I have been using this now for 10 days, and I love it!
The only thing that I adjusted is I added in another half bottle of Purex Crystals, mostly for the scent.
The clothes have been coming out smelling fresh and clean!
It is no secret I love Pinterest!
I have found a million DIY projects I have filed away for those days when I have a free day (as IF!)
But today- I found one for homemade laundry detergent and I had to try it!
7We are a Tide house- and that is NOT cheap. Considering I do about 7 loads a week, those $20 boxes of Tide do not last long around here. Hubby is very particular with his clothes, so I was suprised he was on board with trying it!
So I figured I would try this and if I hate it- I am only out $20, and if I love it- I will save myself a LOT of money!
You can double or triple this recipe, but since I didnt want gallons of the stuff around in case I did not like it, I made a smaller batch.
2lbs Borax Detergent- roughly half the standard box
1 bar of Fels Naptha Bar Soap (found in the laundry Aisle)
1/2 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 lbs of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 bottle of Purex Fabric Softener Crystals
1.5 lbs of Oxy Clean (comes in a 3 lb tub- use half)
I have seen many methods on how to incorporate the bar soap. Some people use a cheese grater or food processor. I was a little worried that that would not be small enough to dissolve all the way, so I found a method that worked to turn the soap into a powder super easy. Throw the soap in the microwave for about 4 minutes, it will get huge and puffy. Let it cool and then it will easily crumble in your hands. Once it was crumbled up and dry- I went a step further and worked it with my hands, rubbing my hands together until it became as fine as the baking soda! This took me about 20 minutes for the 1 bar.
Now- no worries about it clogging your HE Washer with soap buildup!
Grab a BIG bucket – we used a Home Depot bucket we use to store paint brushes. Measure out your ingredients and then slowly layer the ingredients in. Then mix it all up and you are done!
I poured the detergent into Purex Crystal bottles I had. This batch made 5 full bottles. Does not seem like all that much- BUT you only have to use 2 tablespoons for each load! So these 5 bottles will last me forever!
I found a great tip on HowDoesShe.com. The cap of the Purex bottle has 3 lines on the inside. the middle line is exactly 2 tbs- so easy measuring!
* This recipe is SAFE for HE Washing Machines!
*This WILL dissolve even in cold water!
*You can add this detergent to the dispenser or directly to the tube.
* You can substitute the with Zote Laundry Bar Soap too (It is scented, and I have fairly sensitive skin, so I tried to limit the scents!)
*No additional fabric softener needed!
* I have heard the Gain Fabric Softener Crystals work well and smell great too!
Let me know if you use this or another version! I am loving it so far and always looking for improvements!