Friday, April 17, 2015

Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

Since having the quads, one of the things we have continuously worked on has been trimming our budget wherever we can. Surviving on one income (and now no income) proves to be a lofty task in today's society but it can be done. 

While we've had to sacrifice in multiple areas, one of the things I've been able to do is learn how to make things myself versus paying sometimes three times the cost or more what I'd pay to buy it. One such item I've learned to make myself is laundry detergent. Within a multiples group I network with online, a triplet mommy shared that she'd been making her own laundry detergent to save money. I was intrigued so she sent me a sample of hers to try and I loved it. It worked ALMOST as good as the name brand detergent I've been loyal to my entire life. I've posted about it before, but I have always been very brand loyal to Tide detergent and it's done a great job at keeping my kiddos clothes clean since the day they were born. I still use Tide for the really tough or really stinky loads, but for our easy loads, I only use my homemade version. 

I think it's really easy to make. I hope you'll feel the same! Here's how:


Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ingredients 
(You can find all of these in the regular laundry detergent aisle. Usually, they are not at eye level. They'll either be on the very bottom shelf or at the top.)
**Note** - As a quad mom, I buy as much as I can on Amazon so it's shipped straight to my door. These are NOT available at a good price on Amazon and I highly suggest you buy these locally because the price is about 1/3 of what Amazon charges.



  • 1 bar shaved bar soap. (I like Zote but Fels Naptha is also commonly found in our grocery stores. Other brands include Ivory and Dr. Bronner's.)
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
Directions
I start out by "shaving" (or in my case grating) the bar of soap. You could easily take it to a hand grater and knock it out but I opted to use my food processor. I just chopped into large chunks and threw it in. Next time, I'll probably just go ahead and grate it by hand because of the clean up time getting it all out of the food processor. Then, I mixed the grated soap, the Borax, and the washing soda all in the blender until it makes a fine powder.





Store in a sealed container with a small scoop (a formula scoop just so happens to be perfect)!




To Use
Use 1 Tablespoon per load or 2-3 Tablespoons for heavily soiled loads.



Let me know it you try it! I'd love to hear what you think?

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