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Homemade laundry detergent and why it works so well

Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!
The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-homemade-laundry-detergent-and-why/
Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy
  • S.

    Hmmmm...here in Germany it is forbidden now to sell Borax to normal people because it is under suspicion of harming unborn babies. So I would not want to use it, even if I could get it anywhere.

  • Avril
    Avril United Kingdom

    What is this felsnaphta please. What could I use here in England.

    • Peg Sullinger
      Peg Sullinger Medina, NY

      @Avril I'm sorry I did not see post sooner. Felsnaptha is just a bar soap. It is kind of hard to find around here. I just use a soap with fragrance or even bar soap scraps. I love the lavender scented soaps, but still use a bit of lavender oil for

  • Lindsey
    Lindsey Casselberry, FL

    Seems like a lot of expense.

    • Peg Sullinger
      Peg Sullinger Medina, NY

      @Lindsey when you first buy all the ingredients for home made soap you are spending a bit of money, BUT you will use each box of soaps for more than 1 batch. If you have money issues, but one product each week until you have everything you need, And

  • Marcia Robbins
    Marcia Robbins Theresa, NY

    I found a two ended measuring spoon with one and two tablespoons. I just leave it with the soap and use a heaping spoon for smaller or larger loads.

  • Marleen
    Marleen North Port, FL

    I have been using this homemade soap for quite some time now and love it! I also use vinegar instead of fabric softener. The soap works as well as, if not better, than the expensive laundry soaps, and the vinegar keeps my washer nice and clean.