I’ve seen other people using it for years and just thought with three boys and their sports uniforms that it just would not work for me. But with my 2014 goals, I am once again revisiting new ways to save money.
My friend Wendy once posted a photo of her detergent on facebook so I reached out to her last week knowing that she also has a stepson who plays baseball. So if it was good enough for her, it would be worth me trying it out and it also used a Fels Naptha bar, which does amazing things with white baseball pants.
I tested it out with the first load being my 17 year old’s clothes after he went paintballing! It worked great and I’m now three loads in.
It is ridiculously easy and ridiculously cheap! I bought all three ingredients at my Walmart for under $8, and while I’ll list my prices you might find the pricing in your stores to be a little different.
I also bought that large jar at Walmart for $7.44, but since you’re making the stuff you can decide how much you want to make at a time. A smaller jar, or container will work too.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Ingredients (I found ALL in the laundry detergent aisle):
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – NOT baking soda. $3.24
- Borax Detergent Booster – $3.38
- Fels Naptha bar – $.97
Mix equal parts of Borax and washing soda. I started by measuring 1 cup of washing soda (since the box is smaller) and then I’d add 1 cup of Borax and I did this until the washing soda was gone. I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was 5 or 6 cups and I still have some Borax leftover.
Grate the Fels Naptha bar. You will be using 1 tbsp. of detergent in each load of laundry and you want to make sure there is Fels in each tbsp. For as much of the other ingredients that I used, I used 1/2 of the Fels Naptha bar.
I have a feeling this is going to last me at least this whole year, but I have a little sticky note for us to keep track of each load of laundry we do so that I can figure out how many loads this actually does.
I’m also not sure that I’ll make so much next time because now that I realize how much I made and that it only takes 1 tbsp per load, it might clump up which I can break up, but I might suggest smaller portions to start.
Can you imagine if I can do an entire year’s worth of laundry having paid $7.59 for the ingredients!?