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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I found this awesome recipe for homemade laundry detergent from Pinterest, (which I’m totally hooked on.) Here’s the original post by Jillee. It was pretty easy in fact. The only thing I found time consuming was grating the soap, but that’s it. Just mix everything else and you made really cheap laundry detergent. I’m going to do laundry tonight with the Mr. Wonderful (my husband) and will definitely share our findings. I really hope that it cleans and does a good job because this can save a lot of money in the long run. 
Powdered Laundry Soap: (about 40 loads)
2 cups finely grated Fels Naptha Soap
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda (Washing soda can be used instead as well)

Directions: Use 1-2 Tbsp per load.

Cost Breakdown. For about the cost of 1 of the name brand laundry detergents ($12 for 45 loads), I bought all the ingredients I needed to make this concoction PLUS a batch of dishwashing soap AND I still have enough of the Borax and Baking soda to make at least 5 more batches. I bought the items from a local grocery store. If I bought it online, I’m sure I could have found it cheaper.


Update: 2/2/2012
Mr. Wonderful and I did laundry last night. According to him, the laundry didn’t smell like anything, just neutral, which is a good sign.  I smelled a little of the soap. So, it looked like it worked. The one thing I did notice was that there were no suds at all. I’ve read up on some of the other blogs and did some of my own research on the net and found that the suds are NOT what cleans, but were put into the brand detergents to say to the consumer – yes look there’s suds, so our product must be working- which is untrue. 


Also, since this homemade detergent has low suds, in theory it should be fine for the high efficiency (HE) washers. 


What I would do differently is to use 2 Tbsp for each load next time to satisfy Mr. Wonderful and I do like the smell of the soap. I want to also try using Washing Ash instead of baking soda the next time I need to make another batch and experiment to see if that does anything different.


I would love to hear your DIY tips for laundry detergents!


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