Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cleaning House & Saving Money - Part 1 - Laundry Detergent

It's late...really late, way too late for me to be awake.

But I am.

I'm definitely going to bed soon...after I write this. :)

I promised my son, and his lovely bride, that I would share with them some of the things I do around the house to save money on simple household items. So, here ya go...first installment. :) 

Homemade Laundry Detergent:


Pennies per load - you save money! This is a good thing.
Minutes to make a batch - I'm so not kidding.
Smells clean and fresh. Not chemically and flowery.

Note: It doesn't make suds, so don't freak out - your clothes are still clean. Suds does not = clean. :)

You will need a grater or a food processor.  A lidded container that holds at least 2 Cups.  A 1 Tbsp. measuring spoon (that will not be used for food anymore, it's only for detergent now).

Laundry Detergent:

1/2 bar Fels Naptha Soap (near the bleach and fabric softener at Wally World)

1/2 bar of a pretty smelling ALL NATURAL soap of choice (OR you can just use 1 whole bar of Fels Naptha instead)

1 C. Borax

1 C. Arm n' Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)

NOTE: Borax and Washing Soda are found right next to the Fels Naptha soap at my Wally World

Grate, shred or grind your soap (I use my food processor). Grate it up really well. Put it in the container, add the borax and washing soda.  Stir it up really well. Place the 1 Tbsp. measuring spoon in there and put the lid on.  Get your dirty clothes all gathered up...

For one large load of wash, use 2 Tbsp. powder.

Yes, you read that correctly. You only need 2 Tbsp.  Nice.  I've been using this for at least a month now.  No comlaints yet. :)

With all my love,
Momma :)

1 comment:

  1. Now you need to change your header to include your daughter in love. I'm just sayin'.