March 20, 2010

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

In a continued effort to be more frugal and cut out unnecessary costs around our home...I decided that I would like to try my hand at making my own laundry detergent. I found the recipe on The Duggar Family's website.

To begin you will need the following items:
1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
Food Processor or Chopper, Mixing Bowl, Grater, Spoon, 
and of course a super cute glass jar.
Laundry Soap Collage
Grate your soap into your mixing bowl
Fels-Naptha


On my first bar, I used the larger section of my grater. On the second bar, I used the smaller section.
Grated soap collage

Since my first bar resulted in what looked like shredded cheddar cheese...I needed to further break it down. I used the chopper attachment on my blender (because I don't have a food processor). This didn't work so well, and that's why I grated more fine on the second attempt.

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With your grated soap in your mixing bowl...add to it:
1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 1/2 Cup of Borax and stir well.
Picnik collage

Pour your mixture into your cute jar and voila.
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This recipe yields 3 Cups of detergent (Approx. 40 loads)
For light loads, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled loads, use 2 Tablespoons.
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I tripled the recipe (could have actually quadrupled it) to fit in my jar.
My overall cost is as follows:
Jar: $5.99
Tea Scoop: $3.99
 ~~~
Fels Naptha: $1.39/bar
Borax: $2.99
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda: $3.99
Total Spent on ingredients: $8.37

This amounts to: $2.11/40 loads or $.05 a load
You can't beat that price!!

Some notes:
* Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda can be hard to find. Don't mistake it for Baking Soda...or Arm & Hammer Detergent. It must be sodium carbonate. I found it at Meijer.
* Next time, I may try a food processor to further break down the Fels-Naptha. I did try it in my washer as it was and it dissolved fine.
* According to the Duggar's site, this recipe is for top load machines only. However...it doesn't suds up much so I can't imagine why you couldn't use it??



* UPDATE *
To further customize my scent I have been adding Scentsy Washer Whiffs to my detergent.
 I generally triple or quadruple my recipe when I make it. 


With a tripled recipe, I pour in 1/2-3/4 container of Washer Whiffs. I'm currently using French Lavender. When this batch runs out I'm using Sunkissed Citrus. You can order your own Washer Whiffs HERE.



 

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