Doing laundry is likely not a task that most college students would put on their list of things they absolutely love to do.
And with the current rising prices of laundry soaps, who can blame them?
Fortunately, there’s good news for even the most frugal of students (and those who want to live harmful-chemical-free) with these recipes for homemade detergent, softener and whitening agent.
Recipe Source: www.yellowbrickhome.com
3-Ingredient Homemade Detergent
· One c of borax*
· One c of washing soda*
· One bar of the soap of your choice (Dr. Bronners, Dove, Ivory, etc.)
· A Cheese Grater
· A large Tperware container
· Optional: A large mason or ball jar for more effective storage.
Begin by grating whole bar of soap into a large Tperware container.
It is recommended that you buy the soap based on your needs. For instance, Fels-Naptha soap is the traditional soap used in this recipe, as it is made for laundry. Although this will leave your laundry squeaky clean, it will not leave your clothes with a lasting scent.
For those who desire a scent to their suds but still want the same cleaning effect, it is recommended that you buy a soap of your choice. Dr. Bronners soaps are popular for this recipe, though any favorite solid soap will do. Students with sensitive skin should use Dove soaps.
After you have grated the entire bar of soap, add one c of Borax and one c of washing soda to the Tperware container and mix. Store your new detergent in the Tperware container or transfer to a large ball or mason jar for more attractive storage.
One to two tablespoons are all you need per one load of laundry. This detergent is safe for High Efficiency washers because it produces very few suds.
*Students should not be deterred by the price for a box of Borax and washing soda. Because they are large in size, you will be able to get many, many batches of this recipe from them. When you run out of detergent, merely purchase another bar of soap and mix again. You save a lot in the end.
Homemade Fabric Softener
· One bottle of white vinegar in the size of your choice, though large is recommended to save more money.
· Essential oil of your choice (lavender, orange, lemon, etc.)
Add several drops of essential oil to the bottle of vinegar. The larger the bottle, the more drops of essential oil you will need. Experiment and see what appeals to your senses most. (For example, a one-gallon bottle of vinegar is recommended to have 20 to 30 drops of essential oil added to it).
Shake well before each use. Add to the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine until it is full before washing or add one c directly to the load of laundry during the rinse cycle.
This softener not only softens clothes, but also reduces static cling when your clothes are dried and reduces soap residue build- in your washing machine.