I have seen a lot of homemade laundry detergents on Pinterest and have been wanting to make my own for a couple of months. From what I have heard it will save you money and is better for the environment? So when I ran out of laundry detergent three weeks ago I decided to go for it.
3 bars of Fels-Naptha
1 large box super washing soda
1 large box baking soda
1 large box borax
I found all my supplies at Walmart on the laundry aisle across from the detergents. My picture shows small boxes of baking soda. The large box is 4 lbs and I forgot to buy it, so I ended up going to Dollar General and getting four small boxes of the baking soda.
The total cost was around $25.00 for the above ingredients. I spent a little more then that to get a grater to use for the soap and a container.
I read that this much detergent will last you a year but with six people in my family I know it will not last me that long. I plan on keeping a record and posting about how long it lasts when I am out. Hopefully I wont have to post about that for a while.
I put a trash bag in my container to help me mix my ingredients but if you have a large enough container like I did, you could probably just mix it without the trash bag.
I grated a bar of Fels-Naptha soap and then layered one of the powdered boxes on then a bar of soap then a box of powdered ingredient and so on. The picture above is the Fels-Naptha grated, it looks like grated cheese. Each time I added a layer I mixed it. Since I put it in the trash bag I was able to mix it all together by moving the bag around when I was done. Then I poured it into my container.
I use 1 tablespoon for small loads
2 tablespoons for medium loads
3 tablespoons for large loads
Labels: DIY, laundry