Easiest & Best DIY Laundry Detergent – Good for Front & Top Loaders

Two-minutes, two ingredients and less than $2 laundry detergent. Think making your own laundry detergent is a lot of work? We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to make Lazy Girl’s DIY laundry detergent…that takes two minutes, has only two ingredients, and cost less than $2. Read on to learn more or watch the video!

Lazy Girl DIY Laundry Detergent

What you’ll need…

– Bar of laundry soap, like Zote or Fels Napa. I like the pink Zote because, well, it’s pink 🙂

– 1 cup of washing soda (This is different from baking soda and can be found in the laundry isle.)

Instructions

 

1. First, unwrap the soap, and cut it into long strips that will fit in your food processor.

 

2. Next, put the shredding disk attachment on your food processor. Shred each piece of soap one at a time.

 

3. Sometimes after shredding the soap, there a little piece at the end of the bar that doesn’t want to cooperate. Set those aside, and coarsely chop them up with a knife.

 

4. Then put those chopped pieces in a bowl. Take the shredded bits of soap and dump them into the bowl as well.

 

5. Next put the mixing blade into your food processor and put all of the soap back in. If you have a smaller food processor, you might only be able to fix half of the soap at a time.

 

 6. Next, add 1 cup of washing soda and dump it into the mix. (I’ve heard you can make your own washing soda by cooking baking soda in the oven, but I’m a bit too lazy to try that. I’ll stick to buying the washing soda, thank-you-very-much!)

 

7. Now, blend the washing soda and soap chunks together until it makes a course powder. Why are these two ingredients so special? You can put a lot of different things in laundry detergent, but you only really need two basic ingredients — soap and a water softener. In this recipe, the washing soda acts as the water softener. Softer water allows the soap to do its job better. The soap…well, it’s there to clean the clothes. You can add other things to your detergent, but that’s all you really need. I’ve tried many other detergents before settling on this one. We’ve been using this recipe for two years now, and we love it because it’s so simple, its inexpensive and it gets the job done.

 

8. And there you have it. I place my detergent in a pretty crystal cookie jar (because who doesn’t need a little boost of pretty when doing the laundry?!) and use a about a tablespoon for each load. To help ensure the detergent doesn’t dry out, I put this brown-sugar bear in the jar as well.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you’ve used it and how you like it.

Watch the video on the Lori Garcia Studio’s channel on Youtube:

 

1-Minute DIY Foaming Hand Soap, That Smells Better Than the Original!

I love good smelling soap. We’ve proved — at least in our house — it helps reinforce hand washing in our kids. And as much as I love rich, thick, foaming hand soap, I sure don’t like shelling out all that money…especially for our favorites at Bath and Body Works.

Recently, though, I discovered this 1-minute trick that lets us have delicious-smelling foamy hand soap year round, for pennies. If you’re read other tutorials before THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT! This tip, will let you DIY your favorite Bath and Body Works soaps…and you won’t be able to tell the difference from the original!

Check out the video and see how simple it is or keep reading below:


1-Minute DIY Foaming Hand Soap, That Smells Better Than the Original!

Ingredients:

Foam Soap Dispenser

Tablespoon

Favorite Shower Gel

Food Coloring

Hot Tap Water, in a pourable measuring cup


Directions:

  

1. Open your foaming soap dispenser, and set the pump aside. Grab your favorite shower gel – we’re using the same brand and scent from Bath and Body Works, as our foaming soap. This way, our soap will smell the same as the original. This really is key to having your soap smell like the original.


2. Measure out a tablespoon of the shower gel and pour it into your foaming soap dispenser. If you like very fragrant soap, like we do, you can add a second tablespoon. The second tablespoon will actually make a stronger-smelling soap than the original Bath and Body Works foaming soap.


3. Next, you may want to add a couple of drops of food coloring to your foaming soap dispenser. That’s because when you water down the shower gel, it can water down the color. Food coloring is optional, but my family liked it better with it.


4. Lastly, we’re going to fill the soap bottle almost to the top, with hot tap water. You don’t need boiling water, just make sure it’s the hottest tap water you have. Hotter water will help dissolve the shower gel easier.


5. Then, all you have to do is tightly screw on the soap dispenser, and shake until the shower gel is dissolved.


And there you have it, luxurious, foaming soap, that smells just like the real thing. In fact, friends of ours didn’t even know it was a DIY version.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Until next time, I’m Lori and this is Lori Garcia Studios.

Product Review: Aldi Edition

Since I’ve been an Aldi shopper since my parents discovered them when I was teen in the ’90s and, Aldi has changed A LOT. Who remembers the turn-style you had to pass when you entered?

Oh Aldi! Luckily, that is not the case anymore.

If you have an Aldi close by, you either love them or hate them. For the most part, I love Aldi — an excellent place to buy basics on the cheap — but there are some items that are less than desirable. Butter, yes please. Peanut butter, no thank you.

I thought it might be fun to review some of their new items and give you my two-cents. If you’ve tried some Aldi items you LOVE or HATE, please comment below and let us know!

PurAqua Frut – Grade: B+

First up for bids, these flavored waters called PurAqua Frut.  These are bottles of flat, flavored water that are calorie free. I’ve tried all flavors and I think they taste good. I’m not a huge fan of flat waters — I like a little bit of bubbly with my flavored water — but as far as flat fruited waters go, they were good. My high schooler thinks they are cool enough to bring for lunch, not something every product at Aldi has.

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Baker’s Corner Peanut Butter Morsels – Grade: D

Peanut butter morsels or “chips” as I like to call them are a staple in our holiday baking. (I use them to make peanut butter fudge, that is to die for!) So when I saw these at my local Aldi, I got excited. Aldi products tend to be cheaper, some significantly cheaper, than local big box chains, so I had high hopes for these “chocolate” chips.

Unfortunately, the word “flavored” should have tipped me off. They sadly, were a disappointment. At first the peanut butter flavor was good, but it ended with a burnt after taste. I did try another couple…just to be sure…but nope, not worth it. I also did a test a few weeks later — just in case — but they are still a “no” for me.

Activ Energy AA Batteries – Grade: F

I have a little photography business and occasionally I use an add-on flash. True, the flash eats batteries pretty darn quickly, but these bad boys wouldn’t even fire up the flash. Not at all. I’ve used Rayovac, Energizer, Duracell and Sams’s batteries, and they all seem to work great, but these Aldi wanna-be’s left it lacking. All I can say is “never again!”

Let me know if you have had similar experiences with any Aldi products. Have you tried these three? Did you like them? What grades would you dole out? Let us know in the comments below!