Last month I switched to an earth friendlier laundry detergent and decided to try my hand at making it myself. I made some on Sunday and was shocked at how easy it was......and how cheap!!! Here is the recipe I used:
3 cups grated Fels Naptha soap ( 1 1/2 bars. found this in laundry aisle...is a laundry/stain bar) 1 1/2 c washing soda (also found in laundry aisle) 1 1/2 c borax (same)
My Wal Mart only had the borax but I found the Fels Naptha and washing soda at my local grocery store.
I stored it in a ziploc bag. The recipe said use 1 tablespoon per load for light dirt. I've been using 1 1/2 tablespoons. Did a few loads on Sunday and no big problem with stains (beyond what I usually have).
It takes getting used to because there is no smell on the clothes when they come out but they smell clean. I also use vinegar in my fabric softener thing and like it. This is also a low sudsing detergent so it is safe for front loaders and HE machines.
I think that all in all the detergent cost about $2 to make (have tons of borax and washing soda left for next batches) so I'm hoping I will keep loving it! I did buy some fragrance oils to add for a scent (even with the scent the clothes come out smelling like nothing...but the detergent smells nice) but the fels naptha has a nice smell so I didn't use the oils.
I, too, have made my own laundry detergent. It was very cheap to make.
1 bar of soap (grated) 1 cup Borax 3 cups baking soda
I used Ivory soap, which does leave a nice scent behind. No sudsing whatsoever, which was weird, but clothes came out very clean.
I used this on Nettie's cds (short time since she potty-trained a few loads after I made this) and she didn't have a problem.
I haven't heard of fels naptha, but I'm sure that would be an even better alternative to the bar of soap.
In the end, I bought "Method," all-natural products. It's a pump bottle, so I pump it 4 times for a regular load of laundry, and 6 times for heavily soiled or extra-large loads. And then I purchased all-natural dryer sheets, as well.
But I still have that leftover box of Borax (which I clean sinks with), and a HUGE box of baking soda...which gets rid of toilet bowl stains.
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You might have convinced me to try it, Aimee. So it is cheaper than using a store brand? We use ALL and get it at Sam's. But I'm all for saving money. I don't care much about scent either. We dry lots of our laundry outside and there is no comparison to that scent!
I used to use the Fels Naptha on diaper blow outs when DS was BF, you know the liquid yellow mustard poops. It took stains out wonderfully. I would be interested to try to make it into detergent, I bet it does a good job.
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You can do it Katie!!!! It was so stinkin easy. The Fels Naptha was about $1.20 per bar and I used 1 1/2 bars in 1 batch. I don't recall the price on the borax or the washing soda but they were both cheap. Definitely under $4 for each and you only use 1 1/2 cup per batch (which is suposed to do 90 loads) so there is a ton for more batches. So, I would estimate it to be $2.50-$3 cost for 90 loads worth.....so much cheaper!!!
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