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These days, I’m all about saving a buck!  So when I heard from my sister-in-law, Laurissa the DIY Mom, about making your own laundry detergent and how easy it really is, I was all ears!  Not to mention that she only spent $4 to make 2 1-gallon battles!  Hello, I spend close to $20 for a bottle of Tide.  That’s $36 big ones I’ll be saving!

I’m really bad about throwing out old laundry detergent bottles, so I know I have at least 2 or 3 sitting in my basement collecting dust.  That’s a great start already!  Now all I need is to pick up the following ingredients and I’m making me so homemade laundry detergent!

Recipe #8

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

  • Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
  • In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
  • Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

Liquid Detergents Note

Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

Optional

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

My daughter and I both have eczema, so I’m supposed to get the laundry detergent that is for sensitive skin but I don’t!  I know, bad mommy!!!  It’s just the cost can sometimes be too much.  I’m on a budget here people, and that’s not something I do too well with.  I do however use Aveeno soap for the shower and since I have the option of adding essential oils (caution – some essential oils cause skin irritation on sensitive skin, make sure that the oil you select isn’t one of them by clicking here) like lavender to a fragrance free soap.  I’m excited to try this new recipe and I’ll let you all know how it goes!

If you’ve tried making your own laundry detergent, what did you think of it?  Was it as easy as the recipe described?  Would you recommend it to a friend?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave me a line!

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