My granddaughter, Skye, spent the day here on Saturday. Among fun things we cook up in the kitchen that are edible, we like projects for other homemade stuff most people buy at the store. Once we made lavender hand cream. Recently we put together homemade insect repellent using essential oils. This time we tackled making laundry detergent. Skye did most of the work and took all (except the above) photographs and decided somewhere along the way she would turn this into her next science project. We researched several recipes online and when we saw that one of them had indeed been used by another student for a science fair, she read the steps, but turned away from the computer and said firmly “Don’t tell me the conclusion – that is for me to discover!” I don’t think I was this scientific when I was in fourth grade. How about you?
Since I posted that these next few weeks would focus on art of cooking and beauty in the kitchen, I started to announce “This program is interrupted by breaking news…” when I decided to feature Skye’s work. But immediately following that thought was the realization that there is no more beautiful thing in my kitchen than a child, especially a grandchild! And when you stop to consider the art of homemaking, crafting and cutting costs is most likely higher art than cooking with flowers!
Skye’s Laundry Detergent
1 bar of soap, any kind
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
2 gallons of water, divided
2 one gallon containers with lids
3 gallon cooking pot
Long handled spoon
Bring to a boil. Mixture will begin to coagulate. Remove from heat and stir as you add the remaining 1 gallon of cold water.
Mix well and pour with funnel into 2 one gallon bottles. Mixture thickens as it cools and sets. Use 1/2 cup or less per load. OK for high-efficiency washers. Ingredients may be halved to make only one gallon.