The Little Red Owl

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How much money do you spend on laundry detergent? It can be so expensive-especially if you are picky and/or want something natural.

I have been using homemade laundry soap for about a year and a half now. I will never look back!

laundry detergent

Not only is homemade laundry soap cost effective, it’s mild on Husband’s skin. It also leaves clothes feeling cleaner, and it smells fabulous.

Whip some up-I dare you!

Here is my recipe:

Yield: enough to last me 2-3 loads of laundry a week for a year!

6 cups Borax

4 cups shredded soap (I use Ivory since it has no additives)

4 cups Baking soda

4 cups Washing soda

Combine all ingredients and shake well to mix

Store in an air tight container

laundry detergent-open

Add 1/8 cup to a load (not more! too much is bad for your clothes)

laundry detergent-close up

*I add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to a Downy ball as a natural fabric softener*

Downy ball and vinegar

Husband brought some “free and clear” laundry detergent from the Hoosier state when he moved here and I did not want to waste it. However, I noticed when I switched from my homemade soap to that detergent my body itched in the evenings-especially my legs. I have since let that box go, it is not worth the $4 already spent on it, and went back to my homemade soap. No more itchies!

What’s your favorite recipe?

 Note* I do not use the dryer to dry my clothes, I hang dry everything. LOVE it!



6 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent

  1. cspeno says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have you ever heard of soap nuts that come from a tree native to Florida? A friend of mine posted about this on her blog!

    1. Amy says:

      I have heard of soap nuts and Ive heard good things. I have not tried them b/c of the expense but from what I have read-it works out to be cheaper than conventional detergents. If you decide to try them I would love to know how it goes. Thanks!

  2. Tiffany says:

    How many bars of Ivory soap equals four cups?

    1. Amy says:

      I believe it was about 2 bars of Ivory soap.

      1. Tiffany says:

        Thanks! I think I’m going to try it!!!

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