Day 12 - Laundry Room

Today I tackled the laundry area in our basement. There wasn't much to do in the way of decluttering - just a few things that had collected on top of the washer and dryer that needed to be put away. I did spend some time shopping for and making refills of my homemade laundry detergents though.

For regular laundry, I had been using this homemade powder detergent. It worked great when we had a top loader, but now that I have an HE front loader, it hasn't been doing the job as well. Mainly, it hasn't been completely dissolving so I would find clumps in the detergent dispenser after the load had finished. But I was also finding spots on our clothes that I'm suspecting were from the detergent as well.  So this time, I decided to give a liquid recipe a try. It involved a trip to Walmart to buy a few supplies, but some of the items I still had on had from the powder recipe. Here's the recipe. I haven't used it yet, but I am hopeful that it will do the job.

Homemade Liquid Detergent (with Tide)

Ingredients:

  • 1 c Borax
  • 1 c Super Washing Soda
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap, shredded
  • 1 75 fl. oz. Tide
  • water
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid
  • essential oil of your choice (I used tea tree oil and lavender)

Instructions: 

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the Fels Naptha in 4 cups water on medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Fill the bucket half way with hot water.
  3. Add the soap/water mixture. Stir.
  4. Stir in the Borax, Washing Soda, and essential oil
  5. Add more hot water until the bucket is a little over 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Put the lid on and let it sit for 24 hours.
  7. Stir in the bottle of Tide.

Use 1/2 cup for regular loads.

I also refilled my cloth diaper detergent. This is a super easy recipe that I've found to work really well on our cloth diapers. I only use about 1-2 tablespoons per load, depending on how dirty the diapers are. I sometimes add some bleach if they're starting to get a funky smell.

Homemade Cloth Diaper Detergent:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup OxiClean
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • A few drops of essential oil (I use tea tree oil and lemon or lavender) 

On Friday, when my dishwashing soap arrives from ePantry.com, I'm going to give this recipe for Homemade Stain Remover a try.