Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tip Tuesday

I know I'm late to the party on this one, but today's tip is about making your own laundry detergent.  To be honest, I've thought about doing this for a long, long time.   So many recipes looked like a huge pain and I just thought I probably wouldn't stick with it, but this one {haven't exactly had time to stick with since I'm still on my first batch} is easier than getting in the car and driving to Wal-Mart to pick some up.

TIP : homemade laundry detergent

Recipe :
1 bar of soap {I used Fels-Naptha, a laundry soap, but you can use Ivory or any soap on hand}
1/2 Borax
1 c. Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

Grate the soap {I used my food processor to grate and mix so it was very fine} and mix all ingredients.  Add 1 Tablespoon for a regular load and 2 Tablespoons for a heavily soiled load.

Because, this is formula does not sud up much, this is also perfect for those of you who have HE front-load washers.

Hope y'all enjoy this as much as I have....and the extra cash in your pocket can't hurt right? ; )


  1. Shera,
    I have been making this for several years! It costs me about $1.50/month which probably saves me $8-10/month. I think it is worth the hassle and time. I always hand grate my bars of soap but I may just need to get out my FP. I just got an HE washer a few months ago and have refused to buy the specially formulated stuff for it. This detergent doesn't produce suds so it works just fine!
    Publix carries all these ingredients, but I just noticed in the last month, Walmart now has the Super Washing Soda and the Fels Naptha soap.

  2. A great post! I tried the liquid version of this and hated the sloppy mess I always seemed to make. I might try this one out. thanks!


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