If you know me at all, you know I like to poke a little fun at the stereotypical homeschool mom sporting a denim jumper and churning her own butter. I do this for a few reasons: to show the world that all homeschooling moms are not like that (i.e. superwoman); because I am probably more like those women than I would like to admit (i.e. frugal and loving all things natural); and to remind us all that preconceived notions do nothing to help us. I have learned a lot from women in denim jumpers, and I hope to meet more of them in the future. Amen.
However, sometimes I do something SO stereotypically “homeschool mom” that I have to step back and laugh at myself. This post is about one of those moments.
Let me reinforce this by saying that I now share something specific in common with Michelle Duggar. If you are familiar with Michelle, you know that she is like The Queen of Denim Jumper Homeschooling Moms. She has birthed half a million children and homeschooled them all, while maintaining a sweet and wholesome demeanor and never raising her voice.
(Can I interject something here? I have watched a few episodes of “18 Kids and Counting” — OK, who am I kidding, I watched the entire series on Netflix while I worked on Maddie’s coat late at night — and Michelle and JimBob have an intercom in their house. I feel I would raise my voice far less often if I had one of those things.)
Anyway, my friend Suni helped me see the wisdom of Michelle’s ways in choosing LAUNDRY DETERGENT. The Duggars make their own soap, and they have published the recipe right here for all to see.
Let me say something about this recipe, friends. IT IS CHEAP and IT WORKS.
Yes, there is a little upfront labor in making it…but this morning I just ran out of soap from my first bucket, and I made it in June. So it looks like I will be spending some time doing this every six months or so. The initial setup cost was maybe around $12-15 for me. I will not spend that much again, because I still have Borax and Washing Soda left from last time, and I won’t need to buy a bucket again.
Yes. And smart.
Some other helpful details:
- If you plan to do this, save a detergent bottle from the soap you’re using right now.
- You will need a funnel.
- If you miss the smell of your detergent, buy some essential oil and pour some of that in. I have used lavender with much success.
- Local peeps, you can find Fels-Naptha at Harris Teeter. The other ingredients you can find at Target or Walmart — if you can’t find them, my friend Suni purchased a whole kit to make this detergent at Soaps Gone Buy. Her kit came with the soap already grated, which is the most labor-intensive part.
- I have one child who has extremely sensitive skin and flares up with eczema if I use regular detergent (up until this time, I was using All Free & Clear). This detergent does not bother him.
NOTE: My friend Amber says that this detergent may have been responsible for her HE washer breaking. The repairman advised against using anything except detergents marked “he”.