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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Homemade laundry detergent

It's official: I've become obsessed with DIY-ANYTHING and EVERYTHING...including laundry detergent.

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a try. I couldn't be happier with the results...and the cost-savings. From a personal standpoint, the hubs and I have been very happy with the homemade detergent - As an workout-aholic, I have lots of stinky gym clothes each week, and this recipe (even minus the optional oxy-clean) gets my clothes fresh and clean (and I wash most clothes using cold water). By the way, we have a high-efficiency washer - this detergent recipe is appropriate for an "he" washer.

This recipe is from the blog: "Being Creative (to keep my sanity)": 

According to her blog, this recipe lasted her 9 months, and only cost about $20 total for 9 months of laundry soap. I'd say that's pretty good! I haven't kept track of how long ours has lasted, but I can't remember when I made this...it was *that* long ago.

Picture credit: "Being Creative (to keep my sanity)"

  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking aisle
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle 
  • Optional: 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle. (if you have messy kids, the cleaner the better)
I don't want to take traffic away from her site, by posting her recipe *and* instructions on my blog, so check out her blog for the instructions: 

What DIY home-products have you made? Are you happy with their performance?

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