I haven't posted in a couple of weeks but I am BACK and badder than ever. I can't believe we're coming to the end of February already, which means that I haven't bought anything new in nearly TWO WHOLE MONTHS. You guys. I'm saving so much money. Another way that I'm saving a crap-ton of money is by learning some simple DIY's. You guys already saw how I do toothpaste, but now I'm gonna teach you something that will blow. ya. minds.
ZERO-WASTE DIY LAUNDRY POWDER that doesn't have any garbage chemicals in it, is safe for sensitive skin, and doesn't ruin our water systems. I've been using this recipe for 3 months now, and I honestly don't think I'll ever go back to "normal" liquid detergent. For starters, I'm not obsessed with the overly powerful scents- they give me headaches and annoy the hell out of me. Second, it's CHEAP. We did the math, this recipe comes out to about 17 cents a load. For like, 90 loads of laundry. You read it right. SEVENTEEN AMERICAN CENTS PER LOAD. Honestly it's just straight-up silly to NOT give it a try.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 2 cups of regular old baking soda
- 2 cups of washing soda
- One bar of all-natural soap in a scent of your choice (I use Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap)
Oh, you thought there was more? Nope. It's three things. It's literally only three things.
Let's do this.
Step One: Get your Stuff Together.
Life hack: if you can't find washing soda at your local grocer and you don't feel like ordering it online, you can actually make your own. Here's a youtube video that teaches you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ffEiXdAyNY
Step Two: Grind/Shred/Chop
You gotta grind that bar up. I chose lavender scented, but I've also used citrus scents before and I find that they are both pretty efficient at getting even gross workout clothes smellin' fresh as heck.
This is the annoying part if you don't have a food processor. You can still do it, it'll just take a bit longer. Grab a cheese grater and get to gratin'. If you ARE lucky enough to have a food processor, it's time to chop your bar into chunks like this:
Then, CAREFULLY, use the fine-shred setting on your processor to get your soap bar looking as finely chopped as possible.
And I found that the fine-shred setting didn't get the soap AS tiny as I wanted it to. So then after all the soap is shredded, I switched to the regular blade and pulsed through it all once again. At the end, your soap should look something like this:
Step Three: Shake n' Bake (? Weird.)
Add all of your stuff into a jar. If you're a true sleuth, you'll examine the photo below and see that I did not, in fact, follow my own directions. I shredded the soap AFTER I put the 2 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of washing soda into my jar. GASP. It doesn't matter the order, guys. It really doesn't.
Once you've added all the ingredients into your jar, shake vigorously to thoroughly combine. Then, take a photo with a cute background to solidify your aesthetic.
Now, all you need to do is throw a tablespoon or two into your laundry instead of your regular detergent! And you're good to go. Too easy.
Also, I want to tell you about the rest of my waste-free laundry system. So we do the laundry powder to wash, and then when I throw my clothes in the dryer I use dryer balls made out of yarn instead of single-use dryer sheets. I got them from a farmer's market, but I'll put a link below to something similar. Also, I often add a few drops of lavender essential oils onto the dryer balls. The clothes come out feeling beautiful and smelling GREAT.
Did you know that some of your dryer lint may be compostable? If the materials you're drying are organic cotton/hemp cloth, you can simply throw the lint in your composter or even out in the yard. Birds love it for their nests, and then you don't have to add more to your trash can. THAT is my zero-waste laundry routine and it can be yours too, my friend.
IT'S JUST ALL TOO CUTE.
See you guys next time. Love you.