For years I would buy whatever detergent was on sale not thinking a thing about the safety of the product or that it was still costly. I totally trusted manufactures to keep my family safe. Then I learned that manufactures could use whatever chemicals they wanted and they are not regulated by the government (not sure the extent of that truth but it bothered me). The kicker was when we received our foster babies and our tiny infant would breakout in little bumps all over, even with the baby friendly detergent. I switched her to free and clear and while they eliminated some of the problem I also had to switch diapers, wipes, lotions, bath wash, everything and the one company they met all those needs was Honest Company...even her detergent.
At the beginning of 2017 I wrote in My 75 goal board that I wanted to learn to make our own laundry detergent. Actually, in the last few weeks I've decided to research out and look for healthy cleaning products for our home all together too. As a foster family it's important that chemicals be kept locked up but what if the products weren't chemicals but everyday household products? Safety is now the issue. I'm learning folks. Feel free to help me out with advice anytime.
I have pinned lots of recipes on Pinterest and they are all similar but have different ingredients for many different reasons. So for me it came down to what ingredients I could finding where available. With 2 toddlers, bouncing them back and forth for store to store was not my idea fun.
Super Washing Soda $4.99
Baking Soda $3.49
Meyers Laundry Booster $9.99
Fels Napha $2.00
Total: $33.20 respectively
Made 2 gallons of product with approx 500 washes.
that's around $0.07 a load.
My Tide was around $0.20 a load
My Honest Company was $0.13 a load when purchased as part of my bundle.
Let's Get Started
Using my trusty food processor I grated all the bars of soap. 2 Fels Napha and 1 Zote.
Once they were grated down I dumped them into a bowl and then added handfuls back to the processor for chopping.
You can see the difference above.
Once the soap was grated I began layering all the ingredients as shown. I scooped out about a pound of the baking soda into another container for another project because my bag was 5 lbs and I only needed 4. Then I started pouring in a little of each ingredient until it was all emptied into the 2 gallon jar, except for the Borax because I hadn't decided yet if I wanted to use it.
The hardest part is mixing it all evenly. Luckily I own a large paint/concrete stirring tool that fits in my cordless drill. I plunged it down in the mixture and stirred. Stopping to stir by hand with a large spoon to make sure everything was mixing at the bottom.
This was the amount in the 2 gallon jar before the borax. I then decided to add it as well. I've used borax for years and figure the next batch I make I may decide leave it out. This is my first time so I wanted the most bang for my buck.
I have been given some good advice since making my first batch. One, is to use Castile soap bars. I like that, if I can find them. The other is using vinegar and essential oil to soften the fabric and keep residue from building. Plus vinegar prevents any mildew smell of left a little too long in the wash. I'm pretty excited about this little journey of making more homemade things for my house. I will be doing this again and I'll update if there are any changes I make to my recipe.
Next up, toilet bowl cleaner. 😊
I spent some money today buying trinkets and plastic charms and all kinds of tiny goodies and found a new store that I LOOOOOVEE! It's called...Tiny Things Are Cute. I'm seriously in love and I feel an addiction coming on. So, I'm getting prepared to make about 20 of these little suckers.
8 oz of Poly-pellets or white rice
4" x 4" Heave clear vinyl
1 Fat Quarter for back and binding
1 Sheet of Printable Fabric (optional) or
1 Coordinating Fat Quarter
20 or so small trinkets
1 sheet of felt in a solid color
Let's Get Started:
1. To make your own front that is printed on fabric you will need to use a photo shop program. Create a 7" x 7" graphic to work with. Start by giving your graphic a border 1" inside by making a 6" x 6" border. Just inside the border you can simple add text or you can add text and graphics. I found many of the little pictures to match the items going into my bag by Googling for the images. I space the images and text out all the way around, just inside the border. Add a 3" circle to the center and print on your fabric.
If you can't find printable fabric you can try this technique...
To print anything you want to on fabric, cut white muslin and freezer paper 8 1/2" X 11". Iron shiny side of freezer paper to back of fabric. Send paper and fabric through an ink jet printer. Press printing when finished to help set ink.
2. Cut the center circle out very neatly as shown.
3.Place clear vinyl under printed fabric, centered with window. Sew close to the edge to secure vinyl to fabric. Turn over and trim vinyl 1/4" away from the stitch line.
4. Cut a piece of felt 7" by 7", this will be a solid back ground for your bag. Cut for back and binding 11" x 11". Lay felt centered on the wrong side of the fabric.
5. Fold edges 1" in all the way around so that they lay against the felt edge. This will leave a 1" fold to work with.
6.Lay printed fabric face up centered with felt, fold back fabric over 1" and line up with the 1" border on your printed fabric. Begin sewing fabric down near the center of one side.
7. As you come to a corner tuck in the corner to create a 45 degree angle and stitch down as you go around, just back over it and then forward again.
8. This is how your back will look. When you are about 2" from finishing your binding, stop open up the hole an funnel in your pellets between the felt and the printed fabric. Then add your trinkets and finish sewing up your binding.
If you don't want to print your fabric and just make a list you can add a small pocket on the back fabric before sewing to insert a card but I suggest adding a printed card and applying vinyl over the top of it so that it will never get lost. Then just make a square window with the vinyl on the fabric for the front of the bag. There are many versions out there of this bag but this is my favorite way of making them.
I now have purchased trinkets in bulk and pellets form Hobby Lobby. They can be found in the section where supplies are kept for making dolls and stuffed animals, I've even used pellets out of knock off beanie babies from thrift stores but I think it's just as cheap to by the pellets. Good luck!
P.S. Visit this link for more information on printing on fabric and images.