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I like to share with you guys some of the ways we try to save money around our home and the different products we like to use. And whenever I come across an idea to make something instead of buying it I always get really excited to try it out. For some reason, I was really hesitant about making my own laundry detergent. But now that I’ve done it, I have no desire to ever go back! The money saved, the ease and the efficiency all added up to being pretty impressive. So being the good friend that I am, I think it’s way past time I share the homemade laundry detergent that completely changed my laundry game!
I have no idea why, but the idea of making my own laundry detergent just didn’t appeal to me. I can’t tell you any specific reason why it just didn’t seem like it was for me. Then the other day I came across some different recipes and that claimed to be so easy and I quickly realized I already own 3 out of the 4 necessary ingredients. My interest was piqued. So I decided to finally give it a try.
It was almost silly how easy it was!
The recipe only called for 4 ingredients, 3 of which I keep on hand because of cloth diapering, and can all be found at your local Walmart or grocery store in the laundry aisle. You’ll need Borax, washing soda, baking soda (don’t be fooled, they aren’t the same thing) and a cool laundry product called Fels-Naptha (it’s an old school laundry secret that is awesome at getting stains out, and can be found hiding in the laundry aisle).
Once you have all of your ingredients it’s just a matter of mixing it all together. Your Fels-Naptha bar will need to be shredded into small pieces. I have used both a hand grater and my food processor. I prefer the hand grater just because it shredded it up finer, but the food processor is definitely faster. But that’s the hardest part!
Add the rest of your ingredients, mix together, and store in an airtight container. You only need to use one tablespoon of your detergent per wash, so the detergent lasts just as long as store bought for a fraction of the price.
You could also add a few drops of your favorite oil if you wanted your detergent to have a certain scent to it. I personally preferred the smell of the detergent as it was but to each their own.
I have now made multiple batches of this detergent recipe and have loved how it washes my clothes! I haven’t noticed a single difference since abandoning my name brand detergents.
Granted, you can still find a small box of Tide in our home for cloth diapers, but only using it for CDs has seriously increased how long I can make that box last and therefore save money. Everything else gets this homemade recipe and we love it!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Shred Naptha bar into small pieces.
- Mix in remaining ingredients.
- Use one tbsp of detergent per wash.
- Store in airtight container.
Have you ever tried making your own laundry detergent?! What was your experience?