While they were taking a "dideo" break I attempted my newest DIY adventure. This project came along for 3 reasons. 1. because I am now uping my GF dedication and looking for GF household/cosmetic products, 2. being GF is expensive (as is life in general) and as my income has decreased rather than increased lately, it is time to look for more ways to save, and 3. I prefer to purchase or use 'green' products (when I can afford them) as I am a firm believer that there are way too many harmful chemicals being used in our household products.
I spent quite a bit of time searching for laundry detergent recipes, and there were many, but in the end I decided to use one that was suggested to me by a neighbour from the Queen of Green's blog on the David Suzuki's Foundation Website. There are two recipes posted and I did a combination of them both.
Ingredients I Used:
7 Liters Hot Water
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
1/3 Cup Course Salt
1/2 Cup Borax
|While the 7 litres of water were coming to a boil I gathered my ingredients.|
I used the Borax free recipe but at the last minute decided to add some Borax.
I used Kiss My Face Castile Soap which is gluten free.
|Once the water had come to a near boil I added the salt, |
baking soda, castile soap and borax and stirred.
|When all the ingredients seemed to have dissolved |
I left the mixture to cool for a few hours.
|We had this large dispensing water jug which was|
perfect for the detergent. I popped the top and
funnelled the detergent into it once it had cooled.
This recipe was super easy, is a super big cost saver and, I can also pronounce all the ingredients! It's so nice to know what is in my detergent. There is a note on the Queen of Green recipe page that indicates it is safe to use in HE machines, which is in fact what we have and it appears to work great! I even did a smell test on the armpits of t-shirts (I know, gross.).
I used to buy a 'green' laundry detergent that was $12.99 for 50 loads. This recipe is $4.24 for 90 loads. That's a savings of $19.14!
**Please note: this detergent may separate over time, leaving liquid at the bottom and gel like clumps at the top. If you are using a front loading machine I recommend that you NOT use the detergent with clumps (will block your dispenser tray and cause water to flow out of the machine all over the floor). When it separates, I highly recommend that you blend the gel clumps and liquid together using a hand blander.**