Going Green With Your Spring Cleaning: Laundry Room

Today I am going to talk a little bit about the laundry room. Next to our dishwasher, the washer and dryer do a lot for this family. Whether it’s Parker’s talented stained bibs, my painted on clothes or Rob’s ABU’s our washer accepts the challenge without complaint. I am sure it would prefer a break once in awhile but a nice deep cleaning will just have to do, until we go on a vacation…
I made my first batch of laundry detergent about a month ago and have been very pleased with it so far. As I mentioned with the dishwasher pods, we did use Borax which some people may not want to use. We have fairly sensitive skin and haven’t had any issues so far. We are still washing Parker’s clothes with Charlies Soap or BabyGanics Laundry Detergent.
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax – $8.99
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $7.20
1 (4 lb) Box of Baking Soda – $11.96/$2.99/lb
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean – $10.19
2 (7 oz) Bars of Octagon All-Purpose Soap (Zote Soap is also ok) I planned for 4 bars but only needed 2.
1 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals – $6.79
* Prices were gathered from drugstore.com
All together, this recipe yielded about 3 gallons of laundry detergent.
The hardest part of this was grating the soap. Once it was done, I layered the ingredients a little at a time and then mixed it all together in a 5 gallon bucket.
I strongly recommend doing this outside and using a mask. All of the dry ingredients create a smoke cloud. 
When it was mixed thoroughly  I poured some of the detergent into a container to keep in the laundry room. The bucket is stored in our garage out of the way and out of reach of curious, crawling babies. We have only used about 3/4 of the small container so far and do about 5-6 loads of laundry per week. No too shabby!
Although we have had a great experience using this soap, I turned to Rob the other day and thought outloud, “why don’t we just use the BabyGanics?”. He kind of looked at me, chuckled and responded, “because you like to do things the hard way.” Oy vey! I LOVE BabyGanics and since it is what I prefer to use for Parker, we might as well use to too. When we do finally switch him over, we will all go back to using this recipe.
Another way we have gone green in our laundry room is using purecosheets instead of normal dryer sheets. You can read more about my review of them here, on our family blog, and how to get 10% your order. Here is the abridged version of why I LOVE this product.
– They are reusable. Just throw them in the wash every month to keep them working strong.
– They are 100% safe on all baby cloths (including sleepwear) and cloth diaper inserts.
– They work just as well as the waxy ones.
– Are a great price!

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