Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Laundry Detergent UPDATE

PS:   The laundry soap DOES work & gets your clothes clean, but I wouldn't say it is as good as say, TIDE laundry detergent. It works about as well as a cheap laundry detergent. But for the price, it's even cheaper than your cheapest detergent & you get WAY more of it. So I still think it's worth it. I'm still planning on using bleach for my whites & an occasional soak and/or spray & wash treatment.

Do it your own darn self - Laundry Detergent!

I've been haunting the DIY websites & found a plethora of recipes for homemade laundry detergent that supposedly can save you a bundle! I've also found both positive and negative reviews. I decided to try it out for myself using a recipe that was most frequently found on these websites. We have very hard water, which makes it difficult to get anything clean. So, I adjusted the recipe to make my mixture more concentrated & included baking soda, which I've heard can act as a water softener in your laundry.  It only took maybe 15 minutes to make, and right now my bucket is sitting in the laundry room. I'm going to try using it today & tomorrow I will post to let you know how well it actually worked!

1 bar soap, 1 1/3 cup washing soda, 1 1/3 cup baking soda, 1 1/3 cup borax, a 5gal bucket with lid

Shred the entire bar into a cookpot & add about 4-5 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally (Taking care not to let it boil over while searching for a bucket) until you have a bubbly "soap soup", with the soap completely dissolved. Fill your bucket 2/3 with water. Pour in washing soda, baking soda & borax. Stir in, then pour in soap soup. Mix well, put a lid on your bucket & wait overnight for the soap to gell up. You can then stir it up & put it into old laundry detergent bottles for easy pouring and measuring. Just be sure to shake the bottle well each time before using. This is a great idea for a moneysaver! I sure hope it works well!

1 comment:

Melissa DeLeon said...

Ah yes, hard (well) water... I remember it well. :)
Interesting concept, making your own detergent. Hope it works for you!