Friday, April 16, 2010

HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT.....a little something I can't live without!

My sister in law, Jana, whom I love dearly, emailed this recipe to me.
 I have to say that I LOVE IT!

I knew I couldn't go wrong when I saw the "Fels Naptha" I have been using this as a stain remover for about 8 years! LOVE IT! Not to mention this stuff comes with fabulous reviews from all the ladies in her ward and her sisters that have tried it!

I have now been using it for a year. I will not go back! WON'T DO IT, I SAY! I love this stuff!
I absolutely knew I HAD to make this when I found that your total cost on this stuff is $2 per 5 gallon bucket of detergent which does about 400 loads! SERIOUSLY?! I laugh at you laundry detergent isle! I will no longer spend $15 to do 36 loads! MWAH HA HA!!
Let me show you how it is done......
Get your self a clean 5 gallon bucket and all this fun stuff. (All will be found in your laundry detergent section of the grocery store. Your total cost will be about $7.50).

Grate up the bar of Fels Naptha. I loved this part! I am such a texture person. Mal kept telling me she doesn't like cheese. Looks like it huh?!

Now place the grated bar & 4c. of hot water in a pot and heat, stirring constantly over medium low heat until the soap is completely melted.

Fill your bucket half full (oh yeah, I AM that type of person) with very hot water.

Pour your soap mixture into the water.

Add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Laundry Soap

Then 1/2 c. Borax

Now stir it up really good. You want all the powder to be dissolved.

Now fill the bucket the rest of the way and cover. Leave over night to allow it to cool & thicken.
Since I paid an arm and a leg for my last container of liquid Tide, I rinsed the container out really good and using a funnel, filled the container with my new improved detergent. You can use any kind of container you would like.

Now, just so you know, the smell of the Fels Naptha bar itself is strong. Don't let this discourage you. The final smell is a very clean almost lemony smell. I like it. You can, if you would like, add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons once the detergent has cooled, if you would like to add your own scent.

Now, if you are using a top loading machine you will use 5/8 cup of the detergent. Front loaders only 1/4 cup.
If you want to get real fancy/thrifty you can also mess with your fabric softener. Here is the recipe for that:

Combine in a container of your choosing. Leave sponges in liquid. Ring out and throw in dryer with wet laundry. Works great.
And here is the recipe to the Laundry Detergent.

1/2 C. BORAX
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with the water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted. Fill 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons, add once soap has cooled. Top loading machine: 5/8 c. per load Front loading machine: 1/4 c. per load Makes approx. 400 loads



Andrea Lee UptonRowley said...

I am so glad Elizabeth told me about your blog. I love it!!
(I have met you a couple of times while I was with her, but I have since moved to will see me visiting this blog often :))

Anonymous said...

Hey Amy,
I know you don't know me but I had a friend that introduced me to your blog. Just wondering about the laundry soap, is it harder on your clothes than store bought ones? Also, do you know of an option for non-liquid, probably more expensive right? Let me know if you have time, thanks!

Amy Lindstrom ~ Your Life Uncommon said...

Hey Sunny! Thanks for the comment. This detergent is actually a lot easier on your clothes. I have noticed my clothes seem cleaner. When you use a store bought detergent and it leaves a smell on your clothes, what you are actually smelling is the residue of your detergent left in the fabric. This can be very hard on your clothes. Store bought detergents can also cause color fading or fabric breakdown.

As for non-liquid, I am not sure. I don't have a recipe for one, but there has got to be one! If I can find one I will post it!

Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm excited to try it out. Keep up the blogging I love to read it!

Anonymous said...

Found a powdered version at under tutorials. Just wanted to pass along!

suz said...

I found your blog by accident and just had to try the detergent! My finished product is kind of chunky, it seems to be doing a fine job, I was just wondering if this was normal or if I did something wrong?

Amy Lindstrom ~ Your Life Uncommon said...

Hi Suz!

The texture is completely normal. I usually give it a good stir and try to break it up as much as possible, but yes, it usually resembles something like egg drop soup.

Thanks for the question. I always forget to clarify on that. I know the first time I made it I was thrown off by it's texture a bit.


Ashlee said...

Hi Amy. Can you use this laundry soap with the high efficiency washers?

Amy Lindstrom ~ said...

WHOA! Ashlee! However did I miss this?! I am so sorry! Yes, you absolutely can! That's what I have used mine with! No problems at all!

Anonymous said...

I am confused because other recipes I am finding for this detergent say that after it is mixed up and sits to thicken, and you choose a container to store a portion of it in, you only fill the container half full of detergent, and fill the rest with water. Is that what you do and forgot to mention that? I don't understand I guess.

Amy Lindstrom ~ said...

I haven't ever done that. It would be super watered down, but I am sure it wouldn't hurt it.


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