Last week I posted about some of the Montessori inspired activities that we do with our children, one of which was grating soap.
Now, grating anything is an excellent wrist-strengthening exercise, and it teaches LittleMan a practical life skill he’ll need to know for cooking. (If he can grate soap, he can grate anything- cheese, veggies, anything.) Beyond that, grating soap is specifically useful in our home because we make our own laundry detergent.
We use a very simple recipe and we’ve been using it for 9 months now without any trouble. We use this homemade detergent to wash our regular laundry as well as SunnyGirl’s cloth diapers. If it can get her diapers clean (which it does), then I trust that it could be used no matter how dirty your laundry is. I can’t say enough good about it, this is an awesome detergent recipe.
I originally got the recipe from Live Well Network:
Mix together 3 cups grated laundry soap, 3 cups washing soda, 3 cups Borax. Use 1 tablespoon of laundry soap per load. Thats it. Easy peasy.
Laundry Soap (such as Fels Naptha, which we use), Arm & Hammer washing soda (not baking soda- washing soda), and 20 Mule Borax are all sold in our laundry aisle at Walmart. I buy these 3 ingredients for less than I would spend on a bottle of Tide, make 1 batch of laundry detergent which will wash almost 100 loads, and have left over supplies for making other household cleaners or to save for our next batch of laundry detergent.
So there you have it, its a practical life skill that a 4 year old can do AND its a money saving domestic tip.by