Making my own laundry detergent is something I have always wanted to try. A few of my friends have been making it successfully for a while now and they are all loving the results. I decided once my most current laundry soap ran out, it would be time! I was so excited when I used up my last drop of Tide a few weeks ago. Luckily it happened on a day I was planning to go grocery shopping anyway. I excitedly put all the ingredients to my potion, er, laundry detergent on my list and off to the store I went! I found the recipe I wanted to try on a favorite blog site of mine, blissfulanddomestic.com ( she has AWESOME ideas on saving money, definitely check her out!). The recipe caught my eye because first of all you only had to spend $20 at your local grocery store and second of all she claims it will last you 8-9 months!( I will see if that holds true for our family because I feel like we are going for a world record on the amount of laundry we go through in a week:))
- 4lb box of Baking Soda ( found down baking isle)
- 4lb box of Borax ( laundry isle)
- 4lb box of Super Washing Soda ( next to Borax)
- Oxi-Clean ( this is optional I only used a 1lb box)
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap ( found down laundry isle)
Next, I located a large trash bag and poured all of the ingredients into it. I alternated pouring the ingredients into the bag splitting each container into four parts. That way I ended up having 4 layers of combined mixture. Once everything had been emptied into the trash bag I cut a small hole in the bottom corner and pour into containers. I used some containers I found at the dollar store to hold my soap. I was shocked that these ingredients made roughly 7 quarts worth of detergent!
I was now officially in business! I have never been so excited to do laundry!! For small loads I use only 1 Tbsp worth of detergent and 2 Tbsp for larger loads ( like towels etc). The oxi-clean came with a perfect soap measurer so that is what I have been using. My first few loads have come out wonderfully! No residue, extremely clean, and smelling wonderfully! I have used the detergent on my whites and darks. I am not using it on the girls clothes yet, mainly because a Cosco crazy friend of mine ( you know who you are;) ) gave me two gigantic containers of Dreft that I have yet to make a dent in. Once those are used up I absolutely plan on trying it on the girls clothes.
I definitely recommend trying this recipe. It is ever so simple and will save you a ton of money. Even if it doesn’t last the entire 8 months you will still be saving a lot. Enjoy and let me know what you think!