Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Yep, I'm that girl.
I made my own laundry detergent.
But, let me tell you that this girl only paid $12 to make enough laundry detergent to last me over a year...AND it smells and cleans wonderfully. 
So, if any of you want to join in the thrifty fun of homemade cleaning products (I mean, what could be more fun than making soap?)...here's how it works!

Supplies: One 4lb box of Borax
One 4lb box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
One Value size box (a lil over 3 lbs) of Arm and Hammer Baking soda
3 bars of Fels Naptha
1 (or 2, whichever you prefer) small tubs of Oxyclean - I just used one small tub of the Sun oxygen because it was cheaper!
You can find all of these ingredients right next to each other on the laundry aisle at walmart. I checked Target too, but I couldn't find any of the items except baking soda!
1st: Grate the three bars of soap. This is the hardest part. Seriously, it was hard! I don't know if it was just because my grater is ghetto or if I am just a weakling...but this was tough! I won't tell you how long it took me to do it....2 hours....
Dump all of the ingredients (including the grated soap) into a trash bag and mix it up!
Then find a very cute (and LARGE) jar or bucket for you to store your detergent in. I had this leftover from our candy buffet and it still didn't fit all of it...so I put the extra in an ugly tupperware and hid it up on a shelf!

You only need one tablespoon of this stuff for a regular load and two for a large load. I'm just using the scoop from the oxyclean bucket!

So far it is working great! My clothes are clean and they smell pretty great! You can add a box of fabric softener too if you want extra smelly good stuff! ( I just use dryer sheets...)

So that's it. Pretty easy peasy...expect for that stinkin soap!


  1. how do you change your title picture thing at the top? i saw you changed it!

  2. Just google "Free blogger headers" and you can find all kinds! I found one, opened it in powerpoint, added words, saved it as a picture, and then uploaded the picture to my header. It takes a while, but it's not that hard!

  3. i have been wanting to do this but i havent been able to find all the ingredients. so super walmart has it all?