So far, this is a total bust for me. I’ve seen so many other bloggers making their own laundry detergent, though, that I just had to try it. They all have the same ingredients – Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and either Dr. Bronner’s or Fels-Naptha bar soap. I already had the Fels-Naptha on hand – it’s great for spot-treating stains – and I found the other ingredients at a local grocery store. This is a more sustainable option than the big plastic bottle of Ecos I buy at Costco because the homemade detergent requires no plastic packaging – all three of the ingredients are wrapped in cardboard or paper.
If I hadn’t tried to grate the bar soap by hand, I would’ve been more excited about this. Vegetable peelers hate me, and so do my achy joints, so the two conspired against me to cause my numb/sore fingers to slip toward the end of the peeling and slice a finger. That was Tuesday, and I’ve held a grudge against them ever since.
I finally went out and bought some detergent today – a cardboard box of regular Arm & Hammer laundry detergent – since we’ve been out of detergent all week and there are no clean clothes. I used this detergent regularly until about two years ago, and I’m not sure why I stopped. Perhaps I’ll find out after these first couple loads of clothes are finished?
Now it’s Saturday, and my sliced finger is healing, so I’m starting to warm up to the idea of trying this again this week. The hardest part is done, so I really only need to put it together. If it works, then I’ll use something else to grate the soap next time.