First up on my list of made at home products? Homemade laundry detergent.
This was actually the first thing I saw on Pinterest that I wanted to make at home. Why you ask? Simply to have a cute glass jar with pretty white powder in it sitting in my laundry room. Too bad my laundry room doesn’t look like most of the laundry room’s I see on Pinterest that share their pretty jars of homemade laundry detergent. Maybe one day.
What you need? 2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 1 cup Oxi Clean, 1 cup Purex Crystals, 1 bar Fels-Naptha soap, a pretty glass jar to store it in (I got mine from Ikea).
What you need to do? In a large bowl, grate the bar of soap (this takes about two minutes tops). Stir in washing soda, Oxi Clean, and the crystals. Pour this mixture into the glass jar, & you are done.
The crystals give the laundry detergent the fragrant smell you are used to in store bought detergent, while the Oxi Clean is sure to leave everything bright. This can be used in HE washers (it’s what we have) because it doesn’t suds at all, just pour it directly on your laundry before you close the door & start the wash.
Want the cost breakdown? I figure this jar should get me roughly 40-50 loads (that’s how many scoops it should have in it, and I’ve been using one full scoop for a regular load, and a little less than a full scoop for a smaller load). The total for one batch of detergent? $5.56
- Washing Soda: 2 cups = $1.08 (I should be able to make at least two or three more batches with this one box of washing soda)
- Oxi Clean: 1 cup = $1.93 (I probably can make one more batch with this container)
- Purex Crystals: 1 cup = $1.58 (Same as the washing soda, at least two to three more batches)
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha: $0.97 (I bought three bars total though, in order to have supplies on hand for my next few batches of detergent)
Now. How do I like it so far? I like it a lot actually. It smells really fresh and reminds me of any laundry scented candle you buy. I was actually surprised at how nice it smells and the fact that my clothes feel just as clean as they did when I used the store bought detergent. I haven’t really had any tough stains to test this out with yet, so I’ll have to update this once I do. Overall? Two thumbs up!