Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DIY Laundry Detergent

So I know you have seen people making their own laundry detergent. I have to tell you I was more than skeptical. I read recipe after recipe and I was so confused. I wanted something I knew was going to work and work well. I also did not want to mess it up..... I mean this is supposed to save me money right!Well I found it after looking at so many recipes. I took the common denominators and made it MY way. I am in LOVE, my husband is in LOVE, and I think I have about a year before I will have to make more. How wonderful is that!!

HERE is what you need:
* 2 Boxes Borax Soap (found in Detergent aisle) $8.00
* 1 Box Baking Soda Washing Powder $4.00
* 1 Container Oxy Clean (I bought the Kroger Brand) $4.00
* 2 Bars Fels Naphta soap or Zote soap $2.00
* 1 Bottle Scentsy Washer Whiffs $12.00
* OPTIONAL 1 Scentsy Dryer Disk $7.00 (for two)
TOTAL $30 for 1 year of Laundry Detergent

I bought a 5 gallon bucket and poured the borax, washing powder, oxy clean, and washer whiffs into the bucket. I took my metal cheese grater and grated the two bars of soap and threw that into the bucket. Put the lid on the bucket and shake it. (I counted this as my arms workout for the day lol) I used the Coconut Lemon Grass Washer whiffs because they are yellow and so is the fels naptha soap :)

The great thing about using the Scentsy Washer Whiffs, is that you have a ready made bottle to put your detergent in for easy reach. I fill the bottle up with my dry detergent and then use the built in cap for measuring. It does NOT take a lot of detergent to get really clean clothes.  I only use about a 1/4 to a 1/3 of a cap!

I pair this with a Scentsy Dryer Disk in the same scent of the Washer Whiffs. You just throw the bar in the dryer and then take it out, throw it away after the scent is gone. Scentsy says the dryer disk lasts for about 15 loads, yet I have gotten 40+ loads out of mine at times. When I lay down in bed I feel like I am in an exotic paradise and I know my clothes have not been washed in tons of chemicals and I did not break the bank to clean them!

Do you make your own detergent? Tell me about it, if you try this one I would love to hear your experience too!

1 comment:

  1. Do you know if this homemade soap is safe for the front loading high efficiency washers as well?


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