It’s no secret that many cleaning products and detergents are full of chemicals that may be harmful to you and the people and pets that you live with (live with you?). It’s also no secret that they can cost a … Continue reading
Yup. I did it. I made laundry detergent. It was so easy! And so cheap. You’ll need:
- 1 box of borax
- 1 box of washing soda (this isn’t baking soda, kids, although it is Arm and Hammer brand).
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha
- 1 jar or plastic container for storage.
I was able to find all of the above in the laundry aisle of my grocery store. OK. Here we go. This will take you 5 minutes. No joke. Are you ready for this?
- Finely grate your bar of soap. I used the finer end of my cheese grater.
- Add 1 1/4 cup of washing soda
- Add 1 1/4 cup of borax.
Mix it up! “easy as 1, 2, 3; do re mi; a, b, c, 1, 2, 3…” Too far? Any Jackson 5 fans out there?
A word for front loading/HE washing machine people: this is a low sudsing soap, so it won’t kill your washing machine.
- Grate a normal bar of soap, not Fels-Naptha.
- Add some essential oil to give your detergent a scent. I didn’t add any, and my clothes simply smell clean. No perfume. Just clean. I like it!
- Try the liquid version of DIY laundry detergent. You’ll need to same ingredients, you just add water and cook it over the stove for awhile.
There are a bunch of folks out there who have done a cost analysis on the worthiness of this venture. I’ve seen numbers anywhere from a penny to a nickle a load, compared to roughly 20 cents a load for store purchased detergent.
I wanna know: Have you done any DIY projects recently?