Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

I found a solution to my detergent dilemma. My neighbor showed me how to make my own powdered laundry detergent. I know, it sounds a little weird...but it works for me because I don't like to spend a lot of money on name brand detergent and the generic stuff wasn't cutting it, this makes a lot and you only use a little so it lasts a long time, I know what is in it...no fillers, and it was very cost effective!

Here is what you need:
  • 12 cups Borax 
    • improves cleaning power of detergent
    • helps remove tough stains
    • natural alternative to colorsafe bleach
    • deodorizes and freshens
    • naturally softens hard water
  • 8 cups baking soda
  • 8 cups washing soda
    • gets out ground-in dirt and stains and cuts through greasy soils
    • neutralizes and eliminates odors
  • 4 bars of Ivory bar soap grated (I just used a cheese grater)
  • 2 bars of Fels-Naptha laundry bar soap grated (found on laundry isle)
    • stain remover
  • Optional - Add about 20 drops of essential oil made specifically for soap to make the detergent to make it smell good.
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 2 Tbsp of powder per full load....that's it!

This has been working great for me. My whites still come out a little dingy so I add 1/4 scoop of Oxyclean to those loads. I still hate laundry but this makes it a little more tolerable!


Captivating Eyes said...

My mom has been doing this for months and I personally LOVE it! It's super cheap!!

Anonymous said...

I make my own detergent, too, Stacey!
Try yogurt next...yum.

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