There are TONS of laundry detergent recipes out there on the good ol’ world wide web. The one that I use is only slightly different than the one I got from my cousin. It uses oxi-clean. I think that most of the recipes I’ve found don’t call for it, but I like to use it in mine because I think oxi-clean is pretty awesome. The oxi-clean gives the finished product more of a liquidy result versus the more goopy egg-white texture without it. But it works fine with or without. Our clothes always come out as clean as they did when we were using the expensive store-bought detergent.
Now, I should say here that I’m not a Going Green renegade. I like the idea of it and I like to incorporate it into my life as much as possible, but sometimes it just isn’t affordable for me to scrutinize every product we use and turn it into something that is environmentally friendly. I do the best I can on my budget. If you are a person who is, admirably, committed to Going Green, then some of these recipes may not be for you, but I would wager that you could find some greener alternatives online…
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap (or any bar soap of your choice)
1 C. Borax
2 C. Washing Soda (Not the same as Laundry Booster, you have to really look for it at the store – I got mine at Kroger – the box should say “Washing Soda”-it kind of looks like a cereal size box)
1/2 C. Oxi-Clean
4 C. + 2 Ga. water
5 Ga. bucket (with or without lid – I use a lid now because my laundry is in the basement and every once in a while I’d end up with a drowned spider in there. Ew!)
Grate soap and melt on stove in 4 C. water. Water needs to be hot, but not boiling.
Add Borax, Oxi-Clean & Washing Soda (stirring after each)
Pour into 5 gallon bucket & stir
Add 2 Ga. water & stir
Let sit overnight.
Use 1/2 C. per load. I use a full cup on my towels.
I’m not exactly sure on the cost of this because I’ve tweaked the recipe a little bit to my liking. Previously I was using only half the amounts borax & washing soda, so I believe that it now costs somewhere around 6 cents per load. Still beats store detergents by a mile!
So, do you guys make your own? If so, how do you like it and do you have anything to add? If not, do you think you might be interested in trying it?
One of the things I love, besides the savings, is that you aren’t stuck with a bulky plastic bottle every time you run out that either needs to be thrown away or recycled.
Next week I’ll post the recipe for fabric softener.