I can’t imagine my life without my mason jars!)
I replaced aluminum and plastic wraps with bees wrap.
After the summer, I stopped using our dryer and we now air dry all of our laundry.
The latest way I have “greened up” our home is by making my own homemade laundry detergent. This has been on my list of things to do for a while but for some reason I was intimidated to try it.
I am so glad that I got over myself and went for it because nothing will be the same again. Not only does the laundry smell amazing, I can feel a lot better about the ingredients I am currently using (and NOT using).
I referenced Wellness Mama and her awesomely simple recipe for homemade laundry detergent and a bunch of other great ideas. I make a “powdered” detergent. I have a feeling that when you look at the steps I take to make this, you are going to ask yourself, “Why am I not doing this?”
Really, it is that simple!
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap with essential oils (I like citrus!)
1. Grate the bar of soap over the smallest holes you can on a metal grater. (I purchased an inexpensive one and use it only for detergent making.)
2. In the blender, combine grated soap, Borax, and washing soda.
3. Blend until you have a consistent powder.
4. Store in a glass jar.
5. Add 1-2 Tablespoons to your washing machine for each load of laundry.
Uh, huh, I know. How unbelievably SIMPLE!
It is worth giving it a shot yourself. It is inexpensive compared to purchasing factory-made detergents and you control the ingredients. (I like that!) You have got to give it a try.
Below I have listed the ingredients I have used should you want to have a go at it! If you do, please tell me what you think!