Regular readers of this blog will know that I am all about making my own cleaners – and it all started with laundry detergent! I’ve made quite a few, but have settled on this recipe. It’s simple to make, inexpensive, cleans the grimiest clothes, is easy on my clothes, and smells amazing!
The best part? If you’re a family of four – you only have to make it ONCE a year! I’ve been making it for over 3 years and love it. :-) Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 3 bars Fels Naptha, grated ($1.33 at local grocery store)
- 1 (76 oz) box Borax ($3.99 at Target)
- 1 (55 oz) box Washing Soda ($4.07 at local grocery store)
- 2 cups of baking soda ($0.72 cents)
- 2 (55 oz.) containers of Oxyclean (or any brand of oxygen bleach) ($12.59 at Target for a double container)
- 1 – 2 (28 oz.) containers of Purex fabric softener crystals ($7.98 at Target for 2 containers)
The Purex fabric softening crystals are optional, but they are best way to get that fresh laundry scent! You’ll notice I included the prices – it’s just $33.34 for a YEAR of detergent! Plus, you’re not wasting all that packaging that comes with traditional detergent. Win-win. :-)
The recipe is simple, you pretty much just mix everything together! The first trick is breaking down the bars of soap. I start by chopping the bars into chunks, and then I put them in my Blendtec blender with a little Oxyclean. The Oxyclean really helps break down the soap chunks. You’re going to mix in all the Oxyclean eventually, so it doesn’t really matter how much you use at this point.
If you don’t have a Blendtec, use your food processor! You could also just grate the bars with a cheese grater, but it’s not the easiest method! You are looking for pretty tiny pellets of soap, or they won’t dissolve in the wash.
Now you just combine everything – it’s easiest to throw everything inside a trash bag!
I pour everything into one trash bag, tie it up, put it in another bag, tie that bag, and then just toss it around! Just tumble it around for a few minutes, it doesn’t take much!
Then I cut a hole in the corner of both bags and pour the whole thing into a nice jar for storing in my laundry room.
When it comes to washing, use only 2 tablespoons per load. Put it right in the barrel if you have an HE washer. It works great in any washing machine!
Since we are over the “family of four” limit, and I tend to think we have more dirty laundry than your average family, a batch doesn’t quite last for a full year, but I am more than happy with how infrequently I have to make it! I love how well this detergent works, and have given it as a gift many times. Lots of my friends and family use this recipe too!
Do you make your own laundry detergent?