Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been wanting to try my hand at homemade laundry detergent for awhile.

There was a point a while back where I fell completely in love with the Duggar Family. Thank you Netflix instant streaming! In one of the episodes they make laundry detergent for their family and I thought, "well I could surely try that." 
Of course, I never got around to it. 
I kept pinning pins on pinterest of all these different recipes.
But I didn't want to make a huge batch. 
I had nowhere to store it and what if I didn't like it.

This past week for some reason it seems as if everyone is making their own laundry detergent. 
I keep finding tutorials everywhere.
Since I was almost out of detergent I decided that now was the time to do it. 
I came across this pin that had a smaller recipe amount than the ones I had previously seen.

You need four ingredients
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 a bar of soap
1 gallon of water

Grate half a bar of soap into a large pot.
I used Dove, but I've heard any kind will work.

Add half a gallon of water and cook on medium until all the soap has dissolved.

Once all the soap has dissolved, add the borax and super washing soda and bring to a boil.

It will expand a lot and start to coagulate a bit.
Take off the heat and add the other half gallon of water.
Mix together.

I allowed mine to cool and coagulate a bit more before I poured it into the gallon jug.
Let sit for 24 hours before use.

Use 1/2 a cup in your laundry. It is extremly low sudsing, so don't worry.
It is also safe for HE washers, which is what I have.

I spent under $6 for all the materials and still have enough to make 3 more batches.
The two powders will last a really long time.

One thing I have heard is that it doesn't get out stains quite as well so make sure you're pre-treating.
It does however make your whites brighter.

No more crazy expensive containers of laundry detergent for me!

Linking up with Melissa, Sarah, and Amber


  1. JACK. POT.

    Literally JUST did a whole post dedicated about catching up on laundry. I'm all about making trying to be little miss homemaker, so I'm definitely going to have to try this - thanks girl!

    Stop by and say hi sometime!

  2. Erin! Happy Wednesday...I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! :) Check it out here- http://abbeyharris.blogspot.com/2012/11/liebster-award-1.html

  3. I have been meaning to try this!!! I've had it pinned for like ever now! Thanks for linking up with us again :)

  4. i'm impressed! i really should try that!

  5. Awesome! Make sure to update us & let us know how you like it. I've been wanting to try this but it's a little bit of work & I don't want to be disappointed with the results. It's such a money saver though so I'm hoping you report back with positive results! :)
    Thanks for linking up to The Pinspiration Project again :)


  6. I've been making my own laundry detergent and softener for a while now. I LOVE the smell because you can use whatever soap (or for softener, shampoo) that you want!

    Found you from the blog hop. Newest follower, girl!

    Swing by if you can!


  7. wow, i really want to try this now! new follower from the hop!


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