So I'm taking advantage of my new Hermit title (at least until Spring!) and made homemade laundry detergent and homemade yogurt. I have been wanting to try the laundry detergent for a while, but some of the ingredients are hard to find. I got Borax at Walmart and found all 3 ingredients at a local (non-chain) grocery store. I messed up a little on the detergent measuring, but it works fine. Well, on the only load I tried it with!
The Yogurt was super easy and I already had the ingredients on hand so I said, why not? I found the recipe here and drained it in a strainer with coffee filters to thicken it. I added honey so it tasted more like store bought.
All in all, it was good, but the cost was about what I would pay for 2 tubs of store bought yogurt. I like to sprinkle on kashi crunch cereal too! YUM!
As for the laundry detergent, that is still undetermined. On my bargain boards and other frugal-minded blogs I frequent (not to mention the Duggars do it! LOL) this has been talked about a lot. I have a pretty good stash of detergent, so I figured this was a great time to try it. If I don't like it, I'm not out much for the ingredients and I have plenty of backup soap. I was tripling the recipe and messed up and put in twice as much wasing soda than I should have- whoops.
Here's the recipe-
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
5 Gallon Bucket
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
4 1/2 Gallons Water
Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket
with hot water, and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and mix well.
As it cools it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1-2 cups per load.