I am all for frugal and green living. I am also an advocate for making things as easy as possible. ;)
I exclusively make and use my own laundry soap because it is frugal, green, and super easy!
I use cloth diapers, but will gladly put on a cheap disposable when taking the babe to nursery at church (so those precious girls don't have to be concerned about "what in the world to do with it" or have to resort to interrupting our 5th - 8th grade class).
I also admit that I still use paper towels rather than a dish cloth that has to be washed frequently, though I do expect that one day I will evolve in this area. (Update 6/2013: I have now transitioned to about half and half.) ;)
So intro the use of homemade automatic dishwasher soap. It has all three things that are important to me that I listed earlier:
- It is extremely frugal.
- Is very good for the environment.
- Is super-DE-duper easy.
Success. True story.
- 1 part Borax + 1 part Baking Soda + 1/2 part Citric Acid I have been using lemon juice and it's worked famously.
- 2 Tbsp. per load 1 Tbsp in the "pre-wash" compartment and 1 Tbsp in the regular soap area.
- Distilled White Vinegar can be used in the "Jet Dry" compartment as the rinsing agent.
- I keep it in the fridge. Not really for a specific reason. Maybe for the lemon juice and/or freshness. It just seemed like a grand idea and now it's habit. ;)
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