DIY Laundry Detergent

I'm a sucker for a good deal.  And at around 4 cents a load, I couldn't resist trying my hand at making my own laundry detergent.  I found a recipe online, hurried to the grocery store to pick up the goods (paid around 8 bucks for everything), and got to grating!

Do you want to pay $.04 a load compared to $.45 a load?  I figured that (on average) I would now only pay around 6 dollars A YEAR on laundry detergent.  Convinced?  Here's the recipe:

--1 cup of borax
--1 cup of washing soda
--2 cups of grated soap

Here's how you make it:

1. Buy Borax, Washing Soda, and a basic bar of soap.  I used Ivory, but I've read that Fels Naptha is also a great brand.

2. Finely grate the soap.

3. Mix it all together and what do you get?  Laundry Detergent!

I did read that using a food processor to blend it all together is a plus, but I don't have one!  I just made sure the soap was ground finely and I mixed it well.  Plus, before I use it, I give it a good shake!  Also, make sure you store it in an airtight container!

To use:
Toss 1 tablespoon (or two if it's a large load or extra dirty!) into the laundry machine

That's it!

I've used it on a number of loads now and I love it!  DIY laundry detergent is simple, effective, and (best of all) a great way to save money!

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  1. I just made this last week!!! Love it. They have clear juice carafes at Walmart that I use to put it in. Good post!


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