This year I, like many others, am looking to trim my budget on household supplies. After seeing people all over Pinterest making their own laundry detergent, I decided to try it out. I did some research and went with the formula by Abby at Sew Much Ado. I went with a solid soap rather a liquid purely because it is less messy and faster to make. Since I always dissolve the soap in my washer first before I put clothes in, I don’t see why I should bother making the liquid version.
What you need for 1 batch of laundry soap:
1 bar Fels-Naptha heavy duty laundry soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Baking Soda
I found all of this at both Walmart and Kroger. Walmart was slightly cheaper of course. The Borax and Washing Soda were around $3-4 each, the Baking Soda was around $2, and one bar of Fels-Naptha was about $1. You can actually experiment with other types of bar soap but the laundry soap is supposed to work the best. There is also another laundry soap called Zote (it’s pink) that others have used but I haven’t tried it out yet. Other people have used Ivory and Dove.
I ended up making 3 batches of detergent and put them in a 1 gallon glass jar I got from Walmart. So my total was $5 for the jar and $12 for the detergent supplies…not bad! Plus I could easily make 5 more batches for only $5 more…all I need is so more of the bar soap. Using only 2 Tbs a load, that should last me quite a while! The process was simple: I graded the Fels-Naptha and then put it in my magic bullet blender (like Abby did) to make the pieces of Fels-Naptha smaller. Then I mixed in all the other ingredients. If you want more info, you can check out Abby’s post.
This is also my first project with vinyl! I make lots of stencils with Contact Paper but my pack of brown vinyl has just been sitting here for the longest time so I decided to put it to good use and make a label. I cut out the letters with my Cricut and after a few mishaps, I finally got it right! Those tiny letters were kind of difficult. I don’t think I will be trying to cut such little words again.
It fits nicely on my laundry shelf!
The smell is nice an mild which I like. I used it on several loads of clothes already and it seems to be working great. I don’t have kids so I don’t have super messy laundry though. Some others formulas incorporated OyxClean type boosters in it so you might want to do a little research. Laurie @ Being Creative to Keep My Sanity also has a lot of information on her Homemade Laundry Soap Post. She also has info on H/E washers (read the comments to her post too). Supposedly you can use the solid kind by adding it into the barrel instead of the dispenser. There are also lots of people on Pinterest making the liquid and using it in their H/E washers. It’s not as sudsy as store bought soap so it’s supposed to be OK.
My friend Kelly mentioned a few weeks ago that she wanted to make her own detergent too so I gave her some samples and she was super excited! I also mentioned to a couple other friends and they want to try it out also. Barring any unforeseen issues, I can say that I won’t be buying laundry detergent anymore! I’m curious to see how long these 3 batches last. I’ll let you know when I run out! Next on my list to DIY is dishwasher detergent after I run out of the little bit of Cascade I have left. I already have all the stuff ready to make some! I’ll post it when I do.
Until later, happy DIY’ing!
I’m linking up to these parties:
Saturday: Be Different Act Normal; Sunday: I Heart Naptime, Homemaker on a Dime; Monday: Craft-O-Maniac, Skip to My Lou, Home Stories A2Z; Tuesday: Tip Junkie, Today’s Creative Blog, A Diamond in the Stuff; Wednesday: Sew Much Ado, It’s Overflowing; Thursday: House of Hepworths, My Repurposed Life; Friday: Tatertots and Jello, Remodelaholic, 504 Main;