The Home Economist – Homemade Laundry Detergent
I know, I know…
You’ve heard of it. You’ve questioned it. You’ve wondered if it really works… You’ve been meaning to try it.
I know, I know…
It’s all over the internet; the Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe that is, BUT if just one of my lovely readers benefits from this post than I will be happy.
If you have been reading for any amount of time you, I am sure can tell I’ve got that whole champage taste on a beer budget thing going on. We’re talking Cristale VS Coors Light here girls!!!
Oh, Coors Light, I almost gag just thinking about it!*
There are certain things I am willing to spend money on and other things that I find excruciatingly painful to swipe that debit card for. For example; I think $48 for Caudalie’s to-die-for Beauty Elixer
is TOTALLY worth it but I think $10 for a bottle of Tide Detergent is…quite frankly…a bunch of crap and I simply won’t do it!
How about spending $10ish dollars on A YEAR’S WORTH OF LAUNDRY DETERGENT!
Et Voila – You will need:
One bar of Fels-Naptha soap. (Buy a couple bars cause the other products below will last forever and if you buy 3-5 bars you won’t have to run out for more in a few months)
One box of Borax
One Box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
One 5 Gallon Bucket
Now, these things weren’t the easiest for me to find…but I live in a hick suburb of Chicago (where the Walmart parking lot is packed at all hours of the day). Every moron I asked at the stores around here would say, “Are you sure you don’t mean Baking Soda?”
Which, really irritated me. Like I’m stupid or something. This question came my way the same day I inquired about Red Devil Lye to make bath soap and someone asked me,
“Are you sure you don’t mean Red Bull?”
God is great. Beer is Good. People are Crazy.
Fill the bucket with 3 Gallons of water. Cut up your soap, nice and small
and melt it on the stove in a quart or two of boiling water (taken from the bucket). Add 1/2 cup of Borax and 1 Cup of the Washing Soda to the bucket and add the water full of the melted soap, stir, cover with a lid and the next day you will have a HUGE amount of gel like goo. If it’s runny you can stir it a bit. Sometimes it forms to a gel and other times it looks like that soup you get as an appetizer at the Chinese restaurant.
Simply use a detergent scoop and enjoy your clean clothes. I use a big scoop for just about any size load. This stuff lasts forever – I made mine in October and just had to make a new batch yesterday. (I had made a batch and a half.) As a gardener with three small children and a husband who has two jobs – one painting and the other delivery… I do a lot
Green? Not really but it’s not loaded with colors and tons of crazy stuff, I mean come on, didn’t our Great Gramma’s use Borax and Fels Naptha?…I am
tempted to add lavender oil and even a cup or two of Oxyclean to see what happens.
I hope you enjoy this and do something fun… or, I suppose, responsible, with all the money you save!
*I could drink champagne every day all day… seriously… but, as far as beer goes, I am a Budweiser girl myself.