We do a lot of laundry around here, with a 2 year old and a 1 year old, plus a husband who works in the concrete industry....the laundry piles are intense. Not to mention washing cloth diapers every other day. Tide was my go-to-detergent, never doubted it's ability to clean. However; the price tag was getting to be a bit much. Roughly $25 for 120 loads, which lasted us about 10 weeks (we do on average 12 loads a week, that's not counting cloth diapers).
So I tried Target's brand and it seemed to work and the price was better at roughly $8 for 64 loads. I figured the real test would be when spring time rolled around and we had to deal with getting grass stains out. However, when the entire family came down with the stomach virus, it got the clothes clean, but left the puke smell in my babies clothes and blankets. This is not cool. So back to the drawing board to find a cheap detergent that I could easily have access to without paying for shipping.
My internet search lead me to making your own laundry detergent. I used the recipe from two different blogs, DIY Naturally and the The Eco-Friendly Family.
- 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, or Fels-Naptha)
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1/2 cup oxiclean
|The ingredients, minus the oxiclean|
|Grated Ivory soap|
|1 bar of Ivory|
|Everything mixed in!|
|Stored in a container, with a tablespoon. Later, when I made four more batches, |
I put it in two large, clean coffee containers
I did the laundry and added a tablespoon to a medium sized load of my babies' clothes, they came out clean and smelling great! I was so excited about the end result that I immediately went and made a total of five batches!
UPDATE: I just ran out of the laundry detergent that I made! So those five bathes lasted me 7 months!!!!