Jan 5, 2013

homemade laundry detergent and a big girl fridge

Ahh, the seventies.  Goldenrod appliances and lime green walls.

We'd come to terms with our yellow appliances over the past few weeks.  Let's just call them "retro", rather than old and kind of gross.

Just when we'd adjusted, our "retro" refrigerator started to grumble.  They were sudden really loud grumbles that threw our pup into a tizz about an hour before we were going to have family over for New Years Eve.  It stopped grumbling (and the pup stopped growling), and we thought everything was fine.

The next morning, as we were eating our cereal, hubs pointed out that his milk wasn't as cold as usual.


So, then, our newly bought Christmas storage bins (that we luckily had just brought home a few days before), suddenly came in handy as an impromptu fridge.

Fortunately, too, it is the middle of winter...with lots of snow.  And, we were running pretty low on groceries at the time.

Notice the awesome use of a kettlebell to keep the 'coons out.

We recently discovered the Sears Outlet store and they just so happened to be open on New Years Day.  So, we got this pretty little stainless steel beauty for nearly half the price!  I couldn't be more thrilled.  Suddenly, I feel like an adult for some reason.  Weird, I know.

So, needless to say, I haven't been doing much experimenting in the kitchen lately, as each cooking session required trips across the snowy patio.

But, I did recently make some homemade laundry detergent that I had to share.  I got the recipe from HowSheDoes.com.  You should check it out.  I used the pink Zote soap (that I ended up ordering online because I couldn't find it anywhere in town.  I also used 28 oz of Fresh Spring Waters Purex Crystals.  I mixed everything together in batches and put it in a big 5 gallon bucket for storage.

In total, it cost less than $35.  You use 1-2 tbsp per load (which seems crazy, but it works!).  So, I figure it'll cost about $0.07 per load.  Yes, seven cents.  Do the math on your normal detergent.  You'll be a convert, too.

It smells AMAZING.  In fact, I've been doing extra loads of laundry (finding things that just might need washed) in order to have the house smell like clean clothes.

It also does a great job cleaning.  I just washed towels in the first load.  We had one "white" hand towel, which had taken on more of a grey hue recently.  When it came out, it was white-white!  My husband couldn't believe it was the same towel.

For reals, this is good stuff.  Make some yourself.  Or, stop by and I'll give you some to try =)

Detergent Ingredients
Grated Zote Soap
Finished Product


  1. Very clever (and seasonable) approach to outdoor food storage! Love the kettlebell too :)

    Been thinking about experimenting with homemade laundry detergent too, so this is inspiring me... how did your "colors" load turn out?

    1. Everything we´ve tried has turned out as good, if not better, than it did with traditional laundry detergent. I would recommend it both for colors and whites.


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