The home made detergent is allll over Pinterest.
But so is home made everything - shaving cream, butt paste, you name it.
So I've been pretty skeptical about what works and what doesn't. That is, until my friend Sandahlyn decided she'd just take the plunge and try out the home made laundry detergent.
I probably would never have made this had it not been for her.
And I'm not going to be real specific here - you can read her post about it here to get details.
But I'll say this: THIS STUFF IS AWESOME! AND CHEAP! AND WORKS BETTER THAN ANY DETERGENT I'VE EVER TRIED.
1 4-lb box Borax
1 4-lb box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 large box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
3-bar pack of soap
(I used the Kirk's Castile soap because my friend did.)
Total cost for this stuff is around $12-13.
(All from Walmart - the boxes were on the laundry detergent aisle on the bottom shelf; they look big in the picture but they are actually about the size of cereal boxes. Soap is in the toiletry section.)
1. Take your 3 bars of soap and
a) grate all of them, or
b) chop them into chunks and then blend em in your food processor
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large container and stir with a large wooden spoon.
(I used a rubbermaid toy bin cause that's all I had.)
This is what your soap bars will look like after they have been processed... like feta cheese crumbles:
And here's the detergent all mixed and ready to go.
And just to show you how miraculous this stuff is, here are a couple of Sam's dirty shirts:
Now, I know you are thinking, "Lord, did that Honey Boo Boo child go to the redneck mud floppin contest and eat strawberry pie and hot dogs all day long and then throw up on the way home?"
He's just that messy.
But I will say this - he might as well have done all of those things.
These stains are totally horrid and dried and crusted to the shirts, and the shirts sat in the laundry pile for a WEEK before I washed them.
I did NOT pretreat the stains with anything or soak them or draw on them with the Tide pen that I carry in my diaper bag but always forget to use. Nothing. Just washed them straight up with this new detergent...
and here they are after drying:
That's pretty crazy, huh?
Now, the one on the left still has a little yellow stain on the collar, but I mean HECK, would my regular detergent have gotten half as much of that off without spraying a bottle's worth of Oxyclean on it first?
Especially after sitting that long in the laundry pile.
I am amazed at this stuff.
And I'll still probably keep a bottle of Oxyclean handy in case stuff doesn't come out all the way, but I definitely won't be using it as often, I can tell you that for sure.
These stains were reallllly bad. So I'm way impressed with the outcome.
And the recipe only calls for using 2 TABLESPOONS per load of laundry.
So basically this stuff will last me til Christmas.
Well, maybe not that long, but a LONG time.
And as Sandahlyn mentions in her post, it also CLEANS your washing machine while washing your clothes. So if you have a high efficiency machine (front or top loading) and have problems with smells or odors, it totally gets rid of all that stank. Seriously. It does.
(Note: if you do have a HE machine that requires putting liquid detergent in the little pull out dispenser drawer, don't put it in the drawer; just sprinkle it on top of your clothes before washing. Supposedly it will clog the drawer if you try to put it in there.)
You can also use white distilled vinegar with this stuff for extra cleaning/sanitizing/odor reducing.
If you have a fabric softener dispenser, just pour the vinegar in that drawer.
Ok everyone, happy laundry! Or at least happy detergent-making.
Not sure if "happy" and "laundry" will ever go in the same sentence. :)
Be back soon with some catch-up photos.