I love sharing ways to make and save money! I recently discovered how to make my own HE SAFE laundry detergent (courtesy of the Duggars). I know I’m a bit behind some of the super-frugal moms out there, but I never realized how much of an expense laundry detergent was until I kept having to buy it over and over again! I am not the one who does laundry, so it just never occurred to me. There are lots of recipes you can find, but I will share the one I am using.
I have NO clue how I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients.
So I stole a picture from google.
4 cups hot tap water
1/2 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Fels-Naptha Bar
OPTIONAL: Essential oils
Grate the Fels-Naptha Bar (we found ours at Dierberg’s, but most grocery stores or whole food stores should carry it).
Mix with 4 cups hot tap water and stir over medium heat until all soap is melted.
Seriously, stir until all of the soap is melted. Don’t get impatient and skip this part.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket HALF full with hot tap water (straight from the tub is fine, no need to heat on the stove). I do not have a picture of this step, sorry!
Pour the heated soap mixture into the 5 gallon bucket. Add the washing soda and borax.
Stir. Let cool and add essential oils. I added about 30 drops. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with water, stir, cover and let set for 24 hours.
Stir the mixture well upon uncovering. This is what it looks like after 24 hours of setting. It’s kind of like a goop-gel-water consistency.
Pour detergent into old containers or a milk jug. Fill HALF WAY with laundry detergent, and the other half with water. You will need to shake this detergent every time before use, as it will gel up and separate. Front loaders use 1/4c top loaders use 1/2c.
Also, if you are using this detergent for sensitive skin or babies, you can skip the borax. If you have tough stains, you can add baking soda. There are plenty of recipes here
that you can check out.
The run down on the cost:
Bucket: $3 (You may have one of these on hand)
Super Washing Soda: $2.99
Essential Oils: On hand
Total for 10 gallons of laundry soap: Less than $5.
The amount of borax and washing soda I have on hand will make gallons and gallons and gallons
of laundry detergent. If you have your own recipes or frugal tips, please share them.
I am thinking about doing a frugal linky if you’d be interested let me know.
**Also, a cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle can replace the need for dryer sheets.**