I never dreamed I would be “this” mom.
The one who makes her own laundry detergent.
Seriously, that’s me. I’ve been doing it for about a year, and I love it. I don’t know what spurred me into action. Cost, I guess. But I started making my own laundry detergent, and it just took off from there. I guess also what helped me along was that I was cooking more things from scratch, and I was pretty amazed at how easy it is to make a 5-gallon bucket of laundry detergent. More healthy homesteading is a big goal for me this year. I’ve also almost eliminated all disposable paper products from our home, except toilet paper and napkins. I feel so much better about what my home is doing for the environment.
The marketers have convinced American women that cooking and cleaning is hard. No, you know what’s hard? Getting men to do their fair share. Because all of these supposed “time saving” measures for cooking and cleaning have not helped. All it has done is made the American diet less healthy and introduced more chemicals and garbage into our environment. But I digress.
Think about it. My grandmother used a dustpan, broom, mop and vinegar and water. That’s it. Today we are convinced that we need:
- 3 different kinds of vacuums-a cordless, a regular one and a bagless one for small jobs
- both a wet and dry swiffer type broom
- regular broom and dustpan, even if you have a dustbuster
- a mop
- a steam cleaner
- special expensive floor cleaners, as designated by whoever installed your floors
Cha-ching! Who needs all that?!?! Just to clean one floor?!?! NO ONE. So these are the reasons I am doing this–changing over my cleaning cabinet to almost exclusively homemade stuff. I’ve always cleaned by windows with vinegar and water. Then the laundry detergent. From there, I started poking around online, and found that you can pretty much make all of your things at home, for much less money. And they all center around 5 main ingredients.
- baking soda
- washing soda (different from baking soda)
- citric acid
- borax (which is safe-boric acid is not safe, but they are two entirely different things)
Ok, that’s 6 things. But I am saying 5 because not everyone likes Felsnaptha nor the scent. I do. There’s also something called Zote which some people love, and you can use Ivory bars. Also worth noting- citric acid is also used in bath bombs and shower bombs, so if you wanted to experiment with those, you will get use out of the citric acid. Many moms also add essential oils to these various recipes, I do not.
But if you have these 5 things on hand, you can pretty much make anything.
easy, no-fail recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 1 bar of Felsnaptha
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 cup of Borax
This is so easy, takes me just about 20 minutes to do a 5-gallon bucket.
- Put 4 cups of water on stove in big pot. You want it hot, but not boiling or even a rolling boil. Just hot.
- While water is heating up, grate the bar of soap. The smaller, the better.
- When you’re done grating, stir all 3 ingredients into the hot water. Stir until dissolved.
- Pour that into your big bucket. I then carry that to basement, fill about 3/4 of the way with cold water.
- Stir. Let sit overnight. Will take 24-48 hours to “set.” It will be a gel or lumpy consistency. Stir before use.
- Does not dissolve in the soap tray of HE washers if you only use cold water. Either put directly in tub or use warm water.
If yours doesn’t set, give it more time. It will. You will get better over time and will realize that your grating affects the consistency.
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