Spoiler Alert: it’s amazing!
I don’t know about you, but one change I have noticed since having my son is how much more laundry our family does! How do my son’s itsy-bitsy clothing items equate to so much laundry? We easily do 4-6 loads a week, which for some of you might not be a lot and for some of you might seem like nothing, but it’s a lot compared to what we used to do when it was just my husband and I. Makes me wonder if I am the only person in our family who wears the same outfit day in and day out? Hmmm….and is that a good thing? How life changes when you are a mama, but that’s a topic for another day
I am always trying to save money (babies aren’t cheap!) and began scouring the internet for ideas on how to make my own laundry detergent as it felt like we were buying detergent every week and it’s pretty expensive as a weekly purchase. After a lot of time on Pinterest and even more time on blogs, I came across some items that seemed to pop up in all of the recipes (my favorite one came from the blog, How Does She Do It, check her out for awesome content!).
All I had to do was gather the ingredients, which proved hard when I attempted to buy them from my local stores. Luckily Amazon had everything I needed! What did we ever do before Amazon.com? Links to the products can be found in the ingredients list below for your convenience.
I even found a great product that will make your life easier! I bought Zote Soap bars and had to grate them BY HAND using the fine side of the cheese grater. It took forever and my hand was so sore afterwards. Imagine my surprise to find that Zote came in flakes! Genius! All you need to do is combine the 6 ingredients below and voila, homemade laundry detergent.
Make sure to use a large bucket and combine everything really well. Might I even suggest doing it outside unless you are cool with the idea that your whole house will smell like laundry detergent for a few days. Luckily it does smell really nice and clean. You only need to use 2-3 tablespoons for each load and though I don’t have a high efficiency washer, I read online reviews from other people who said the HE washers do great with this type of detergent. I personally only use 2 tablespoons with a standard size load. And let’s be honest…with this family every load is full to the brim.
My family has loved using this stuff and it makes a ton. Seriously, it’s enough for an entire year. You read that right…an entire year. I used the largest size mason jars I could find and it filled 10 of them full to the brim. The initial cost is higher than buying a jug of laundry detergent at the store, but if that is all I have to spend every year to do my family’s laundry, then that is alright by me.
I hope you enjoy your homemade laundry detergent as much as I have. It has been a great money saving product and it smells great, too!
2 17.6 oz. packs of Zote Flakes
One 65 oz. box of Borax
One 55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soap
One 3 lb tub of Oxi Clean
One 48 or 55 oz. container of Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer
(multiple scents are available)
One 4 lb box of Baking Soda
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Combine all ingredients very well and you’re done! I store mine in mason jars, but also found the Oxi Clean tub and the Purex bottle to be a perfect canisters as well and easier to open on a daily basis. The picture of the Purex bottle above shows how much is left after 2+ weeks of laundry!