I have never been more excited to do laundry than I have been these past few days. In fact, my life has been so laundry-centric, that I haven’t even had time for anything else.
On Monday, I was invited to happy hour and politely declined: “Wish I could, but I have to go home and make laundry detergent. It’s promising to be a lot of fun, would you like to–” (No, she wouldn’t like to join me, apparently.)
On Tuesday, a friend was stranded on the highway with a flat tire, but I was, unfortunately, unavailable: “I’m so sorry, but you couldn’t have caught me at a worse time. I’m just in the middle of making dryer balls.” (Not to worry. I sent Carrie instead.)
On Wednesday, U.S. Airways called with an offer on a free trip to Dubrovnik, leaving the next day, as a special offer for passengers who had ever felt pressed for leg-space on a previous flight. Well I certainly fit that description, but: “I’d love to go, but I just don’t think I’ll get the time to pack. I have to do my laundry tonight.”
Yea, I’ve gone overboard. Or have I? This is Mother Nature’s Maid, after all. I can’t disappoint my five readers. So I stayed in and made laundry detergent instead of heading to Dubrovnik. And guess what? It worked!!
The laundry detergent recipe I used, from DIY Natural, is a powder, made with three ingredients: Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 1 bar of soap, grated. Easy enough, right? Sure, when you have a grater in your house. I had to shred my soap with a vegetable peeler and then put it through the food processor to chop it up tiny enough to dissolve in the wash. But after the chopping – super simple. I just mixed all my ingredients in a recycled Cool Whip container, and it was ready to use.
I was slightly nervous to use homemade detergent on my clothes – I’ve been burned by Mother Nature before, and I was not about to let her ruin my wardrobe as well as my hair – so I used it on a load of sheets and towels first. I was pleased with how they turned out; the detergent seems to work just like store-bought, with the soap providing most of the scent. With my nerves assuaged, I threw in a load of clothes, and they turned out just as fresh and clean as the towels with no lasting negative effects. Success!
I think I’ve found my new laundry detergent, and the best part is that it only cost me about $10! We’ll just have to get ourselves a grater…I wonder if I could have bought one of those in Dubrovnik.