I’ve been wanting to make laundry detergent for years, but I was scared it would fade my clothes or not clean them. I’ve not been happy with my normal detergent for awhile. It didn’t seem like my clothes were getting clean. They seemed to have a mildewy smell. Yuck!! No matter what I tried, it didn’t work. Finally I started using Tide with Sport Febreeze, and that seemed to help, but you can’t buy that in bulk at Sam’s or Costco. We have too much laundry to buy those small bottles.
I finally decided to try my hand at making my own. If it didn’t work, I’d only be out around $13.00.
Let me tell you….DON’T WAIT AS LONG AS I DID! I LOVE IT…AND IT WORKS!
I box (4 lbs.) Borax
1 box (3 lbs.) Super Washing Soda
1 box (4 lbs.) Baking Soda
3 bars of laundry soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, Ivory) I used Fels-Naptha because that is what was available at Walmart.
I bought everything at Walmart. The total cost was around $13-14.00.
First, you will want to grate the soap. I used my food processor with my grater attachment.
It came out too large, so after I grated it, I chopped it with my chopping blade, just to break up the long slices.
Then, mix everything together in a HUGE bowl. That’s it. You are finished!
I put mine in the biggest container I could find, which happened to be an apothecary jar. I didn’t want to buy a container until I was sure I would like it. I will be picking up a cute glass canister next time I’m at Walmart.
All you need is 2 tablespoons of detergent for each load. I use a coffee scoop (which is 2 TBSP.) I’ve heard this batch with last for around 6 months. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and I love it!
I must say that laundry is my least favorite chore, and that’s coming from someone who loves to clean! Some tips that I’ve found that helps me keep a handle on my laundry are:
1. Do at least one load every day. It will keep you from being overwhelmed than washing 10 loads on one day.
2. When I’m folding clothes or hanging up clothes, I pray for the person who’s clothes I’m doing. It makes the mundane chore more important!
3. Teach your kids to help. They need this life skill! Even young kids can sort laundry and fold wash cloths.
4. Fold the laundry as soon as its out of the dryer. As soon as a load is folded, I put it away. It takes about 3 minutes, but I feel so much better when its done.
Hope that helps!