Sometime after we had our first baby, we realized how fast we were going through detergent. Every time we went to the store we were buying another jug. So I decided to try a homemade laundry detergent and was hooked!
At that time I was making a liquid detergent and it would make 10 gallons at one time!
It worked great for the 1 1/2 years we used it. I have since moved to a powder recipe and have to say I love it even more! The liquid recipe is pretty time consuming with melting down the bars of soap. So I decided to try a powder detergent recipe I haven't looked back since!
There are no perfumes or dyes in this detergent and is safe for those with sensitive skin. However, this is not a good recipe for washing cloth diapers. The Fels Naptha can build up on the diapers and create repelling.
This recipe is a modified version of one I found online. I can't remember where I first saw the original recipe or I'd post a link.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
3 bars Fels Naptha
1 box Baking Soda
1 box Washing Soda
1 box Borax
First, pour the baking soda, washing soda and borax into a large bucket. We bought a 5 gallon bucket at Lowes for around $3.
Then the Fels Naptha bars need to be grated. I use a cheese grater or chop up the bars and pulse it in a food processor. I personally like to use the food processor to save on the labor and time.
If you don't have a food processor, look at garage sales and thrift stores. I bought mine at a yard sale and come across them all the time.
We use around 2 tablespoons of detergent per load. If I have a particularly dirty load (very likely with 3 kids!), I'll use a little bit more and add a scoop of oxi-clean.
This batch usually last our family of 5 a few months. So for around $14 we have detergent for several months! This recipe saves money AND time, since I am not running to the store every week for more detergent.
So there you go! Start saving some money and give this recipe a try!