Home-made Laundry Detergent and ‘The Flow’

I love a good ‘flow’. I hate doubling back on myself. So when jobs need to get done, I sort them out, one by one, knowing that each job can happen in order and then I’ll be able to walk or drive home a different way from which I came.

So the day I decided to make liquid laundry detergent, I had the ‘flow’ in mind. I had other jobs to do as well as buying the ingredients for the detergent, which I had assumed (from my research) that I’d be able to get it from the supermarket.

detergent ingredients

So when I arrived and the supermarket and found that Borax wasn’t stocked, I called the hardware store from which I had just come.  I wasn’t going to ruin the ‘flow’ without knowing for sure that I could get the product I was looking for.

The girl on the other end of the phone assured me that they had borax in stock. So reluctantly I jumped back in the car.  She’d told me that it was in the gardening section, and I made a bee-line for that area when I arrived.

Unable to find it on my own, I sought out and asked a helpful store assistant to find it and was told that they no longer stocked borax.  By this point I’d ruined ‘the flow’, I was 35 weeks pregnant, and was seriously fed up by this whole experience.  I insisted that the girl on the phone had told me that product was on the shelf, so he went off to ask.

I took myself on a wander through the shelves and FOUND IT! Having very little patience left, I, rudely, told him that he was useless and that I’d found it on my own, and thought, ‘thanks for nothing’.

That afternoon, I made the detergent and have been using it every since.  I don’t add any essential oils and we don’t use it on the cloth nappies because we don’t know what the soap will do to the plastic outer, but we so use it on everything else.

cutest washing

It’s super cost effective (you can see that here), and seems to wash everything wonderfully.

Do you go with ‘the flow’? How’s your patience in stores that tell you contradicting information?

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  1. Oh how I know about the flow. So much more important now you have limited time to do things. I try and bundle things as well as I can into the smallest number of stops. Took me sooo long to find borax and finally found it at bunnings. I was making our washing detergent but got slack when Ollie arrived.

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    1. It’s so much harder to do all the different stops now. Now I tend to do jobs over many days, or like you, bundle them.

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  2. I’d love to make my own washing detergent. I do find these days that customer service isn’t what it used to be and you do tend to get the run-around. It’s very frustrating. Sorry about your comments – I didn’t realise they were doing to the spam folder. I don’t check through all the spam because it’s recently become out of control and I’m getting around 400/day xx

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  3. I have zero patience for those situations. But I try to remember that’s management and/or training fault, not the staff. I usually fail though!

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  4. I have just started making the same recipe however as we have a greywater system I just leave he borax out and it works wonderfully, I do 14 loads a week and a batch of liquid laundry detergent lasts me about 20 days so a good 42 loads from $2 of ingredients!

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    1. Maybe I should leave the borax out once we start pumping the water onto our garden. I’m not actually sure what the borax does, so I’m glad to know that it works for you.

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