Homemade Laundry Detergent

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I have heard the testimony of many who swear by homemade laundry detergent, read multiple blogs about it and even pinned a pin or two on the subject. In theory it sounded great, but I was a little intimidated (Fels whatnow???) and thought it would be hard/messy. One week at MOPS our craft activity was to make laundry soap...they did all the hard work (like find washing soda...is that near diet coke???) and I finally witnessed the insanely easy process and got to use it and find out my clothes were just as happy!!

So, this week the batch I made at MOPS ran out and I was faced with a choice...buy detergent or man up and go buy the ingredients...

I found myself in the detergent aisle...a little lost as they do their best to hide the 3 items I needed! I'm fairly certain the big detergent companies pay to put these items in awful locations...BUT I PREVAILED!!!!

So here is the lowdown. You don't have to be a hippy/tree hugger to make this stuff...you just need a few minutes and want to save a little money! :)

Bar of soap - 4.5 oz or about 1/3 of a 14oz bar (different sites listed different soaps but I picked zote, but you can use others) 

Then you need a cup of washing soda 

And a cup of borax

That's it!!

I shred up the bar with a cheese grater then added the cup of each powder and threw it all in my Ninja blender to really make everyone friendly!

Put all of that in a jar with a tablespoon tucked inside and when it is clothes washing time, I start the water and throw in two tablespoons of the little concoction and we are in business!!!!

I haven't done the math yet...but it's much cheaper than Tide!

Now, if I could find a way to save money on toilet paper...I hate paying for something I just flush but cannot get on board with any toilet paper alternative! ;)

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