Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Goals - Share More/Spend Less: Share More Monday - Homemade Laundry Detergent

In an effort to focus on spending less as 1 of my goals for 2011, I began researching homemade laundry detergent online.  I found recipes for liquid detergent, as well as powder detergent.  I will be honest, I don't like powder detergent (at least the store-bought kind!).  I did not, however, have any desire to make up a batch of liquid detergent in a huge bucket to sit in my laundry room.  I am trying to declutter and adding anything else to my laundry room would be a step in the wrong direction. 

After lots of research, I formulated my own recipe for powdered laundry detergent that is based on all of the research I had done online.  I am sharing my recipe with you today in an effort to show you how to remove dangerous chemicals and toxins from your clothing (it touches you all day folks!) and also to save money by going back to basics

This recipe is super simple and may remind you of the smell of your grandmother's laundry room!

1 Box of Borax
1 Large Box of BAKING Soda
1 Large Box of Super WASHING Soda
1 Bar of Fels-Naphtha

Other Needs:
Container(s) for Finished Detergent
1 cup Measuring Cup
Cheese Shredder
Food Processor (optional)


In your empty container, add 1 cup of Borax...

..... and 1 cup of Washing Soda.

I am making 4 batches at the same time...

Next, get your bowl, cheese shredder,
and 1 bar of Fels-Naptha...

Shred the Fels-Naphta.
Don't leave this sitting around in the bowl unattended!  
My kids thought it was cheese.... just sayin!!

Add 1 cup of Baking Soda to the Fels-Naptha shreds.

Add the mix of Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha to a food
processor.  I use a tiny one I bought for cheap!

You can hand-stir the mixture, but I have well water
and wanted to be SURE that the soap dissolves completely.
This is what it looks like after it has been processed:

Add your chopped mixture to the container of
Borax and Washing Soda from earlier.

Secure the lid on your container and shake, mix,
and tumble the mixture around until it is completely
mixed up.  Again, I have made 4 batches at once.

Wash until your heart is content!  The beauty of this recipe is that
it only requires 1 TABLESPOON of mix per regular load of laundry!!
If you have heavily soiled laundry or if you feel that your water is too
hard to wash with the 1 tablespoon then 2 tablespoons may be used.

FAQ #1 - How Much Does it Make/Cost?

I purchased my products at Walmart, but they can certainly be found
elsewhere, including grocery stores. 

Borax = $3.36
Washing Soda = $2.77
Baking Soda = $2.16
Fels-Naptha =$0.97

I was able to make 5 batches from the powders listed above. 
You then have to add in the cost of 1 bar of Fels-Naptha per batch. 
This means you end up spending only $2.63 per batch!!

FAQ #2 - How Much Savings?

I generally wash at least 1 load of laundry every day. 
Using the recommended 1 tablespoon
of homemade detergent recipe,
it lasts me approximately a month!

Considering I was spending $9.97 for store-bought detergent
and another $4.97 for fabric softener
every 2 to 3 weeks, it is a HUGE savings!

FAQ #5 - How Does It Smell?
It smells wonderful!  The powders themselves do not really
have a smell, but the Fels-Naptha has a pleasant, fresh
smell.  You can add essential oils to the wash water if you
prefer a different smell, but I do not see any need to do so.

FAQ #4 - What About Fabric Softener?
I will be doing a separate post on fabric softener
next Monday, so be sure to check back! 
You will LOVE how simple it is
and it costs LITERALLY pennies! 

I hope you have enjoyed learning about homemade laundry detergent!

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I would love to hear your thoughts! 
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Have a Blessed Day!!
Katie Burke
Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrator
Pine Mountain / LaGrange, Georgia

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Sabrina said...

I'm going to try this..I'm stoked girl!!! Come on next Monday. I want fabric softener info!!!

Katie Burke - Bella B Designs said...

So happy that you are inspired. Please share your results here for others! The fabric softener, well... It will be a real "WOW! That really works????" moment. Can't wait to share. The following week will be homemade dishwasher detergent. Thanks for visiting and for the comment!

Daphne said...

I'm going to try this! Thanks!

VictoriasCreativeCrafts said...

I like the dry mix. Mine is in a 5 gal bucket. Lookin for the dishwasher mix next. Good Luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Stopped over from "she is organizing the chaos" to see your recipe! I use almost the SAME thing...but I will add a cup of the generic oxy clean--and it also works GREAT!!

Great blog!! :)

Katie Burke - Bella B Designs said...

Thanks for visiting radiomomrehtoric! I love my homemade detergent, which I am sure you can relate to! I can't believe I ever paid exogenous prices for the ready-made stuff when it doesn't work nearly as well - or last nearly as long.

It was my understanding that the Borax has a natural whitening agent... or maybe it was the washing soda? I can't remember which. Do you notice a difference when you add the OxyClean?

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