Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

HelloooooOoooOooo.... Anyone else have a million loads of laundry to do today?

I have had a few requests for the homemade laundry detergent recipe, so here it is!!

First - There are two different recipes, a liquid and a powder laundry detergent. The liquid detergent is more cost effective, but I worry about using it with my front loader washing machine... So! I haven't tried it yet... so, if you do, let me know!! The powder detergent seriously took me about 5 minutes to make and is so so easy and it works great! The powder is like paying .06 cents/load vs about .21 cents/load with store bought. The liquid detergent is like .01 cents/load (amazing hu!?) Here is a link for the recipe and how to for the liquid detergent :)

You ready for this?
1c Arm&Hammer washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
1c Borax
1 bar of soap grated - Most recipes call for Ivory soap. I had Fels Naptha which is a heavy duty laundry bar soap, so I just used that.
You can find all of these ingredients in the laundry isle at the store. :)

Mix all of the ingredients together until it's all well incorporated ... then... you're done!! Can you believe it?? Pour into a container with a lid and use 1 1/2 Tablespoons per load, or 2 for heavily soiled loads. -
If you have a bad stain, just scrub some of the detergent onto the stain and let it sit for a few hours, then wash.
You could also put a few scoops of Oxi-Clean in your detergent for a boost - So far I haven't needed to :)

I just used a cheese grater to grate the soap - you can also break it in chunks and put it in a food processor.

This is what it ends up looking like after mixing the borax and washing soda with the fels naptha.

Taaa Daaa.... That will be the last time you will see a store bought laundry detergent in my laundry room! :)

Make sure too keep out of reach!! :)


Jenny Gamboa said...

thank you!

Gennaveeve said...

Are you kidding me Cara?!?! You are seriously the queen of saving money!

Cara and Mike said...

You are WELCOME Jenny! :) Sorry it took so long to post it! - Gennaveeve- No no nono... I'm LEARNING to be the queen of saving money :) haha.... I figure this is my job .. and this is how I get to keep my job as a stay at home mama and stay away from credit cards :)