1.17.2012

DIY Laundry Detergent

A few months back, after running low on my favorite Shaklee laundry soap and softener, I was just about to post an order for more, when I decided that it just wasn't worth the money (sorry, Shaklee-lovers).

Don't get me wrong, I'm obsessed with Shaklee products, but the price just kills me. So I did some research, looked up recipes on Pinterest, and came up with more budget-friendly solutions that I could make at home. The recipes are still natural and completely safe to use in your home. Check out my Green Living board for more natural homemade solutions.

This recipe for laundry soap is my favorite, and probably the most common (check out the cute label, too!). I love that I can change out different soaps for different scents and cleaning powers. My favorite bar soaps to use are Fels-Naptha and Zote. They add fun color and fresh scent to your laundry experience. :)

Ingredients
1 bar soap of your choice (I prefer Fels-Naptha and Zote, since they contain fewer harmful chemicals than brands like Dove or Olay, although you might need to order these online)
1 cup borax (you can find 20 Mule Team borax in the laundry aisle at your local grocery store)
1 cup washing soda (also found in the laundry aisle, but totally different than baking soda)
1/4 cup baking soda (this is kind of optional, as it's mostly just a freshener)

Directions
1. Finely grate the the bar of soap. I use a hand grater and leave it at that, but some people like to throw theirs in a food processor to make a finer grain.


2. Add 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

3. Store in an airtight container and use 2 tablespoons per load. I just keep mine in a Parmesan cheese shaker that I cleaned out and recycled. :)


There you have it! Simple, quick, natural, budget-friendly laundry solution. Josh suggested the Seventh Generation brand to me at the commissary last week, but after doing this I don't think I could ever justify spending $6.00 on 48 loads of laundry detergent when I could do it myself at home for about $2.00 for the same number of loads. You just can't beat it!

Do you make any natural cleaning solutions yourself? What are your favorite recipes?

3 comments:

Faith said...

that is so awesome that you made your own laundry detergent! i seriously need to get this good! and save money at the same time!

Morgan said...

That's such a great idea! I would like to try this! =)

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

It's not only cool that you made your own laundry detergent. It's also cool that you could even use it as a decoration in a clear jar! Looks cool :)

~Lisha

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