Recently I have had several people inquire about how to make their own laundry detergent TABS. At first I really didn’t catch the vision of the idea…I mean how hard is it to scoop and pour? :-) But after some serious introspection, I began to see the light!
Detergent TABS are a simple and efficient way to add detergent to a load of laundry, and by using a pre-measured amount, you avoid the problem of detergent overdose. (Read more about How To Avoid Detergent Overdose here.) This saves money, and protects clothes and high efficiency washers from excessive wear. Plus, if you are teaching a child or teen how to do laundry, single dose detergent is an easy way to get started. (Maybe these TABS are just the thing I need to get my boys doing their own laundry!!! One can dream!)
The only DOWNSIDE of detergents TABS I could think of is the cost. Almost all commercial brands are more expensive per load in tablet form than in bulk. However, if you’re already in the habit of making your own Homemade Laundry Detergent (like many of us do!) by just adding a couple of extra steps you can easily make your own detergent tabs for no extra $$ at all!
DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent Tabs
Things You’ll Need:
- a batch of my homemade laundry detergent** (actually you can use any dry detergent you like, but I think you will love mine!) :-)
- a spray bottle filled with white vinegar
- a bowl
- a tablespoon
- an ice cube tray or similarly sized silicone mold
Put a couple of cups of the powdered detergent in a medium sized bowl and start spraying it with the vinegar until it starts to stick together when you squeeze it in your hand.
The mixture shouldn’t be too wet, just wet enough to pack into your molds.
I used this cute silicone flower mold to make my tablets uniform, but you could also use an ice cube tray.
Add one heaping tablespoon of the moistened detergent into each mold and press down until tightly packed. Allow to dry COMPLETELY – usually about 12 hours (or if you live in Utah, about 12 minutes! One of the very few benefits of living here!) :-)
When the tabs are dry, pop them out of the tray and put them into a storage container. Use one tab for front loaders and two for top loaders.
Now go round up your kids and make them start doing their own laundry! :-)
**If you don’t want to make a large batch of homemade laundry detergent, here is a link to a smaller recipe: Homemade Laundry Detergent – Trial Size Version