Monday, July 28, 2008

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar ivory soap
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup oxiclean free
1/8 tsp tea tree oil (optional) - (you can use any other essential oil of choice)

Grate the soap into a food processor, then add everything else and let the chopping blades to the rest. It took me about 5 minutes. Each load takes about 2 Tbsp.
Borax is like 2.68 a box (and that will last me a long time)
Baking soda we all know is super cheap.
The Oxiclean Free cost about 5 bucks for a bucket and the tea tree oil I just had.
Cost effective, environmentally conscious and works great so far!

Homemade cloth diapers

I'm in DIY mode. I'm finding better ways everyday. The new plan- homemade cloth diapers.
Even I though I was crazy at first. Then at a family reunion I approached the most natural DIYer in the family- my cousin's wife. She's a homebirther, a babywearer, and- it turns out- a cloth diaperer. My hero. I knew if anyone would be doing it, it was her.
She makes the coolest cloth all-in-one diapers I've ever seen and by the end of our conversation I was totally confident in my ability to do this. Turns out tons of moms to it and love it. My fabric is on it's way. PUL is the key (palyurethane laminated fabric). Not only easy, but WATERPROOF and fully machine washable! I can't wait to start sewing. I have my suede cloth inner linings all cut out. I'm using burley-knit terry as soaker pads and I've even got a great little recipe for cloth wipe solution. All of the fabric and notions cost me about $140 for about 36-40 diapers. And since little baby A is already into a medium size, they should last me into potty training.
It makes me feel good that I'm saving money and keeping that many more diapers out of landfills- plus its healthier for my baby!

Edit: I've been asked for more specifics...
Patterns and supply lists here:
Best prices here:

I'll be doing a load of diapers every 2-3 days. Which leads me to my next bw epiphany... homemade laundry detergent. Recipe to follow.