Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Hey guys, I'm back again. Sorry about the lack of posting lately, it's due to a couple things: (1) I've been busy almost every night (when I usually do stuff/write posts) with family visiting from out of state and other get-togethers (2) We are moving soon so I haven't been doing anything to better our current apartment, but rather have been cleaning, dusting, donating, and packing everything we own.

We still have not yet closed on the house. Boo. The closing date has been pushed from last Friday to this Monday but neither have happened because apparently we are waiting on the title company for something I don't exactly know the details of. Everything else is in order so it's just a matter of some last minute finalizations! Lord willing it will be Thursday or Friday...and if not, than next week sometime. I'm actually not that anxious for us to close-- obviously it will happen when it happens and we're ready for it whenever that is but there's a lot to do in terms of packing and getting things done in the house before we even move in so I'm not in a huge rush. But you know as soon as that all goes down, I'll keep ya posted!

Let's get on to what this post is really about: diy'ed homemade laundry detergent. I was interested in making some for myself mostly out of curiosity slash saving a little bit of money (since I hear buying a house kinda leads to the "bleeding money" epidemic). After doing a little research I came across this blog talking about the benefits of making your own detergent:

1.  It’s a great money saver.
2.  It’s easy! With 3 ingredients and a food processor you can whip up a batch in just a few minutes.
3.  You know exactly what is in it-no extra chemicals to be inhaled.
4.  It’s Green, so your home air quality and your local groundwater will thank you.
5.  If you keep the ingredients on hand you won’t ever “run out” of laundry detergent and have to run to the store.

And for the "recipe":

  • 1 Bar Soap
  • 1 Cup Arm&Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Borax 20 Mule Team

All of the above sound good to me! So I gave it a go. Off I went to Walmart to pick up my supplies.

*Other "recipes" state that any mild soap is fine, such as Fels-Naptha, ZOTE, or Pure & Natural. 

First off I grated two bars of Ivory soap (97¢ for three, so about 65¢ Total) because I wanted to make a double batch.

Then I simply measured out 2 Cups each of the Washing Soda and the Borax. I combined it all into a glass jar I had on hand and shook it all up.


The best part is you only need to use a tablespoon per load, unless the clothes are heavily soiled (like Dan's work clothes) then you can use two tablespoons. And guess how much a load costs? Five cents! You can't beat that with a stick. Now I've just made mine and I did our laundry only a couple days ago so I haven't actually used it yet, but believe me I've heard nothing but good things about it's cleaning power and delightful smell. I'll have to update this post in a couple days when I use it.

If I want to take it one step further I may consider getting some cute labels made up for my jar like these:

Or (if I had ink in my printer I'd definitely print) these adorable printable labels:

Or these awesome options from The Graphics Fairy:

Anyone ever made their own laundry detergent? Or maybe you've made other household cleaners using vinegar or lemon? This whole saving money thing may get addictive...
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