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
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
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.
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.
Mix and mix and mix
Try not to breath over the bucket. I angle it if possible.
Isn’t it pretty!
This is my “long day and now I am making detergent look”. I rock it I know. 😉
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:
Oxy cleaner $5.47
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
All detergent, 250 loads is about $24.00
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!