By now I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of Homemade Laundry Detergents. Maybe you’re hesitant to take the plunge because it seems like too much work grating or boiling. Which you may find yourself asking: why is this recipe any different?!
So glad you asked my friend! I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to grate bar soap. You got that right, step away from the grater and save your knuckles for cheesy hash browns, mmk? Oh and there’s no risk of burning yourself by boiling a bunch of weird ingredients here folks.
If that weren’t enough to convince you, I’m here to tell you that you only need three easy to find ingredients. That and this recipe is EASY. In fact, I bet it will take you longer to read through my rambling than to mix your own batch of laundry soap.
We nixed the boiling kinds because well, we don’t own a stove and the whole process seemed like a chemistry experiment that could go wrong at any moment.
Of the grated kind we experimented with, our biggest concerns were:
- The time it takes to grate. We’re lazy.
- Raw knuckles.
- When we washed our clothes (usually on cold), we noticed tiny specks of soap randomly all over our clothes. Our guess was that the bar soap didn’t breakdown properly leaving unsightly shards of soap. Yuck-o and kinda embarrassing.
So we took matters into our own hands and came up with the following ‘recipe’ which we have used for the past year:
- Empty container
- Measuring cup
- Measure equal parts of all three ingredients and pour into an empty container (we reused an old OxiClean container). We use 1 cup of each cleaning agent to fill our jar.
- Close container and shake vigorously for about a minute. Transfer the mixture into your desired container. I have an obsession with glass so we use an Apocrathy Jar.
A couple things to note:
- We have found and purchased all the ingredients at our local big box stores. We purchase OxiClean in bulk from Costco when it’s on sale.
- This recipe is low to no odor. So if you enjoy the fresh laundry smell, feel free to add fragrance or use a fabric softener. Although we have cut back our quantity, we haven’t been able to give up the luxury and delicious smell of our beloved fabric softener.
Shake it like a salt shaker!
From our experience and research, we found that this concentrate doesn’t require a lot of detergent (as opposed to the kind you get in the grocery store). We use 1.5 tablespoons per load. SERIOUSLY that’s IT! Jaw dropping I know. So for the two of us, those three boxes/ingredients last us close to a year.
Even though we reduced our detergent, our clothes don’t smell and are very clean. In fact, I’ve noticed that our clothes last longer and wear more evenly.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try our detergent in both a regular set of washer/dryers and an energy efficient set of washer/dryers (approx. 6 months each) with clean and fresh clothes every time.
Generally, energy efficient machines require special detergent. So when we decided to upgrade to our top loading energy efficient model, we asked a lot of questions and took the proper precautions.
From what we understood from our sales guy, first and foremost, we could void our warranty. This is no joke friends, if you use our recipe in your HE models, you do so on your own accord. What made us cautiously take the plunge was when we asked what the difference was between regular detergent and HE detergent. From his understanding (we also checked a few additional sources), HE detergent has a lower volume of ‘suds.’ We joked “so what you’re saying is that it’s similar to using the wrong soap in your dishwasher... we could end up with a soap filled laundry room.” He said “Precisely.” When reviewing our recipe, we determined we would give it the ‘ol college try since it was such a low volume of ‘Super Washing Soda.’
So my tiny disclaimer my friends: if you use our recipe in your HE machine, I am not responsible for damages. We took it upon our own free will-- risking a voided warranty, a room full of suds, or even damage to our machine. I do not claim to be a professional or even claim to have passed Chemistry (wink). So please, take precaution.
Last but not least, tough stains.
As with any laundry situation, you may come across some ‘extra dirty’ clothes, in our house it’s usually the boyfriend’s stiff painter pants. Most of the time those clothes require a bit more work. We’ve found that a couple extra tablespoons of detergent combined with a couple swipes of Fels-Naptha soap usually does the trick. Occasionally, we leave our clothes in the washer too long-- in which case, we run a quick load a cup of vinegar.
So aside from the rambling, are you convinced to take the plunge? The laundry tips were just an added bonus... no?
P.S. We were not paid or perked from any of these vendors; we just picked up the ingredients that worked for us.
Again, my little disclaimer: I cannot be held liable for hurting yourself or your washer/dryer when attempting to recreate this tutorial. Please use your beautiful noggin and attempt at your own risk. Additional disclaimers can be found here.