1 box Borax detergent booster (4 lbs 1 oz)
1 box Arm & Hammer washing soda (3 lbs 7 oz)
1 box Arm & Hammer baking soda (4 lbs)
1 container of OxiClean (3 lbs)
1 Large container of Purex crystals (48 oz)
2 Fels Naptha Bars (Not pictured)
All of these ingredients can be found in the laundry aisle of your grocery store. I like to purchase these items at Wal-Mart because they are seemingly much cheaper there.
Keep reading to see my cost break down!!
~What I spent~
This was my cost starting from scratch and purchasing my items at Wal-Mart:
-Washing soda $3.97
-Baking soda $2.24
-Purex Crystals $8.96
-Fels Naptha $0.97/Each
-5-gallon bucket $2.96
-bucket lid $1.26
Total starting cost: $32.86
Once you make your detergent, you will end up with 20 POUNDS worth! It's amazing!
Considering you only need to use 1-2 tablespoons per load, 20 pounds will last a long time!
For example, let's say you do ten loads of laundry per week, at two tablespoons per load you end up using 20 tablespoons of detergent/week. With 640 tablespoons of detergent in that 5-gallon bucket that would last you 32 weeks! For $32 -- how awesome!
For smaller households using about ten tablespoons a week, that would last you 64 weeks. Over a year of laundry detergent for $32. Sign me up!
~How I did it~
This part may sound daunting, but it is SO EASY!
Literally, I just layered all the ingredients in the bucket and used a wooden spoon to mix it. The only time-consuming part of this process is the Fels Naptha. You need to crumble or grate it into the detergent. I HIGHLY suggest microwaving each bar for 2-3 minutes until it puffs up like a marshmallow. Let it cool for 20 minutes, and then it will crumble apart in your hand! This is a much better than the alternative of sitting and grating it for FOREVER!
Seriously, that is it! I just save whatever measuring spoon was in with the OxiClean and use that to measure out my detergent! Save all your containers for that matter; we can fill them with other homemade things that will save lots of money. Can't wait to hear all your results!
P.S. I have gotten a lot of questions asking if this recipe is "he" washer friendly and I'm sorry to say that at this point I am unsure. I am doing research on a recipe for those as well so hang tight!