In my never ending effort to save money, I was reading about making my own laundry detergent. It is one of the most expensive items on my grocery list! There are a lot of recipes out there for both liquid and powder. Some of them are very involved. I don’t do involved. I like things that are quick and easy. Yesterday I finally found on the blog One Good Thing by Jilly a detergent that was quick, easy and cheap to make! She says that it makes a years worth of detergent for $30. SOLD!
Here is her recipe:
3 bars Fels Naptha, grated ($1.33 x 3)
1 box Borax ($5.85 – 76 ounces)
1 box Washing Soda ($4.07 – 55 ounces)
2 cups of baking soda ($0.53 cents)
1-2 containers of Purex fabric softener crystals ($6.97 – 28 ounces)
Use 2 tablespoons per load. Put it right in the barrel if you have an HE washer.
Under her recipe a lot of people commented that they are also making their own version of laundry detergent and gave their versions. After reading through all the comments and Jilly’s recipe, I came up with my own version:
1 Box Borax: $4.00, Dollar General
1 Box Baking Soda, Arm & Hammer: $3.50, Pac N Save Grocery Store
2 C. Baking Soda (had on hand, so I don’t remember the cost)
Total: $8.85 plus cost of baking soda
I did not add anything for smell because it isn’t that important to me. I may add some essential oils at some point, but this concoction has a fresh smell which is good enough for me right now!
Also, I did not add the Oxyclean because both stores were out of it! Go figure.
I added 1/4 c. to my laundry instead of 2 Tbs. because we are the “more is better” kind of family. Actually, my husband is a big Doubting Thomas and doesn’t believe only 2 Tbs of detergent is going to clean a load of towels, nor will it last a year with all the laundry I do…2-3 medium sized loads a day, every day.
*As I am writing this post I have a small load of towels in the dryer. My one hand towel still looks dingy to me, so the Oxyclean is a must! I’ll check back in the stores later this week to get some and add it to my detergent.
Here is how I mixed the detergent step by step in pictures:
Jilly also has a recipe for a bleach alternative for people who have septic systems, like us! So I’ll be making that next!
Until next time, tell me what your version of homemade laundry detergent is, or if you make it for the first time after reading my post, tell me your results! My in-house mathematicians tell me I’ll save $150 a year if this works! Here’s hopin’!!
Love ya, Kids!