4.29.2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I finally did a Pinterest project I pinned over a year ago...homemade laundry soap! I have sensitive skin and Nolan gets little eczema outbreaks every once in a while, so we've always used free and clear detergents. This this recipe is safe and gentle. It was a little tough to find the ingredients though. After searching six stores, I found borax and washing soda at a grocery store (Albertsons), but couldn't find a laundry bar anywhere. I ended up buying Zote on Amazon. I decided to make dry detergent because liquid is messier to make and harder to store. I never thought I'd be a hippie and make my own cleaners, but it was so easy!

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar laundry soap (Zote, Fels Naptha, Octagon, Kirk's, etc)


Grate bar soap


Put in food processor


Add borax and washing soda


Chop it up



Done


This is 3x the recipe


I use two tablespoons per load of laundry. We have an HE washer all is going well. It cleans exactly the same as Tide and Dreft did. It had a strong, but clean scent when I made it, but I don't notice anything on my clothes at all. I've been using it since April 5th and still have well over half the container left. Borax was $8, Washing soda was $6, and three bars of Zote was $10. I'll just have to buy some more Zote when I'm ready to make a new batch because I have so much borax and washing soda left over. So cheap!

Do you make any homemade soaps or cleaners?

13 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I have a lotions and potions post about my homemade stuff, I think I'm doing it on Tuesday of next week. I don't make laundry detergent though.

I have been looking into recipes that smell like Gain. I am a Gain addict. The scent, I love it.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Also, I laughed and laughed at the hippie comment. I am totally a hippie making a lot of my own things.

Misty said...

Seems worth it for the price alone.

Jo said...

I'm impressed! I am so not a hippy plus I wouldn't know where to find Borax here in Belgium. That is my excuse anyway :)

Karen M. Peterson said...

I have another friend who did this and said it was super easy. I think you've finally convinced me to try it!

Melanie Montgomery said...

No, but I've had this one pinned for awhile now, I need to try it.

jessica said...

First, I love that it's so pretty in pink. Second, what a hippie!! ;)

We actually tried making the liquid one and it sucked to say the least. Or maybe it's because I'm so into scented detergent...But I never even thought of making the dry one. Will have to try this for sure, if only to save that kinda $!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

See I am a sucker, I am lazy. So I wouldn't take the time to make my own lol... Then again I wash my clothes at my parents' so I don't buy detergent at all.

Jen said...

I have been wanting to try this. John won't let me bc we have a HE washer also. I'm going to tell him that it's working fine for you. It's ridiculous how much laundry detergent cost.

Deidre said...

I don't make my own soaps and cleaners, but i do buy the ones that are "green" and are basically just vinegar and baking soda.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Now this was interesting.........

rebecca said...

I use the same recipe! Only I use the grating blade for my food processor.

Aubrey S. said...

We made detergent last year, though I used a slightly different recipe. I love the stuff. It smells so good, and lasts forever.