Friday, December 17, 2010

My New Lanudry Detregent

For the longest time I have been wanting to start making my own laundry detregent.

I hate having to buy it!  It's so expensive and I hated looking for coupons and finding it on sale.  Once I found one I liked, I had to keep changing to get the best deals!  It was driving my crazy...

I was convinced to make my own detergent after talking with my friend Amy.  She has been making her own for a while now and said she wouldn't go back!

As I started doing my research I found tons of recipes, but many of them pretty much the same.  They all contain bar soap, Borax and Washing Soda.  I use Ivory bar soap.  Many recipes call for Fels-Naptha, but just about any bar soap on sale will do.

Borax is usually found around the clorax on the laundry asile.  Washing Soda is usually close to the Borax.  I have found it is easier to find these two in the grocery stores.  I usually find them in Ingles and Wal-Mart.  My favorite Sav-a-Lot doesn't carry these.

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
■Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.

■Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.

■Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

■Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

This has been working great for us!  I might even try the powdered detergent when we finish this last batch of liquid deteregent.  I don't think I will be buying laundry detergent any more...
Have you tried making your own detergent? 
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  1. Nope, I haven't but my husband really wants me to try doing this. I have heard so many positives about making your own that I really do need to give it a try.

  2. Yes! But we just do a powdered one. The kids are in charge of making it cuz they think its fun! I hope it lasts! LOL!

  3. No, but I'm gonna try this recipe. I like the idea, very much. In the old days, our detergent was the 4-day-old soap -- Ivory-type (but hard like French soap) was a 7-day soap). Less work, here. Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. Hey! Great idea! I have two questions:
    1. How much time does it take you to put it together?
    2. About how much money do you think you save?

  6. Wow! What a cool idea. I think I might share this with the husband and see if he wants to try it as well.
    Very impressed. I'm going to share this with others as well.

  7. My girls have such sensitive skin I've never thought of it! Sounds like you have hit on a winner:)


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