So, I made a commitment that I would remove myself from that insanity and focus on gifts that I could make with my own two hands. While I'm knitting during any free time that I find squeezed in between my job and my family, I found some great DIY recipes that I think will make great gifts. I thought I'd take some time over the next couple of weeks to blog about them in case you're looking for some gift inspiration, too. Today I'm blogging about a DIY Laundry Detergent that works like a charm ... and smells amazing, too. I came across this recipe on pinterest and while there are several versions, I pared mine down to keep it as simple as possible. That's part of my commitment, too: simple, natural, and (relatively) inexpensive.
The ingredients are really basic: borax, baking soda, and a bar of your favorite soap. I use Dr. Bronner's Castile soap in Eucalyptus so that my laundry room and our laundered clothes, linens, and towels all have that great wintery smell.
To make a batch of laundry soap, grate 1.5 bars of soap into a large bowl.
|Miranda working the grater like a pro|
To those shavings, add 1 cup each of borax and baking soda.
Mix thoroughly and ta da, you've got a laundry soap with no additives or harsh chemicals.
You only need about 1/8 cup for a medium-size load. It works like a charm. For gifts, I'll put a batch in a glass Mason jar or one with a flip-top lid tied up in a pretty ribbon. Let me know if you make your own laundry soap and which fragrance you chose.