Sep 26, 2010

Homemade laundry detergent

How's your weekend been? I ran the Komen 5K on Saturday and have been phasing out the kids' summer clothes today...

I also made laundry detergent! Having a family of four means having scads of laundry to do. Which means spending a pretty penny on laundry detergent. I decided it was time to make our own detergent; it was much easier than I'd anticipated. The hardest part was scouring the town for ingredients.

Found the recipe on this blog (very cute mommy blog by the way) but will re-post it here.

You will need:
--1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (amounts to approx 2 cups)-use smallest grater size so it's super fine (found bar at Ace Hardware for $1.29)

--1 cup Borax (found box at Ace Hardware for $5.49)

--1 cup Washing Soda (found box at Dillon's for $2.85)

--1/4 cup OxyClean (not necessary, but can be added) *I didn't use it*

Mix all of it together with a spoon; will look bumpy, granular, and probably not all-mixed (that's ok).

Use 1T for a light load and 2T for a large or really dirty load.

Drea has some helpful notes on her blog about the cost-effectiveness of homemade versus store-purchased laundry soap. She makes a strong case!

The smallest grater hole on my grater caused the soap to stick. I had to use the next largest size, and the soap came out in little curlie-cues. I'm not too worried about it because it's still pretty fine. I've heard food processors can grate soap down pretty fine as well, but I don't have one.
I doubled the recipe to make the effort worth it (Drea mentions a double-recipe lasts up to 6 months!!), and used Ivory as the second bar of soap. For storage I used a GladWare reusable storage container (8-cup size).

I feel very productive and Suzie-Homemaker-ish! The soap smells so fresh and I can't wait to use it.


weza said...

MMM I like this. i have only seen home made laundry recipes for liquid, but my front loader only takes powder. Now I must google Australian alternatives to your brands. Will keep you posted on how it all works out.
Good on you for running the 5k!

Breanna said...

Mindy, have I mentioned lately how awesome you are? I too have only seen the homemade version in liquid form and no where near this simple to make. I am definitely going to be giving this a try! Thanks for sharing!!! P.S. You rock for doing the 5K Saturday. I will join you next year for sure. ;)

Julie said...

I have read about homemade laundry detergent on other blogs and have been curious. Please let me know how you think it works. It would definitely be cost effective.

Congrats on the 5k!!

Andrea said...

You now have no room to give me a hard time! Good job on doing this, laundry detergent is the next on my list to make. I have a friend that has used homade laundry detergent for years and she loves it. I would love to know how you think it works.

Erin said...

Hi Sister,
So ironic you blogged about this, as one of Ryan's Weaubleau softball moms just gave him this recipe for washing the jerseys...haven't gotten to make it yet bc I had no clue what/where to find some of the ingredients!! haha. I think I will def have to give it a try, especially since it is apparently a miracle-worker for stinky, sweaty athletic jerseys. haha

Lainey-Paney said...

Oh, I used to make my own laundry detergent, and LOVED doing it.
But now that I have to have the HE detergent, I've been nervous to make my own & use it...

Krista Hutton said...

I make my own laundry detergent too! I use the liquid form, but I love it. It makes a ton, and lasts forever!!! The first time I made it, I split the recipe with a friend and the stuff still lasted us 6 months.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

You are SO Suzie Homemakerish!

Good job mama!