I try to be an natural as I can when it comes to cleaning products. Couple that with the fact that I am really cheap and the thought of DIY laundry detergent was sounding really good! I have been using Tide Pods for a while and they did the job but man are they expensive! I wanted a detergent that was both economical and that actually worked, and I found it with this recipe! How cheap you say? How about spending less than $30 on detergent for an entire year! And thats with twincesses that can find mud on a sunny day!
I found this wonderful recipe on one of my favorite blogs: One good thing by Jillee. You can either make the entire recipe and save it for the whole year, or make small batches that last a few months.
Small batch Recipe Large Batch Recipe
Fels Naptha Soap 1 bar 3 bars
Borax 3 cups 1 box
Washing Soda 2 cups 1 box
Baking Soda 3/4 cup 2 cups
Oxi Clean 4 1/2 cups 1-2 containers
Fabric Softener Crystals 1 cup 1-2 containers
Another amazing option if you are a sucker for the convenience of the tide pods is that you can squirt some white vinegar in this detergent until it sticks together then place it in small silicone molds and when they are dry remove and store in a canister, instant homemade detergent pods.
Ok so on to making detergent:
All you do is grate your soap (or you can use your food processor, I didn’t feel like getting mine dirty for 1 bar)
The soap actually looks like cheese when you’re done.
Then just add all your ingredients together, I used my hands to mix after each ingredient
And there it is, you have made something that companies charge you alot for!
You know I’m a sucker for chalk board labels!
Happy detergent making. Next up in the series…DIY bathroom cleaner.