Fun Little Additions to My Laundry Room

A few weeks ago I shared that I had finally purchased all of the items to make my own laundry detergent. I was really excited, but also a bit anxious because we had been using store-bought liquid detergent for years and I was about to make the switch to both homemade and powdered. 
I looked around for a container for the detergent and found a bunch of cute ones, but I couldn't justify spending the price they were asking for. I also came across a few lint bins that I thought were cute, but again, the price was holding me back. I decided to take matters into my own hands and ordered a set of acrylic containers (with a scoop) online and got a plastic trash bin and letter stickers from the dollar store.

I didn't grab a good picture of the container for the laundry powder first, but here are images of the other supplies:

Poster Stickers from the dollar store. Not my favorite, but some of the better ones we found.

Plastic trash bin from the dollar store. 

Large magnet from the hardware store

I originally had the idea to find a metal container for the lint bin, but the plastic one was a bit larger than the ones I was finding and it was only a dollar, so I scooped it up. I do wish I had either spray painted it or used my Cricut to make both the lint bin and the laundry powder container look a little more aesthetically pleasing, but I can still do that at a later time. The goal here was to actually push forward with this 'project' and not procrastinate because things were not exactly the way I had envisioned. I think the final results still turned out pretty cute.

My laundry powder container. The scoop is just about 1 Tablespoon which is the perfect size since each load of laundry will require only 1-2 Tablespoons of powder. 

My cute little lint bin hanging on the side of my dryer. My husband helped add the magnet to the bin with a screw and a washer (I would have just used hot glue). I love that the bin is off of the floor and secured right to the side of the machine.

I have been using the homemade laundry powder for a little over a week now and I love it. There are a bunch of 'recipes' around the internet, but I used the one a friend recommended with Borax, Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha, and OxiClean. It works well and smells nice and clean (not overly fragranced). So far, I'm not missing the liquid stuff. If you've thought about making your own detergent, this might just be your sign to go ahead and do it! 

Have a fantastic Friday!