Saturday, January 22, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Who hates spending all that money on laundry detergent besides me???  For the past couple of years I have been couponing and it has saved me at least 50% on detergent and fabric softener.  BUT, I still hate to pay that much.  So, when a friend of mine posted this recipe on facebook, I couldn't help but try it.  And the best thing........(drum roll here)........$1.67 per 5 gallon bucket (and the crowd goes wild)!!!!!
Here are the ingredients:
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda

Now, if you're like me, you've never heard or seen of these products.  So I took a picture so you'll know what you're looking for.  At my local Walmart they have the Borax & Baking soda.  (Which brings me to the fact that apparently washing soda & baking soda are different, but no one I've talked to can find washing soda.)  At the Kroger in town, I found the Fels Naptha soap and borax, but couldn't find the big box of washing soda.  I know that this is dependant on where you live because of what others have been telling me. 

Step ONE: 
Grate the Fels-Naptha soap as small as you can get it.  Believe me, the smaller the better.  You will thank me for this advice later.

Step TWO:
Fill 5 gallon bucket 1/4 full of the hottest tap water you can get & dissolve Fels-Naptha soap.

Add 1 cup of Baking Soda & 1 cup of Borax.

Step FOUR:
Fill the bucket up the rest of the way with the hottest tap water possible and stir.

Step FIVE:
Let sit until bubbles subside & funnel into milk jugs or other container of choice.  Use 1/2 cup per load of clothing.

I just got done washing my first load and all seems well!  Let me know how it goes for you, or if you have a different recipe that has worked for you.  I think the next thing I'm going to try is homemade household cleaner.  While I was funneling into the jugs I spilled some on the baseboard and floor in the bathroom & voila... it came sparkling clean:)

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Brandi said...

amazing! I didn't even think it was possible to make your own laundry detergent! I'm anxious to give it a try! thanks for sharing!

Cotton Blossom said...

I always keep those ingredients on hand, but it's been a while since I made detergent. Thanks for the inspiration to get going again!

You're picture of you and your kiddos, is wonderful!

PS) I couldn't sign in to your comments with my new account. I'm Anna @
Thanks for sharing today!

Cheryl said...

I have made this type of detergent too with the pink soap - I found something to use it for by chance I have one of those flat electric cooking surfaces that looks like glass - I used a little bit my homemade detergent on it and WOW !SUPER Shiny clean. Sometime those surfaces are harder to clean than you think and this soap did a better job than the special cook top cleaner.
My detergent is powder I disolve it in warm water before adding the 1/2 cup to the machine.
Hey have you tired doing 50/50 water and fabric softner mixture and a sponge - it works just like a fabric sheet

Jessica S. said...

Thanks for the tip. We are building a house right and I wanted the old burner type stove but my husband insisted that the cooktop looks better. I had one before and hated cleaning it! So I'll try that. What is your recipe for the powder and fabric softener?