by Jess (Dallas)
As a single parent, BIG money saving ideas are a must in my life style, so when I found this great homemade laundry detergent recipe I was was intrigued and had to try it.
Eco friendly, suitable for sensitive skin and COSTS A TENTH of any grocery store detergents….
As I was reading, I remember thinking that this can’t possibly work as well as store bought detergent, but I tried it anyway.Well I was wrong, this home made laundry detergent washes as good as, and if not better than most leading brands and it only takes about 15 minutes to make up a large bucket full 🙂
Each wash works out at less than 6 cents per load, so you can stop throwing away your hard earned cash, and start feeling good about doing your bit for mother nature too!
A quick note before starting
The color of your homemade laundry detergent will end up slightly lighter than the soap you use, and don’t expect this detergent to soap up when washing because it doesn’t 😉
- Washing Soda 1/2 a cup
- Borax 1/2 a cup
- Bar of Soap 1/3 of a bar (avoid using heavy perfumed soap, Ivory and Fels-Naptha soap have both worked well for me, although I do make my own soap and often use that) Other good soaps to try are Hardwater Castile and Sunlight.
- In a good size pot heat up 6 cups of water, grate up the soap and add it to the pot, then stir until its melted. The color of your homemade laundry detergent will end up slightly lighter than the soap you have used.
- Add the borax and the washing soda and continue to stir until all the powder has dissolved, then remove it from the heat.
- Pour 4 cups of hot water into a clean pail, then add your warmed soap mixture to it and give it a good stir.
- Add 1 gallon and 6 cups (10 pints) of cold water to your mix and stir again (I use a milk carton for this).
- Transfer your finished home made laundry detergent into a large plastic container with a lid, or into individual Plastic bottles. Old laundry bottles are good for this but any thing will do.
- Leave the homemade laundry detergent to stand and gel for about 24 hours before using, don’t worry if it looks slimy and gloopy that’s how it should be.
- Give your laundry soap a quick stir before each use, or shake it if you’re using bottles.
- Use 1/2 a cup per wash load, and for heavy stains rub a small amount into the stain before washing.
Its worth mentioning that you can add a little essential oil to your mix if you would rather have a perfumed detergent, here’s How to make your own essential oils. But personally I don’t, it’s just clean fresh smelling clothes for me, I prefer to smell of my perfume rather than my laundry detergent:-)
I’m always looking for great money saving tips and ideas, so if you have any please send them in.