The Best Homemade Laundry Detergent Ever

by frazzledmama on April 23, 2014

Best Homemade Laundry Detergent Ever - The Frazzled Mama

What if i told you that you could make homemade laundry detergent, that actually works, saves you money, and takes less than 3 minutes to make?  Would you believe me?

I should hope so, I’ve never lied to you before ;)

You may be asking why anyone would want to make their own laundry detergent.  Well, there are a few benefits.  The most important one to me, is that I know what is going into my laundry detergent, and will be making contact with our skin day in and day out.  Second, it really does save us quite a bit of money, and you know I’m all about that! Last, there is just a neat sense of accomplishment when you make something like laundry detergent…. It makes you feel like you might actually have been related to those fabulous strong, self-reliant pioneer women of our nation’s past!

Now I have tried many detergent recipes in the past, and have promptly returned to store bought detergent. Especially that one time I found ants eating Mr. OverKill’s work clothes, right in his drawer! No, that detergent didn’t work.  This recipe is one that I have slightly adapted from several different sources.  I’m sure if you look around online, you’d find that someone else has the exact same recipe.  Hey, great minds think alike.

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So, here is what you need, and I promise, once you have mixed it up a few times, it will take you less than 3 minutes a bottle to make. Of course, I am somewhat of a laundry detergent ninja now ;)

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Borax, this stuff is great!  You should be able to find it at most grocery stores or the big WM.  It will be on the laundry aisle.  It should run you about $6.00.

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Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, again readily available and in the laundry aisle.  Average cost, $3.25.

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And last, Dawn, plain old blue Dawn.  Isn’t the duck cute???? Average cost, $3.97.

To make your detergent, take a quart size mason jar, or other jar with a lid.  Fill it about halfway with the hottest water you can get from your tap.  Add to the hot water 4 tablespoons of Borax and 4 tablespoons of Washing Soda. Add a little more hot water if needed, then put the lid on and shake until the powders have dissolved…for the most part. Let that sit while you fill up your empty, never paying that price again, old laundry detergent bottle with cool tap water.  Only fill it about 2/3 of the way full. Now give your soap mixture in the mason jar one last shake and pour it into the detergent bottle.  I often find that some of the powder clings to the sides on the jar, so I add more water, swirl and pour it into the bigger bottle.  Once, all your powder mixture is in the big bottle, top off the big bottle with cool tap water leaving a smidge of space.  Last add 4 tablespoons of Dawn to your big bottle, put the lid on and shake.  If you’d like you can add scent to your detergent by adding essential oils or other fragrances.  I use a soap fragrance called “Garden Dirt.”  It’s truly lovely ;)

That’s all there is to it!

Trust me, put the Dawn in last or you will end up with suds everywhere.  This mix has worked very well on the kids’ clothes, but I was hesitant to try it on Mr. OverKill’s grease stained work clothes.  For the longest time I just kept buying detergent just for him.  Then one day, I ran out of HIS detergent, so I tried mine.  I simply took my bottle of Dawn and added 2 swirls of Dawn to the washer, then 3 capfuls of homemade detergent, and added his clothes.  They came out great!  Now, this is all we use.

Using the figures above, it costs me about $.64 per 150 oz. bottle to make my detergent.  Compared to roughly $6.00- $17.00 for our other favorite brands for the same amount, I‘d say that’s a pretty good savings.

Yearly for my favorite brand I was spending $884.00 a year. For my bargain brand I was spending $312.00 a year.  With my homemade detergent I am spending $33.28 per year.

WooHoo!!!

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3 Variations on a Chicken Run

by frazzledmama on April 16, 2014

Some of you may have seen my dismal failure at creating a temporary chicken run for Little Man’s 3 pullets that were cooped up all the time.

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It really was a disaster. I was hoping to reuse one of the kids old play tents, just to give the poor chickens some room to stretch, even if it was only temporary.  When this happened, I went to plan B.

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The feathered ladies were glad to have room to scratch and take their dirt baths.  But, when Mr. OverKill got home he kind of shook his head and sighed. I’m guessing his inner thoughts ran something along the line of, "Wow….my wife is….a keeper."

Ha ha. Whatever his inner thoughts were, Sunday after church we went straight to the Big Orange Box store and he gathered some supplies, for this….

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Isn’t it awesome?!?! It’s a chicken tractor….well…maybe a better name would be a chicken litter. Litter, isn’t that the word???? Yes, I believe so.

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The point is, this coop is light enough for us to move around the yard with the nifty built in poles. The theory being that the hens won’t totally ruin the grass, and our yard will get fertilized naturally. ;)

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Garden Makeover 2014

by frazzledmama on April 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, Mr. OverKill and the boys gave my garden a much needed make over.     The wooden end caps had rotted off and the last batch of potting soil we filled them with was subpar at best.

It was time.

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Mr. OverKill made the new end caps out of aluminum.  These shouldn’t rot ;)

And they shoveled out all the yucky old dirt, and filled it up wit new potting soil from my favorite nursery.

Then, Mr. OverKill tackled a project I had wanted to do for a while. We added some river rock around the edge of the patio.  We’ve always had the worst time getting the grass to grow right there, so it becomes a big sandy mess that everyone, including the dog, tracks in.

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Additionally, the dog assumed that was his bathroom.

Not cool.

As you can see in the picture, he wasn’t too sure about the rock. To this day, he still won’t step on the rocks.

Yeah!

Until I discovered where he decided his new bathroom would be…..my garden walkway.

Grrr…

Then, I heard that Lowe’s had mulch on sale. Hmmm…

So the kids and I went and got mulch and liner, and filled in the garden walkways with mulch.

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Which he doesn’t like.  Yes!

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It wasn’t long until we had some sprouts coming up.

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I’m very hopeful that we will have a great harvest this year.  And I am ubber thankful for my men, big, medium, and little, that care enough to help this Frazzled Mama out.

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