As part of my mission to live on The Teacher’s Salary, I decided it was time to try out some homemade laundry detergent. I am finding that by adding just 1 little infant to our home, my laundry has practically quadrupled (or so it seems) so I needed to find a way to save on keeping all this laundry clean!
I found THIS RECIPE online and knew of a few people who felt like it worked well. I moved away from powdered laundry detergent a few years ago because I found it didn’t always dissolve, but I figured I’d still give this a try since I heard so many good things.
Here are the ingredients for this magical mixture (all of which were found in the detergent aisle at my local Walmart):
(1) 28 oz. bottle of Purex crystals (optional) (not pictured)Total Cost = $19.29
1. Start out by grating the 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap. I used my cheese grater, but you can also use your food processor if you would like a finer texture. This will take a little muscle, but is the hardest step in the process, so no fear, the worst part is now done!
2. Mix all the ingredients together in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. I poured everything in first and spent some time making sure it was mixed well. This does not have an overpowering scent, but you can add laundry crystals if you’d like to add fragrance. I have not done this myself since I am using this for our entire family and did not want to risk any skin irritations by adding fragrance.
3. This makes approx. 2 gallons of laundry detergent and can be stored however you’d like. I spent about $12 on this 2 gallon glass jar from Target. Since you only need to use 1-2 tablespoons of this detergent per load, this should last me for quite some time! I’m using the scoop from the OxiClean container to measure and I store this on the ledge behind my washing machine.
One thing I was concerned about was stain removal. As you can imagine, we need a detergent that can hold up to diaper leaks, spit up, and the dirt and food stains that comes with kids. So far, I have been pleased with how it has performed. I can’t say that it has done miracles on our clothes, but it is doing the job to my satisfaction. I still use Shout spray for set-in and the tougher stains, but it gets our clothes as clean if not slightly cleaner than our old liquid detergent. I do feel our laundry is looking a little “fresher” too. (UPDATE: I have since started making my own laundry stain remover and LOVE it. No more Shout!)