I finally ran out of laundry detergent! And to be honest this is the first time ever I am actually happy about that!
This is only exciting for me so I can talk about how I make my own laundry detergent and how I save a lot of money doing it – I have been itching to get this post out! It’s great if you are the family’s ‘laundry b!tch’ – like me…
For the last year or so I have been experimenting with a few different homemade laundry detergent recipes for our family. You can find tons of them on Pinterest to suit all kinds of wants or needs. This post will sort of be a how to as well as a review since I am going to continue recommending this until I hit the lotto and I don’t ever have to worry about how much laundry detergent is….
This homemade laundry detergent costs about $30 to make. The real awesome thing about this $30 is that it should tide you over in detergent for your family for at least 6 months if not a whole year!
My first few times making this particular detergent – I only made half batches so I could test them out before I committed to a whole year’s worth of laundry detergent in my closet. After trying a few different recipes to experiment with my son’s possible eczema causes, I ended up returning to this laundry recipe.
My fiance works around molten aluminum, and his work clothes get quite dusty/dingy after a 12 hour shift. His work clothes were going to be the dirtiest clothes I would have to wash regularly – so testing detergents out on them has been my best bet for finding one that works well enough for us. And guess what?? His work clothes come out amazingly clean – I am totally never going to have to buy Tide Detergent at a convenience price again! *Stoked*
It is written by One Good Thing By Jilllee – she has a few posts related to this recipe, even one to make small laundry tablets from the detergent if that’s what you prefer to use! It’s a simple recipe, works great, and saves me a ton of money in this department! I love it. If you are interested in only making a half batch like I was at first, you can find her post related to that right here!
The ingredients are simple.
The amount needed will depend on your batch size!
- Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
- Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
- Oxi-Clean (I have seen many comments or posts about subbing for a generic brand and it working just fine)
- Zote Soap or Fels Naptha Bars (I have used both, I personally prefer the pink Zote for sensitive skin)
- Borax (You can read more about this product here)
- Fabric Softener crystals in any scent you love – this can be omitted for extreme skin sensitivities since they are mainly for fragrance.
All these items are usually bunched up together at your Wal-Mart or Target stores. I have even found Fels Naptha bars on sale at Walgreens when Wal-Mart was out!
It’s kind of been an unappreciated recipe in my opinion – people are always so surprised to hear when I make our laundry detergent. It takes maybe 30 minutes of time to put together and it would go faster if you chose to process the soap bars rather than grate them. Though I have done both for the sake of quietness around a sleeping baby 🙂 Even if it took 4 hours to make – I think it would still be wayyy worth it (money saving wise).
There’s nothing worse than realizing you are out of laundry detergent with 5 loads to do and no patience for a wal-mart run. This has reduced all that bullsh*t to literally nothing now that I MIGHT have to make this recipe twice a year?
Now…if we could only instill that theoretical “laundry folding machine” – I would be one happy Momma!