I’ve been making and using my own powdered laundry detergent for about five years now. I think it’s one of the best DIY projects ever! One reason is because it just plain works and the other reason is because it’s so economical.
A batch of detergent costs me between $20 and $25, depending on where I shop for the ingredients, and it lasts for months! The last time I wrote about it, I mentioned that my kids typically get half the batch because they love it too. After giving half away, the remaining half typically lasts me six months. Now neither of my kids live nearby so my batch lasts forever, and trust me, I do wash plenty of laundry!
This is a wonderful DIY recipe. It’s easy on sensitive skin, smells good, gets the laundry clean, and saves money. What else could you ask for?
I dump all the ingredients together in a plastic bucket, grate the bars of Fels-Naptha soap over the top, then seal the lid and shake and roll the bucket until the ingredients are completely mixed together.
I only use two tablespoons per load. Really!
- 1 box Borax (This should cost you less than $5 for a 4 lb box.)
- 1 box Washing Soda (I use Arm & Hammer but there are other brands. Sometimes it is hard to find.)
- 2 cups/1 box Baking Soda
- 3 bars Fels-Naptha Soap
- 2 regular size containers of Oxi-Clean. It cost less for me to buy the bigger container but you need about 3 lbs.
- 1-2 containers Purex Crystals (whichever fragrance you prefer)
Enjoy saving money while getting your clothes fresh and clean!