I have a different kind of recipe today. I’ve heard a lot about homemade laundry detergent in the past few years. However, I was hesitant to try it because (1) I had heard mixed reviews about it, and several people said they didn’t feel like their clothes were clean, (2) I want my clothes to “smell” clean, and for me that requires a scent. So, I put the idea up on a shelf for my family.
However, with a few new(ish) products, and some additions to the recipe, I created something that we could live with. I hope you all enjoy it as well. The addition of the oxi-clean and scent-booster do increase the price, but overall it’s still MUCH cheaper than other laundry detergents. With the exception of the bar of soap (you can use either fels naptha or Zote), all the other packages include enough to make about 3 batches of the soap.
Here is what you need:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated; I used a cheese grater)
1/2 cup Oxi-Clean
1/2 cup Scent Booster (like Downy Unstoppables)
Mix everything together. I mixed mine in a washed out, gallon ice-cream bucket. It would easily have held a double recipe, with room to spare. It was a perfect size, and I use a 2 Tbsp. coffee measuring spoon to measure it out. Most recipes I’ve seen recommend 1-2 tbsp, but I added extra ingredients, and have a really large washer, so I opted for the 2 tbsp.
You can also add in some of the new Purex Crystals (or I think Gain has a powder/crystal laundry softener as well).
I added the Amazon widget just in case you need to see what a product looks like. If you purchase from Amazon through my link, you can help support my site. However, I do not recommend purchasing your ingredients through Amazon, because the items are much less expensive at Wal-Mart or similar stores. I was able to find every single ingredient at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle. And this stuff seems to last forever.