Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday's Tip

Homemade Laundry Soap

You don't even have to be crunchy to get behind this one.

I found the idea on Pinterest.  Of course.  And have been making my own for awhile now. Keeping in mind we are a family of five with one husband who sweats a lot when working out, an 11 year old who is starting to stink, 3 kids in sports pretty much year around and a 5 year old who can't keep his shirt on so he ends up with 3 hardly worn shirts per day in the hamper...I would say that one batch of this lasting almost 5 months is pretty good, don't you think?!

The cost for 4 1/2 months worth of laundry soap?  Less than $20!

So here you go.

You're welcome.

1 4 lb 12 oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz 

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle. (Grated)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean 

*I mix mine up in a big bucket with a lid that I bought at Walmart. Then I save one of the Oxy-Clean scoops to use as my laundry soap scooper.

*I use one scoop per load unless the load is really stinky and I've had no problems with the everything dissolving in the cold water temp I usually use.

*I've read that it is safe for front loaders as well since it doesn't foam up at all...but I have no first hand knowledge of that.

*You'll have to get used to there not being that perfumed scent. But your clothes ARE getting clean!


Anonymous said...

I've got the stuff and I'm going to try it again. The washing machine we have at this rental house is not that great. Plus we fight mold/mildew problems because the part of the island we live on is basically a rainforest. But your laundry detergent is a little different than the one I tried before so I'm going to give this one a try.

I missed the good clean smell so I added some of the Gain laundry beads. They aren't cheap, but I was using them anyway and the detergent is so much less expensive that I'd still be saving!

MamaBear said...

Thank you for including the sizes of the boxes! (Not sure on the oxiclean amounts though) I got all the supplies the other day and Sam and I are going to make our first batch tonight.