Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

My one concern about homemade laundry detergent

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.

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