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Homemade and Inexpensive Laundry Detergent

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I've really been trying to make as many of my own household cleaners as I can lately. There is just something about knowing exactly what is in the products that my family uses that makes me feel good. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own laundry detergent. It was super simple and way less expensive than the national brand I was using...plus, I love the way it smells! My laundry comes out just as clean as it did before!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
You only need three ingredients...a laundry bar, Borax and Washing Soda...that's it!
Simply grate your laundry bar or put it in a food processor.
Then mix with the Borax and Washing Soda!
Store it in a container, add a scoop, and you are on your way to clean clothes! I use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. For the exact measurements and a recipe for homemade fabric softener, be sure to pop over to the blog!

To see more: http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-powder-recipe/

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  • AvonelleRed
    AvonelleRed Montgomery, AL
    on Oct 23, 2014

    If you can't find Fels Naptha near you, and don't want to order it online, you can substitute Ivory soap for it. Either way works great. Also, if you want to add a really great smell to it, you can put in some of those Downy Unstoppables to the mix.

    • Mom4Real
      Mom4Real Lexington, KY
      on Oct 23, 2014

      @AvonelleRed Great tip! Thanks for adding!

  • Cheryl Murphree Bass
    Cheryl Murphree Bass Caddo Mills, TX
    on Oct 23, 2014

    This is great! Can you use this in HE washers?

    • Ann
      Ann La Crosse, WI
      on Dec 10, 2014

      @Margaretmsheehan100 a capital T is for Tablespoon. :-D

  • Geneva
    Geneva Cynthiana, KY
    on Oct 23, 2014

    You should have not problem finding Fels Naptha soap at Walmart. I make my laundry detergent and get the soap there!!!!

    • Ann
      Ann La Crosse, WI
      on Oct 23, 2014

      @ Walmart, in fact, puts all of these detergents together to make them easier to find. At least they do in our local store.

  • Carolyn Rubio
    Carolyn Rubio Tooele, UT
    on Oct 23, 2014

    I make this with oxi clean, and use it's scoop, t's just the right amount..love this stuff.and the smell is amazing.

    • Carolyn Rubio
      Carolyn Rubio Tooele, UT
      on Oct 23, 2014

      @Kat it's the 53 loads, and I add it when I add all the other stuff.

  • Amy W.
    Amy W. Clermont, FL
    on Oct 23, 2014

    I add oxi clean and use the pink Zote soap....l love the way it smells.

    • Amy W.
      Amy W. Clermont, FL
      on Oct 23, 2014

      I agree the pink zote smells way better.....it has citronella in it :)

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