Thursday, September 15, 2011

Frozen Peppers and 50 Cent Gallons of Home Made Laundry Detergent

It's been a busy week.

Crazy busy. That's a good thing. I shouldn't complain.

But tonight I'm settling down to preserving some veggies I should have preserved days ago. Got some bell peppers I'm slicing up and freezing. And some tomatoes it's high time to can.

This evening I made some of that home made laundry detergent that's been all over the hippyish, urban farming blogs and posts.

Do not mock me. It's cheap!

And...great for the earth.

But mostly, it's cheap. For about $2 you can make up a ginormous 5 gallon batch of very good, very effective laundry detergent.

It works like this:

1. Shred some Fels Naptha soap, or some castille soap.
2. Little bits at a time dissolve it into a half pan of boiling water. What size? Doesn't matter...something regular sized.
3. Fill a 5 gallon bucket (can be found at Menards or Home Depot) with about 4.5 gallons of HOT water.
4. Pour 1 cup of Borax into the 5 gallon container.
5. Pour 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Super washing soda detergent booster...or something like that.
6. Pour in the dissolved soap.
7. Mix it. Mix it really, really good.
8. Fill containers with the stuff: milk jugs, old detergent bottles, whatever ya got.

NOTE: It's going to gel in a couple of hours after mixing it up. So I like to pour it into containers before it does. Makes the transfer a lot easier. Less messy.

Anyway, the detergent works great. It's about 45 cents per gallon. Use a half cup to a cup per load.

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