Contributor Jes Antonis sent us in this idea for making your own laundry detergent, which sounds like a perfect rainy day weekend activity.
“Yes, you can make your own laundry powder—it’s all natural, powerful, easy and inexpensive to make..and it smells wonderful!
Take a 76 oz. box of Borax, a 55 oz. box of washing soda, 2 lb. box of baking soda, and a 12 oz. bar of soap (grated, I used Tom’s of Maine lavender). It makes about 1/3 of a 5-gallon bucket (total cost about $10), which is what I mixed mine in.
Use only 2 tablespoons per regular load. Put it to the test—muddy kids clothes, grass stains!
Note: this is for cold water washing only, as there is potential for Borax being partially converted to hydrogen peroxide at warm/hot temps.”