Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Homemade Laundry Soap

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My Grandmother used to say, “Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do without!” But I suppose Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a much more sophisticated sentiment.  Whatever saying you use, they are both good to live by. Recently I became aware of the amount of plastic we were putting in the garbage and realized that laundry detergent bottles were some of the biggest culprits. We go through a lot of laundry soap.

When my kids were little, I made laundry soap to save money. It saved us tons! But when I started working full time outside of our home, convenience kind of took over. Being convicted of all those plastic bottles going in the garbage, I decided to put together some laundry detergent again. Right now, I’m using the powdered form, but there are ways to make this liquid. I’ll post some of my recipes next week.

What I do:

1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap (you get this in the laundry section of the store)

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

You will need to grate the bar of soap, then add the borax and soda and mix. Sometimes I add some Oxiclean (or generic equivalent) and I always make this in 3 bar batches. (3 bars, 3 cups each of borax and soda)

Then you’re left with what to put your new laundry detergent in! I’ve always used an old coffee  can (the plastic variety), and decided to spiff it up a bit to match my new laundry room. I started with the Folgers Can and some of my Mod Podge stash.

I had some fabric left over from the curtains in my laundry room, so I sewed a quick rectangle of fabric, big enough to cover the middle portion of the coffee can. On the Folgers cans, there are little “handle” in the back of the can. I didn’t cover that part.

The next step was to put some Mod Podge on the coffee can and then center the fabric onto the can. Then brush the Mod Podge on the fabric. I think I put a couple of coats of Mod Podge on the fabric.

 And, it’s pretty! I left the coffee can red, because it went well with the fabric I used.

You could also spray paint it. I may add some vinyl letters later, but today, this is done.

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