So I didn't decide to make my own laundry detergent to save money (even though, really, I don't have an excess of cash at the moment... perhaps I should be looking for ways cut costs). I wanted to make my own laundry detergent because I figured it'd boost my ego. I know there's a lot of 26-year-old women that make their own detergent, but I don't know any of them personally, so it makes me unique in my own community. I love feeling unique. (Who doesn't?)
I found a recipe from TLC's How Stuff Works. I chose to make the powdered detergent because there's something so Mad Men about it (anything to make me feel one step closer to Don Draper).
I bought the ingredients at my local grocery store and, wonder of wonders, they were all right in the laundry detergent aisle. Even the bars of soap! (Is it only my grocery store that puts laundry detergent and soap bars in the same aisle?)
I also had to buy a cheese grater to grate the soap bar but, alas, this wasn't in the magical ingredients aisle. I had to go to KMart to buy one (either there or Family Dollar, the only two stores in my town).
All in all, the ingredients and cheese grater cost me less than $15 bucks. According to the recipe, one prepared batch will last me for months and I still have enough ingredients to make multiple additional batches. Seems cost-effective to me (because since...I dunno...four paragraphs ago?... I started caring about it).
Here's how the whole shebang went down.
1. I gathered all the ingredients and perused the directions in the recipe. "Perused" might be exaggerating. With the directions being so short and simple, "skimming" may have been my only available way of reading such a bitty blurb.
|This is by no means 2 cups; I just want you to be able to confirm that you're grating it properly. See?|