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Laundry Soap

December 30, 2009 5 comments

If you had asked me in college I would have told you that I used liquid laundry soap (usually liquid Tide) and a sheet of fabric softener (Bounce, the normal scent, way before they had different ones to choose from). After college I continued in this manner, only with cheaper powdered detergent, until I had a kid in cloth diapers. We used a variety of cloth diapers, most of which had fleece on them on some part. I discovered early on that too much soap +/- fabric softener led to detergent building up on the fleece and problems with the diapers no longer working right. So…. we changed our routine. It turns out that cloth diapers are a gateway drug to the natural-ish lifestyle.

So Tide and bounce were now out and I found myself scouring the laundry detergent aisle for a cheap, limited additive laundry soap that got the job done. Not even easy to say, but certainly easier said than done. Eventually after about 2 years I discovered making my own.  I played with the recipe. Here’s what I came up with as a final finished product:

Powdered Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap (finely grated with a box grater or a food processor)
  • 4 cups of washing soda (sold in the laundry aisle, in a pinch use baking soda)
  • 4 cups of borax (again in the laundry aisle).

For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.

Recently my sister asked me if I had ever made my own laundry soap. Uh, yes. I’ve been doing it for about 5.5 years. When I shared my recipe she said something like, “You’ve GOT to send me these things when you find them.”  And so I am.

Hello world!

December 28, 2009 2 comments

I’m the mother of two girls. I’m married to my best friend, Doctor Dad. I am the second of four girls (so I have three sisters). I hold both a PhD and Masters in geology and work mostly part time as a college geology instructor. The longest I have ever lived in one place is 9 years in my current city.

I’m a cross-country skier. I swam competitively for about 18 years. I run for exercise off and on, but the longest I have ever run is a 10 km. I like to do yoga and wish I had more quiet time to do it. I like to experiment with baking and cooking. I can sew. I can knit. I can crochet. I have a hard time sitting still without moving something (hence the knitting thing).

I started this blog because several friends suggested I start blogging. I’m not really sure what all it will be about, but perhaps a continuation of an older, personal blog I’ve published before.

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