Now that everything is slowing down in our life (family dog being bitten by a rattlesnake, Blog security is safe…) I am happy to be back to this series.
In my mission to save money, I have always been open minded. I think that as a frugal person–you really need to be. I’ve tried a couple of DIY Laundry Detergent recipes and I’ve found that this works the best for me. It is also HE compatible.
One misconception that people think about Laundry Detergent is that you should see bubbles to ensure that it is cleaning. This recipe will not bubble–so if you like that, you will be dissatisfied– but this stuff really works! My husband often comes home in his chef coats and they have tons of grease stains or smells (sometimes fishy because he works with fresh fish) and I have found that the Homemade recipe works much better for his coats– it eliminates the smell completely (compared to Tide, this stuff does a much better job. Sorry Tide lovers! )
This recipe takes about 10 minutes and I pay a total of $5 for everything you see. I make my detergent in small batches:
- 2 cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 2 Cups Borax
- 1 Cup grated Fels-Naptha
- –grate the Fels-Naptha and combine all ingredients.
I use about 2 tablespoons per load. You can also add Oyx Clean to your mix if you have extra messy kids in the house.