Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Made Laundry Detergent

I am always a sucker for a deal and any chance I have to save money I jump on it. Especially if that saving involves shopping at Khols, but I digress.

Anyways, a few friends of mine mentioned how they were going to give a try to making laundry detergent.

At first, I laughed, and exclaimed "Why in the WORLD would you do that?"

But then, I actually compared the home made ingredients with the ones in Tide and realized they were the same active ingredients. Only minus the expensive cost. And the crazy chemicals I can't pronounce. And the lovely lavender smell.

So, I started to get excited, and went out to price the homemade ingredients. The initial purchase of Borax, Washing Soda (not baking soda, but by Arm and Hammer as well) and a bar of soap? Just under 6 dollars. And I got huge boxes of the Borax and Washing Soda AND I even splurged on some more expensive, lovely fresh smelling soap instead of the cheap soap I usually buy.

I then raced home to start my slime concoction, and it only took about 10 minutes-most of which was spent melting down the soap bar in a pot on the stove-and OH MY did my house smell yummy clean then!

After getting the homemade detergent mixed (and waiting 24 hours for it to thicken) I then tested it on the dirtiest laundry possible-the cloth diapers.

I am happy to report they came out nice and super clean. The soap smell isn't super strong; however, they do smell nice and fresh and look nice and clean, which is MUCH better than they were when I threw them in while holding my breath.

So success to my homemade laundry detergent! And for 6 dollars, I have enough to make around 10 more batches-and each batch is 3 gallons of detergent. Well, I lie, I will have to buy more soap; I only got 6 bars at the store, so add a few more dollars on there.

But my goodness! What a savings-compared to what we were spending-and flying through-each week for detergent, it is just crazy to realize I can make it so cheaply and it works!

I took pictures, so I will put more details up tomorrow and step by step with the recipe, for anyone interested in trying it out.


Stephanie said...

That is awesome! Frances makes her own detergent all the time and gave me her recipe. I haven't done it yet lol. It's a nice way to go Green! Glad it worked out for you!

Alexandra said...

how exciting!!! I actually tried that same recipe and Sweet Pea broke out in a rash. :(

I wonder if I just need to choose a different brand of soap...

Andrea said...

I can't wait to get home and try it! I have all the ingredients now!

nancymoo said...

So cool, Michelle! If you wanted it to be unscented, can you find unscented bar soap? I haven't bought bar soap in so long... :) I can't wait for the recipe!

Nell said...

I've been thinking about doing that... looking forward to your pictures.


Miche said...

You can use any soap you prefer-from what I understand use half the amount of ingredients to the same amount of water for HE machines-but check during your machine's cycle-if you see a ton of foamy bubbles you have too much so either water it down more or put in less detergent.

Right now I'm using Irish Spring in a regular washer, and using about a cup of detergent for a full load of laundry. The scent isn't strong, but it is a nice light "irish spring" scent to the clothes. And I have enough mix to make a TON more detergent. Yippee!