Every once and a while, I would stumble upon a homemade laundry detergent recipe. I would think to myself "I want to do that" and then I would forget.
Over the break, I decided I was going to try it.
I found one of the easiest laundry detergent recipes and headed off to the store.
My first discovery was that the grocery store had all of the ingredients; Tar-jay, not so much.
Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (Using 1 T per load, you should get approximately 64 loads).
- 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Fels-Naptha) ($0.99 at the store) You can use other bar soaps like Ivory, and Zote.
- 1 cup of borax ($3.99 at the store)
- 1 cup of washing soda (3.99 at the store)
The cast of characters. I should have bought a lot more bars of the Fels-Naptha soap, but I wasn’t certain I would stick with it.
The recipe suggested shredding the bar soap. However, there were comments saying the food processor did a good job, so I went for that. Don’t do this with sleeping kids. It is LOUD.
I then added one cup of the washing soda and one cup of Borax and mixed it all together.
Once it was mixed together, I put it in a container, added a scoop and was good to go.
I’m amazed that this works so well. I got school ravioli sauce out of the girls’ clothes! That’s a huge success.
It has a nice gentle smell (from the Fels-Naptha) and hasn’t caused a reaction on any of our skin. In fact, I was reading that many people use this soap for their cloth diapers. I figure, if it’s good enough for a newborn’s bottom, it will be plenty good for us.
Now, if I could only remember to make some homemade fabric softener, our clothes wouldn’t snap when they come out of the dryer.
This is so much cheaper than brand (or even store brand) laundry detergent. And, it took me less than 10 minutes to make it. I only wish I would have done it sooner. Saves money and time. And, it is much cleaner and safer for the environment.
Have you tried homemade laundry detergent? What did you think? Were you happy with the results? I think my inner granola cruncher is definitely showing.
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