As I was checking out at Wal-Mart today with all of my goodies to make my very own laundry detergent from scratch, I held an impromptu mini-seminar for the checkout lady and the customers in line with me! They were all shocked that you could really make your own detergent. Not only does it work just as well as store-bought detergent, it saves you big bucks! Here’s how I make mine:
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
extras: OxyClean, Tea Tree Oil
First, gather your ingredients:
You’ll for sure need Borax, Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha, and Baking Soda. The OxyClean is for a bit of a booster if you have a particularly nasty load, and the tea tree oil is a great disinfectant, antifungal, antibacterial agent.
Grab a big ol’ bowl and start grating your Fels-Naptha bar down. Use the teeny side of your cheese grater for this.
You’ll end up with a bunch of soap that looks like grated cheddar cheese. Do not top your nachos with this, my friends!
Throw in a cup of washing soda.
Then pour in your cup of Borax.
And top it off with a cup of baking soda. This is an extra, and isn’t super necessary, but I add it for its cleaning and deodorizing properties.
Now whisk that bad boy up! Make sure you blend it in nicely. Your soap shavings wont break down, but just make sure they’re incorporated evenly.
BAM! Done. Yep, that’s it! This recipe makes about 4 cups of detergent, totaling 32/64 loads. If you have a top loader, use two tablespoons. HE front loader? No prob! Just use 1 tablespoon. Like I said above, I put in a few drops of Tea Tree Oil into the water stream of each load to get rid of germies and gunkies, and throw in a scoop of OxyClean if I have a seriously funkatory load of laundry (potty training … enough said).
Want to know how much money I save by using this as opposed to, say, Original Tide?
Cost of smallest box of Tide available (40 loads): $9.24
Cost per batch of homemade detergent as pictured above: $1.93
That averages out to just $0.03 per load when using 1 tablespoon! THREE CENTS. That’s just crazy talk. Crazy MONEY SAVING talk!