Update: I wrote a review of this homemade detergent here.
Darn you Tide Pods. You pop up in my mailbox, get me all addicted, and then turn out to be really bad for my budget.
No coupons. No sales. Just cute little pods that cost a fortune.
So I decided to give homemade laundry detergent a whirl.
This’ll set you back about $20-30, but it’s going to last nearly a year. Sound good? Ok, here are the details.
By the way, “Fels-Naptha” is the best name for soap. I mean, who came up with that? Family names?? Rolls right off the tongue…
Back to the program. The idea is to mix all of these dry goodies together. I would highly recommend doing it outside (oh the dust!) or at the very least, in a well-ventilated area. I used Oxi-Clean, but you don’t have to, and if I was pregnant or had little (baby-size) children crawling around, I would skip it. Of course, if you have little kid laundry, you probably need the stain-fighting power, but definitely mix it up when they’re not around. Again, dusty.
First part is to break the soap down to tiny breadcrumb-sized pieces. You can grate the soap (oy vey) or take my lazy approach and microwave it for a minute.
Just like those Ivory soap pics on Pinterest. This way, it’s dried out and you can crumble it up. Keep in mind that it takes at least 5 mins to cool down. I kept trying to break it apart too early and got burned fingers. No reason for that.
Also, microwaving soap makes your house smell super clean. Next time, I have people over, I’m just going to buy a $.80 bar of soap and cook it. Forget actual cleaning.
Now that your soap looks like this-
…you need to mix everybody together. You can either buy a 5 gallon bucket from the hardware store, or be lazy (and cheap) like me, and use a couple of garbage bags.
Double bag it (the stuff gets heavy) and put it in a garbage container to keep it in place.
You know you’re a blogger when you find yourself editing pictures of your garbage can.
Then, layer the different washing products in the bag. The idea is to mix it all, so if you layer it in small amounts, it helps with that process. I used my hand/arm to mix it. You could also use a paint can stirrer or any tool like that.
Then, I filled up my now-empty Purex crystals containers, using a piece of paper as a funnel.
I also filled up an empty pods container I had sitting in the laundry room.
|Isn’t it ironic…dontcha think?|
So how much do you put in to the washer? 2 Tablespoons or the middle line on the Purex Crystals cap.
The lines are a bit hard to capture in a picture, but I promise that in person they are clear as day.
So how much did it make? Enough for two 55 oz. Purex crystals containers, one Pods container, and a gallon-sized baggie. 2 tablespoons at a time will last me forevvvver.
And does it work, you ask?
Yes! I tried it first on some cleaning rags (mama didn’t raise no fool) and then crossed my fingers and ran it with my clothes.
Looked clean, smelled clean. I’m sold. Give it a try! Let’s fight the man together!
Homemade Laundry Detergent-
(find all but baking soda in detergent aisle)
Cut up each bar of soap into eight chunks, microwave for a 1 minute each. Crumble into small particles.
Layer each item in a large garbage bag or 5 gallon bucket. Mix to combine.
2 Tablespoons/ Middle line on Purex cap= 1 load