Daily Archives: May 26, 2009
Some of you may remember that I decided to start making my own laundry detergent, mostly to help my now-7mo baby Fiala. I was really sold on the idea when I saw how cheap it was to do so!! Even though the new detergent has only partially healed her skin (her body is now 90% healthy, creamy skin, but her face is still really bad), I’m still loving my homemade detergent, one month into the experiment.
I still can’t believe that a mere 2 tablespoons will clean an entire, dirty load of laundry, and clean it well. I still do an extra rinse with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. But, even with the vinegar, it’s running me roughly $0.16 per load. That’s amazing, and a savings of fifty cents per load.
About every other load, I will find a piece of clothing with a really bad stain, and will pre-treat it. And, about once every three loads, I will come upon a piece of clothing that had a stain (pre-treated or not) that did not come out during normal laundering. But, all in all, the vast majority of my clothing — THREE BOYS, remember! plus a crazy 3yo girl and a baby — is coming out completely fresh and clean.
My ONE concern is this: I used to empty the lint filter in my gas dryer once every 3-4 loads. Now, I have to empty it every 1-2 loads. My laundry appears to be producing twice as much lint as before. Does this mean that the homemade detergent is causing the fibers to wear down more quickly? I don’t know. There are other theories, I suppose, as to what might be producing the extra lint. But, even if our clothes wear out a tad faster than with store-bought detergent, I’m still sticking with my homemade.