New Year, New home...New Laundry Detergent!

I am so thrilled to share this post from Tina Dean Designs, textile artist and eco-maven who had been known to grind her own flour and also make her own laundry soap.

For this weeks installment of New Year New Home, I asked Tina to share her recipe and instructions for her laundry detergent. It blew me away reading her post and realizing just how much money we are spending on our liquid detergent, not to mention how much waste we are contributing to our recycling bin.

One of the things that I've done for my family to save money is make my own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent.  Now, I have tried making my own liquid soap (which looked quite gelatinous - read more practice needed), and also toothpaste which I got way too much salt in, so more practice needed there, too.  BUT, the two things that are a major savings to the family are the detergents.

Without further adieu, here's Tina!


There are a number of recipes on the web, but I'll share the ones that I find the easiest (both are powder).

Laundry Detergent
2 cups grated soap (I use Ivory) 1 cup washing soda (You can find Arm & Hammer Washing Soda in some grocery stores)
1 cup borax

Easy peasy - Use a couple of tablespoons for a load, or more if you've got a large load washer like me.  I also like to triple the recipe so I don't have to make it as often.  I've got two boys and a husband who create lots of laundry.

I store the detergent in a large plastic container, the kind you put left-overs in.

Cost: About $.03/load vs. about $.30/load of commercial detergent.

Did you read that? That's a savings of $.27 per load of laundry! And if you're like us, you probably do 6 or so loads per week. That makes...

Weekly savings $1.62
Monthly savings $6.48
Yearly savings $77.76

That's a new pair of shoes! A new dress! Or a dinner and movie night with your spouse!


New Year New Home, Laundry Room Storage

This month in New Year New Home, we move into the laundry room. It's one of the spaces that is often forgotten about but usually one that if it were to have a little TLC, it would be bright and airy. Maybe we wouldn't mind doing laundry if it looked just a little neater, more inviting and a little bit more inspired. {no? Did I take it too far?}

One challenge that we face with our laundry room is storage. Sure, we have these lovely built-ins above both the washer and dryer, but the way they were installed means that we can't actually adjust the height of the shelves inside.

This means that laundry detergent and bleach get stacked at the top, and I need a ladder to get them down!

Definitely not ideal and since I'm sure you can imagine the amount of laundry with a toddler and two parents who work out 6 days a week...definitely not practical.

So, I started looking around at the storage baskets that we already have. We have loads of them for storing Owen's toys, and I thought that they would be perfect for going on the washer an dryer to store the items that we use often.

But they needed to be pretty, so I designed these tags for the baskets and printed them on cardstock. I tied them to the baskets, and voila! Pretty basket storage!

Overall I'm really happy with how they turned out. There's one basket for small tools like screwdrivers and hammers, batteries and things of the sort. Then another basket for laundry needs, all within my reach!

Go forth, get organized and make your space pretty!


FREE Laundry Room Printable

A few months ago, probably back in March when we had first moved into our new house and I was looking for typography projects to personalize the different rooms and give them a little bit more character, I stumbled across a quote on Pinterest.

It really touched me, and the place that we are at in our lives at the parents of a toddler.

I put the print (just a regular piece of 8.5"x11" white cardstock) in a 11"x14" white frame and hung beside the door that leads to our garage, which just happens to be in our laundry room.

Get the FREE printable here!