Homemade Laundry Detergent

Monday, February 22, 2016

I wash many, many loads of laundry . With three boys at home, I really do feel like it is the never ending chore . Especially now that football and cross country has started . Smelly, dirty clothes are the norm around here. I try to set a schedule for laundry, but I just ultimately put in a load a day. At least.  I have always been a Tide fan. But with all of the laundry I do, it isn't a very economical choice. As a blogger, I have seen my fair share of homemade laundry detergents posted over the years. In the back of my mind I thought about it, but decided it was easier to just buy it and move on. Until my friend Shandy over at Aprons N Pearls  blogged about making her own batches of detergent a few years back. So I though what the heck and made a batch. The rest, as they say, is history!  I love this detergent! It is so much more economical, it smells good, and best of all, it cleans our clothes so well! My husband and I whipped up a batch this past weekend. The only time consuming part would be grinding the Fels Naptha Soap in the food processor. Other than that you just dump and stir. I use about 3 T in each load . But my loads are large ( most of the time) , so if you are washing a regular load you can scale it down to 2T. It is a powder , which I love. No drippy messes. I do not have a HE machine ( I did, but it always smelled moldy and my clothes started to smell too. So we bought a traditional machine and love it. To each his own) , but I have friends that do and they say this detergent works great in their washers. You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Target or Walmart. Except the Fels Naptha soap. I have yet to find it at Target. And if you want to save even more $$, look for large bags of baking soda in the pool aisle at walmart. This time of year you can find them marked down when they switch summer pool items to fall items.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
4lb box Baking Soda
1 box Borax
1 3lb container Oxi Clean
4 bars Fels Naptha soap
2 containers Downy Unstopables ( I use the Fresh or the Lush scent)

Using a food processor or a food grater, grate the bars of Fels Naptha Soap into small pieces. About the size of small peas.
In a large container ( I use a large bucket, you can use a heavy duty garbage bag), mix all of the ingredients together and stir well to incorporate the mix.
Transfer to a smaller container to use in your laundry room. Keep the rest in an airtight container and refill when needed.
Large load - use 3 T
regular load - use 2T

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