I made my laundry detergent back in JUNE. I just ran out last month. That's SIX MONTHS of not buying laundry detergent. Absolutely reedonkulous. It was time to make some more, so I thought I would do a little tweaking to the original recipe.
I'll start by saying that Marty didn't love the homemade detergent. Almost from the moment I made it, he turned his nose up. I guess because it's not a trusted brand or well-renowned for it's cleaning ability...I don't know. Whatever the reason, he wasn't really wanting to give the 1950s detergent a chance at all ( but that didn't stop me from using it *cheesy grin*). I figured out later that Marty likes really fresh clothes that have a distinct "just washed" smell. That's probably one of the few negatives about this detergent. It doesn't have much of a smell--which doesn't bother me. I don't have to walk around every day smelling like a fabric softener sheet, but apparently my husband does, so I wanted to fix that with this round of detergent.
Recap: here's the "recipe" to make your own homemade laundry detergent:
1 box (76 oz) 20 Mule Team Borax
1 box (55 oz) Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
3 bars of soap**
**In my original round of making detergent, I used plain, ole Ivory soap. This time, I went for the actual laundry soap...Fels Naptha (you can also pick up Zote--another laundry soap brand). Heads up, if you go this route? This stuff is strooooong scented. Like make your house smell like this soap for THREE DAYS STRAIGHT strong.
So, let's make the detergent. Dump the Borax and Washing Soda into your chosen container. I've been using a cute red beverage tub I found on clearance at Target.
Then, grate all three bars of soap into the mix with a cheese grater. Looks just like grated cheese. A little weird.
Now, one more change from the original batch I made. To make the detergent and the laundry smell cleaner, I added a bottle of Purex Crystals.
I picked the Fresh Spring Waters scent, just because I didn't think the hubs would appreciate the Lavender smelling clothing.
So far, I like this version detergent better. It smells clean and I think the Purex Crystals add to the cleaning power. And....hubs hasn't complained. Score.
Last time, I compared my savings in making my own detergent vs buying a bottle of Tide or other brand name. Since I added the Purex Crystals and spent a little more on the Fels Naptha, I would say I spent around $13 on this batch. Since there are more ingredients, there's more detergent to go around (175. oz worth) Here's the math:
Cost of detergent/amount of detergent (tbsp)=Cost per load of laundry
There are 175.5 oz in this batch. 1 oz=2 tbsp. So, 351 tbsp. of laundry.
$13/351 tbsp= 4 cents a load
I use 2 tbsp in each load of laundry, so it costs me 8 cents a load.
Yep. Totally still worth it.
What kind of products do you make yourself and save money? Share!!