Of course for me, a project like this requires a call to my best friend to discuss it before actually completing the project, right. Do you do that or is that just me? My best friend had made her own detergent a while ago and had told me how easy it was. I still didn't believe it. However, I chatted with her for a while about the concept. If you search the internet for laundry detergent recipes, you will find that there are two variations. There is a liquid form or a powdered form. Heidi has shared her liquid version here on The Frugal Girls: How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
In discussing things with my best friend, she knows me well, we decided the liquid form was not for me. She said it had to be mixed each time you use it and it can get clumpy. She also said it works really well (she doesn't even need to use a stain stick!). While I love that it works really well, she is right, cooking your own detergent that needs some mixing each time you use it is not for me. I couldn't see using my All-Clad to cook laundry detergent and then cook in it again and I didn't want to buy a pan just for cooking laundry detergent.
I decided to make a powdered form of homemade detergent. I had everything I needed on hand(I finally used the Fels-Naptha my mom gave me when I got married, 13 years ago), so I hung up the phone and proceeded to make a small batch of homemade laundry detergent. Literally 10 minutes later, I was done and back on the phone with my best friend, telling her how crazy easy that was! She of course said something along the lines of, “I told you so.” But what are best friends for, right!?
- 6-8 oz. Fels Naptha or other soap
- 1 Cup baking soda
- 1 Cup Borax
- 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lbs 7 oz)
- 1 large box Baking Soda (4 lbs)
- 1 box Borax (4lbs 12 oz)
- 3 bars Fels Naptha (or other soap you prefer- use same number of oz as Fels Naptha)
Enjoy the feeling of saving money in your freshly washed clothes!