Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent


I've come across many recipes for homemade laundry detergent and have always kept them in the back of my mind to try. I even got all the ingredients and had them around for months. Finally our detergent ran out. We went to the store to get more and managed to walk out with everything we needed but not the detergent.

I took this as a sign to actually get around to making my own. There are many recipes online and the majority seem to follow the same basic recipe. So I gave it a try and I LOVE it! Our clothes are clean and fresh with no residue. It's so easy and so simple! I've now made three batches to fill our container and it should last us at least six months.


1c Borax
1c Wash Soda
1 Bar of soap

Both borax and wash soda can be found with the laundry detergents at grocery stores etc.

Grate the soap and pulse in a blender or food processor until powdered.

Mix with borax and wash soda.


Use 1 to 3 tablespoons  per load depending on size of load and how dirty it is. Works with high efficiency machines.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors


"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out" 
-From Mending Wall by Robert Frost

We are happily back home with our dog and our girls. I'm getting excited about putting up the  harvest and looking forward to trying out some new recipes. I start school again in a couple of weeks and am interested to see how that fits in with our other adventures this fall!