I’m swearing off of food today. After the Super Bowl yesterday and way too much snacking, today is mini detox day. Smoothies, salad, and water. Since I don’t even feel like looking at food, I figured today was the perfect time to share a non-food recipe with you! It’s one of my favorites and I’m on a quest to change the world one convert at a time.
Who knew laundry detergent could make a girl so passionate?? Well, when you only have to make it once every 1 1/2-2 years and it costs a fraction of what it would at the store, things just get exciting! I first made this detergent back in May of 2014. That was also the last time I made it… I just ran out of my first batch this morning – close to 2 YEARS later!! That’s two years of not having to put detergent on my grocery list and two years of not having to lug a heavy detergent in from the car and two years of not having to budget that expense in every month! I’m sold.
I’m guessing you’re still skeptical at this point and have all sorts of questions. The 2 most common I hear are:
#1. Does it actually get your clothes clean??
Yes, extremely! All of the ingredients individually are meant for washing clothing, so when you combine 6 of them, they do the job 6 times as well. That’s the easiest way I can explain it.
#2. Are you actually saving money?
Y to the double ES. Oh my goodness. I bought all of my supplies at Walmart last week for $20.36. Like I said before, that has lasted me about 19 months and we wash approximately 2 loads a week, so that comes down to about $0.13 per load. If you buy Tide on Amazon, it costs about $0.35 per load. That also doesn’t include the tax you’ll have to pay each time. Also, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never gotten as many loads out of a container of Tide as they proclaim you’ll get.
The ingredients are all readily available; I bought mine at Walmart, but you can also find everything on Amazon if you prefer online shopping. If you don’t have access to the ingredients in your store, here are the amazon links to help you purchase quickly!
I hope I’ve converted you! Comment below with any questions you might have or feel free to share your experiences with DIY Laundry Detergent or other homemade household products you love to use.
- 4 Lbs Pure Baking Soda
- 4 Lbs 1 Oz Borax
- 3 Lbs 7 Oz Super Washing Soda
- 1.3 Lbs Oxi Clean
- 3 Bars Fels Naptha
- 18 Oz Purex Crystals (optional – for scent only)
- In food processor or using cheese grater, grate Fels Naptha bars.
- Combine all ingredients in large trash can or other large container.
- Prep Time: 15 mins