Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Life-How to Make Powder Laundry Detergent

Wes and I decided that we would save a little money and make our own laundry detergent.* 

Here's what you need:

All Images are my own
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • Soap-we used Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (You could also use Fels Naptha or plain old Ivory)
  • Air Tight Container
  • Grater
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Scoop
Here's what you do:
  • Grate bar of soap and measure out one cup.  (This usually works out to a little less than three quarters of the bar)**
  • Add one cup of Borax
  • Add one cup of Washing Soda
  • Shake/Mix/Stir

We have high efficiency washers in our complex and this mix is perfect for them as it is low-sudsing.  It is also great for regular washers.  The best part, you only need about two tablespoons per load.

That works out to half of this little sauce cup thingy that we have re-purposed.

Give it a try-I'm sure you'll like it!

*It is important to note that DIY is not always cheaper.  Our laundry detergent is and if we used cheaper soap we could save even more.  What we like most, however, is that we know exactly what this detergent is made out of.

**We like to make small batches but you could adjust amounts as desired.

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