Admittedly, one of my favorite scents (and still is) is the smell of Pine-sol cleaner wafting throughout a freshly cleaned house, but the truth is – those fumes, those chemicals are actually toxic.  In the coming weeks, I’ll address some great options on green-ing your cleaning. 

When I started thinking about green-ing our cleaning, one of the things that came to mind was laundry detergent. I began to be concerned about what types of chemicals I not only had in our household, but that I used on my children’s clothing. With chemicals in my house that were potentially deadly if my children got a hold of them in any way, I wanted to be sure that I was taking care of them in that way as well.

According the Organic Consumers’ Association:

“But while the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched.”

I simplified our laundry detergent down to four basic ingredients. The mixing process created a finished product in a few short minutes and it has last me over a month so far. You can find my recipe for homemade laundry detergent here. Not only will this cut down on the amount of chemicals you use when washing clothes, but it will also add more green to your wallet! For less than $12.00, I’ve managed to create laundry detergent that will last much longer than the traditional brands.

Have you tried making your own laundry detergent?

Homemade Laundry Detergent

In this day and age, we’re all looking to save here and there. One of the easiest ways to save money is on laundry detergent! After perusing Pinterest and asking others, I discovered the basic ingredients needed to make my own at-home detergent. I did not like how the liquid detergent looked and people I spoke to did not think it worked that well. 
The ingredients are simple (AND CHEAP!)
4 lb. box Baking Soda (orange box on the left)
4 lb. box Super Washing Soda (yellow box)
4 lb. box of Borax (white box)
3 bars of Fel Naptha soap (small bars on the right – pink & hunter green)
You will need a large container for mixing and a storage container for general use. I’m lucky enough that my mom had THE perfect container to use!

Step 1: Grate the bars of Fel Naptha soap (I used a regular cheese grater and then washed it very well). 
Step 2: Add the three boxes of other ingredients. Be wary of some of the power flying up and be sure that no children are around in case of excessive powder dust!
Step 3: Store in a container until you are ready to use. For general washing, approximately 2 tablespoons will be perfect!

My soap ingredients cost approximately $12.00 total. The batch should make about 150 regular loads (if you use two tablespoons each time). This works out to just about 8 cents a load – a definite savings overall!
What ways do you find to save a few cents here & there?