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May 27, 2014

Homemade Laundry Detergent $0.43 per gallon

Today I finally decided to make my own homemade laundry detergent.
The ingredients are easy to find: borax, washing soda and Dawn dish soap. You can find the Arm and Hammer washing soda and Borax in the detergent isle, usually on the very top or very bottom shelf.
 So, to make 1 US gallon (3.79 liter) of detergent, you will need:

3 Tablespoons of Borax 3 Tablespoons of Washing Soda 2 Tablespoons  of Dawn Dish soap
1 empty 1-gallon  jug/container
Put these ingredients in a one gallon container. Pour 4 cups of boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved. Fill almost to the top with cold water. Let the bubbles overflow out of the bottle.
I use approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load. Sounds like a lot, but ... let me do the math for you. I  bought:
1 box of Borax, 76 oz. for $6.40(including AZ taxes) . Used 2oz -> $0.17
1 box of Washing Soda, 55oz for $3.90. Used 2oz -> $0.14
Dawn 266 ml for $1.07. Used 30ml -> $0.12
Total: $0.43 for 1 gallon!!!! The savings are incredible.
If you find ingredients cheaper then mine, you will save more :) 

May 26, 2014

Washing Yellow Pillows into White Pillows

Do you have pillows that turn yellow in a year or so? One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. My husbands' pillows are more yellow (his hair is short and not so dense :), so all his sweat goes onto his pillow). Sweat can seep through the pillowcase fabric. As the sweat dries, it can leave a yellow stain on the pillow. Even if you use pillow covers underneath your pillowcases, the yellowing can still occur. I tried to wash the pillows with regular laundry detergent, but the result was not impressive.
Why not to throw away a bad pillow and buy a new one? I like really flat, (yes, flat-flat) pillows, and new ones are way big for me. I even travel with my pillow - hotel pillows are gigantic for me and I cannot sleep on them. 
So, I have to wash my favorite pillow., I found on Pinterest a good "recipe":
- Hot water
- 1 cup of laundry detergent
- 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup bleach 

- 1/2 cup borax

Look at these BEFORE  and AFTER pictures! 
The pillow on the bottom was never washed before and it is at least 11 years old! 
  • Remove the pillow case and any pillow protector
  • Fill the washing machine about 1/3 full with hot water.
  • Add all the ingredients in , then start the machine and allow it to agitate for a few minutes to makes sure all the detergent dissolves before adding the pillows.
  • Once the detergent is dissolved, add the pillow(s), and then allow the washer to fill the rest of the way with HOT water. I washed two pillows at a time, which helped balance the load when it came time for the spin cycle.
  • Put your machine on the 2nd rinse cycle or just run it through twice manually.
  •  Place the pillow(s) in the dryer, add a couple of tennis balls covered in clean socks or a few Dryer Balls to help FLUFF the pillows as they tumble dry. I run the dryer twice . If it's sunny and hot outside- let the sun finish drying the pillows (it is hot in Arizona, +100F already)!