Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Favorite Homemade Laundry Detergent

I posted a picture a few weeks ago on instagram and had several inquiries about the laundry detergent that I use. Good thing I was planning a post on it :) I'm pretty sure everyone wanted to know because it's about as pretty as laundry detergent comes, if that is such a thing! My Mom has made this for us for several years now and it is the BEST smelling detergent you will ever find. It is incredibly fresh and makes the whole room smell good. I want to sprinkle it all over my house. The bad news is it does require a little bit of time {or your husband's} to get the soap grated, which is the worst part. The wonderful news is that this will last you, like...a really, really long time and again, the scent- amazing. I use about 3 tablespoons per normal sized load. It is also extremely wallet friendly too.

And just to be transparent here, I am not being paid by any of the companies mentioned here to write this post...haha! Believe me. It does sort of sound like a laundry ad so I wanted to make sure you all knew that. ;)

We store ours in these cute glass canisters {newest version}. Like I said, my Mom usually makes it but I was feeling really inspired and decided to do it myself this time. The "recipe" is below...I used half of the ingredients for our regular detergent and then made a baby version by adding Dreft Blissfuls to the other half. If you just want regular detergent, disregard the Dreft and pick up an extra Downy Unstopable {by the way, they are so amazing!}

Homemade Laundry Detergent- Adapted from StoneGable
1 ~ 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
1~ 3lb container Oxi Clean
4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1 container Downy Unstopables 
1 container Dreft Blissfuls

Mix first five ingredients in a large heavy duty trash bag. Close the bag and mix it up {I used the Oxi Clean container to mix it inside the bag}. Divide the ingredients equally into two containers and add 1 container of Downy Unstoppables to one jar, and the Dreft to the other.  This will make a huge amount of laundry detergent! Mine fit perfectly into two large glass containers, but if you have any extra just store it in large ziplocs or the Oxi Clean container. My jars were full to the brim so you might have to take a little out once its divided in half to get the Downy/Dreft mixed in.

Side note, I do have two small children who like to give me lots of messy clothes to clean. I spot treat with Zout or Oxi Clean spray before washing to make sure I get stains out.

Grating the soap- again, it is not fun. Ask your husband or boyfriend, whoever, to do are much faster at this task I have found!

It really does make the whole room smell wonderful and will last you such a long time! Worth it!

Please let me know if you try it! Enjoy! xo.


Kelly said...

I wonder if using a food processor's grater attachment would help expedite the process without making all your future food taste like soap -- haha! We use that thing all the time with cheese for macaroni, homemade soups, etc, so I know it's awfully handy!

Tess said...

I am impressed - and I love the way you display them too!

Tracy Lyons said...

Thank you for sharing! This is awesome.

Kathy Smith said...

The aroma always brings fragrance and feeling great.
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James D. Wilmore said...

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