I did something bold this weekend.
I refused to by my normal laundry detergent in hopes of making my own…and it WORKED.
I know, I know. How cheap can I be? Well the answer is…CHEAP! I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of paying close to $20 for laundry detergent every couple of months.
Pat and I choose to do our laundry separately mainly because he can’t be trusted in washing my “delicate” items. Case in point……he thought he was doing me a favor one weekend and decided to wash my clothes I had separated for the laundry. My expensive sweater ended up with a few extra holes it didn’t have before. And my “hand wash only” tank top ended up unraveled in numerous places. $$ down the drain – or washing machine drain – quite literally. From that day on Pat was no longer allowed to touch my laundry unless given SPECIFIC instructions. And even then I’m a little wary. (This was per HIS request, not mine!)
Seeing as we don’t combine our clothes, we are talking about 2-3 loads of laundry EACH per week, or around 5-6 loads of laundry total for a 2 person household. Which is at a minimum 24 loads of laundry a month, not including bedding, towels, etc. That’s a LOT of laundry for 2 people.
So I totally boycotted buying laundry detergent this weekend and decided to make my own. It’s easy, inexpensive (less than $10 for a large amount of supplies!), and WORKS. And only takes about 20 minutes! Say WHAAAAT?
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup grated Fels Naptha soap
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup borax
- pretty jar
- measuring tablespoon
- wooden spoon