Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crossing Over To The Homemade Detergent Club

Well I ran out of laundry detergent this week. And I had a bunch of laundry to do. So I did what all good bloggers do.  I went to the WalMart. Because WalMart has all the ingredients for homemade detergent just sitting there - all together - for anyone with a hankerin to make homemade laundry detergent. Actually I went to the Target first, because who can resist going to the Target. But they didn't have all the ingredients - all together or apart - so I had to go to the WalMart. Should have skipped the Target. Would have saved a lot of money. Because we all know what happens at the Target $$$$.

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 messy ugly. Because of that there will be no lovely pictures of laundry rooms, or glass soap containers with handmade Somewhat Quirky labels on them like all the cool chicks have. But I'm busy making cakes. And pies. And cheesecakes. And I don't care about fancy containers for homemade soap (at least when I'm eating cake).

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????



Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

High Five Back!
I started using homemade soap about 6 years ago...before I started seriously blogging (not just lurking around)...and I love it!
I have always used the liquid and just switched to the powder recipe. I like the powder better...for smell, but I have used a different soap on the liquid. I'm thinking of switching back to liquid...because the powder is strong and make me cough and hack...wtmi, I know. But; anyway-- if I switch back to liquid then I'll try it with the bar soap you and I are using for the powder. Make sense?

Anyway-- welcome to the clean side!
;) Pat

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

I've been thinking of trying this recipe. I didn't know it lasted so long...that's reason alone to try it!

Bliss said...

I feel the need to tell you my "soap" jar is really our cookie jar, the photo was taken in my bathroom because my laundry room has been filled with laundry for the past 20 years, and I have pic monkey envy because my Crystals bottle didn't look as darn cute as yours.


stephanie said...

A way to reuse all those Herbalife canisters!

Unknown said...

I'm confused about how many loads this does a year. If I a interpreted what you said correctly, it ONLY does 6 loads a year? I know this is wrong and I could probably figure out approximately how many loads it does, but I don't have the time or desire to do that, so please clarify this fore me. Thanks so much.

I am a resource teacher so much of my days are spent assisting students with math, hence the lack of desire to do math any more than I have to:)

Tami Rebekah said...

You amaze me Karen!! I need to try this... right after I try that pesto recipe of yours :)

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Carla63 said...

I've been seeing these recipes around too and thought of trying one. My hold up is that I have one of these new " high efficientcy" washers that have to have a low sudsing soap. I was wondering if you can tell me if this would be ok to use in it. Thanks.

Little Miss Maggie said...

You are so ambitious, Karen. My laundry room is teeny tiny and it's hard to store large amounts of anything, but I will keep this in mind. Do you have to grate the naptha bars? Your pictures sure turned out cute with the Pic Monkey.

Unknown said...

I use homemade laundry soap, and I love the way it cleans my clothes and the money I save. You can't go wrong with this! Hugs, Lynn


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