Thursday, May 9, 2013

Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent



Substance of Living Laundry Detergent Label
Substance of Living Laundry Detergent Label

Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent
Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent

Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent


  • 4 Pounds Baking Soda
  • 4 Pounds Borax
  • 3.7 Pounds Washing Soda
  • 1 Bar Fels-Naptha
  • 1 Bar Pink Zote
Using a cheese grater, (I have one specifically for my laundry detergent) grate the two bars of soap (Fels-Naptha and Pink Zote).  If you don't have either of these bars handy, you can use three bars of your favorite soap.  Sometimes I use Ivory or Irish Spring.  Some people eliminate the bars of soap all together.


Substance of Living Laundry Detergent using Irish Spring Bar Soap
Substance of Living Laundry Detergent using Irish Spring Bar Soap


Grate the full bar of Pink Zote.
Grated Pink Zote
Grated Pink Zote

Grate the full bar of Fels-Naptha.
Grated Fels-Naptha
Grated Fels-Naptha

Mix 4 pounds of baking soda, or about 8 cups with the full box of Borax and Washing Soda along with the grated bars of soap.
All the Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent before Mixing
All the Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent before Mixing

Aren't the colors pretty?
All the Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent before Mixing
All the Ingredients for Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent before Mixing

This is what it will look like fully mixed.
Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent
Substance of Living Homemade Laundry Detergent


Findings

  • Use 1 - 2 Tablespoons of detergent for a large or extra large load of laundry.
  • I have been using this laundry detergent for about a year now.
  • My laundry comes out nice and clean whether cold, warm, or hot water is used.
  • I spent about $20 for all the ingredients and still have about 9 1/2 pounds left of Baking Soda. That means that the next two batches will cost less.
  • One batch of laundry detergent makes almost 12 pounds.  That's a whole lot of loads of laundry at 1 or 2 Tablespoons per load.  That's figuring that a Tablespoon is 1/2 an ounce.
My Dad told me that I could probably get my cost down a little more if I checked the pool or feed stores.  Since those two locations aren't on my typical shopping route, it might not be cost effective.  Therefore, Wal-mart and Costco get my business unless the grocery stores are running a special and I have a coupon.  I also like to check Big Lots.  There isn't a Big Lots close by so when I see one, it's a must stop because the store is never the same twice.

One more thing I like to do with my laundry is add vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of using fabric softener.

Do you make your own laundry detergent?  If so, do you make the liquid or powder type?  Have you noticed a difference in your clothes?  Please share your recipe through a link or in the comments section.



P.S., I was not paid and did not receive any of the items mentioned above as a gift.

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