I have seen this recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent on at least 270 blogs. Because it is two days before Thanksgiving and I'm busy chopping, mincing, and melting and I am not going to try to remember all of them to give them credit. So I'm going to "over credit" and give everyone in blogland a big high five for introducing me to this curious product. It's filled with all these weird and old-fashioned products like Fels Naptha soap and borax. It also has a kick of modern with the OxiClean and the Purex Crystals. Sounds like a "fly by the seat of her pants" kind of soap if you ask me.
I have to say that my laundry room is really
So here's the scoop. Buy these things:
1~ 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
1~ 4 lb box of Arm And Hammer Baking Soda
1~ 3 lb 7 oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1~ 3lb container OxiClean
4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated
2 containers Downy Un Stopables or Purex Crystals
Mix em all up in a big ole tub and put it in a storage container(s).
This stuff is supposed to do up to 6 loads of laundry a week for a year. All for less than 28 bucks! I'm crossing my fingers that I like it - because my frugal heart can't stand paying for laundry detergent - especially when it doesn't even clean all that well. Even if it only does 6 loads of week for 6 months I will be very happy. This recipe makes 17 pounds of detergent!
I've done 7 loads of laundry and everything seems normal so far. The detergent itself smells pretty strong (the Purex Crystals) but the laundry itself smells nice.
A couple of notes:
- Some of the recipes call for 2 bars of soap and some call for 4. I started with two, but went ahead and added two more.
- I've seen three different directions for how much to use - 2 TBSP, 3 TBSP, or 1/2 Cup. I've been using somewhere between 3 TBSP and 1/4 cup.
- The scent crystals are very very "loud" and really irritated my nose. Next time I will mix up everything in the basement so the smell doesn't permeate the entire house.
- I wish I did have a lovely laundry room and shiny glass jars of soap to show you pictures of. Maybe some day - but I have accepted that that day is unlikely. In the spirit of Thanksgiving please take a moment and be grateful for your laundry facilities - no matter their level of lovliness.
- If you want some of the cute little photo effects like I used in this post, you can find them and others at PicMonkey. There are many more than this and you can do some really snazzy stuff for the holidays.
Make something wonderful today! Are you ready for Thanksgiving????