Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thrifty Thursday: DIY Laundry detergent
You're going to be super pissed at yourself for not doing this sooner when you realize that a monkey could make laundry detergent (and it'll work even better than the store-bought stuff for way less money).
Here's what you need:
-1 bar of soap* finely grated.
-1 cup Borax
-1 cup Washing Soda
-A few drops of your favorite essential oils for scent (optional)
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, and stir well for a few minutes to make sure all the soap bits are evenly dispersed. Put it in a container with a lid on it, and you're done. Seriously, it's that easy. I store mine in a 24oz mason jar and use a heaping Tablesoon of it for each load in a front-loading washer.
*I don't believe the brand of soap particularly matters. It just needs to be a regular sized bar (about 4.5 oz) If you Google "homemade laundry detergent" you'll come up with both powder and liquid versions that all use different bars of soap, and come out with pretty much the same reviews. The one I've seen used the most is Fels-Naptha. You can find it in the same aisle as the laundry detergents at most grocery stores. I chose not to use this one because it had what sounded like pretty harsh ingredients for someone with sensitive skin. I've also seen posts where folks have used bars of Ivory, Dove, Dr. Bronner's, and Yardley. So I think you could choose just about anything. I use a chunk of the base I got from Bramble Berry because it's the stuff I use to make our bath and hand soaps from, and it saves me having to buy different soap for this project.
You can find the Borax and Washing Soda in most grocery stores in the cleaning aisle, usually somewhere around laundry detergent and dishwashing soap. The essential oil selection at our grocery store is pretty limited, but most natural foods stores have a pretty decent selection, or they can be ordered online.
Thanks for stopping by,