Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent UPDATE and GIVE-A-WAY!

A few weeks ago I shared with you my homemade laundry detergent recipe, and I wanted to give you an update on just how much I love it since I've been using it. Here's some pics of the process. Also a chance to win some to try out for yourself! Read below:

Instead of using Ivory soap, I used this Fels-Naptha brand bar soap I found in the laundry isle at Wal-Mart. I used a cheese grater to shave down the entire bar and then added it to the two quarts boiling water.

Here's the soap shavings added to the boiling water. Mix until it's all blended together.

After the soap is blended, pour it into your CLEAN 5-gallon bucket. Add two cups each of Borax and Washing Soda.

Blend together the melted bar soap, Borax, and washing soda with 2 Gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket. The result is a frozen margarita. Just kidding, but that's what it looks like! A couple tips when using this detergent:

1. Use 1/4 of a cup for each medium load of laundry. Make sure and add the detergent to the water BEFORE you add your clothes.

2. You won't see the detergent make any "suds" in the water, which makes it seem like it's not cleaning your clothes....but don't worry! That's normal and it is in fact doing its job.

3. You will need to stir the detergent each time before using.

I've been washing my clothes with this detergent for a few weeks now and I think it works great! My clothes smell good too--and I didn't even add the essential oils!

If you're like me, and HATE spending money for things you know you can make yourself--this recipe is for you.

I bottled several jars full of the detergent and want to give them to.....YOU! Simply comment below or on my facebook wall with a DIY project that you enjoy doing. Whether it be gardening, sewing, even a favorite recipe of yours; something that you take pride in completing---all by yourself! You Go Girl! I'll pick three winners from a hat on Friday, 8/19 at noon. Good luck!!


  1. Hey! Excited about trying this. Right now I'm working on revamping an old dress and then I got my hands on an ancient quilt that needs some work. I took the long sleeves off the dress, but am now torn as to if I should shorten the skirt. I kind of like it long. Anyway this is my comment. I love reading your blog.

  2. Don't enter me in the contest because Derek is allergic to everything laundry detergent wise. But, my first and favorite DIY project was my t-shirt quilt that I made with no patterns or prior experience. It actually turned out awesome and I use it all the time now. I really need to make another one out of all of Stratton's old shirts that are too small for him now. Glad we got to chat last night. It was much needed. Love ya!