Monday, May 27, 2013

It'll-Blow-Your-Mind-How-Easy Laundry Detergent

I posted a few pics on Instagram yesterday of my adventure with my mom making 5 gallons of laundry detergent with my kiddos. Now, I've been making the powdered version for over two years now and I love it. It even works on newborn clothes without irritating their skin. Both my littles have eczema and this detergent has never messed with their skin. This time around, we decided to try out a liquid version, since most of my family likes to use liquid. We are all trying to save as much money as possible so we're helping each other out in order to do so!

Here is what you will need to make an entire 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
1 bar of grated Ivory, Fels Nappa, Zote, or Dr. Bronner's
1 5 gallon bucket

Boil four cups of water and add the grated soap. Boil until completely dissolved.
Fill your bucket up halfway with warm water.
Add soap mixture, borax, and washing soda.
Fill remainder of bucket with hot water and stir.
Sit overnight to allow to cool completely.
Stir again (a drill with a paint mixer would be ideal) to completely incorporate the mixture. It does separate a bit while it cools.

And you're done! You just made 5 gallons of detergent for incredibly cheap!! The boxes of borax and washing soda can be found in the laundry aisle of Walmart or your local grocery store, and should roughly do about 5 batches!

For a top loader-use 1/2-1 cup per load
For HE- use 1/4-1/2 cup per load (and don't worry, this detergent hardly has any suds so its definitely HE safe)

Next we're working on dishwasher detergent and toothpaste! Let the savings begin!

What are your favorite homemade recipes?


  1. Is this cloth diaper safe?

    1. I don't really know for sure. I've read conflicting reviews on this. I have read that borax can mess with some company's I am on the fence on whether or not I should try and use it on them or not!

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  3. What is the consistency supposed to be like in the end?


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