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Monday, October 26, 2009

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I found this really helpful site from a local Mom Blogger (Love my local girls!) who has really helped me with my Saving Money Endeavor! Go Check Her Out:  My Memphis Mommy 

She posts all the sales ads for top stores in my area, but also other areas as well. I've truly fallen in love!!

One of the most helpful posts she's passed on was how to make your own laundry detergent. I decided to give it a try and I've been really pleased! If you know me, you know I love to try things out and let everyone know about it!

Here's the recipe I used for the Laundry Detergent:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soap* ( I picked some up at Kroger b/c they don't have it at Walmart or Target)
1 bar of your favorite soap. (We use Lever 2000, but you can use whatever smells good.)
3 gal. water
5 gal. bucket w/ lid (You can get this at Home Depot or Lowe's)

* I used Arm & Hammer Washing Soap

Find a pot large enough to accomadate 3 gallons of water. Grate your bar soap. I used a cheese grater, My Memphis Mommy cut hers in chunks then used a food processor.
Bring water to a boil and add grated soap. Turn heat down to medium and stir occasionally until soap is dissolved. Pour Borax and Washing Soap into 5 gallon bucket. Pour Soap mixture into 5 gallon bucket. Stir together. Let mixture sit for 24 hours. The mixture will form a gel-like substance. Just make sure you stir or shake before each use.

I have a small laundry area so I chose to save one of my old laundry detergent bottles and pour some of the mixture into that. I keep the excess stored and only have to get out my smaller bottle when needed.

I have an HE washer and have been SOOO excited that I still only use the Same Small Amount of detergent as I did before. That's going to make it last that much longer!

My Memphis Mommy says the mixture should last a year. In my house, we do Tons of laundry. I'm guessing it will last me probably 6 months if not a little longer. I'm keeping track, and I'll let you know!!

She's got a post about making your own fabric softener sheets. I haven't done this yet, but can't wait to try it! Bounce and Downy get really expensive! Go check out my post about it here: Homemade Dryer Sheets

You can also check out her recipe here: