Homemade Laundry Detergent and Wash Jar!

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I finally tried it, Homemade Laundry Detergent! ANnnnnnnd, it does work. I’m not going to do the math and get all crazy about my costs per load… but I am saving money by making my own! And, why not just make everything? Ha! Seems like that’s what I’m doing for EVERYthing anyway. I’ll share  a quick rundown of how I made this (This is the same recipe I’ve found on 40 billion different sites… so I’m not sure of the original source. I can tell you it DOES work):

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of Borax (a natural laundry booster)

1.5 cups Arm & Hammer’s Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)

1 bar of Castille soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint bar)

Directions:

– Use a cheese grater to grate up your Castille soap.

– In a food processor, blend your grated up soap and a 1/2 cup of Borax and a 1/2 cup of Washing Soda until blended (you want those shreds of soap to be small).

– Pour the blended soap into a bowl with the remaining Borax and Washing Soda. Stir until it’s all blended really well.

– Pour into a jar that has a seal (keep it fresh) and seal.

When washing your clothes: Use one to two tablespoons of your homemade powder per load. We usually prefer to wash in cold water, and it’s been working!

Side note: the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Peppermint Soap smells like peppermint chocolate.. don’t eat it. Hee hee. Just kidding! I know you wont eat it. I hope.

– Enjoy all that money you’re saving.

– ALSO: The peppermint smell is wonderful, but sometimes we want must a teensy bit more good smells. SO, we add laundry scent. On occasion. It works.

ANDPLUSALSO:

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If you make you’re own detergent, you’re going to need a cute jar to seal it in. It’s pretty easy to add the gold painted “wash” word to your jar… here’s how…

– Wash and dry the outside of your glass.

– Print and cut out a word from my “Wash and Laundry” Printout.

– Tape a small piece (red side down) of Saral Paper to your jar and tape your word over the Saral paper.

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– Trace the outline of the words with a ballpoint pen.

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– Remove your paper and you’ll notice a wonderful red line to follow while you paint!

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– Using some Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paint, paint in your words. If needed add more layers of paint (letting the paint dry for about 1 hour between each layer). I ended up using 3 layers of paint.

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– Let dry. NOTE: on the back of the paint bottle, it notes that you need to let the paint cure for 21 days before washing or handling too rough. AFTER that: you should be good! I’ve heard great things about this paint.

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If you give this a try, let me know! I’d love to see how it works for you. Happy washing!

– Chelsey


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9 Comments on "Homemade Laundry Detergent and Wash Jar!"


Guest
April 6, 2013

I've been meaning to do this for a while now… thanks for the cute jar tutorial, too!

Guest
April 2, 2013

I'm so excited to try this. I've wanted to begin making our detergent, but just hadn't put the time into researching it. So happy I can check it off the list, all thanks to you! :) I'm glad to know it works with front loads/HE washers. I assume you just put it in with the clothes. Oh and cute jar too!

Guest
April 3, 2013

Oh, yes. Put it in with the clothes. Let me know how it works for you!

Guest
March 21, 2013

I NEED to make this! I have seen this all over Pinterest, but I still have a ton of my liquid detergent left : I've never seen Arm & Hammer washing soda before… hopefully they sell it somewhere locally!

Guest
March 23, 2013

I found it in the detergent isle… way up high. It's also on Amazon.

Guest
March 21, 2013

I LOVE making my own laundry detergent! I use 1 box Borax, I box washing soda, 1 box baking soda, 1 tub oxyclean, 3 bars grated FelsNaptha soap. All of this costs about $20, smells fantastic, cleans better than store-bought and the last batch I made lasted over a year and a half. Seriously my favorite thing ever.

Guest
March 23, 2013

That's awesome! I started small… just in case it was crazy. :)

Guest
Theresa A.
March 21, 2013

does this work with HE/front loaders? would love to try it if so, we love dr. bronner's peppermint soap! the lavender scent is nice too, would that make a difference if we used a different scent bar?

Guest
March 21, 2013

We have a front load washer and it's been working! I don't think the scent will matter. I think I'll try lavender next. :)