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I have been using DIY laundry detergent for well over a year. Trying both liquid and powder I found that powder is my favorite because it is MUCH less time consuming to make!
My recipe is from BeingCreativeToKeepMySanity. I average 3 large loads of laundry a week and this lasted me close to a year. You will want to use about 1-2 Tablespoons a load. THIS MAKES A LOT! It cost about $20 to make.
DIY Laundry Detergent
- 4 lb 12 oz box Borax(76 oz)
- 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda(55 oz)
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap OR 2 Zotebars
- 2 small containers of Oxy Clean, about 3.5 lbs
When shopping at the super Walmart, I find ALL of these items right beside each other in the laundry detergent isle. OR I buy it all from Amazon in one shot.
To save more $$$ I have used this on the hot/cold, warm/cold, and cold/cold cylce with no problems! The Fels-Naptha or Zote hasn’t had a problem dissolving in the water.
I do recommend pouring in your powder AFTER starting the water, but BEFORE adding your clothes just in case.
There is “no smell” to my clothes, which we love. Although, if you ask my neighbor, my house has a “heavenly smell” from our DIY Laundry Detergent.
After using this for months my Husband did a load, and used store bought laundry detergent (that was extra from his traveling) and all the clothes just smelt “weird”. BUT if you do like that fresh laundry smell, go ahead and use dryer sheets, recommend just cut them in half so the last longer. I don’t notice a difference from using half of one to a whole one.
Thank you BeingCreativeToKeepMySanity for coming up with such a great recipe!
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