Friday, July 3, 2015

Learning to Depend Less Upon the Grocery Store: Laundry Detergent

In the last entry I shared with you that before I started on my journey of becoming less dependent upon the grocery store I needed to set up some kind of system of organization and shared with you how I planned to do that.

I've got my notebook setup up and now I'm ready to add my first entry which is laundry detergent.

Years ago I tried the homemade laundry detergent that it seems everyone online either has tried or currently uses.  I liked it and have been using it for several years.  I haven't purchased laundry detergent in a very long time.

Here's the recipe I use:

3 bars Fels Naptha, grated (I have used Zote and Ivory as well.)
1 box Borax  ( 4lbs, 12 oz)
1 box Washing Soda (3 lbs, 7 oz.)
2 cups of baking soda 
1 box Oxyclean (3 lbs)

Mix all together in a really large container.  I have a huge dishpan that I use, I've heard of others using 'doubled' garbage bags or a 5 gallon bucket.  After I get it all thoroughly mixed I store mine in empty ice cream buckets and jars until ready to use.

Use 2 tablespoons per load

One batch usually lasts my family of two for one year.

After adding this recipe to the Laundry/Cleaning section in my notebook, I'll go to the Basics List section and start a list adding the following items:

Soap (Fels Naptha, Zote or Ivory)
Washing Soda
Baking Soda

These same ingredients will be used to make other items that I have, in the past, purchased at the grocery store. Learning to be less dependent upon the grocery begins with a list of basics that can be used to make more than one item.


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