We do a lot of laundry around here! I have been studying several recipes for making your own laundry detergent and how cost efficient it can be. I was a little concerned because my husband is a diehard Tide customer. 😉 He will be the first to say “um Babe, please don’t buy that anymore” when I try the latest brand on sale.
I tried several recipes, then tweaked them a bit to make my own. I even tried making liquid detergent and it worked well, but didn’t have a scent. Again, hubby didn’t like the water-like consistency. He just wasn’t convinced! ( If you would like the liquid recipe, leave a comment below and I will give it to you.)
So far, with this powder recipe… no complaints! I have been washing at least 3 loads per day for over a week and he hasn’t said a word. With that being said, I feel like the coast is clear to share this with you all! 🙂
Here’s what you will need:
1 cup Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup of OxiClean (not pictured above) Chlorine Free
1 cup Purex Crystals or crystal softener of your choice
1 Fels-Naptha Bar (can substitute Ivory Bar or Zote Bar)
Here is how I made it:
I put a large kitchen trash bag over a tall laundry basket – (you can use a large jar, huge bowl, or even 5 gallon bucket). I grated my soap into the bag first. It took me about 20-30 minutes to grate the whole bar. I wore plastic gloves while holding the soap and grating. My son and I took turns. 😉 Then, after the hard part was over, I measured out the remaining ingredients and poured them into the bag. Then I closed it up and shook the bag to mix all ingredients. After mixing well, I poured into containers with lids. You will only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
Note: This recipe makes a lot! There are other recipes that use all ingredients listed above to make enough for months at a time. Like I said, I have been experimenting and did not want to waste the ingredients if I didn’t like the detergent. For the next batch I will use this recipe:
1 Box Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Box Borax
1 3lb container of OxiClean – Chlorine Free
1 -2 Bottles Purex Crystals or crystal softener of your choice
2 Bars of Pink Zote (can substitute Ivory Bar or Fels Naptha)
Update: I wanted to let you know that the Zote Laundry Bar comes in white or pink. The white is available already grated! I bought the pink because we liked the scent best. The Zote is softer and larger than the Fels Naptha Bar and easier to grate! 😉 I found all ingredients at Walmart on the laundry and cleaning isle. Below is a picture of the second batch with the pink Zote instead of Fels Naptha.
On a side note: I have a HE washer and it works perfectly. There are not a lot of suds which is a good thing. I place the powder in the same container that the liquid goes into and it disolves completely during each wash.
Disclaimer: Please use at your own risk. I decided to try it for myself before sharing it. We have not had any allergic reactions or problems with it. I have a family of 5 and wash everyday! 🙂