TAKING A BREAK from the kitchen this week, I thought I’d share a recipe meant for the laundry room.
This recipe came to me from a no-nonsense gal I met the Drop-in Center at First Step Family Support Center.
Peggy had recently been laid off from her back-office job at a small construction company.
She wanted to stay busy while looking for a new job, and took the opportunity to give something back.
For a few months, she’d come and help package diapers, hold babies, take donations, bake muffins and generally make herself useful.
She and I exchanged some recipes.
One day Peggy brought me her mother’s recipe for laundry soap.
She preferred it to store bought because of the simple smell and because it was less expensive than the grocery store alternatives.
My husband and I are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of mysterious chemicals that we wash down the drain.
The Puget Sound really does start right here … right in our sink.
We have switched back to bar soap, and we use vinegar for most cleaning jobs.
A few months ago, I decided to try out Peggy’s laundry soap recipe again.
So far, I like the results.
It cleans clothes with minimal smell and is way cheaper.
There is a lot of chemistry involved in washing soaps and I am on a steep learning curve.
The three ingredients in this recipe — borax, washing soda and Fels Naptha — sound simple and old fashioned, but are they safer for the environment than Tide Pods?
l will have to leave that question to the chemists, but I can say for sure this recipe will yield an effective and affordable laundry soap.
Betsy Wharton is the proprietor of the Clallam Canning Co., a local purveyor of artisan pickles and other farm to jar goods. You can find her and her products at the Sprouting Hope Greenhouse at 826 E. First St. in Port Angeles. Or contact her at [email protected] canningcompany.com.