Thursday, October 30, 2014

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

If you're like me, you tend to buy the laundry detergent that is either on sale or that's the cheapest.  Some of you have a laundry detergent that you have been faithful to for years, and may cost you around $5.00 to $6.00, if not more.

My local grocery store is famous for having Era on sale and this is when I use my Era coupon ($0.50), which they will double to a $1.00.  I have bought Era many times on sale and by using a coupon at the same time, to score this detergent for only $1.99!

BUT...here is a DIY recipe that you can use if you want to make your own laundry detergent and will only cost you $0.02-$0.05 per load!  The items may cost you more than a bottle of laundry detergent at first, but in the long run, this detergent is known to last many many months, up to 8-10 months, depending on how much you do laundry.

This recipe, as well as other DIY laundry detergents, can be found on Pinterest.  I plan on doing this sometime soon and when I do, I will let you know how this works out, but in the meantime, here is the recipe.

3 Fels Naptha bars ($0.99 each)
1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda - 55oz ($3.24)
1 box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda - 4lbs ($2.24)
1 box Mule Team Borax- 4lbs ($3.38)
1 tub Oxi Clean Stain Remover - 3lbs ($7.52)
1 Purex Crystals - 28oz ($4.76) this is optional, but will make your clothes smell GREAT!

Grab a box grater and grate the Fels Naptha using the mediums size grates. Place the grated Fels Naptha with all the other ingredients and seal in an air tight container. (you can use a 4 to 5 gallon bucket with lid).

It only takes 1Tbs for one normal load and 2Tbs for heavily soiled loads.  If you only use the 1 Tbs per load, you will get approximately 575 loads from this detergent!  Keep in mind, it depends on how many loads a day and how much you use in determining how long this detergent will last, but with this recipe, you can expect it to last for almost a year, while costing you less!





I would love to know how this works out for you!  Have you made your own laundry detergent, but with different ingredients?  Please share!