Granola Wannabe: DIY Laundry Detergent

If there's one thing you really must do on a regular basis besides eating, sleeping, using the facilities and bathing yourself...it's washing your clothes.

If you don't wash your clothes on a regular basis, we're probably not friends.

I don't know about you, but we spend quite a bit of money on laundry detergent...*especially* since there's now a kid in the house...who wears cloth diapers, no less.

AND because I'm so sensitive that I've only really been able to use All Free & Clear.

When I first heard about making your own laundry detergent, I thought to myself...ew.  That can't be sanitary.  

That can't smell good.  

That can't be good enough to get out stains.  

I'll probably be allergic to it anyway.  

It will probably be too harsh for Elijah, too.

I pretty much thought up every single reason why this wouldn't be a good idea...but today I'm here to tell you something really important:

I was so completely and totally wrong.  

We figured out, conservatively, that we were spending about $150 bucks a year on laundry detergent. That's if we replenished once a month.

About $30 worth of the laundry soap I'm making now will last 5-6 months.  You do the math!  That's like 60% savings! 

I've tried a couple of recipes for laundry soap and today I'm going to share my favorite, so far.  This is a powder, not a liquid, and is fine to use in HE machines.  


Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 5 gallon Bucket with lid
1 4lb 12oz Box of Borax
1 3lb 7oz Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 3lb Container of OxiClean
2 5.5oz Bars of Fels-Naphta
1 5lb Bag of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
20 Drops of whatever essential oil you prefer (optional).  
You can add essential oils if you're going for a certain smell, but honestly, I don't.  I love the smell it has naturally...plus with my sensitivity I'm not taking any chances.

The only thing You have to do is grate the bars of fels naptha (with a regular old cheese grater if you don't have a fancy electric one...I sure don't) into the 5 gallon bucket, and then dump all the rest of the ingredients in and mix it up.

The best part?  You only have to use 2-3 tbsp per load.  Crazy, right?

It's really that simple.  Can you believe it?  I have a mason jar in my laundry room that I refill from the 5 gallon bucket whenever I run out.

It cleans super well.  If I'm doing diapers, I add a few drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of lemon oil for an extra boost.

I think I originally found this recipe here.  Gotta give credit where credit is due!

Happy mixing!

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