Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Laundry Detergent Update

My friend Shannon responded to my post about laundry detergent. She checked a book she had at home and this is what it said about making your own detergent:

Here's what the book said...basically the author (Karen Logan) said she searched the world over to find a laundry detergent that worked as well as her favorite and she couldn't find one; however, she did come up with a recipe to reduce the amount of detergent she uses:

Ingredients: Your favorite laundry detergent and perhaps some baking soda and borax to boost. (You'll find the borax in the laundry section of your store, usually in a green box).

What Else You'll Need: You'll want to keep a 1/2 cup scooper handy for measuring the baking soda or borax.

How to Use: Use only half as much of your favorite laundry detergent as you regularly use. (Please us a nonphosphate detergent - check the box or use a liquid which are all phosphate free).

She uses the borax when her clothes are extra dirty or dingy. She says it also works great with hard water. She uses the baking soda when she wants to deodorize and soften the clothes.

She also says that the 1/2 cup is good for a full load and that you'll want to use 1/4 cup with a medium load.

Good to know! I'm definitely going to try this out.

1 comment:

Jen said...

interesting! Does this account for the "improved" detergents that have less water in them? Just a thought...