We decided to make something using products found at home, requiring no extra money to make or unnecessary energy to produce. Using three house hold items, we produced our own eco-friendly laundry detergent.
Reasons this is sustainable:
1. We estimate that on this batch of detergent (about 3 gallons) we spent a total of $3.00 in comparison to going to the store and paying $13.00/gallon for eco-friendly detergent.
2. By making our own laundry detergent from home, we reduce our ecological footprint.
3. All natural.
Things you will need:
- Medium saucepan
- 2 oz. natural or laundry soap
- 3 pints water
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup borax
- 2 gallon bucket
- 1 quart hot water
- Hot water
- Containers to store finished product
Step 1: Step 1
Grate 2 oz of soap.
Step 2: Step 2
Heat 3 pints of water over low heat in a medium saucepan. Stir in grated soap allowing the soap to completely melt.
Step 3: Step 3
Stir in washing soda and Borax. Keeping stirring until the mixture begins to thicken.
Step 4: Step 4
Remove mixture from heat.
Step 5: Step 5
Pour 1 quart of hot water into the 2 gallon bucket.
Step 6: Step 6
Next, add the soap mixture to the 2 gallon bucket and stir well.
Step 7: Step 7
Once the water and soap mixture are well combined, fill the rest of the bucket with hot water and mix well again.
Step 8: Step 8
Allow mixture to thicken and cool for 24 hours.
Step 9: Step 9
Pour detergent into containers or at the very least, make sure the bucket is well covered.
Step 10: Final Step
Use 1/2 cup of homemade detergent in each load of laundry.