Saturday, March 2, 2013

DIY Laundry Detergent

Since having Landon, I’ve become a little more concerned about the amount of chemicals and products that we use in our house. Mainly, the fact that I can’t pronounce half of them.So after scouring the internet, and Pinterest, I decided the first step to creating a more “natural” home, was making my own laundry detergent.

We have always been Tide laundry detergent faithfuls.  After having Landon we used Tide Free and Gentle, which costs approx 12.00 for a bottle that does 64 loads of laundry. If you do 6 loads a week, then the bottle lasts about 12 weeks, or three months. So 12 dollars for 3 months. I doesn’t sound that bad, but that’s almost 50.00 a year, just for detergent. Add in oxi-clean, fabric softener, etc, and the cost per year is near 70.00.

Not that Tide didn’t do a good job of keeping our clothes clean I love the idea that I know exactly what the ingredients are in our laundry detergent. I also love how cheap it was to make, and that according to the world wide web, should last for up to 10 months. Twenty dollars for a year of laundry detergent? Sign me up.

My recipe came from I was a little worried about finding the ingredients, since we live in such a small town, but I was able to find it all at Walmart. It took me about ten minutes to mix the ingredients, and I was done. Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.



Here’s the Recipe

1 box (4lb) Twenty Mule Borax (about $5.00)

1 box (3lb) Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda ($5.00)

4lb baking soda (I bought 4, 1lb boxes of the generic brand, which were about 50 cents each, total: $2.00)

2 bars Zote, Fels Naptha or Octagonal Soap, I used Octagonal as it was what my grocery store carries, but Walmart had Fels Naptha. About 4.00 for two.

1.5 lb OxyClean 3.00

1- 55oz bottle Purex Crystals Fabric Softener 8.00


Total Cost: Approx 27.00

It is entirely possible that this recipe will last you an entire year. I will let you know how long ours last as we do anywhere from 3-6 loads a week, depending on just how motivated I am.  $27 a year versus almost $70? That means $43.00 savings. $43.00 is almost two boxes of diapers, gas, groceries and a gazillion other things way more important that laundry detergent!

My next goal is to try some various DIY all purpose cleaners, so stay tuned for how those turn out.


Note: According to all my “research,” this detergent is completely HE washer friendly.

1 comment:

  1. yay! I'm so glad you shared this! there are so many liquid DIY detergents out there but I like powder detergents more. I'll be trying this out this week!


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