I’ve wanted to make my own laundry detergent for quite a while now. I’ve seen many posts and pins on Pinterest about different methods but decided to make mine using the products that Yvonne at Stone Gable used. The only changes I made is that I used 1 container of Gain Scent Boosters instead of Downy Unstopables and only 2 bars of the Fels Naptha Soap instead of the 4 that Yvonne used.
Here’s the list of items I used:
1~ 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
1~ 4 lb box of Arm And Hammer Baking Soda
1~ 3 lb 7 oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1~ 3lb container Oxy Clean
2 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1 container Gain Scent Booster
We poured everything in a big garbage bag and shook it like crazy. I also had a big scoop that we used to mix it up even more.
I wish I had a pretty container to show you like Yvonne’s but for now it’s in an empty 5 gallon bucket of David’s Sunflower Seeds! My husband likes to do his own laundry (lucky me!) and he’s very klutzy and it would not last a week in the glass jar. I have plans to get the laundry room cleaned out and give it a little makeover but until then, I guess my detergent will just have to stay in it’s ugly bucket.
I’ve got to say that after using the detergent for a week I love it! It really does a great job cleaning our clothes and since my husband works outdoors (he has a landscape business) his clothes are “stinky” and grimy….the clothes come out clean and soft and smelling great! Plus the whole house smells like every day is laundry day and has that clean smell all day. Saturday I washed the coverlet on our bed and this morning my husband said whenever he woke up during the night he could smell it and it smelled so good! He’s never commented on anything like that before.
I’m taking a little container of it to my friend’s house when I go visit with her this week. She’s a clean freak and I can’t wait to get her opinion on the “homemade detergent”!
I’d love to know if you’ve ever made your own laundry detergent and how you like it!