Messy Hair Don’t Care: Tess’s Laundry Detergent.

It has been heavy around this blog for the last couple of posts.  I thought I would share something fun this time.  Tess enjoys playing Holly Homemaker immensely and has perfected her own recipe for laundry detergent.  She has incredibly sensitive skin, so this has been trial and error to make sure that none of these ingredients bother her.  We’re all good.  The basic ingredients for Tess’s recipe are pictured here, one by one.  Everything but the fabric softener crystals are the most basic of ingredients.  Those can ALWAYS be skipped if you would like.

We always double our recipe.  We are a family of 13.  These two glass containers last us 6 months.  Prior to starting our project I asked Tess if she felt okay about me putting this on the blog.  Her reply, I kid you not, “For sure! Messy hair, and don’t care!”  So, there you have it.  She is beautiful, inside and out.

DSC_0419We use three of these bars of Fels-Naptha.  We unwrap and zap them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds on high.  That softens them.

DSC_0420Then we grate them.  This grater is only used for this purpose, because, yuck.  Soapy cheese otherwise.  We’re using a giant Home Depot bucket.

DSC_0421Next up, Borax.

DSC_0423Then Arm & Hammer Laundry soap.

DSC_0424Oxi-Clean because boys socks are funky.

DSC_0425Baking soda.  We use TWO boxes.

DSC_0426Then we added our “fresh scent” fabric softener crystals.


And stir, and stir, and stir, and stir.


We store in these glass containers purchased on Amazon, but I know you can get them at Wal-Mart.

DSC_0436–FullPlateMom, who also has a great recipe for make-up remover pads, using essential oils.  Ally loves them!

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