Homemade Laundry Detergent {DIY}

Not all of my recipes are because I want to be healthy.  This recipe is just because I wanted to save money!  On a fixed, tight budget, any way to save budget is the way to go.  When I first made the detergent, I didn’t have any children and did laundry once a week.  This lasted us more than 2 years!  It cost us about $20 to make.  This is definitely cheaper to make, and lasts way longer than commercial laundry detergent.  It cleans SO well!  It even cleans and deodorizes my husband’s stinky summer workout clothes.

We have hard well water.  Not super hard, thank goodness, but it is still hard.  (Yah.  This is great that all of our glassware has water spots on there that doesn’t come off unless I use another chemical on them.  It’s great.)  This is something to keep I mind how it cleans my clothes verse soft water.  When we go to Cape May, the water there is super soft, so our clothes clean differently there.

You will only need to use 2-3 tablespoons per load, and yes, you can use it in your High Efficiency front-loading washing machines.  Don’t worry about this not being too much; this stuff is concentrated and works really well!  In fact, there have been some military that use it and it takes out their grass and mud stains!  WHOO HOO!  This is also great on sensitive skin.

I also bought a small container to keep some of the powder in for above our washer and dryer for easier access and less spillage.  The bonus part is it came with a ½ tablespoon too!  Easy to keep it tablespoon too!  Easy to keep it available and husband-proof.

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Laundry Detergent
  1. Grate the Fels-Naptha bars. There are three ways of doing it: One, Use a cheese grater. (Hint: Freeze the bars before doing this so they will be easier to grate and will not be too sticky.) Two, use a food processor. This is the method I use and it’s super easy. Three, cut each bar into eight pieces and put on a piece of parchment paper in the microwave. Microwave for about 3 minutes and let cool. Once all the pieces are in a Ziploc bag, squish it until it is the consistency of cornmeal. Watch some TV while you do this, as it takes some time.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a container of your choice and mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Use 2-3 per load.
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