I recently took the plunge and tried a frugal experiment I'd been thinking about for awhile. Some of you may want to try this one yourself, and some of you may think this one's going a little too far--my husband did at first!
I'm talking about making my own laundry detergent! It was incredibly easy and very inexpensive. I'm wondering now what took me so long to try it!
I used a simple three-ingredient recipe I found online for a powdered detergent. The liquid ones seemed like too much work, but this recipe is as easy as mixing together dry ingredients in any baking recipe. If you can mix flour and sugar, you can do this!
All of my ingredients cost about the same as just one bottle of good quality liquid detergent, but should last for several months, may-be longer. The recipe I used only requires two tablespoons of detergent per large load, since it's so concentrated. By the way, all the ingredients were available at my local grocery store. (I'll give you the recipe below.)
So far, after many loads of laundry, this detergent's doing a great job for me. It smells like "soap" but the clothes come out of the washer with almost no scent. If you'd like to add scent, you can use dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener. Many people with sensitive skin like this detergent because it is free of artificial dyes and fragrances though. And, I should mention my family's clothes are coming out clean--may-be even a little brighter than before.
If you want to save money--and you can save quite a bit--don't be afraid to trying making your own laundry detergent. It is so easy!
Here's the recipe I'm using:
1 cup Arm & Hammer (or other brand) Washing Soda --not baking soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups (or approximately 1 bar) very finely grated Fels Naptha laundry bar
Use 2 tablespoons for a large load (adjust for smaller or less soiled loads of clothes)
(Of course, you can always search the internet for other recipes. There are many more, including liquid detergent recipes.)
I found all these products at the end of the laundry area up on the top shelf in the grocery store. I have also heard they are available in Walmart. My parents are giving this a try too, and they found these products at Ace Hardware.
By the way, I've won my husband over, and he even took some of my laundry detergent to work for one of his frugal co-workers to try!
Just an update--After using this detergent for a couple of months, I am happy to report that I'm still very pleased with it. It does an exceptional job of cleaning my family's clothes. I can honestly say that our clothes are coming out of the wash cleaner and brighter than with our store-bought detergent.
This was really put to the test when I decided to use up a previously purchased bottle of our old detergent. The clothes were not as clean, in my opinion, and I really prefer the very
light "soap" smell of my homemade detergent. Our old detergent seemed very "perfumey" and heavy in comparison, and the clothes came out of the wash much duller--I think that's just the best way to describe it.
I hope if you're on the fence, you'll try this homemade detergent. It is simple to make, and if you use a food processor to grate your bar of soap, it'll be even easier.
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