If you are like me a stay at home mom or a working woman, you are always trying to find inexpensive ways to save money for your family. This economy has tightened everyone’s belt including our household. Spending money on laundry detergent can get expensive especially when you have a large family or an active family with children in extracurricular activities. You want a detergent that can remove stains as well make your clothes smell good.
I have been using the “T” brand of laundry soap and was very pleased with the way my laundry came clean and smelled, but the price is so expensive. For a 62 oz. of detergent at $17.99 I was buying 3 bottles a month and getting a gift card for $5.00. Not a very good deal considering I was still coming out of pocket for $48.97 a month.
I scoured the internet for ideas on ways to make homemade laundry detergent; there were so many my head was spinning. I just wanted something that would remove stains and keep my clothes smelling fresh without me spending so much money on laundry detergent.
My family is on a tight budget and I needed to cut back in some areas of my spending, and I thought this is one way to do it. I spent a total of $22.00 for all the ingredients listed, compared to my normal $48.97. I saved a total of $26.97. That way I would have more money to spend on food or other needed items. From the recipes listed it states that “the detergent should last at least 6 months using 2-4 tablespoons of detergent. 2 teaspoons for small loads and 4 teaspoons for large loads.
DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent
The majority of recipes listed on the internet used the following ingredients:
- 20 Mule Borax Detergent Booster (4 lb. 12oz.)
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb. 7 oz.)
- OxyClean Stain Remover (3 lb.)
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb.)
- Fels Naptha laundry soap and stain remover
The only difference was the way that each person prepared their soap, what fragrance they chose to add to their detergent; many used fabric softener, Purex Crystals and Scentsy Washer Whiffs.
I went to the store and smelled all and I came out with Purex Crystal Fabric Enhancer Baby Smell. I usually like the Clean Linen smell and that was the closest that I could find to that fragrance.
My next question was how long will it take me to make the detergent? I don’t have a lot of time to spare so I decided to time how long it would take me to make the soap. I did have two helpers my teenage daughter and my husband; it took less than 20 minutes for us to make 5lbs of detergent. The majority of time was spent grating the soap.
I made two different detergents to see which one I will like best. For batch one I made a small Mason jar using:
- 1 cup – 20 Mule Borax Detergent Booster
- 1 cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 grated bar of Fels Nathpa
- 1 cap full of Purex Crystal Fabric Enhancer
The reason I chose this mixture is because I know the Fels Nathpa has a stain remover in it and I want to see how well it removes stains.
The second batch I made was the 5 lbs. and uses a bucket to mix the following ingredients:
- 1 box 20 Mule Borax Detergent Booster (4 lb. 12oz.)
- 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb. 7 oz.)
- 1 container OxyClean Stain Remover (3 lb.)
- 1 box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb.)
- 1 bottle Purex Crystals Fabric Enhancer (28 oz.) *
- 2 bars of Zote soap *
* extra ingredients
The reason I chose these extra ingredients was because of the smell and the color, I wanted to see the results of each batch and how well they clean and smell. I wanted to see how powerful the smell will be on the clothing as well. I don’t want a fragrance that is to overpowering. I will be testing both soaps and keeping everyone posted on the outcome. I plan to make more batches using different ingredients as well as fragrances.
I would love to hear how others are doing with their switch and what works best for you.