Yesterday I was on-call at work; I am one of about ten staff members who take turns each day serving on-call and responding to emergencies on-campus. For me, this is a great time for me to catch up on things that need to happen around the house. One of the items that’s been on my to-do list for a long time has been making laundry detergent. I had all of the supplies and decided that yesterday would be the day I finally did this.
To start this process, I spent a lot of time over on the pinterest, looking for different ways to make laundry detergent and sought the “recipe” that seemed to make the most sense to me. I finally decided the instructions over on the Saving By Design page. The folks over there do a great job explaining the cost savings for making my own laundry detergent. It was actually quite remarkable, so head over and take a look when you have a moment. Overall, it just made the most sense to me. The entire process was pretty easy, although I haven’t used the detergent yet (I think I have about five loads worth left in my current detergent status). I followed the instructions, although it’s essentially buying a bunch of things and then putting them in a five gallon bucket and stirring them together. The most time-consuming aspect was grating the fels-naptha bars. I considered grating them in the food processor, but ultimately I decided to do it by hand.
As I put the detergent together, I tried to do it in layers, just to help the mixing process happen easily. Apparently, I need to use about 1 Tbsp per load of laundry. I’m pretty excited to start using it.
Laundry Detergent Recipe
- 1 bottle Purex crystals
- 1 box Borax
- 1 box washing soda
- 1 container oxi clean
- 4 boxes baking soda
- 3 bars fels naptha bars
Mix these items together in an air tight container, like a five gallon bucket (fills about half the bucket). Use about 1 Tbsp per load of laundry.