Making Laundry Detergent
Okay, so I figured I had to give this a shot. Not only should it save boatloads of money if it works out, but I now have some kind of idea what is going into my laundry detergent.
I had seen a few posts here and there about making it yourself and this “recipe” seemed to be the most popular. It was not nearly as difficult to make as I expected. Like I had read, the worst part was grating the soap. I’ve been using it for a few days now and it seems to work great. Now, if it lasts as long as it should the savings will be significant.
Here’s the recipe for those that may want to give it a shot:
- 1 Box of Borax $5
- 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $3.50
- 1 Container of OxyClean $6.00
- 2 Bars of Zote Soap $3.00
- 1 4 pound Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $4.00
- 1 Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener $5.00
Total Cost:$26.50 — and this is supposed to last approximately a year.
To make it, you need a large bucket. I mixed it in portions to make life a little easier. Plus, I had Colin helping so it gave him something to do by mixing the powders together and I would add the Zote soap as I grated it. I think it took us an hour total. Once it’s all mixed, you use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry. I followed another bloggers suggestion of putting the detergent into the empty Purex bottle and then using the cap to measure out detergent per load. The middle line on the cap is 2 tablespoons so there is no thinking involved 🙂
After it was all mixed, I put the detergent into some extra large storage bags I had. I ended up with 2 large bags of detergent and the Purex bottle full. I figure that even if I only get six months out of it, I’m still saving around $50 since I was using Method detergent at $12/bottle on sale and I went through a bottle a month…
By the way, this works in HE machines also.
Now I have to find a “recipe” for dishwashing liquid!
I just wanted to come back to say – I made this detergent in May and just had to make a new batch a few weeks ago. Started using it the beginning of December. So, $28 for 6 months of detergent works out just fine for me! And it really works great, my clothes smell good and they come out clean every time.