Happy middle of the week to ya! I don't know about you, but one thing I hate spending money on is laundry detergent. I feel like we go through bottles of detergent fast and it's an expense I get tired of forking money over for each month. Hence, I decided to find a way to fix this!
Today, I'm sharing with you a fun DIY project that will save you money and have your clothes smelling nice and fresh! So sit back, take some notes and learn how to make your own laundry detergent!
First, you will need to gather your supplies.
Plastic container for storage
Borax (39 oz)
2 Bars of Soap (Castile or Fels-Naptha)
Baking Soda (64 oz)
Essential Oils (optional)
Food Processor (not pictured)
*All of these supplies can be purchased at Walmart*
Step 1: Grate the Soap
Nick and I had to take turns doing this.
We alternated between the large and small end of the grater.
I suggest putting some newspaper down on the table.
The soap pieces are liable to go everywhere.
You should end up with a bowl of soap looking like this picture.
Step 2: Place grated soap in a food processor and chop/grind
You will have to do this in batches.
Don't expect to get a fine powder.
Once processed, your soap will resemble little pellets.
Step 3: Pour your processed soap into a large bowl
If you have a bucket, that would work even better!
Step 4: Add your dry ingredients to the processed soap
You'll add 64 oz of baking soda and 39 oz of borax.
Then stir all the ingredients together.
Don't be afraid to just use your hands!
Step 5: Pour the detergent into your storage container
I just bought a plastic container from Walmart.
Step 6: Add essential oil if desired
I added a few drops of doTerra's Lavender oil for a fresh smell.
Once you add the oil, put the top on your container and give it a few shakes!
Step 7: Use 2 heaping tablespoons of detergent per load
FYI: Don't expect this detergent to create the same soapy bubbles
as liquid detergent. The detergent will still leave your clothes
fresh and clean, while saving you money each month!
The "recipe" I've provided you today should yield you
around 144 loads of laundry. How's that for savings!
FYI, I've read that this type of detergent is not
suitable for septic tanks. I use a top loading washer so I'm
not sure how this works with a front loading machine.
This post was inspired by The Hen Pen
I've linked up with Life After Laundry