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For several years now, I’ve been making my own laundry detergent. I got the idea when I read about how cost effective it is compared to buying other brands or liquid. I took a little while off, but now we are doing the Dave Ramsey plan, it just seemed like a good idea.
I’ll share my recipe in a bit, but here are the ingredients I use:
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt– this time, I actually used the “foot soak” because we already had a bag of that on hand.
The big box of baking soda- found in the baking aisle
Super Washing Powder- found in the laundry detergent aisle
Ivory Soap– You will need 3 bars; other recipes that you might see recommend Fels-Naptha, but that stuff is hard to grate up! I find Ivory works just as well.
It took me about 10 minutes to put everything together. Here’s how I did it:
1)Dump all of the powder ingredients into a large container. I use a 12 quart tub that I bought years ago at Wal-Mart, I think.
2) Give that a good stir to mix everything together.
3) Grate up the Ivory soap. I bought a cheap cheese grater for this so I wouldn’t have to use my good one.
4) Add that to the powder mixture, and stir everything together.
That’s it! I use 3 tablespoons per load, and this box will last me a looong time. Keep in mind that I also do a load of laundry every single day.
A few notes:
* I was able to find everything I needed at HEB, but Wal-Mart and other large grocery stores have these items too. The total price for these ingredients was right around $20. This comes in at $0.08/load if I get 250 loads out of this.
*My Epsom salts were scented this time, but if you get the unscented kind, you can add in some essential oils to make the detergent scented. I like to add lemon or lavender!
*You might spend a little bit more the first time you make this. In addition to the cheap cheese grater and tub to hold all of this, I bought a cheap set of measuring spoons, and keep the TBSP in the box at all times. I didn’t want to mess with using my kitchen set and having to wash it each time I did laundry. It’s a one time expense, but keep that in mind if this is the first time to make this!
Let me know if you make this and how it turned out! Do you make your own already? Share your recipe in the comments!