Monday, November 2, 2009

Give this a try...

I thought today I would share with you my detergent.
I have tried many detergents and I haven't found one that I am so in love with I would pay for it. I have always just bought the cheapest detergents. With 6 kids we go through quite a bit as you can imagine. Well one day I stumbled on a recipe for homemade detergents. I knew you could make it, I just always thought it too alot of work and time. Heaven knows I have enough on my plate without having to spend forever making detergents!
This recipe looked easy-breezy though!
here it is:

1/2 c. borax
1/2 c. washing soda (I just used plain old baking soda)
1 c. grated fels naptha soap (I used Ivory)

use 1-2 Tbsp. per load

That is it! Not to bad huh? If you grate one bar of soap you get a little more than one cup. I also just used plain old baking soda. I did some research and found out that washing soda can be really harsh on your fabrics. I wanted to use this mainly for my cloth diapers, and I don't want harsh detergents. Baking soda has worked just fine. You can find the borax and washing soda by the laundry detergent section of wal-mart of the grocery store.

I have really liked this detergent. In fact I have started using it for our regular laundry too!
the only thing is that you need to be valiant about sorting your colors apart. There is nothing in this to be color safe. If you wash brights with whites you might end up with a lot of pinks! :) In the end this isn't a big thing because you should be doing this anyway!

This detergent has passed the CD test too! My little one has had no issues with this detergent. Other homemade detergents I have tried have been to harsh on her little bum. But this has been fine! YEAH!!

So give it a try and let me know how you like it!


Mrs. Grant said...

How do you grate your soap?
So are you saying you use baking soda, borax, and grated ivory soap? How long will a batch of this last?

Anonymous said...

I used this, but my machine had a hard time dissolving all of the powder. So if you melt everything in water in a pot, pour it in a 5 gallon bucket, and add enough water to fill, it turns into a great liquid detergent! It gels up at first, so you have to stir it up before you use it, but one batch has lasted me many months now.