I finally tried it: Homemade Laundry Detergent! And it does work. I’m not great at math so I won’t do the calculations of my costs per load… but I do know the costs are less. Because I made my own laundry detergent I need a place to store it. I found a large glass jar at the local thrift store and painted “WASH” onto it. It looks great in my laundry room.
Below I shared a quick rundown of how I made the detergent (this recipe can be found on multiple sites so I’m not sure of the original source).
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 well.
– Pour into a jar that has a seal (keep it fresh).
– 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!
– Enjoy all that money you’re saving.
Painting WASH onto your jar:
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.
– 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!
If you give this a try, let me know! I’d love to see how it works for you. Happy washing!
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