I suppose it matters what you tune into these days, I seem to be sniffing out sources of information that leave me wanting to be better; do better, eat better, live better, raise my children better, keep home better. It's stressful to say the least and I've been getting a little wigged out by all the better I want to be doing.
Yesterday I took on one of many things on my long list of bettering-to-dos. It was easy, more than easy, it was quick and the children even engaged and got involved. I could have cried.
We made our own laundry detergent. Why did we make our own laundry detergent? Here's the short list: store bought laundry detergent is expensive, store bought laundry detergent comes in a ridiculous amount of packaging, store bought laundry detergent and it's components have been shipped (globally and coast to coast) no less than 5 times before it reaches my home. I have to get in my car and go to a store, again and again to get store bought laundry detergent. This is the short list.
The ingredients are simple:
yes, I did have to go to the store and buy these ingredients, however what you see here (and more bars of fels-naptha bar soap) together I am guessing will make more than 15 batches (4 gallons each) of homemade laundry detergent. I spent $9 on the ingredients. I'd have to guess that it is enough for a years worth of laundry detergent for $9. That blows doors on extreme coupon-ing. I rock.
The process took all of about 15 minutes and surprise, surprise the boys did the whole thing. They never help me cook, but couldn't resist this project. It went off like this:
grate the soap
The detergent needed to sit a spell so it can turn to gel.
Package it up (vintage mason jars, while preferable, are optional)
Call me crazy but I think that is a whole lot of laundry soap (less than 1/2 is shown), cheap and easy. Maybe, just maybe, being better actually is better (just hope it works at least as well, if not better than the store kind....).