Well, it turns out I don't have to convince my husband to move to Iowa, forsaking his calling and educational training to become a farmer, because I have made my own laundry detergent in our present home in the suburbs of Chicago. It's absurdly easy, but since I've become obsessed with other people's tutorials, I made my own to share with you. Like I said, any idiot can do this.
How do I know that?
All right, start with these three ingredients:
Grate your soap. I used the shredding function on my food processor which is super fast and has the added bonus of me never shredding off my knuckles, something that has happened more times than was strictly necessary. It should look like this. I asked an old lady to come by and hold some of it up in her old lady hand.
The recipe I have suggest 2 tablespoons of detergent mix for a full load of laundry. From 4 cups of laundry mix I believe I will be able to make 32 loads of laundry (4 cups equals 64 tablespoons). I have enough borax and washing soda to make a ton more, so while the first 32 washes costs about $11, the rest will cost only as much as the soap costs. I'll let you know whether it turns all our clothes pink or I develop a weird rash.
I'd welcome your comments, especially in regards to hilarious DIY projects.