I have always been a sort of a home remedy type of girl. I like making my own version of things whether it’s crafts or recipes. So, when I came across a recipe for homemade laundry soap, I was definitely interested. Google was quite useful and I found several websites that used the same recipe.
Last weekend, I took a trip to Walmart and bought the following items…
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55oz box) – $3.24
- 20 Mule Team Borax (76oz box) – $3.99
- Fels-Naptha (5.5oz bar) – $0.97
- Grater – $2.50
There are two versions of the laundry detergent, powder and liquid. The basic recipe for the powder calls for you to grate the Fels-Naptha soap, then add 1 cup of Washing Soda and 1 cup of Borax. Mix well, it’s makes about 4 cups give or take a little due to the varying volume of the grated soap. Keep in an air tight container, one tablespoon per load, which translates to about 60 loads of laundry.
I have washed about ten loads of laundry, clothes, towels and sheets. It works great better than my previous detergent, it smells wonderful and it’s easy to use. I’ve been using liquid detergents and they get all over the place, so the switch to the powder is nice.
Overall, here are the benefits of mixing my own detergent; it saves money, it works better, it’s easy to use and I know what’s in it. I am really excited about this, which I realize is really dorky but this is not a surprise to anyone really. I will have to see what else I can mix up myself.