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):
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)
- 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.
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.
- Trace the outline of the words with a ballpoint pen.
- Remove your paper and you’ll notice a wonderful red line to follow while you paint!
- 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.
- 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.
If you give this a try, let me know! I’d love to see how it works for you. Happy washing!