I’m not really a DIY kind of girl. I like all of the girls that are – soon I will share with you in blog posts to come some of my friends’ great DIY work around my own home! – I’m just more of a ‘find the perfect thing after waiting a long time for exactly the right price’ kind of girl. Both are an art, I think.
After getting sick to my stomach when I was pregnant over the smell of our laundry detergent, I switched to a free & clear brand. Sensory relief! Then, on Pinterest – where I learn a lot of little tips for around my home – I discovered it is EASY to make your own laundry detergent. And cheaper. Well, I already knew that – but I thought it would be weird and messy and I’d have to have a Sam’s Club size bucket of laundry detergent that I made it my back yard while wearing a bonnet and apron. Stereotypical, I know, but that’s what I thought.
Thankfully, I made this powdered detergent in my kitchen with the supplies that I ordered from Harris Teeter and picked up (for free with a promo code) in the Express Lane.
Here’s how to make your own laundry detergent ::
1 cup Borax – which I subsequently learned from its box is a clean all, cure all
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of Ivory soap, grated – with my hand held cheese grater into a bowl
Mix these three ingredients however you’d like – I shake them all together in the canister from the dollar store I bought to store the detergent in. It’s simple and fun – shake! shake! shake!
Then, you need only a tablespoon per load. If it’s an especially dirty load, dump in another tablespoon.
I went through one recipe of this simple detergent on loads and loads and loads of clothes – baby clothes, big people clothes, towels, sheets, blankets – you name it, I washed it. The one recipe lasted four months. And MANY, FULL loads.
So go for it – get your supplies and make your own laundry detergent. Save a little money using a healthier for you, healthier for the environment, simple cleaning solution.