Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Several months ago while browsing the web, I came across a recipe for homemade laundry detergent.  It looked simple enough to make, and the reviews on it were wonderful.  Everyone commented that it got their clothes clean, and saved them lots of money.  I love saving money and try to cut costs wherever I I decided to give it a try.

The first batch I made was a small one, and didn't include an 'oxygen cleaner'.  After a while, I noticed my whites were starting to look pretty dingy.  Adding an 'oxygen cleaner' to the detergent has helped some, but I have resorted to using my "Tide with Bleach" every other time I wash my whites.  Other than that, I'm really happy with my homemade laundry detergent!

Want to try it out?  Here's what you'll need:
* 4 lb. box of Super Washing Soda
* 4 lb. box of Borax
*4 lb. box of Baking Soda
* 3 bars of Zote (can also use Fels Naptha or Ivory soap)
* a small container of 'oxygen cleaner'

When I make mine, I use a bucket lined with a garbage sack.  I dump the Washing Soda, Borax, Baking Soda, and Oxygen Cleaner in the bucket and mix it up.  Then comes the hard part......grating the 3 bars of Zote (kills my arm every time!!).  Once you've got them grated, mix everything up really well, and put in a plastic container!
I store my laundry soap in 2 plastic ice cream containers, and use the scoop that came with the oxygen cleaner to scoop it out.  It only takes one scoop for a large load, and a half a scoop for a smaller load.  I love that one batch of this lasts several months!  We are definitely saving money, and that makes this Momma happy!!


Alison said...

How clever!!

Julie said...

That's awesome, but I might die with the grating. But I guess it would be good for an arm exercise. How much did the batch cost about?

Misty said...

Thanks for sharing this! I may have to give this a try. We are a family of six, and the laundry around here is out of control!

I am a new follower!

RMiller said...

Someone on another blog suggested cutting the bar of soap in half long-ways and running it through their food processor. They said it turned the soap into really tiny bits. :)

Olivia Sumrall said...

I microwave my soap for about 2 minutes. It will expand a lot when you do. Then I cut it into quarters and let it cool. It's a breeze to run over the grater and it is more like a powder than a shred. It mixes into the other ingredients more thoroughly and cleans great. With no more sore tired arms! :)

♥PommeDeTerre♥ said...

If you have the hand crank cheese grater (like the one they grate cheese on your salad at Olive Garden with), it made grating the soap quick and easy for me.