“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” ~ E.B. White
I know that the directions to make your own laundry detergent are all over the Internet (I just did a Google search — 3,000,000 results!); but, I thought I would take a few moments to share my own experience. Jen got me started almost a year and a half ago. The price of laundry detergent is RIDICULOUS!!! When I heard about this frugal “simple” solution, I decided to it a try!
Super Washing Soda ($3.24/box)
Fels-Naptha soap bar ($.97/bar)
Grate the soap. For each bar of soap, mix in one cup of each of the dry “ingredients.”
Store in an airtight container, along with a tablespoon convenient for measuring. Use one heaping spoonful for each load. Works well in the newer High Efficiency clothes washers. If you’ve got a particularly dirty or large load, you can always throw in another spoonful (although Jen keeps trying to convince me that isn’t necessary, it makes me feel better).
About once a quarter I drag out the “tools” and spend a bit of time watching something mindless on T.V. while grating soap before mixing all of the “ingredients” together. I could throw the soap into the food processor, but there is actually something therapeutic about investing a bit of effort into the process (Full disclosure — I also enjoy ironing and doing dishes by hand … totally “unconnected” and time to think!).
I usually make three batches at a time to fill my container. The contents will settle over time so give it a quick stir or shake it up once in a while. I’ve spent less than $25 to date and have made enough laundry detergent to last more than a year. Best of all — it works! Everything looks clean, and smells clean, too!