I am saving HUNDREDS by making my own laundry detergent!
My husband and I used to buy that BIG HUGE laundry detergent box from Costco. It amounted to about $40. $40! I know there are cheaper stuff out there, but I have horrible HORRIBLE reactions to off brand laundry detergent and I can’t even use fabric softener. My husband and I will also break out in zits if we use anything that isn’t perfect. You’d think we were going through puberty by how temperamental our skin is! Anyways, we were spending SO much on that stupid stuff and once we had a baby we were going through it within about 3 months ($160). So I decided there had to be a better way!! There is! So I started researching like crazy! I finally figured out a soap that works for me and my family!
What You Will NEED! I bought these things from Walmart. They can be found in the Laundry Detergent Section and they should all be pretty much right next to each other.
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda: $4
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Oxi Clean Versatile Stain Remover Powder: $4
You may also want to buy in bulk if you plan on making this on a consistent basis. Right when I am out of my supplies I am going to buy stuff in bulk. This will save me tons of money and then I will have the opportunity to make laundry detergent for friends or family for gifts or something. I know that’s a lame gift, but…we don’t have a lot of money 🙂
You will also need a 5 gallon bucket: I bought mine from Home Depot (about $5)
You will need something to put the laundry detergent in. I 2 bought two simple plastic liquid dispensers that could fit about 4.5 gallons (which did leave a little extra that I put to the side for later). When I have a little bit extra money I am totally going to buy something prettier that isn’t as much of an eye sore.
But when I told my husband I wanted to buy this so it looked prettier on my washing machine. He rolled his eyes and said, “lets concentrate on the necessities.” Pshh….what does he know 😉 Love that frugal man.
How to Make
So the FIRST thing you want to do is grate half a bar of Fels-Naptha with a simple cheese grater
Boil 4 cups of water on medium heat
Mix in the Fel-Naptha and slowly mix the Fels-Naphta into the water until completely melted! This takes about 10ish minutes or so. If you don’t met it then the Fels-Naphta become pointless.
You will next want to add one cup of Borax and one cup of washing soda
Now mix that all together
I then take off the heat. Once it cools down just a little bit (10 ish minutes) I pour the liquid into a 5 gallon bucket.
I add about 8 more cups of water
I mix one scoop of oxi clean powder on top. And this point you can also mix in lavender oil (3 drops) into the mixture for a lavender scent. I am allergic to lavender, so naturally that would not be the best fit for me.
I let sit over the night (about 12-14 hours).
The next morning it will look kind of like this
You will want to mix the liquid
Don’t be alarmed. It will be all gloppy and stuff. THAT IS OKAY! Just mix and mix and mix! Mix as much of the gobbyness out. But of course there is still going to be quite a bit and that is perfectly okay.
I then use a funnel to pour into my dispenser. I bought my dispenser at Walmart for like $6.
My laundry detergent is complete!
Notice how some of the solid raises to the top? That is okay too. Just every once in awhile shake it so that the solid stuff can mix with the liquid 🙂
So for those wondering about High Efficiency (HE) washers. I have an HE washer and it works perfectly well with mine. I use 1/2 cup of the liquid with each cycle! For extra stain fighting I would still spray some ZOUT on your stains to make sure that the stains get out. You can get $1.00 cash back on the Ibotta App. Download App Now This is what Zout looks like if you are uncertain.
This will last me about 4 months and if I were to break it down it would cost about $3 for all of this laundry detergent.
I love this stuff! It has saved my family tons of money! It saves us about $97 a year. In a 10 year span we would be spending $1600 on laundry detergent from the store and $120 by making it. Therefore we would be saving approximately about $1480. Of course this isn’t going to be perfect math since that is our situation right now. We will be going through more laundry detergent as we add more children, so the price for making our laundry detergent will go up as we will go through it quicker. However, this is just to show much you can actually be saving by making this stuff.
Hopefully you enjoyed this weeks post! Please comment about your successes (or failures) with making your homemade laundry detergent. I would love to answer any questions you might have!