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Week 17: DIY Laundry Detergent

So, this week I’m going to share a personal practice that has saved my household hundreds of dollars over the last few years – making your own laundry detergent. It takes about 2 minutes a month and is so super easy.

Ready? Mix equal parts soap flakes, borax, and washing soda. And that’s it. If you’re feeling fancy you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil but we rarely do. Add about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half to a full load. 

I’ve used this on everything from mechanic uniforms to baby diapers and it’s cleaned everything beautifully. I store the detergent in a pint sized mason jar and it lasts quite a while.

I buy my ingredients from a local store that carries bulk but you can also order online.

One note about Borax – I’ve read articles claiming that it’s toxic but only if you ingest large quantities. So is baking soda. The borax also cleared up an ant problem we had last summer! Here’s a good article talking about the topic.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. 

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