Make Your Own Cleaning Products: Dry Mix Laundry Detergent

When I first saw this post I was having a hard time believing it. Dry mix laundry detergent that does a better job and makes enough for about a year? For around $15-20 a year it seemed really simple. Well, that would save me at least $50 a year on detergent not including softeners or dryer sheets; so why not give it a shot? It turned out to be a great decision. It was easy to make and it cleaned clothes as well as, if not better, than top name brand detergents. It smelled great and left my clothes softer and fresher than other detergents.

Here’s the ingredients list from the website below:

  • 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle
  • 1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote or Fels Naptha Soap
  • 1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Optional
  • 1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Optional

How to: Hand grate or use a food processor on the Zote or Fels Naptha bars. Then in several layers mix all ingredients well. Purex Crystals and OxyClean are both optional, but if you prefer a stronger scent or a cleaner clean, then give these a shot. The beauty of it is you can always mix them in after you try out the basic detergent. The author recommends using a large bucket and mixing spoon as it makes a lot.

My tips for making this detergent:

  •  wear a face mask while mixing because the dry laundry powders get stirred up easily
  • use two bottles, or one economy bottle, of Purex laundry crystals for a stronger scent
  • use a food processor if you have one as it makes the whole grating process of the bar soaps much easier, just make sure to cut the bars into smaller chunks first

Check out the original recipe and author’s tips at: howdoesshe.com

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