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Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

with FREE printable tags!

with FREE printable tags!

My family is not super strict on only eating organic foods and using eco-friendly products, as much as I would like us to be. The excuses that come to mind are time, money and the ease and abundance of all the bad stuff. When a friend started talking to me about making her own laundry detergent, I applauded her on the outside, but inside I started thinking about how time consuming that would be – amongst other negatives. With a few minutes down time, I started to research laundry detergents and what goes into making it at home. I was shocked by how simple it was and how few ingredients it actually took. Not only simple, but cheap – most of these products can be found at Walmart for less than $5!

Reasons

When I wrapped my mind around actually doing this, I looked up every Pin on Pinterest for Homemade Laundry Detergents and started to get that overwhelmed feeling back. I took a break for a week or so, and came back to it when I felt I could focus on really sifting through all the information. Below is what I came up with for the most simple recipe (and some other info I learned along the way).

Ingredients

Recipe:
(1) 76 oz. Box of Borax ($3.97)
(1) 3 lb. Container of GreenWorks Oxi Stain Remover ($8.36)
(1) 3 lb. Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ($2.24)
(2) Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap ($2.18)
(1) 4 lb. Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda ($2.24)

Steps:
1. Grate soap with cheese grater or zester.
2. Layer each ingredient and then mix together in a 5 gallon bucket ($8 from hydrosource.com)
3. Use 2-4 TB per load. Add directly to the drum or washer tub.
*HE Safe

Want your laundry to smell really good, try one of these optional mix-ins!
– (2) 55 oz. Bottles of Purex Crystals ($8) – 87% Natural, Lavender Blossom, Fresh Spring Waters, Tropical Splash, Fresh Mountain Breeze, Baby
– Scentsy makes washer whiffs in several smells.
– Essential Oils like Lavender or Lemon (30 drops or more depending on your preference)

Smells
I thought this idea was so fresh (lol) that I thought it would make a great gift! Scoop some of your homemade laundry detergent into a mason jar, tie a tag around it, and give it to a friend that needs a pick-me-up!

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Image from GreatOakCircle

Here is a cute FREE printable you can use for your tag!
Thanks for reading, are you going to give this stuff a try?

 

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