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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

  I did it!!! Friends have commented on how easy it is and how much $ you can save!! The sold me with those 2 things so I made laundry detergent for the first time last week. It was extremely easy!

  Someone said to me 'I don't have time to do that. I can hardly keep up with the other demands in life that are more important.'. She's right, there other demands in life that are more important, but think of it this way...if you have time to make a dessert a week for your family or do a craft for yourself or your kids...then you can do THIS! It literally took me 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

  First, buy the products. I bought mine of Amazon this time. We have an Amazon Prime membership so I went this route, but I'll likely 'shop around' a little before I need to purchase the ingredients again.
Here's what I bought.

I went with this soap because a good friend recommended it, but the scent is pretty strong and 'some' family members don't care for it. Next time I will look for something a little different. 

Next, grate the bar of soap. I used my mini Cuisinart, but next time I will use my 12 cup. I wasn't sure if my 12 cup Cuisinart would get the soap fine enough, but the mini one didn't either, so I ended up using the large one to blend it all together and get it more fine.

Step 3 decide how you want to store the detergent. I decided on a plastic bin with snap down sides that will fit into the drawer under my washing machine.

  On the storage bin lid I lay a tablespoon measure. I use 1 tablespoon of detergent per full load. I decrease the amount if the load is smaller. (ha, that's rare). The thing I like about this method, so far, is that the kids (all kids ages 6 and up do their own wash) can manage all this themselves.

Step 4 blend all ingredients together.
1 bar of shaved soap
1 cup of Washing Soda (pictured above)
1 cup of Borax (pictured above)

  I opted for the powdered version for the sake of ease, but their are recipes online for liquid detergent if that's what your heart desires. Also, this detergent is safe for HE washers which is what we have. I've just heard that ever so often one should fill the space for bleach with white vinegar to clean out any 'leftovers'. I think I'll do that about once a week or maybe 2 times a week.

That's IT!!!

Hope this inspires you to try it out.

Happy laundering...for cheaper and more naturally!

1 comment:

Maryan said...

Great job! Love the container. We're not out of detergent yet, so I haven't tried homemade yet.