For so many reasons you don’t even want to know about, I finally started making my own laundry detergent.
I LOVE my homemade laundry detergent. One batch lasts for months, the laundry smells very fresh when I use it, it’s ridiculously economical, and it just works! There are only two people in the house so I gave half the batch away to my kids who don’t live with me. What was left lasted the two of us about six months. It is the best thing I’ve learned how to do in I don’t know how long and since I love it so much, I can’t keep it to myself.
Here’s what I use.
1 box Borax
1 box Washing Soda
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
This cost me $21. I could have saved about three bucks if I only used one container of Purex Crystals and remember–it lasts for.EV.er. I dump everything into a five-gallon storage container, grate the Fels-Naptha over the top, shut the lid tightly, and
make Leif nicely ask Leif to shake it up. If you don’t have a Leif, you’ll have to find a big spoon or garden scoop to mix it.
Voila! The freshest, most efficient, non-irritating, most economical laundry detergent. I can see no reason why I would ever not make my own. My kids love it and asked for more since they know I just made a fresh batch. I use 2 Tablespoons per load–no kidding.
All the ingredients fill the 5 gallon bucket to about halfway. Obviously you can transfer it to different containers that are smaller and easier to wrangle. The plastic stackable holds 80 oz and the glass canister is a little bigger.
It’s really wonderful detergent. My friend Zakary makes her own but she uses a different kind of soap called Zote that I’d never heard of when I started making mine. She has good reasons for using it so I trust it is a good alternative. She also probably has good reasons for not using the Purex but I love how the Purex Crystals smell. This is her recipe for stain remover that I’m going to make because if she says it’s good, it’s good.
Clean clothes = happiness = what it’s all about.
Do you make your own laundry detergent? Tell me about it!