Awesome, Cheap Solutions For DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent
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For years, I’ve been in love with awesome fragrances. I just love things that smell great. So, of course, when it comes to my clothes I’m the same way. When you couple that with being a frugal cheapskate, you tend to find ways to cut costs. I’m an avid believer in cutting costs in any way I possibly can if there’s a way around spending unnecessarily. This is how I stumbled upon a few amazing concoctions for laundry detergent. After mixing a few products and testing out the concoctions I’d created, I think I’ve finally come up with two that I love just as much as I love Tide or Gain. They not only smells great but I save money. Hopefully, you’ll love them too.
Most of these items can be purchased from a local grocery store, but you may be surprised to find that you can probably get them a little cheaper through the Amazon Prime Pantry if you’re willing to wait a couple days. I purchase a lot of my products through Amazon when I’m not pressed for time.
- 1 Grated Bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap, ZOTE, or Kirk’s Castille Soap. (Although I’ve experimented with all three, I prefer Dr. Bronner’s peppermint flavor because it smells clean. However, you can use Ivory soap to cut even more costs. ($3.50 for Castille soap bar or $3.39 for 8 bars of Ivory soap.)
- 4lb of Borax — $4.99
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda — $2.12
- Essential Oil (Optional ingredient – Approx. $5.00 for one ounce)
- Grate the bar of soap with a hand grater. I personally use a grater, but a food processor can also be used.
- Add the grated soap to an empty container.
- Add 1 cup of Borax to the container. Stir the ingredients well. I recommend using a spoon or wear gloves if you plan to use your hands. Since everyone’s skin is different, it’s just better to be safe and avoid applying the ingredients directly to the skin.
- Add 1 cup of washing soda or 1/2 cup of baking soda. Stir everything together.
- Add about 10 drops of essential oil to the mixture. Be sure to stir the oil in well. The essential oil is optional but it does give the detergent a good smell. I’m a big fan of Lorann Oils. I use the oils for multiple uses. From baking and crafts to household uses, I have tons of uses for my oils. So, I always end up putting everything to good use.
Although it may seem like the ingredients are a bit costly, you have to consider how long your own concoction will last compared to what you’d buy in the store. But for those looking for a simple solution, here’s another alternative:
- 3 Tablespoons of washing soda or a 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 3 tablespoons of Sal Suds
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- Add 3 tablespoons of washing soda or a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry load.
- Add 3 tablespoons of Sal Suds to the load.
- Then, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the RINSE cycle. Adding this ingredient at the beginning of the wash will lead to an unpleasant outcome and a slight odor that’ll force you to rewash everything.
Then, you’re all set!