Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Laundry Time...

Remember my super awesome dog?? Well.. you should if you don't.

Max.. THE super awesome dog!

Let's just say he has a few problems.  His biggest one right now is his hair.  He sheds.  All. The. Time.  Don't believe me?  I have photos of his hair loss. 

 Now just remember this is wet hair.  This was a weekly task and I just gave up on it.  Now its just dry brushing.  Twice a week if I can.

Mostly wet hair.. YUCK!
With all this nasty hair I have sheets on both ends of the couch and one on my bed.  These get washed twice a week.  The blankets on the couch get washed once a week.  Bed sheets once a week.  Bed blankets about every 2 weeks only because I have a king sized comforter with a duvet cover and its a pain in the ass to wash and thats what the extra sheet on my bed is for.  I also wash the kitchen and bathroom rugs now every 1-2 weeks.  Thats a lot of laundry.  Thats a lot of laundry detergent and fabric softener.  So.. I saw these recipes on www.thefrugalgirls.com for homemade cleaners and I finally decided to try it.

Total investment for ingredients.. I tossed the receipt but I think it was $11.00
These are the ingredients.  There is only 1/2 cup of washing soda and borax per batch.  I will probably never have to buy that stuff EVER again.  Ok at least not for a few years.  The fels-naptha calls for 1/3 bar so I got a couple more loads on that one.  The vinegar and conditioner are for the fabric softener.  Plus LOADS of water for both.  OK, mostly the detergent.

I put this to the test.  Remember the stolen plumbing picture? Well.. Lets just say I can add snaking a drain to my list of tasks.  With that comes very dirty towels, along with normal rag/cleaning/dog washing towels, dog sheets, etc.

All the clothes smelt clean, looked clean, and no static when coming out of the dryer.  I am hooked.  It is so cheap and very simple to make.  I haven't used this stuff on my regular clothes yet but I probably will end up doing so.

If my clothes start smelling please tell me to buy detergent and stop using my own.


MOM said...

Max is soooooo cute!!!! He is worth all the hair!!!!
Aren't road trips fun......I wish I did more of them.

Keep on blogging!!!!

Brendy said...

That is a lot of hair and washing--yuck! Good thing for Max, you love him!!
Keep us posted on the washing soutions, if you're still using/happy with them.....

Martha said...

Will do Brendy.. So far so good!

Sazzle said...

Can you use this in HE washers?