A simpler life: DIY laundry detergent

I’m a big fan of simple. I’m also a big fan of affordable. What I am not a fan of is the smell and price and content of most laundry detergent. Sadly I am allergic to certain chemicals which also makes laundry detergent hunting complicated. This lead me to looking into making my own detergent. I have been successfully doing so for over a year now.

Here is a tutorial of how I make mine.You can play around with it and find what works for you.

First you will need:

a large bowl

a mop bucket or other similar bucket

a grater

1 or 2 barss of Zote or other bar laundry soap

4 lbs of baking soda

1 box of Borax

1 container of Fabric softener crystals (Purex or Downy etc)

1 container of an oxy cleaner of come kind (I’ve used Sun, the actual Oxy clean, the dirty jobs version)

Optional: 1 box of Super Washing Soda

baking soda bowl

I have learned that grating the Zote soap by itself allows it to make a crumpled mess so I grate it in with baking soda.

DSC02235Next you grate the whole bar of soap mixing into the Baking soda.

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When you have all of your bar soap grated it is time to start mixing it in the bucket with the other ingredients. I try and layer everything a little bit at time mixing as I go.

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bucket

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other ingredients

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Mix and mix and mix

Try not to breath over the bucket. I angle it if possible.

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Isn’t it pretty!

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This is my “long day and now I am making detergent look”. I rock it I know. 😉

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This made about 15 lbs of detergent. Now, I will say that I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about how people find that this works. It has been excellent for my family. My husband even loves it. I haven’t had any problems with it not dissolving etc. It smells great and cleans better. Fabric softener doesn’t have to added to it. I personally like it better with the fabric softener. It is much more of an all in one cleaner that way.

Here is my cost breakdown:

Borax $3.38

Oxy cleaner $5.47

Softener $8.96

Baking soda $2.08

Zote soap $.98

Total cost 20.87~

or $0.08 per load

I can get between 250 and 300 loads out of this. You only need to use about a tablespoon (more less depending on personal preference) per load.

Normal liquid fabric softener

Downy for 250 load is about $17.00

Numbers based upon cost of http://www.walmart.com/ip/Downy-April-Fresh-Ultra-Concentrated-Fabric-Softener-90-oz/14574631

Plus

All detergent, 250 loads is about $24.00

http://www.walmart.com/ip/All-2X-Ultra-Free-Clear-Liquid-Laundry-Detergent-150-oz/13908593

That is a total of $41.00

or about $0.16 per load

So your home made alternative is half the cost as well as being awesomely home made. If you liked my tutorial let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Jessie

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