About two months ago, I had an idea to make my own laundry detergent. This actually came before our budget makeover. It's something I saw on my
obsession love Pinterest.
You can find the recipe here. But let me break it down for ya. You will need:
- 1 - 4 lb 12 oz box Borax
- 1 - 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1 - 3 lb 7 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap
- 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (this was optional, but um, I live with three boys. Nuff said)
I found all these ingredients in the detergent isle at Wal-Mart and the total cost came in around $16. The original recipe says it will last approximately 9 months, if that's the case, big score! I made the detergent in mid January, and have barely put a dent in it. In fact, it didn't all fit in this container, so I have even more than this. I'm curious to see how long it lasts for us.
Overall, it works just as good as any other detergent. I must say, it took a bit getting use to a powdered detergent. I feel like I need to let the grated bar soap dissolve in the washing machine before putting clothes in, although the reviews say that's not the case. It also does not sud, so I feel like I'm not using enough, but they say all that's needed is one oxyclean scoop. In the end, I like it.