Thursday, November 7, 2013

Marissa's Cheap DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

We all enjoy that feeling that comes with knowing you've saved your family money.  Laundry detergent is one of the more expensive household necessities that we all have to spend money on.  It's impossible to keep a home without having clean clothing, right?  
Today, I'd like to share my cheap, homemade laundry detergent recipe.  When I say cheap, I don't mean the quality of the detergent isn't up to par, I mean it's cheap to make - considering you can wash around 300 loads of laundry for less than $25.00.  That's about $.08 per load!
I've tried several soap recipes that only use 2 - 3 ingredients, including the liquid version and hands down, I have found this recipe to be the best!  Give it a try, I think you may never switch back to that expensive store bought detergent once you see how much money you save using this homemade laundry soap!  Be sure to read to the end of this post, I have included a printable recipe that you are welcome to print to keep.

Here's what you'll need:

First, assemble your equipment.  You'll need a couple air-tight storage containers, a large clean bucket, a cheese grater, a large bowl to grate the soap bars into, a big wooden spoon for mixing, eye protection and a dusk mask for the mixing part.  Mixing the powders can create a 'smoke' like cloud, so be sure to protect your eyes and lungs!  I found my plastic 19 cup containers from The Dollar General Store for $4 each.  I chose plastic containers over glass containers, it just made more sense to me to use plastic, but feel free to use any container you'd like.  *Tip - Remove the soap bars from the packages about a week before you plan on making your detergent, store in a dry place.  It gives the soap time to dry out, which means it will be easier to grate. 

Grate the Zote bars using the smaller side of the cheese grater.  Grating it to a fine consistency will ensure that it dissolves easier in your washer. 

See the difference in the soap grated on the larger side of the cheese grater? 

After you're finished grating the soap bars, begin mixing your detergent by adding one cup of each ingredient at a time in a large, clean bucket, then mix thoroughly.  Keep layering the ingredients until you've incorporated all the ingredients together.  Don't forget your goggles and mask!  I'm speaking from experience, the first time I mixed this recipe, I ended up with my eyes burning, powder in my contacts and a dry, hacking cough from the 'smoke' clouds that can happen if you dump all the ingredients in at one time.
After mixing it all well, transfer your detergent into your storage containers.  You will notice how nice it smells.  It has a very fresh, clean scent that isn't too overpowering.

Save the scoop that is included in your OxiClean canister, it just happens to be a 2 tablespoon scoop!  

Now, I guess you're wondering by now how well does this stuff work?  It has worked very well for me!
They're white again!
I wish I had thought to take a 'before' photo of these undershirts.  I'm embarrassed to admit, they both had ring-around-the-collar.  I've had these for a couple years, and wear and wash them often, I've even bleached them trying to get them white.  I hated to part with them, because I haven't found them in the store since I bought them.  They are a very modest undershirt in a low-neck-shirt kind of world. 

Click here for printable Laundry Detergent recipe 
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Buttons said...

Well that does look easy I will see if I can find those ingredients, I have never seen Zote bar before here in Canada but never really looked. Thank you. B

Raising Mighty Arrows said...

It looks so pretty! And I imagine it smells wonderful. :)

Enie Dub said...

Seems great.....but many of the ingredients aren't available in Ireland or cost more than you paid.