Greetings Saving With Anna Family!
We here at Saving With Anna have embarked on a new frugal adventure! This morning we FINALLY mixed up our homemade laundry detergent. I have had the supplies for almost a year and got ready to mix several times and then found hot deals on store sold detergent.
I used several folks’ recipes to come up with ours and I believe it will change as we start using it and see how it goes. I’ve read several articles about how to create your own mix. I was not daring enough to make my own liquid mix; however, those of you that have septic systems should not be using powdered detergent and I recommend The Frugal Girls’ liquid homemade mix, http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/08/how-to-make-homemade-laundry-detergent.html
Lily’s Super Powder- LSP
1 part Borax (laundry booster)
1 part Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Not baking soda- this is different)
2 parts bar soap (we used half Fels-Naptha Soap and half Ivory)
A water proof storage container and a tablespoon measurement spoon or cup
Grate the bar soap(s) with a cheese grater into fine pieces.
Mix 1 part Borax with 1 part Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 2 parts bar soap.
Store in the water proof, air tight container.
Use one tablespoon at first and see how it does with your water. So many factors can change what is the best concentrate for your washer and water type. We are about to learn what ours is! I understand most folks will use 1-6 tablespoons.
You can start out using cups as your parts to mix the detergent. That is what we did but when you end up with an extra half bar of soap, I like to just have it in my head what the mix is so I can easily make use of the products that I have left.
I’ve heard a lot of people adding scent by way of a good bar soap such as Yardley’s London Oatmeal & Almond or English Lavendar. I’ve found his at Walgreens and Kroger. Walgreen’s puts out a coupon in their ad occasionally for Yardley’s. With migraines and sensitivities in our family, I did not try a scent.
So where do you find these washing substances? I found that Walmart, Kroger, Farmer’s Foods, and one Food Lion and one Target carried these supplies. These three products aren’t as main stream anymore so you will find them in stores that cater to country, thrifty, or fashionably aged folks.
For the water tight container, I used an old plastic Cascade Dish Detergent container and have a backup as a round yellow Domino Sugar container. I like the flip cap on the Cascade one.
Wish us luck! Write in or post if you are making your own homemade products. We would love to post and share your recipe!