Homemade laundry detergent. . . and no, I’m not Amish. Thanks for asking.
Although, Rumspringa is rather intriguing.
Homemade laundry detergent is easy, inexpensive and effective in both regular and HE washers. Buy the supplies, put in maybe half an hour to make it, and save money. Not time. Money.*
Who doesn’t want to save money and avoid chemicals?
This is my second attempt at homemade laundry detergent. I previously used the liquid recipe from The Duggar Family (TLC Reality Show 19 Kids & Counting).
Pros and Cons of The Duggar’s liquid homemade laundry detergent:
- no harsh chemicals and dyes
- cleaned the clothes
- clothes had a nothingness smell**
- the sloppiness that comes with liquid anything
- bottles took up a lot of space
- whites looked dingy
- The Duggars.
I wanted a new option.
A friend posted this powder homemade laundry detergent on Facebook. When she did a follow up post giving it a thumbs up, I knew that I needed to try it.
The original powder homemade laundry soap is from the blog www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com. For practical reasons I modified it a little based on the products I could find.
I found all of these ingredients in the laundry detergent aisle at my local Walmart store, including the jumbo size Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
- 3 bars Fels-Naptha, grated ($0.97 cents X 3)
- 1 box Borax ($3.97 - 76 ounces)
- 1 box Super Washing Soda ($3.24 - 55 ounces)
- 2 cups of baking soda ($0.56 cents ) ($2.24 - 4 LB. box)
- 1 container of Tide multi-purpose OXI stain remover ($9.97 - 7.12 LB.)
- (OR Two 3 lb. containers OXI Clean or generic Sun)
- 1 container of Purex Crystals fabric softener ($8.96 - 55 ounces)
- Chop up / Grate bars of soap. Use blender, food processor or hand grater.
- If use blender or processor, add some oxygen bleach with soap to help blades.
- Mix all ingredients well in double plastic bags or big container with secure lid.
- Minimum - use 1 Tablespoon for HE washers OR 2 Tablespoons for top loader washers
- I have a top loader and use 2 -3 Tablespoons / load depending on how dirty clothes are.
- (1 ounce = 2 Tablespoons)
- store in container with lid.
Here’s Jill’s step-by-step video of homemade laundry soap —
The original post: Make A Year’s Worth of Laundry Soap for $30.00!
*Reality Check: I am only human. This family of 7 makes A LOT of laundry. I do keep conventional laundry soap on hand so that when I am running low on homemade laundry detergent, as well as time and patience, BUT still have loads of stinky clothes that need to get clean, I can still get crap done. I will never win “Homemaker Of The Year.”
**This nothingness is not nearly as powerful as the mysterious force in The NeverEnding Story – but still, if I’m going to clean, I want it to smell nice. If you have no clue what this reference is to, please go away until you watch the 1984 film. I do not even want to talk about the two sequels. And I would encourage you to read the novel, however, that will take too long.
***Total, before tax, cost at my local Walmart — the place where I purchase all of my necessary bulk items such as homemade laundry detergent supplies and feminine hygiene products, but not much else because I generally avoid Walmart like the plague.