I am not what one would call au naturale. I only briefly experimented with cloth diapers 8 years ago. I do not own a tent. I think lip gloss should be the 8th wonder of the world. I will probably color my gray until I'm 104.
But I have gone and done something downright granola. I made my own laundry detergent. This is not an endeavor that involves slaving over a boiling vat of lye and stirring with a wooden oar. It requires no cooking whatsoever.
I spent about 10 minutes whipping up my first batch and I have now used it for at least a dozen loads. It works great, smells fresh, and is beyond cheap.
It even worked wonders yesterday morning when I awoke to Cupcake's misadventures in poo. One overflowing diaper of poo + one bored 19-month-old + no mommy in sight = a crib, sheet, bumper pad, dresser, wall, and carpet christened with poo.
The borax and grapefruit seed crush worked fantastically to disinfect and deodorize such a horrid load of linens.
So here's the recipe: Homemade Laundry Soap Powder
* 1 white soap bar (no dyes; I used Ivory)
* 2 C baking soda
* 2 C borax (in your laundry aisle)
* 5 drops lavender essential oil
* 5 drops orange essential oil
* 1/4-C vinegar (per load)
* 5 drops grapefruit seed crush (per load)
Grate soap with fine side of a cheese grater (or have your kids do it.) Here's what it will look like.
Add soap, baking soda, borax, lavender & orange essential oils to a lidded container. Whisk.
Use 4-5 T (about 1/4 C) for a large load. To each load add 1/4 C vinegar (this keeps colors from fading and bleeding; also breaks down hard water.) Add 5 drops grapefruit seed crush as a disinfectant.
Start laundry, sit down, eat chocolate, and put on some lip gloss. You deserve it. For you are now a domestic goddess and homemaker extraordinaire. June Cleaver is smiling down on you from heaven.
You can purchase essential oils at a health food store or order them on-line. I ordered mine from Beeyoutiful, a wonderful company I love to support. Their catalog provided this recipe. The essential oils are $5-$10 dollars a bottle but will last for ages. I've had my tea tree & lavender oil 8 years.
I figured out that this detergent costs pennies a load and isn't full of chemicals and dyes. I was attached to store-bought liquid detergent before but this powder dissolves great.
If you try it out, I'd love to know your results. If you don't try it, don't feel guilty for using Tide. You should still eat chocolate and show yourself some love.
Have any great (and easy-to-make) homemade cleaners or remedies of your own? If so, please share. I'm wanting to learn more. No lip gloss recipes please. I'm hanging on to my shimmery, drug-store goodness.