I am ever looking at ways to make laundry time easier or at least more interesting. And I'm also always looking for ways to teach our children about the various tasks necessary in keeping a home while also helping them to understand how easy it is to be frugal.
With four kids, dogs, cats, a husband who loves to chop wood and clear land and a beautiful bit of mountain acreage, I can honestly say that dirt is a constant in our home. That makes for a LOT of teaching opportunities!!
So I make all sorts of laundry soaps. . .some grated and some liquid and cooked. All effective and all cheap. But boy, is this one the quickest and easiest!!! Even the least pioneery of you all can handle this one!
To make a 1/2 gallon of liquid laundry detergent you will need:
- 2 Tablespoons Borax
- 2 Tablespoons Washing Soda
- 1 Tablespoons Dawn Dishwashing Soap (the blue original, or try any of the scented or antibacterial ones!
- About a scant half-gallon of very hot water
- Well-cleaned plastic milk jug, half gallon
- Simply add the Borax and Washing Soda to your very clean plastic milk jug.
- Add your water until just near the top (leave enough for you to be able to shake it up a bit)
- Be careful! Hot water is, well, HOT! :)
- Replace the lid as tight as it will go
- Cover the lid with a folded over hand towel and CAREFULLY shake until the mixture is dissolved
- Add the Dawn, replace the lid and give a gentle swirl to mix
Use a quarter to a third of a cup for most loads, or up to a half a cup for heavily soiled loads.
This is easily doubled for a whole gallon of detergent if you have a passel of dirt makers like I do. You can also add a couple drops of the essential oil of your choice to make it smell divine!