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Homemade Laundry Detergent (All Natural and Easy)

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After a conversation during dinner last week, I discovered that you could make your own laundry detergent.  I immediately decided that this would be my project for this week. Aside from the fact that homemade laundry detergent is better for you, I needed more laundry detergent and didn’t want to spend 8 dollars on something that’s not gonna last that long.  

I took the recipe from WellnessMama.com because it was simple and only contains 3 ingredients:

8 cups of Washing Soda/Baking Soda (one 55 oz box; about $3 per box)

8 cups of Borax (one 75 oz box; about $4.50 per box)

2 bars of soap, about 4 cups grated (Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap, Burt’s Bees, or Ivory; about $4 each)

                     = 1 gallon powdered laundry detergent

All of these things were fairly simple to find.  I chose to use baking soda instead of washing soda because I wanted to use the baking soda for other things around the house.  I picked lavender castille soap because I love how lavender smells. The whole process took about 15 minutes to grate and mix. Grating the bars of soap is actually kinda fun and a good stress reliever.  Combine everything in a large bowl and mix to ensure even distribution.

 

 

RESULTS:

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I used 1/4 cup of detergent per load, as recommended by the recipe. I was a little skeptical about using powdered soap ( I’ve been using liquid soap for as long as I can remember), but it cleaned everything pretty well. If you’re one of those people who feel like your laundry isn’t clean unless it smells like roses, then you may need to think of a different option.  All of our smelly workout clothes smelled fresh after washing, but didn’t smell overwhelmingly like lavender.  In fact, it smelled very, very, very faintly like lavender, but everything was cleaned so I didn’t mind.  Overall, it was a success, no chalky residue or sticky feeling on the clothes.  I’m so excited about what other natural things I’ll make in the future. I’ll keep you updated….

 

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SaluBRIous Hair: The Honey Experiment Part 1

So earlier this week I blogged about my visit to the farmer’s market and the raw honey I picked up. Well last night I successfully tried using raw honey on my hair as a conditioner. 

I looked up several recipes for a deep conditioning mask containing raw honey.  I decided to use raw honey, olive oil, and some of the conditioner that I normally condition/co-wash with.

Recipe:

Three tablespoons honey

1/4 cup olive oil

Three tablespoons regular rinse out conditioner (Cantu)

All of the ingredients should measure about 1/2 a cup

Directions:

1) I placed all of these ingredients into a small container and mixed them with a spoon. I the washed my hair my my regular shampoo towel dried it.   

2) I then placed the honey deep conditioning mask all over my hair.  I make sure all my hair is hydrated while massaging the mixture into my scalp and on the hair shaft.

3) Placed a plastic cap on my head for 15 mins. You’re really supposed to do it for 30 mins but I’m really impatient 🙂

After the 15 min period has passed. I washed all of the conditioning mask out of my hair. 

Results:

The homemade hair conditioning mask left my hair feeling really soft, moisturized, and shiny!  It easily de-tangled my hair. Whenever my hair likes something I put on it, it starts to regain its natural curl pattern (as if it is wet). My hair definitely liked it!  It made my hair a lot easier to manage when I proceeded to do twists for a twist out. 

I would definitely use this mask again. I will probably use it once a month.  Feel free to use your own recipe and let me know how your trial goes.

Stay tuned for the honey experiment part 2.  This will describe whether or not raw honey gives me saluBRIous skin.