Homemade Laundry Detergent!October 28, 2012 - Author: Jo - No Comments
I am all for saving money so when I stumbled upon this pin I was delighted, even a little skeptical. The original recipe claimed to make a years worth of laundry detergent for roughly $28. The comments all seemed positive so I figured I’d give it a try. I mean after all, who doesn’t love to save money?
Here is a link to the original post.
The recipe calls for:
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 (3 lb) Container of Oxyclean
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap (I couldn’t find Zote so I used Fels Naptha instead)
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softner (I ommited this because I found a recipe for laundry detergent that I will post also)
1 Bucket (A lid is nice to have if you plan on storing the detergent in it)
1 Cheese Grater
Begin by grating up the bars of soap. I used a regular cheese grater, but if you are fancy I’m sure you could use a food processor and make the process go much faster. This is the hardest and longest part of the whole process, but nothing worth having ever comes easy right? As the original recipe suggested I used the smaller, finer grating size, although I’m not convinced it it necessary for anything other than ease of completely mixing the ingredients more consistently.
The finished product looked like this:
After a good workout the soap was finally grated and its time to move onto mixing. In the bucket mix the soap and other ingredients, I suggest layering the ingredients as you go for ease of mixing.
Here is what it looked like when finished layering:
Once all items are layered thoroughly mix ingredients, this too can be a bit of a work out. I cheated and used my boyfriends drill with an attachment for a blender I found in a box of random items we had laying around.
Once completely mixed the final product should resemble this:
And there you have it! By now you’re house should have a nice “spring cleaning” scent, if you used the scent crystals I imagine the smell is even nicer. On top of the feeling of accomplishment I had from making this I also had gotten a nice arm workout from the process, so double cool points! I used the oxyclean container to store some for ease of use, it even came with a handy scoop that I use to measure out my detergent when doing laundry. The original recipe states you only need 1-2 tablespoons per load, I fill the scoop to the bottom line. I didn’t have a lid for my bucket so I funneled the remaining (and there was a lot left!) powder into an empty and cleaned 20 lb container of kitty litter I had laying around.
I’ve been using this detergent for a few weeks now and I really like it. I notice no cleaning difference between this and any brand name powdered detergent I’ve used. I have yet to use this on any real grungy clothes as of yet and if I find any real issue with it when I do I’ll be sure to update this review. I do think the next time I make it I will use the scent crystals because I do normally go for the yummy smelling detergents and this one is lacking in that area, but that is just a personal preference, nothing lacking from the usability of the product. I have to say I’m converted, saving money and knowing that I’m avoiding all the added chemicals and preservatives makes me feel really good about the decision to make this.
I use this along with my homemade fabric softner, the recipe can be found here: Homemade Fabric Softener!
Thanks for reading, I’d love feedback if anyone decides to give this a try!