I’ve had people still emailing me about my “homemade detergent” recipe.
I thought id post a new post with the recipe again, for those who missed it years ago 🙂
To start, heres what you need…
1. 1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (comes out to about 2 cups) – use smallest grater side – so its super fine
You can find this in the grocery store laundry aisle.
OR you can use just a natural soap bar of some sort –
I’ve actually never used FELS NAPTHA – Its not sold in our town.
2. 1 c Borax
Comes from the grocery store laundry aisle and some hardware stores.
It cost around $2.00 a box
3. 1 c Washing Soda
I found this at “Harris Teeter” a more upscale grocery store in this area.
They were around $2.50 a box
4. 1/4 c OxyClean (not necessary, but can be added)
I recommend doing all this outside… grating SOAP makes a mess!
Use 1T for a light load
This recipe came from HERE.
I’ve used this recipe for almost 2 years now! It works great and I have never had a problem with it.
To those curious where my “scoop” came from.. I got it from an order of home made detergent years ago, but I found the same scoops online for under $5, if you wanted one like it. Then again you can go to the dollar store and get a table spoon scoop for way less 😉
Whenever I make my detergent I do a double batch. It fills up the glass jar in the photo at the top of this post. That one jar will last me well over 6 months, if not longer! – and I do A LOT of laundry 🙂
To those curious if it saves money. I believe it does.
Heres what the recipes source website says about the cost savings:
Cost to make your own: Around $2 per batch.
This is about 5.7 cents per load (using 2 tablespoons for each load, you get about 35 loads).
Arm & Hammer laundry detergent is about 12.4 cents per load.
Tide detergent is 30 cents and more per load.
Do the math.. its way cheaper and last way longer.
Its worth the effort.